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Zucchini Onion Soup

The inspiration for this soup was a low-key Sunday dinner that my daughter wanted to make and she had her mind set on making soup.  Since we had zucchini in our basket she took my creamy zucchini leek soup as her starting off point and asked me to create a variation with caramelized onions and lots of garlic!  Zucchini onion soup is the soup to make with the delicious summer squash available at the markets and even in our own gardens right now.  Folks, this zucchini onion soup turned out so good that we were having seconds and thirds and we even finished off the entire pot!  The best part?  The soup is so healthy and low in calories it will blow your mind. The calories come from the butter and that too just 2 tbsp for an entire pot of soup.  The rest is all veggies, broth and herbs.  Its even creamy that one might assume there is cream in it, but not!  How healthy is that?  And if its really hot where you live, try the soup chilled and let me know how it tastes! Continue reading Zucchini Onion Soup

Zucchini Pepper Tacos

Oh the humble zucchini.  Poor veggie gets little respect. It’s mostly relegated to an after thought, or as a filler vegetable.  We use them in cakes for moisture, add them in veggie dishes to add some heft, but rarely do we say “Oh I add zucchini for its flavor.”  We mostly see zucchini as a flavorless vegetable.  Because let’s face it, most times zucchini IS flavorless especially when bought at the grocery stores.  Imagine my surprise then to get zucchini straight from the farm that actually has flavor, so flavorful in fact that I created a recipe around the humble zucchini.  These tacos do just that – show off the well-deserved zucchini vegetable by giving it star status, not just as a filler vegetable but as a veggie deserving of being highlighted. These tacos are all about the veggies folks.  When you have delicious veggies you get delicious food! Continue reading Zucchini Pepper Tacos

Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Mutias are steamed dumplings that are a specialty in the western state of Gujarat in India. These dumplings are made with day-old rice, chickpea flour, shredded vegetables, fresh cilantro, ginger, and a few spices. This combination of ingredients is mixed together and formed into dumplings, steamed and then shallow fried with mustard seeds. No only are mutias delicious what is surprising is how filling these mutias are; it’s the chickpea flour and rice veggie combination that makes these dumplings a satisfying meal.  Mutias can be served as an appetizer or as a light lunch option with a side salad. Give them a try! Continue reading Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Creamy Zucchini Leek Soup

Creamy tender zucchini along with green oniony leeks makes this soup the perfect light spring-inspired soup to serve in the winter.  Zucchini and leeks are so awesome together in this soup that my family emptied out the entire soup pot completely.  This soup by no means a hearty soup, but on those Sundays when all you want is a quiet bowl of soup that is not too filling maybe with a side of crusty bread and a cup of tea or a glass of wine  – this is the one to make. Give it a try! Continue reading Creamy Zucchini Leek Soup

Heirloom Tomato, Cauliflower, Zucchini Risotto

Heirloom Tomato, Cauliflower Zucchini Risotto

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup risotto rice
  • 5-6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small head of cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes finely cut
  • 1 zucchini cut into small chunks
  • 1 onion finely cut
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Chili flakes (optional)

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Mushroom Zucchini Enchiladas

Summertime brings with it an abundance of beautiful veggies, and zucchini is one of those that grows prolific at this time of year with a large harvest from every plant. Here is a recipe that uses up at least 5-6 zucchinis in a delicious Mexican enchilada. Mildly spiced, veggie-packed, light and delicious these enchiladas are, making them the perfect summertime dish.  These enchiladas are on the lighter side as I only stuffed them with zucchini and mushrooms and a light dusting of cheese.  Since zucchini is mostly water one doesn’t feel weighed down after having these delectable enchiladas, so go ahead have two helpings if you like!  Continue reading Mushroom Zucchini Enchiladas

Indian Summer Ratatouille

If you are looking for a great way to use up a large quantity of summertime tomatoes and veggies then this dish is the one!  That’s the dilemma I faced that inspired this veggie-laden dish.  I had loads of peppers, zucchini, carrots and tomatoes, and I knew it would take a few days to use all these up, but these veggies were ready to be had ASAP.  I decided to make a giant pot of Indian stew/curry type of dish with all the veggies I could collect from the refrigerator.  I also wanted this to be a saucy dish as I had soooo many tomatoes too.  Indian Ratatouille, is the name the kids gave this stew. The name sounded pretty cool to me as this stew made with summer vegetables and Indian spices would have otherwise been called Carrot, Zucchini, Pepper Curry; but somehow the name Indian Ratatouille just sounds better. Continue reading Indian Summer Ratatouille

Veggie Garden Envy. Veena & Mani’s Veggie Garden in Monte Sereno, California

My flowers have been blooming like gangbusters this summer with nonstop blooms all summer long.  It’s the fairly mild summer we have been having this year that’s making my garden so happy, though in August we have been getting some hot temperatures reaching upto 90s and even 100.  Despite all this cool, warm, hot weather, Anjali’s herb patch is looking great as ever! Continue reading Veggie Garden Envy. Veena & Mani’s Veggie Garden in Monte Sereno, California

Broccoli Zucchini Salad with Asafetida Cumin Vinaigrette

I had just learnt how to make this delicious Indianized vinaigrette from my friend Padmini and I couldn’t wait to try it out on a salad of my own. When I first tried this rather eclectic salad dressing made with asafetida and cumin, Padmini had tossed it in a golden beet salad for a picnic we had gone on with friends. Continue reading Broccoli Zucchini Salad with Asafetida Cumin Vinaigrette

Broccoli Zucchini Tomato Stir Fry Curry

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I made a stiry fry with broccoli, zucchini and tomatoes as I had never combined these veggies in a curry before, but what a delicious curry this trio of vegetables turned out to be!  I ended up with a juicy, saucy, flavorful veggie dish that the whole family devoured 😋.  Try this saucy spiced up veggie dish with naan, chapati, lemon rice, coconut rice or even ladled over grilled fish. Continue reading Broccoli Zucchini Tomato Stir Fry Curry