February 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Finger Sandwich

Finger Sandwich

Recently, I had party and came up with the idea of finger sandwiches. It was big hit among adults and children. It is very easy, simple, and fun to make!!

Cooking Level: Very Easy
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

1. Regular white soft bread
2. Cream cheese- pineapple or plain
3. Chutney- Cilantro chutney or Pesto sauce


1. Cut the edges of the bread.
2. Spread with cream cheese on the bread at room temperature.
3. Cut diagonally into 4 triangle pieces
4. You may use even number of bread slices with cream cheese and pesto sauce/ cilantro chutney
5. Spread pesto sauce or cilantro chutney on the bread
6. Cut diagonally into 4 triangle pieces
7. You can arrange the slices in color sequence as you like!!

Tips: For variations white  bread can be substituted with wheat bread. Nutella can be substituted for cream cheese.  Please watch our blog for recipes on red chutney and Pesto sauce.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Three Great Recipes That Use Zucchini

Let’s take a look at three great recipes that use zucchini.

Zucchini has a great flavor that’s used in a wide variety of recipes. It’s often used alongside squash because the flavors play well together. Zucchini is a great food for anyone trying to lose a few pounds. One cup of zucchini contains just 36 calories. It can also help to lower cholesterol and prevent certain types of cancer. 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beet Salad

It is time to expand your palate! Beets are a  wonderful source of iron, it has been shown to be an immunity booster and guard against cancer.
This beet salad is very simple to make and fun to eat.  The crimson color of beets and red onions looks so pretty on the table. The crunch and sweetness of gives a zest to a meal having your family to eat veggies happily.

Cooking Level: Very Easy
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes


1. One small piece of cucumber
2. One boiled medium size beet
3. One red onion
4. Sea salt
5. Lemon juice
6. 1/4 tsp of roasted cumin seeds powder
7. Chopped cilantro to garnish
8. Carrot


1. Chop cucumber, beets and onion in julienne cut
2. Sprinkle sea salt, lemon juice and cumin powder.
3. Mix all the ingredients and put in the refrigerator for at-least 20 minutes before you serve

Tips: Roast cumin seeds in a pan on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Let it cool down. grind the seeds in the grinder. This powder should be good for 6-7 months if stored in a airtight jar. Can be used for other recipes such as salads, yogurts and dahi wada.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Ingredient of the Week: Besan

This week we’re going to take a look at three great recipes that use besan. Besan is high in protein and very useful in gluten free recipes.

Besan (also known as gram flour) is a type of flour made from chickpeas. Besan has a lower glycemic index and a higher protein content than regular flour. Besan can help to control diabetes, promote heart health, and (thanks to its lower calorie count) it can even help with weight loss. Besan is a great addition to any kitchen thanks to its health benefits and unique flavor. 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rice Krispies Treats @ home

Me and my kids enjoy eating rice krispies. I was wondering the other day to make rice krispies at home without using marshmallows. Here is the fun and easy recipe for the rice krispies at home using available ingredients.

Cooking level: Very easy
Cooking time: 10 minutes


7 cups of rice krispies

2 cups of oats

few Reese pieces

8 oz creamy almond butter

1/2 cup of dried cranberries

1/2 cup of dark raisins

2 cups of brown sugar

1 1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 cups of roasted peanuts/ almonds

4 tbsp butter

16 oz fluid light corn syrup with real vanilla or you may use agave nectar for corn syrup


1. In a sauce pan and low heat  , add butter, creamy almond butter.

2. Add, corn syrup and brown sugar mix well.

3. When it liquefies, add the other ingredients to the mixture.

4. Add rice krispies and  mix real well.

5. In a 9 x 12 baking pan, spray with cooking oil and put all the mixture in the pan with spatula to flatten it    and let it cool down for 30- 45 minutes

6. Now you may cut into desired pieces

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Spice of the Week: Mango Powder

This week we’re going to take a look at three great recipes that use mango powder.

Mango powder is used to add a unique sweet and sour flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. In addition to its great taste, mango powder has some significant health benefits. First and foremost, antioxidants found in mangos have been proven to help prevent cancer. Mango powder also helps to lower cholesterol, and promote eye health. Great flavor and great health benefits make mango powder a welcome addition to any spice rack!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tex-Mex Pizza

I have been craving for pizza for last couple of days and I was no mood to order a pizza online or get frozen ones from the store. Instead, I started to make my own pizza. Here is the mouth watering, fun and easy recipe for the Mexican vegetarian pizza.

Cooking level: Very easy
Cooking time: 20 minutes


1/2 cup of pace pic ante salsa
1 Pillsbury pizza crust
2 tbsp roasted deli sliced red bell pepper
2 tbsp green bell pepper
1/2 cup of black beans drained and rinsed
2 tbsp of onions
2 tbsp of sliced black olives
2 tbsp of scallions
1/2 cup of Mexican cheese


1. Follow the instructions on the Pillsbury pizza crust

2. Bake the pizza crust as instructed on the package

3. Apply the pic ante salsa and spread all the ingredients and top it with Mexican cheese

4. Now, bake the pizza for another 15 minutes with 400 F until crust is done

5. Then broil on high for two minutes. Please do not over broil the pizza.

6. You may top the pizza with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes on the pizza.

Enjoy!! Please feel free to provide with your valuable comments and suggestions.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Spice of the Week: Lemon Juice

This week we’re going to take a look at three great recipes that use lemon juice.

Lemon juice is used to add a sour citrus flavor to both sweet and savory recipes. In addition to its strong sour flavor, lemon juice also carries a number of health benefits. Keeping a positive alkaline state has been proven to help prevent cancer, and lemon juice helps to keep your alkaline state positive. Lemon juice also helps to purify your blood and detoxify your system. Lemon juice helps to keep you healthy and it adds a great flavor to your recipes, so be sure to keep it in your kitchen .

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