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Indian Spiced Noodles

For a different take on the orient inspired ramen noodles try this Indian spiced noodles packed with vegetables and Indian spices. This recipe takes your regular fresh ramen or yaki-soba noodles that are available in the refrigerator section of the grocery store and spices it up with Indian seasonings.

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Spring Risotto with Leeks, Peppers & Arugula

You will find this recipe is not your traditional way of making risotto. I’ve tried the authentic Italian way of making risotto, and let me tell you, it’s a time consuming recipe.  Every time I have followed a risotto recipe I have had to stand over the stove and stir the risotto rice with broth in batches until the rice is cooked. This takes at least 30 – 45 minutes. 45 minutes of standing and stirring, sometimes even longer. I started to dread making risotto when the kids wanted it.

Then one day I decided to try an alternative way of making risotto. I wondered how is it that in restaurants risotto is at our table within minutes. It occurred to me that they must cook the Arborio rice in advance, and just add the veggies or seafood when we order.  I thought let me give that a try.

The next time I made risotto, I cooked the Arborio rice in broth in a pressure cooker – no stirring involved. Then when I was ready to make my risotto, in a separate pot I sautéed vegetables and just added them to the already cooked Arborio rice and mixed it all together.  The risotto turned out awesome. Because the rice is already cooked, the whole process of making risotto goes by much faster. Try my recipe for a quicker vegetable risotto and see if you like it as much as I do.

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Spring Herbs & Goat Cheese Fettuccini with Braised Sugar Snap Peas & Leeks

I asked Anjali to pick a bunch of herbs for a vegetable pot pie I was making and this is the basket she proudly presented to me.  These fresh picked herbs and lemons looked so beautiful that in addition to using them in the potpie I wanted to make another dish that would bring out the freshly picked herb flavors.

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Black Bean Soup

I had this black bean soup for the first time at my friend Rose’s place a while back. I was expecting something thick and heavy when I heard she was making Black Bean Soup, but this soup is surprisingly light and thin. With some chopped cilantro and a dollop of sour cream, this variation of black bean soup was outstanding. Continue reading Black Bean Soup

Spinach & Super Greens Cheese Enchiladas

Folks, this is the easiest recipe to make with the most stupendous results.  These awesome enchiladas are nutritious, delicious, and look delectable too. With over 8-10 cups of chopped spinach and other healthy greens like baby kale, turnip greens and chard, these enchiladas might as well be called super greens healthy enchiladas. Continue reading Spinach & Super Greens Cheese Enchiladas

Caramelized Shallots, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

Caramelized Shallots, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli
makes enough stuffing for 40 small ravioli pillows

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely cut shallots – from about 4 shallots
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh pasta dough. Here is the link to a pasta dough recipe I posted. Fresh homemade pasta

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Fresh Homemade Pasta

A pasta recipe with just two ingredients? Yes, that’s exactly what this pasta recipe calls for. Just two ingredients! Never ever did I think I could make fresh pasta at home, and that too have it be so easy.  This is an awesome recipe that I got from my friend Rose who actually got this recipe first hand from a local chef in Tuscany, Italy.

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An Italian Inspired Dinner with Friends

Looking for a fun dinner evening for the whole family to be part of and maybe even a few friends too?  Try making homemade fresh pasta. It’s a great dinner project that everyone can be part of and is a fun and unique way to spend time with family and friends, and cook together. Never ever did we think we could make pasta at home and that too have it be so easy!

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