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Kale and Shallot Risotto

I had just picked a basket full of fresh kale from my veggie patch and wanted to cook something delicious that same day for dinner. I asked the kids what they were in the mood for – kale pasta? kale paneer curry? or kale risotto? The answer was a unanimous “Kale risotto please!”  Kale risotto it was for evening dinner. Continue reading Kale and Shallot Risotto

Soft Tacos with Roasted Cauliflower, Leeks & Peppers

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo here is a simple and delicious recipe for soft tacos with roasted cauliflower, leeks and peppers with a few Mexican spices. Since we are celebrating Mexican culture, I would like to take this opportunity to share these photos I took of beautiful Mexican tiles at gorgeous Spanish Mission style buildings in and around California.

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Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan mint tea is a refreshing green tea drink infused with fresh mint leaves that is  served in countries like Morocco, Tunisia, and a few Arab states as well. Moroccan mint tea is typically served with brown sugar lumps or white sugar lumps, but rarely is it had with milk. For a long time I tried very hard to drink Moroccan mint tea without the sweeteners purely to avoid sugars, but then one day my friend Radhika who grew up in Morocco told me that in Morocco mint tea is served so sweetened that flies would hover around the tea trays! I asked her “You mean it is supposed to have sugar and plenty of it?”😋😋  I was so thrilled to hear this little tid bit! I love anything sweet (sugary anything is my Achilles heel)!  Sweetened or unsweetened, Moroccan mint tea is a refreshingly delicious drink any way you have it. Continue reading Moroccan Mint Tea

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Simple, savory, sweet and scrumptious, this pasta is a breeze to make. I made this red bell pepper pasta after returning from a week away for Spring Break. When we came back home I had six red bell peppers in the refrigerator that I had bought before our trip and they were not as firm as when I first bought them. Roasting them with some olive oil to get them caramelized seemed like a great way to mask the “not so fresh” texture of these peppers. I was debating on what to make with the roasted peppers – a quinoa pilaf, or a sandwich, soup, or pasta?  Rani happened to walk past and requested pasta. Roasted red pepper pasta it was to be 😋. Continue reading Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Potato Leek Bisque

The inspiration for this soup was Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten’s French Mussel Bisque. Her soup had plenty of steamed mussels, leeks, and carrots in a creamy herbed broth with saffron. The soup looked so delicious that I was racking my brains trying to figure out a way to make it without the mussels. The vegetable that came to mind is potatoes.  I followed Ina’s instructions with my own selection of vegetables and cut down on the amount of butter, half and half, and cream. When the kids had this soup my eldest Sri said it tasted like clam chowder.  She asked me if this was a vegetarian clam chowder?  I’ve always looked enviously at clam chowder but I’ve never tried it. Now I know what chowder tastes like 😀. Continue reading Potato Leek Bisque

Mexican Fried Rice

Mexican fried rice – gosh there are a myriad ways of making this favorite Mexican dish.  One afternoon I was sharing a menu with my friend Iya for a quiet Friday night dinner with a plan to make Mexican rice and Mexican mashed pinto beans . Iya, who loves to cook was curious about my rice recipe and asked me how I make my Mexican rice. Honestly, I just came up with this recipe years ago and have been making it like this forever – I use taco seasoning in my Mexican fried rice. When Iya heard that I use taco seasoning she was surprised, she had never heard of that before.  I shared my recipe and since we were sharing recipes Iya shared her version of Mexican fried rice as well and I decided to give her recipe a try that same evening.  The rice turned out awesome 😋. Very different in flavor from mine but delicious nonetheless. Here are a couple of recipes for Mexican fried rice – one with spices and one without. Give each of them a try and you may find you like them both. Continue reading Mexican Fried Rice

Mexican Rice and Beans. A Menu Worth Replicating

Hey folks, are you looking for a quick and easy dinner option with a Mexican twist? Give this menu a try with Mexican fried rice and pinto beans. Add some avocado, salsa, and queso fresca cheese if you like and you have a delicious quick and easy vegetarian meal in just 30 minutes.  And you haven’t even heard the most unique feature of this menu – there are no spices in any of the dishes! Just flavorful veggies, salt and jalapenos for a little heat. Continue reading Mexican Rice and Beans. A Menu Worth Replicating

Collard Greens Quinoa Pilaf

☘☘Happy St. Patrick’s Day!☘☘

In the spirit of sharing something green for St. Patrick’s Day I thought I would share this quinoa pilaf recipe with good for you leafy greens. Collard greens are wonderful greens to cook with in a quinoa pilaf. I used over eight cups of chopped collard greens in this recipe, mainly because I had just received bunches of collard greens from my friend Rita, and a quinoa pilaf seemed the perfect way to use these greens. Continue reading Collard Greens Quinoa Pilaf

Winter Vegetable Pasta Primavera

It was a cool February weekday when we ordered takeout from our favorite Italian restaurant in town The Pastaria & Market in downtown Los Gatos. The girls ordered pasta primavera and were raving about how good it tasted. A few surprise veggies that they really liked were winter vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, little radishes, cauliflower, and broccoli. The girls especially loved the radishes and Brussels sprouts. This really was an awesome feel-good pasta with lots of good for you veggies and flavorful marinara sauce. Kids wanted to have this pasta again a week later but this time instead of ordering it I made the pasta at home for our Valentine’s Day Dinner. Continue reading Winter Vegetable Pasta Primavera