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Quinoa and Cherry Tomato Salad bowl

Organic supply of farm fresh baby tomatoes, motivated me to try making healthy salad. Tomatoes were absolutely red in color, thin skinned, plump and sweet in taste. I mixed them with quinoa and cream cheese. Added cranberries, mint leaves and fresh coriander. At the time of serving, garnished with chopped almonds and few mint leaves. Continue reading Quinoa and Cherry Tomato Salad bowl

Seasonal Peas and Corn Salad

Abundance of fresh pea pods can be seen in the vegetable market during winter season in Mumbai. They are freshly brought locally or from northern part of India. It is naturally sweet and taste great when mix with crunchy peanuts and smoky corn. This salad is simple to make with least of effort and ingredients. Enjoy it as a light meal or relish it at any time of the day. Continue reading Seasonal Peas and Corn Salad

Pav Bhaji Bites

Easy and a quick way to serve most popular snack of Maharashtra – Pav Bhaji. I made it in to a small, light, interesting appetizer bites. Undoubtedly, pav bhaji is ruling among all the road side food favorites. Trip to Mumbai is not complete if you have not eaten Pav bhaji, batata vada and bhelpuri. So, let us first start with quick method of making bhaji and then to serve it differently.

Bhaji is a spicy curry of mixed vegetables cooked in specially blended spices and served with warm, soft, buttered shallow fried pav (type of burger bread). It is quite filling, healthy and favorite anytime meal option. Continue reading Pav Bhaji Bites

Pan Fried Cottage Cheese & Veggie Patties

Cottage cheese has long been my favorite ingredient. It is a healthy option for vegetarian diet – an excellent source of calcium, minerals, rich in protein and is relatively low in fat.

These are very simple cottage cheese patties with crispy outside and velvety inside. I curated this recipe to cook in the least of oil with very few steps. List of ingredients seems to be long but it literally mixes in two minutes and cooks in 15 minutes. It is a tasty, liked by all, any time treat. Serve it with a scoop of mashed potato and barbecue sauce to make it a complete main course meal. Continue reading Pan Fried Cottage Cheese & Veggie Patties

Roasted Cherry Tomato Quinoa bowl

Abundance supply of fresh farm produce of slender cherry  tomatoes, motivated me to try making this salad. Although, they were not absolutely red in color but they were thin skinned and sweet in taste. I roast them and added caramelize onions. To Quinoa, I  thought to use up and stir in mascarpone cream cheese. Final topping of cranberries, almonds and dressing of hot & sweet sauce; gave this fresh salad a sweet and crunchy taste. Continue reading Roasted Cherry Tomato Quinoa bowl

Grilled Cottage Cheese with Oriental Glaze

A melange of sauces mixed to get this tasty glaze, which goes well with my new easy to make recipe – Grilled Cottage Cheese with Oriental Glaze. This one is a healthy option and can be enjoyed hot, any time of the day. Serve it as a salad or as an accompaniment, it is surely going to be hit. Add boiled or saute veggies alongside to make it a complete platter. Continue reading Grilled Cottage Cheese with Oriental Glaze

Minty Grapefruit and Orange Salad

Very easy low calorie recipe of two citrus fruits. Grapefruit has very distinct tart taste and tangy flavor. It is mildly sweet and makes refreshing colorful salad when combines with orange. I prefer using pinkish grape fruit. The peppiness of mint leaves, with orange dressing enhance freshness. Garnish of crushed peanuts brings crunchiness to the salad.

Minty Orange Grapefruit Salad is full of fiber and other healthy nutrients. It is super doze of vitamin C. A bowl full of this salad is quite filling and is perfect as anytime snack or can be served as an appetizer. Plus, it is sweet enough to satisfy our sweet cravings without feeling guilty.  Continue reading Minty Grapefruit and Orange Salad

Quinoa Avocado Salad with Cranberry & Pomegranate in Lime Vinaigrette

This salad recipe is healthy eater’s dream. It is easy to make with available ingredients. It is high in protein, full of fibers, healthy fats and other important nutrients. I added dried cranberry & pomegranate to have juicy, sweet & sour taste to it. All these ingredients makes it a flavorful satisfying salad and equally light lunch. Make it a meal in itself by adding grilled cottage cheese steaks or herb rice to the platter or serve it alongside with main course.

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Serving: Prepare portion according to the course of the meal.

Require: Large mixing bowl

Ingredients:

I used 3 cups of cooked quinoa.

Other ingredients and it’s quantities are as per individual taste and availability. I used – avocado, finely chopped tomato, red green yellow bell pepper, fresh basil leaves, fresh mint leaves, dried cranberry & pomegranate.

Dressing: 2 tablespoons vinaigrette for 3 cups of quinoa or adjust as per taste. Make extra and store

Ingredients for vinaigrette:

  1. Lemon juice – 3 tablespoons
  2. Honey – 1 tablespoons
  3. Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  4. Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  5. Paprika – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  6. Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Salt as per taste

Whisk all the ingredients together and store in refrigerator.

Method:

  1. Cook quinoa as per the instruction given on the box
  2. Mix all the ingredients softly in a large bowl. Keep it in refrigerator and toss vinaigrette just before serving. Garnish with mint leaves and pomegranate

Tips & Tricks:

  • Serve cold
  • Garnishing is important as it gives colorful appearance to the salad
  • Garnishing with finely chopped almonds gives crunchiness to the salad
  • You can use any available or choice of veggies; important is Vinaigrette. It should taste sweet & sour and little bit spicy
  • I have not mentioned quantities here since it totally depends on personal choice and availability
  • Add avocado only on the day you are serving salad since it looses it’s color and texture
  • But for avocado & vinaigrette, rest everything can be stored in the air tight container

 

 

 

 

Water Chestnut Corn & Green Onion Salad

This salad is for water chestnut lovers. It is tasty, healthy and clean way to eat them as they are stir fried in olive oil with onion and chilly flakes. I also added boiled sweet corn and garnish of peanuts with fresh mint leaves. My friend made this salad directly by mixing all the ingredients together, that means no cooking and still it was tasty and crunchy.

Water Chestnut Corn & Green Onion salad is easy to assemble and fast to prepare. But yes, it needs fresh ingredients and tender water chestnuts. You can enjoy it as a salad or as an appetizer. Continue reading Water Chestnut Corn & Green Onion Salad

Cottage Cheese Steak with Pesto n Stir Fry Veggies in Home made Sauce

Very interesting  assemble of healthy ingredients – Cottage cheese, vegetables and basil pesto… a great option for vegetarians. These steaks are easy to make with available ingredients. I used home made basil pesto (we can also use ready bottled one) and combined it with stir fry veggies. Cottage cheese steaks with vegetables is quite filling, it can be served as a main course or cut them into small pieces to enjoy it as a starter. Continue reading Cottage Cheese Steak with Pesto n Stir Fry Veggies in Home made Sauce