Category Archives: Quick & Easy Recipes

Fig and Onion Tart

Fig and onion tart might sound intimidating but is actually surprisingly easy to make with the most decadent of results. Sweet, salty, cheesy and crispy, this is an intense tart with over the top flavors and oh so good! Caramelized onions, plump dried figs and Gruyere cheese all baked in a buttery puff pastry.  Drizzle with honey for a little extra sweetness and you have a really really delicious fig and onion tart that tastes like it came from a specialty caterer! Served in little bite size appetizer pieces or in large squares for lunch, this fig and onion tart will have your guests impressed at your culinary skills 😋😄. Continue reading Fig and Onion Tart

Red and Green Swiss Chard Raita

This is a double duty recipe ✌️😋.  Make the wilted greens for dinner the night before and save the leftovers for a refreshing yogurt raita the next day.  Both are healthy, delicious and take very little time to whip up. To make the wilted chard just sauté with garlic and turmeric and then use what’s leftover to make a yogurt raita.  Continue reading Red and Green Swiss Chard Raita

Whole Wheat Couscous Pilaf with Mixed Vegetables

Whole-wheat couscous with plenty of colorful vegetables and flavorful Indian spices turns a rather ordinary pasta grain into something scrumptious. With loads of veggies such as finely chopped bell peppers, carrots, peas, tomatoes, onions, green beans, and shelled edamame, this pilaf is veggie delicious 😋. Continue reading Whole Wheat Couscous Pilaf with Mixed Vegetables

Zucchini Ginger Soup

Fresh tasting ginger, lemon and tender zucchini makes this a light soup perfect for a low-key Sunday soup dinner. Honestly sometimes I think maybe the family wants more than soup on Sunday night so I try very hard to make my soups as hearty and filling as I can; but in reality the family is perfectly fine having a soup that is light and not so filling, especially after a weekend of indulging. I made this soup with over 5 zucchinis to add in as much vegetables as I could for a large pot of soup, yet this was all gone. With no leftovers for my next day’s lunch. This zucchini soup is one that everyone in the family loved with feedback like “This is awesome soup.” and “It’s delicious Mommy.” and “It’s really good.”  How can I get better feedback than this?  Continue reading Zucchini Ginger Soup

Cabbage Sauté with Turmeric and Asafetida

Shredded cabbage sautéed with asafetida, turmeric and cumin seeds is one of our favorite vegetable dishes. When I make this cabbage curry, we have it with rasam (tomato and lentil soup) or daal (lentil soup) and rice. We don’t require much else.  Simple, delicious, wholesome – this meal is always comfort food in our family. Continue reading Cabbage Sauté with Turmeric and Asafetida

Mediterranean Linguine

When I think of the Mediterranean, images of warm sunshine, blue waters, lemon trees, olive groves, artichokes, and fresh veggies come to mind. This pasta has all the ingredients that conjure up images of the Mediterranean –  lemons, briny olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and lots of fresh asparagus. Packed with good for you veggies and loaded with fresh tangy flavor this is an awesome pasta to whip up in just minutes.  Continue reading Mediterranean Linguine

Coconut Rice

This classic South Indian rice made with fresh coconut, curry leaves and spices is a favored rice among many families. Coconut rice is so easy to make that it is one of those go-to rice dishes to whip up in just minutes. Very often coconut rice is a common picnic item as it holds up well and tastes great at room temperature. Usually served with some crunchy potato chips coconut rice makes a great rice dish to have for lunch or dinner with a side of any vegetable dish. Continue reading Coconut Rice

Fall and Winter Inspired Vegetable Barley Soup

Though its winter around here fall-inspired butternut squash can still be found at the grocery stores giving this hearty barley soup that nutty sweetness. Add in a variety of colorful veggies such as carrots, fennel, leeks and potatoes, and a generous sprinkling of herbs and you get a delicious soup perfect for a Sunday soup day. Packed with good for you veggies and barley, this soup is filling as it is beautiful and delicious.  Continue reading Fall and Winter Inspired Vegetable Barley Soup

Asparagus Leek Soup

A soup so veggie flavorful that it just needs salt and pepper. Leeks and asparagus both have so much flavor on their own that you pretty much don’t need anything else in this soup. Sauté leeks in olive oil, add the asparagus, salt and pepper and broth. Cook until tender.  Blend for a creamy soup or keep it chunky for a soup that is light, healthy and delicious. Continue reading Asparagus Leek Soup

Oven Baked Tomato Bisque

Tangy and delicious, thick and creamy, quick and easy, this tomato soup takes just minutes to cook. I made this tomato bisque for a lunch with two of my dear friends last week and since we were getting together for a little Valentine’s Day celebration I wanted to make a soup that was red in color and tomato soup is what we all think of for a red soup. But I was in a time crunch that morning and it’s winter and fresh tomatoes are just not that flavorful in the winter, so I took a chance and made tomato soup with two jars of oven baked tomatoes. Folks, this had to be the quickest tomato soup I have ever made! It was ready in just 15 minutes! Because it is thicker than the usual tomato soup I’m calling it tomato bisque. Continue reading Oven Baked Tomato Bisque