Category Archives: Quick & Easy Recipes

Mushroom Zucchini Enchiladas

Summertime brings with it an abundance of beautiful veggies, and zucchini is one of those that grows prolific at this time of year with a large harvest from every plant. Here is a recipe that uses up at least 5-6 zucchinis in a delicious Mexican enchilada. Mildly spiced, veggie-packed, light and delicious these enchiladas are, making them the perfect summertime dish.  These enchiladas are on the lighter side as I only stuffed them with zucchini and mushrooms and a light dusting of cheese.  Since zucchini is mostly water one doesn’t feel weighed down after having these delectable enchiladas, so go ahead have two helpings if you like!  Continue reading Mushroom Zucchini Enchiladas

Blackberry Port Pie

I love sweet dark burgundy port, especially with berries such as blackberries and blueberries. There is something about that dark sweet wine that goes so well with deep dark berries –  they just seem to belong together.  Port adds that extra bit of sophistication or as they say in French that certain “je ne sais quoi”.   That’s why I love making my blackberry blueberry pies and tarts with a little bit of port. Without it, the tart will taste great, but with it, port just takes it over the top. A little splash goes a long way. Continue reading Blackberry Port Pie

Fresh Fruit Salad

One of my favorite natural desserts to offer at dinner gatherings is a fresh cut fruit salad. Fresh fruit salad is one of those all natural desserts that makes for a great sweet treat.  The natural sugar of fruits rarely require the addition of sugar and when cut up into bite size pieces guests can”t help but be tempted to have a bowl full of fruit.  Besides, when the work is done for them and all the fruit nicely cut and presented so beautifully, how can anyone resist?  Let me tell you folks, it always amazes me how popular the humble fruit salad is at any party, it’s always cleaned out!! Continue reading Fresh Fruit Salad

Pasta Pomodoro with Fresh Tomato and Basil

Pasta Pomodoro with fresh tomatoes and basil has to be the easiest and most delicious of Italian pastas.  It’s hard not to like the pure feel good flavors of fresh tomato, garlic, and basil all tossed in a pasta with olive oil. Positively comfort food this dish is. In summer when fresh juicy plump tomatoes are in abundance in the garden and at the Farmers Markets, pasta pomodoro is the perfect dish to highlight the glorious tomato.  Continue reading Pasta Pomodoro with Fresh Tomato and Basil

Nasi Ulam. Malaysian Herb Scented Rice Salad

Nasi Ulam is a type of Malaysian rice salad made with a variety of fresh herbs and an Asian dimension that comes from toasted coconut and coconut oil. It’s fresh tasting, filling, and easy to make. An added allure is a lovely basket of fresh picked herbs. Perfect to make ahead and take to a party or for a barbecue in the garden, give this beautiful summer herb-inspired rice salad a try!  Continue reading Nasi Ulam. Malaysian Herb Scented Rice Salad

Peach, Plum and Nectarine Oat and Nut Crumble

August has been overflowing with homegrown stone fruits in our area.  A never-ending supply of peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines have been arriving at our home from friends gardens and even my kid’s friend’s gardens. I love homegrown fruits, but we aren’t eating them fast enough and some of them are getting too ripe too fast. In an attempt to use up a large quantity of over-ripe fruit I whipped up this fruit crumble for an indulgent weeknight dessert. Loaded with juicy fruit and a crunchy soft oat and nut mixture, this is a delicious summer dessert made with delicious stone fruit. Continue reading Peach, Plum and Nectarine Oat and Nut Crumble

Whole Grain Banana Bread with Flax and Chia Seeds

It was my birthday back in July and I got to celebrate it in Spain this year,which meant that I didn’t get a chance to celebrate it with my dear friends Rose and Devi like we have been doing for almost a decade now.  But a gal can celebrate her birthday more than once, can’t she?  So my friends hosted a small tea for me after I returned as a belated b’day get together.  It turned out to be a wonderful relaxing afternoon with good friends and good food. Continue reading Whole Grain Banana Bread with Flax and Chia Seeds

Pool Party Sliders with Goat Cheese and Tomato

Happy Thursday!
How is your summer going?  Staying cool? Ready for school to start?

For many kids summertime means hanging out at the pool and heading to pool parties around town. Well, if you are like me and would like to offer something healthier than chips and salsa and other such snack foods for all those ravenous pool swimmers, then these delicious and healthy sliders is your answer.  These goat cheese and tomato sliders are cool, tasty, and everyone will love them adults AND kids! Continue reading Pool Party Sliders with Goat Cheese and Tomato

Broccoli Zucchini Salad with Asafetida Cumin Vinaigrette

I had just learnt how to make this delicious Indianized vinaigrette from my friend Padmini and I couldn’t wait to try it out on a salad of my own. When I first tried this rather eclectic salad dressing made with asafetida and cumin, Padmini had tossed it in a golden beet salad for a picnic we had gone on with friends. Continue reading Broccoli Zucchini Salad with Asafetida Cumin Vinaigrette

Cantaloupe and Sugar Snap Peas Salad with Feta and Pistachios

This is a sweet refreshing salad with the cheesy tang of fresh feta and a mustardy vinaigrette. Cantaloupe adds not only a fruity flavor in this salad but also gives the salad some heft.  Then add in thinly sliced sugar snap peas, thinly sliced onions and cucumber and this becomes a delicious salad that is sweet, fruity, crunchy and tangy.  Served with some crusty bread and a chilled glass of anything drink, this makes for a wonderful light Sunday salad dinner on any hot sweltering summer evening. Continue reading Cantaloupe and Sugar Snap Peas Salad with Feta and Pistachios