Category Archives: Quick & Easy Recipes

Rigatoni with Asparagus Leeks Zucchini and Kale

This light and delicious pasta is packed with good for you veggies like asparagus, kale, zucchini and leeks and is the perfect healthy weeknight dinner.  With a touch of garlic and black pepper and topped with Parmesan cheese, this simple pasta tastes outstanding, and even takes care of the veggie quota for the evening.  Continue reading Rigatoni with Asparagus Leeks Zucchini and Kale

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

I must confess I had never made mashed potatoes until we went for dinner at our friends William and Stella’s home for a surprise birthday party last week. It was a surprise birthday dinner for our friend Stella that William her husband pulled together in just 48 hours! He texted and called a small group of Stella’s close friends and asked if we could come over for a weeknight dinner to surprise Stella on her birthday. Our response was “Of course, we will be there.” Continue reading Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Panzanella. Fresh Tomato and Bread Salad

Every August and September we are swimming in garden fresh tomatoes from the garden, from multiple tomato deliveries from my neighbor, and abundance of tomatoes at the Farmer’s Markets.  All this tomato bounty really forces me to get creative with tomato recipes especially ones that use fresh off the vine garden tomatoes. This Italian salad called panzanella is one of those recipes that is made with lots of fresh tomatoes and crusty bread. Add a bit of garlic, some onions, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and toss in some good sourdough bread and you have a delicious tomato salad with the added feel goodness of bread. The bread soaks up all the juices from the tomatoes and flavors the bread so beautifully that one can eat multiple bowls of this delicious salad. Continue reading Panzanella. Fresh Tomato and Bread Salad

Greek Yogurt Salad Dressing with Mint and Chives.

If you like ranch dressing, try this Greek yogurt salad dressing with mint and chives. Mint adds a nice refreshing flavor while the chives and fresh garlic give this dressing a sharp edgy bite. If you don’t have chives growing in the garden, substitute with green onions or finely chopped shallot. Continue reading Greek Yogurt Salad Dressing with Mint and Chives.

Mattar Paneer. Spiced Peas and Paneer

This recipe is for the very popular Indian dish called mattar paneer (peas and paneer). Mattar paneer is a North Indian green peas curry delicately spiced and cooked with paneer cheese. Mattar paneer is one of the easiest and quickest curries to make and tastes positivity delicious. Matter paneer tastes wonderful with chapati, as a stuffing inside a burrito, or even to have as a side dish with chicken or fish.   Continue reading Mattar Paneer. Spiced Peas and Paneer

Garlic Pasta with Baby Spinach

Garlic pasta with baby spinach is our family’s all-time favorite pasta. I’ve been making this pasta for over twenty years and it always tastes the same – positively scrumptious 😋. I started making this pasta when my older daughter Sri was in preschool. She loved pasta (still does). Of course I made it with tomato sauce, and one with mixed vegetables, with pesto, one with cheese, and while they all tasted great, this version with garlic and baby spinach always got the best reaction.  There is something about the simplicity of finely chopped baby spinach, crushed garlic, and a touch of red chili flakes that puts this pasta in a league of it’s own. Continue reading Garlic Pasta with Baby Spinach

Parisian Inspired Vegetarian Club Sandwich

During our recent visit to Paris this summer, my daughter Sri and I had lunch and dinner at many of the cafes and restaurants we stumbled upon as we explored the city. One of the restaurants was Angelina on Rue de Rivoli. We liked Angelina so much that we stopped by more than once to try not just their desserts but their lunch as well. Angelina is a local favorite and has been in business since 1903. They are famous for their pastries, tea, and lunch service. At Angelina’s is where we tried their vegetarian club sandwich and absolutely loved it. Continue reading Parisian Inspired Vegetarian Club Sandwich

Tomato Pachdi. Tomato Salad with Toasted Mustard Seeds

Pachdi is a South Indian Tamil salad in which raw vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and carrots are seasoned with mustard seeds, asafetida, and curry leaves that are toasted in oil.  Pachdi is typically served as a side dish along with the main meal.  Here is a recipe for a very simple tomato kosumalli. Continue reading Tomato Pachdi. Tomato Salad with Toasted Mustard Seeds

Tacos Verduras. Soft Tacos with Wilted Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts & Shishito Pepper Hash

We have an eclectic little Mexican restaurant here in Los Gatos, California that serves not your usual Mexican food – meaning, no cheese enchiladas here, nor are there any fajitas or burritos on the menu. This is a different kind of Mexican food with cuisine that is rather distinctive. Called Zona Rosa, this is a charming little restaurant in our little town of Los Gatos.  We love going to Zona Rosa. We have been going to Zona Rosa so many times with so many friends and family that one of the waiters even knows us. Continue reading Tacos Verduras. Soft Tacos with Wilted Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts & Shishito Pepper Hash