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Bell Pepper Tomato Pasta

Bell pepper tomato pasta is a dish my eldest daughter made for our Mother’s Day dinner this past Sunday that was so delicious that I immediately asked her for the recipe. It did occur to me however that it’s usually the daughter asking the Mother for a recipe, but in this case it was the reverse 😀. In all seriousness though this really was an awesome pasta dish.  Continue reading Bell Pepper Tomato Pasta

Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those classic decadent pasta dishes that everyone loves, interestingly however it never appealed to me much as the veggie version always seemed overly stuffed with cheese that even when it was called a veggie lasagna there was very little vegetables in it.  I’ve tried over the years many veggie lasagnas and have come to the conclusion that restaurants don’t do vegetarian lasagna very good.  Their meat based lasagnas are always a hit (or so I hear), but veggie lasagnas? Not so.  Consequently I never bothered making lasagna at home, having not had anything worthwhile at restaurants, I really didn’t have any incentive to try and replicate a cool veggie lasagna recipe.  That is until I saw this post from my friend Padmini on her Instagram feed plates.by.patty. Continue reading Vegetable Lasagna

Simple Pasta for Lazy Evenings. Baked Pasta with Marinara Sauce

It was a cool February Wednesday evening yesterday and the kids were on break from school.  On days like this my twins seem to always ask me to make something “fun” for dinner.  I never know what that means, what does make a “fun dinner” mean anyway?  In return I always ask them, “What does that mean, a fun dinner?”  Well to them “fun dinner” usually means a pasta or risotto for one twin, and for the other twin its usually Asian food.  On this evening since the three of us were just lazing around all day I was in the mood for what I call a “lazy meal.”   Enter this super simple baked pasta. When I made this pasta I was thinking of making a “fun dinner”  with minimal effort.  Continue reading Simple Pasta for Lazy Evenings. Baked Pasta with Marinara Sauce

Sweet Potato White Bean Minestrone Soup

Lots of veggies, herbs and tomato sauce add wonderful flavor and vitamins in this veggie soup but what really amps up  the flavor is the addition of sweet potatoes and white beans. Sweet potatoes add a nice sweet creamy texture and the white beans give the soup some heft and added lentil protein.  With 1/4 cup of fresh basil, lots of thyme and oregano this soup is deliciously good and comforting.  Call it a veggie soup or minestrone soup either works, but best of all is how easy this vegetarian soup is to make. Continue reading Sweet Potato White Bean Minestrone Soup

Moroccan Tajine

I’ve always loved exotic hand-painted pottery from all parts of the world. There is something organic and artistic about pottery serving pieces that gets me excited every time I see them. They make all my food look beautiful and appetizing. My fetish for handmade pottery is how I came across this beautiful Moroccan pottery called tajine.  Years ago when North African cuisine was first featured in the Williams-Sonoma California catalog I bought a Moroccan tajine pot from them. It is no surprise that I bought it because it is a gorgeous piece of hand painted pottery! What makes these North African pottery so unique and beautiful are their intricate hand-painted designs in vibrant colors and ethnic motifs. Tajines look like art pieces, each one different from the other, and each one a potter’s masterpiece. Very often among North African families tajines are collected as family heirlooms and passed down generation after generation. Continue reading Moroccan Tajine

Eggplant Fennel Pasta Bake

There is something truly comforting about a good bowl of warm pasta all tomatoey and cheesy that just screams comfort food.  How then can one take a feel good pasta and make it veggie healthy as well?  Add in finely cut vegetables and bake with some gooey cheese and no one will ever know that the pasta is loaded with good for you vegetables.  This pasta is packed with eggplant and fennel but you could easily try this recipe with any of your favorite vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, and zucchini just to give you a few ideas.  Really an easy and delicious pasta bake this is and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you! Continue reading Eggplant Fennel Pasta Bake

Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

I know I know, I’m so late to using spaghetti squash as angel hair pasta substitute bandwagon.  My eldest daughter has been telling me for years “Mom, you have to try spaghetti squash instead of pasta, it’s so good! It’s part of the Whole30 plan.”  But honestly I just couldn’t do it! I would tell her “I only have pasta maybe twice a month, and when I crave pasta I want pasta! Not a veggie substitute.” As you can see I’ve known about spaghetti squash for a long time, but just couldn’t bring myself to make it as a pasta substitute. So yeah, I was a holdout. Continue reading Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

Eggplant Gotsu

Gotsu is a saucy, tangy, spicy cooked salsa made in most South Indian homes to accompany any type of rice dish. I shared a recipe earlier for an easy tomato onion gotsu that my Mom used to make to accompany a lentil and rice pilaf called pongal.  Here I would like to share my Aunty Shashi’s recipe for an eggplant gotsu made with eggplant, juicy tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and lots of spices. Continue reading Eggplant Gotsu

End of Summer Minestrone Soup

Late summer veggies like tomatoes and zucchini are in abundance right now, and big leafy greens such as Swiss chard are looking gorgeous as ever, while our herb patch is overflowing with herbs.  All these veggies and herbs is what inspired me to make this hearty minestrone soup on this cool September evening.  End of Summer Minestrone Soup. The name says it all!  Loaded with veggies and herbs that are in abundance now, tomatoes and garlic – minestrone is truly our family’s all-time favorite soup. Continue reading End of Summer Minestrone Soup