Simple Salad

Here is a simple and a quick salad recipe. Ingredients: 3 cups of Sorrento salad mix (Trader Joes) 4 – 5 fresh basil leaves (roughly chopped) 1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes (cut into halves) 6-7 kalamata olives (chopped) 5-6 walnuts (chopped) Dressing 4 tablespoons of Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar 4 tablespoons of olive oil 2…

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

I have posted a lot of fall recipes this season and here is one more. Soups and fancy bread together is a perfect combination and I am serving my roasted pumpkin soup with fancy cranberry-walnut artisan bread I got from Traders Joes. You can get any artisan bread for this recipe. My friends always ask…

Spicy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichokes can’t go wrong ever, either this combination is used in pasta, pizza, and puff pastry pinwheels. My husband and I love it and always order it at Cheesecake Factory or TGI Fridays. So, I have recreated this recipe with low-fat options and the calories are way less than served traditionally. Traditionally Spinach…

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

As we all know, sweet potatoes is a healthier choice over white potatoes. Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Iron, and Magnesium. So any day when I crave for potatoes, this alternative vegetable definitely becomes my top choice. I utilize sweet potatoes as double baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, baked french fries,…

Boiled Raw Shelled Peanuts (Halloween Party Snack)

You can treat raw shelled peanuts with two basic cooking method. 1. Roast them in a skillet and 2. Boil them in a cooker or a deep pot. Here is my recipe: Ingredients: 2 cups of Raw Shelled Peanuts 6-7 cups of water 1/4 cup of salt Method: Clean raw shelled peanuts with water. Pressure cook all the ingredients…

Veggie Dumplings (Asian Pot Stickers or Momos)

Pot stickers can be easily served as a light appetizer.  I used store-bought dumpling wrappers, which are easily available in Asian and American grocery stores. Please check the ingredients as some of the brands do contain egg yolks. I got an egg free version from Asian Mart nearby, so I have posted a picture of the…

Pan Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients: 2 Large Potatoes (Boiled) 1/2 tablespoon of Olive Oil 1/2 tablespoon of Butter Basil & Rosemary (Fresh) Salt & Pepper (to taste) Red Chili Flakes Method: 1. Pan roast the white potatoes (boiled) with its peel. Just burst it open with a potato masher OR 1. Peel the boiled potatoes and dice them. Add…

Entertainment Platters

Well, I prepared these attractive platters during a game night. It was so fun to share these bit size finger foods with friends and family. You can practically serve any kind of dip with pita chips, tortilla chips, regular chips, multigrain crackers, veggies, etc. Here are few simple ideas. I usually serve home made dips like…

Blueberry Jam

Who doesn’t like jam. Actually in last two years, I have hardly purchased any store-bought ones, as home made jams are very easy to prepare. Moreover, you can control your ingredients, especially sugar. You can know exactly what is in your recipe, which is my all time favorite homemade cooking advantage. I don’t have much…

Watermelon, Feta, Herbs, and Citrus Salad

This is a perfect summertime salad. Yes, I love love love fresh fruits and melons are my all time favorite. I love this recipe, as you can enjoy it outdoors as well as indoors. Just perfect. Ingredients: 1 small watermelon (cubed) 1/4 cup of feta cheese (crumbled) 1/2 lemon & 1/2 lime (fresh juice) +…