Category Archives: Quick & Easy Recipes

Super Greens Salad with Beets and Radish

Looking for a red and pink salad for Valentine’s Day?  Gorgeous dark colored beets and pretty pink radish look so good together in a tossed green salad and taste wonderful too. This salad is sweet from the beets that release such a lovely sugary taste, then add fesh lemony vinaigrette and you get that unique sweet and sour tang in this beautiful salad. Continue reading Super Greens Salad with Beets and Radish

Butternut Squash Soup with Lemongrass and Coconut Milk

I had half a tube of lemongrass paste leftover from when I made some tofu pockets and not really knowing what else to use this herb for, decided to make an Asian-inspired butternut squash soup. What makes this soup taste so good is a whole bunch of fresh herbs like mint and cilantro along with coconut milk which transforms the soup into a light and creamy Thai-inspired squash soup. Continue reading Butternut Squash Soup with Lemongrass and Coconut Milk

Lemon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

I’ve been making this lemony sweet mustard vinaigrette a lot lately especially as fresh lemons are in abundance in our area right now. The combination of fresh lemon juice and honey is always a winner for a fresh tasting salad dressing, but add a little mustard and you get a vinegary spiciness that adds another layer of flavor that is delicious. Continue reading Lemon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Apples and Blueberries Lemony Greens Salad

Apples, blueberries and scallions tossed with greens and a lemon honey mustard vinaigrette; simple, refreshing and delicious this salad is. I really like how delicious apples and blueberries taste with a lemony vinaigrette which adds a nice burst of citrus freshness. This really is a wonderful salad to have with a veggie omelet or a sandwich. Continue reading Apples and Blueberries Lemony Greens Salad

French Onion Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Think French onion soup but more creamy with a cauliflower twist, that’s what this soup tastes like – a caramelized creamy French onion soup. Caramelized onions and roasted cauliflower make this soup taste sweet, then blend the caulflower into a creamy consistency and you have a delicious creamy style French onion soup made without beef broth and it’s vegetarian! This soup looks like it has load of cream, but in actuality this is a dairy free recipe. Give it a try! Continue reading French Onion Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Eggplant Penne with Fresh Basil

Roasted eggplant pasta with fresh basil – what’s more to add?  Sometimes I find it’s simple ingredients cooked very simply that taste the best. This pasta dish is one of those very simple recipes. It has just eggplant and basil with olive oil and a hint of garlic. Quick, easy and delicious. Give this recipe a try with tender Japanese eggplants and fresh basil 🌿. Continue reading Roasted Eggplant Penne with Fresh Basil

Roasted Red Onion Cauliflower

Looking for an outstanding side dish with minimal effort? Look no more. These roasted cauliflower and onions are positively delicious and require just three steps – cut, toss and roast. Season with herbs if you like, but the veggies are so flavorful on their own that I just added some fresh herbs as garnish. Serve them as a side dish, toss them in with eggs, add them to a green salad, or how about making soup? Any which way you have these veggies they are going to taste amazing. For Sunday Soups coming up I’ll share the recipe for a delicious soup using these roasted cauliflower and onion combo. In the meantime give this delectable side dish a try! Continue reading Roasted Red Onion Cauliflower

Tomato Onion Gotsu. South Indian Tamil Tomato Sauce

Gotsu is saucy gravy made in South Indian Tamil homes to accompany rice dishes and steamed rice dumplings called idlis. Gotsu is usually made as a quick salsa like sauce to go with any dish on the menu.  This tomato onion gotsu is one that my Mom used to make to accompany a lentil and rice dish called pongal.  Mom’s simple rice pongal along with her tomato gotsu were always a hit in our home and was truly comfort food.  One can serve gotsu warm or at room temperature over your favorite rice dish, or even over chicken or fish. Here is the recipe for Mom’s pongal recipe.  For a simple and quick tomato and onion gotsu the recipe is below.   Continue reading Tomato Onion Gotsu. South Indian Tamil Tomato Sauce

Pepper Paneer Curry

Sweet, spicy, flavorful and very easy to make this curry is. When I made this sweet pepper curry I had received loads of garden fresh peppers from my neighbor in all shapes, sizes and varieties. I kept racking my brain trying to figure out what I could make that would use up all these peppers in one main dish.  This pepper and paneer curry was the result.  We had it with chapatis but one could have it with naan, tortillas, stuff it in a burrito, or serve it as a side dish. Give it a try! Continue reading Pepper Paneer Curry

Bharazi. Black Eyed Peas in Coconut Milk

Looking for a totally different black-eyed pea recipe to make for good luck in the New Year?  A dish from East Africa? Try this black-eyed pea stew called bharazi created by Indians living in Kenya.  Bharazi is an Indianized Kenyan dish made with black-eyed peas or pigeon peas, coconut milk, and spices. Continue reading Bharazi. Black Eyed Peas in Coconut Milk