Category Archives: Quick & Easy Recipes

Noodles & Cabbage Stir Fry

We love stir-fry noodles when we go out to Asian restaurants. But it’s nice to have a homemade version once in a while. Here is my recipe for homemade noodles stir-fry.  I like to use cabbage and tofu in this noodle dish, but you can add sliced peppers, broccoli, and any other veggies of your choice. Continue reading Noodles & Cabbage Stir Fry

Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack

Every year in the fall, during the ten-day Indian festival of Navrathri, I am invited to a few of my friend’s homes for Golu where we are treated to a traditional south Indian Tamil snack called Sundal. We always look forward to eating this dish. In fact, all Tamilians make sundal for special occasions and there are many variations. Sundal is made with different types of pulses or legumes. Continue reading Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack

Dark Chocolate Rose Petal Raspberry Bark

Our family loves dark chocolate anything, and they especially love this raspberry chocolate bark. Kids like it with vanilla ice cream, adults like it with a good cup of coffee or port.  Either way, this Dark Chocolate Rose Petal Raspberry Bark is delicious!  Here is the recipe.

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Caprese Salad with Savory Jam, Olives and Grapes

A Caprese salad with jam? I know it sounds odd, but it tastes really good. I came up with this variation of Caprese salad when we were in Cape Cod visiting our friends Jo and Oliver this past summer. They had an onion and garlic jam in their refrigerator that looked very enticing. I tried it with some crackers and cheese and it was yummy. Continue reading Caprese Salad with Savory Jam, Olives and Grapes

Pan-Seared Tofu with Broccoli & Peppers

Pan-Seared Tofu with Broccoli & Peppers
serves 2-3

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box extra firm tofu
  • 2 bell peppers cut into long strips or 10 small peppers cut lengthwise
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 4 tbsp Asian inspired braising sauce or marinade sauce
  • Oil

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Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Seasoning Butter

When we visited my sister Banu in Philadelphia over the July 4th holiday, my brother-in-law Ranjit served us grilled asparagus one evening.  I’ve had grilled asparagus many times, but truth be told I’ve liked them average at best.  But these grilled asparagus were outstanding. Continue reading Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Seasoning Butter

Heirloom Tomatoes with Salt & Pepper

Heirloom tomatoes with salt and pepper. Yes, It’s that simple.  And it looks and tastes amazing. Every year in late summer heirloom tomatoes are showing up at Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores.  Heirloom tomatoes come in a rainbow of colors and in all shapes and sizes – that’s what makes them heirloom tomatoes, and so much fun to look at and eat. Continue reading Heirloom Tomatoes with Salt & Pepper

Martha Stewart’s Tofu Fries

I’m a big fan of Martha Stewart and have been for a very long time. Years ago when Martha Stewart had her television show, I would tape all her shows and then watch them later after I came home from work.   I loved her cooking recipes and gardening tips, and just her entire outlook on healthy wholesome living.  I even had a subscription to her magazine Martha Stewart Living that was a great resource for seasonal recipes, seasonal gardening, homemade gifts and crafts, and local stories of interest from all parts of America. She was ahead of her time that’s for sure. Continue reading Martha Stewart’s Tofu Fries

Simple Vinaigrette Dressing

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked the recipe for my vinaigrette dressing. It’s my go-to dressing for any and all salads.  I can make it instantly or make it in advance, it’s quick, and it’s easy.  And it’s always delicious.  It is the easiest dressing to make and only requires 4 ingredients – vinegar, olive oil, salt, & pepper. The only other ingredient I use in this vinaigrette is honey to make my honey vinaigrette dressing for a sweeter version. Continue reading Simple Vinaigrette Dressing