Chicken Noodle Soup

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Chicken Noodle Soup- Recipe by Ina Garten, serves 6 I did add additional chicken stock to this pot after the picture was taken. I do prefer a lot of broth in my chicken noodle soup. Sorry I have been missing for almost two weeks. Just recovered from a cold and sinus infection. I am all upbeat and ready to cook! Since it’s been so cold lately, I decided to make this comforting chicken noodle soup. Roasting the chicken breasts in the oven, chopping a few vegetables and throwing in the egg noodles with store-bought chicken stock makes this soup easy to prepare and delicious! I used to make chicken stock at home but realized it was a very expensive affair. . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Caesar Club Sandwich

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Caesar Club Sandwich- Recipe By Ina Garten I love this sandwich recipe by Ina Garten and every time it’s made my husband’s eyes light up. A creamy and delicious mix of mayo, mustard, garlic, parsley and anchovy paste is slathered onto a rustic Italian bread called “Ciabatta“. The anchovy paste enhances the taste of the dressing and it’s not at all fishy, so please don’t skip it. It is then layered with cooked chicken, sun dried tomatoes, pancetta, Parmesan cheese and some arugula leaves. It’s delicious and so easy to make! Ingredients 2 split (1 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on Good olive oil Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta 1 large garlic clove, . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Italian Wedding Soup

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Italian Wedding Soup- Recipe By Ina Garten, Serves 8 I adapted this recipe from Ina Garten’s “Back to Basics” cookbook. I have tried almost all the recipes in it and they are fabulous! The soup is made with pasta, lots veggies like carrots, celery, and spinach. Fresh herbs like dill and parsley are added too. The meatballs have Pecorino Romano cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk that make them soft and delicious! I love that the meatballs are not fried but baked making it so much more easier. It’s a complete soup that has carbs, protein,vegetables and lots of flavor! The first time I made this soup I used home made chicken stock which was very flavorful no doubt but also very . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Orange-Beetroot Juice

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Orange -Beetroot Juice- Serves 6 Last year my husband gifted me this fantastic Breville Juicer so I could join my neighborhood friends on a cleanse diet of nothing but fresh juices all week long. Today, my juicer is an integral part of weekend breakfasts at my place. One of our favorites is white gourd with a splash of lemon juice. Another is a unique combination of oranges and beetroot which is positively divine! I was doing some reading about beet roots and I came across this article on Dr. Oz’s site. Usually with any fruit or vegetable, doctors recommend eating it whole rather than juicing it as it loses it’s fiber and in turn one does not get the optimum . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Scrambled Eggs

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Scrambled Eggs- Serves 1 At my house, we all prefer to eat cereal on weekday mornings but weekends is when we love to relax and begin the day with a big and inviting breakfast. On weekends, I usually make scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, toast served with a glass of freshly squeezed juice (orange, grapefruit or celery). I like to add fresh cilantro, a dash of green chilly (for some heat), milk, salt, pepper and melted butter. I know many people who actually like to add butter to the eggs directly (I like to melt it first)on the pan, and honestly there is no right or wrong way of doing it but this is how my family enjoys it! As . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Mushroom,Spinach and Corn Bake

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This post is very special for me for a number of reasons. First, I just learned that my recipes will be a weekly feature on the popular local “mom” blog series “AZ Desi Mums“, “Sydney Desi Mums“, and “Dubai Desi Mums”! “Desi” is an affectionate reference to people from India who live abroad. “Desi Mums” is a hangout for “desi” moms to share, recommend and discuss mom concerns and interests. This will be my first featured recipe! Another reason why this recipe is special to me is because this was one of the first dishes I learned to cook. This dish was a party favorite back home and I am forever grateful to my Mom for teaching me how . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Pasta Salad- Vegetarian

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Pasta Salad- Recipe adapted from Ina Garten, Serves 6 This Ina Garten recipe is made using Rotini (spiral-shaped) pasta and earned rave reviews from all the grown-ups in attendance at my daughter’s recent birthday party. Boil the pasta, cool, and add sun dried tomatoes, black olives, tomatoes, Parmesan Reggiano cheese, Mozzarella cheese, and dressing (super delicious!) made from sun dried tomatoes, red wine vinegar, capers, garlic and olive oil. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1/2 pound fusilli (spirals) pasta (I used Rotini pasta) Kosher salt Olive oil 2 medium sized ripe tomatoes, medium-diced 1 small can black olives, pitted and diced 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, medium-diced 6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped For the dressing: 5 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Potato Soup With Sausage “Zuppa Toscano”

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Zuppa Toscano Soup – Serves 6 After 3 straight dessert posts, it’s time for something a little more hearty and healthy. This recipe is for “Zuppa Toscano” soup made with Italian sausage, potatoes, onions, chicken broth, kale and a little cream. If the name “Zuppa Tuscano” sounds familiar it’s because you’ve probably seen it on the Olive Garden restaurant menu! Now that I’ve discovered the right recipe, I can finally enjoy this tasty soup anytime I like in the comfort of my home. I came across the recipe at my local “Publix” supermarket as part of their “Publix Apron Simple Meal” program. The goal of the program is to highlight simple yet delicious recipes designed to make meal-time stress free . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Creamy Asparagus Soup

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Creamy Asparagus Soup – serves 3 Of late we have been trying to eat healthier, so I make a light soup and salad for dinner. Next month, we will be celebrating “Diwali” the hindu festival of lights followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas. With the holidays and speacial festivals around the corner, I need to cut back on calories. This easy, simple and delicious recipe requires no heavy cream at all. Just saute onion, potato, and fresh asparagus in olive oil and a tablespoon of butter . The potatoes naturally thicken the soup, onions lend sweetness and a cube of chicken or vegetable bouillon adds extra flavor. The milk is added to the end to make it creamy. Serve this light . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Quinoa Salad with Arugula

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“California Pizza Kitchen” is our favorite restaurant and we visit it at least once a week to enjoy their amazing salads and pizzas. Last weekend, I tried out their new salad, quinoa with arugula, red onions, sun dried tomatoes, asparagus and a sprinkle of feta cheese and was completely blown away by the flavors that I had to recreate it at home as it looked fairly simple. Just cook the quinoa ahead of time, and keep in the refrigerator. This salad tastes best when all the ingredients are cold. I made just a few changes by substituting the asparagus for french beans and made a white wine vinaigrette (using Ina Garten’s vinaigrette recipe). Needless to say, it’s a hot favorite . . . CLICK TO READ MORE