Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hibiscus Iced Tea

Do you love Hibiscus flower? If you are in a warm climate then you can see year round but here it's only in summer so when you see the leaves starts to come, you can feel the spring is in the air and when comes spring, then comes summer. And in hot summer days what better than iced tea to cool down. When you make it with hibiscus flowers, its good for your body also.

This tea is good to prevent hypertension, lower Blood pressure, reduce blood sugar levels, keep your liver healthy, for girls,  it helps with menstrual cramps, help with depression, aid digestion and help with weight management. It's rich in Vitamin C, contains minerals such as flavonoids and has laxative properties.

It's not good for pregnant or nursing moms and if you already have low BP, don't try this. 

Here you can find it in the farmers market otherwise there is always Amazon.


Ingredients : 

1/2 cup  Dried Hibiscus Petals
8 cups of water
1/4 cup Honey or as per your taste
As per taste Lime juice, Ice cubes and few mint strings (optional)


Method

Take a pan and add water, add few dried Hibiscus petals in it. It will change color in a few seconds. 
Once the water starts boiling, switch off the gas and let hibiscus do its work. You can add basil leaves, mint leaves, lemon grass, ginger at this point. 


Let the tea steep for 15-20 minutes. 

Mix it Honey and Lime juice till its nicely mixed. 

You have it either warm or ice cold. If you are serving to a crowd, have extra honey and lime juice on the side so people can adjust it as per their taste. 


















Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Eggplant Parmesan

Somehow Eggplant is my favorite, I can have it any variety of eggplants in any cuisine. Either typical Gujju way like this , or some Tikka Masala style. Or Chinese style.    Or Italian Eggplant Rollatini.

Give me in any way and I am happy. Today's recipe is another most favorite for vegetarian is Eggplant Parmesan. you can use chicken if you are eating chicken. For this, I served it as dinner so did it the way Olive Garden serve it, on a side of Whole Wheat Spaghetti in just olive oil, salt, and black and red pepper flakes. But if you want, you can just make eggplant and have it too.

You can make a sandwich too. Recipe for the sandwich is here.

To make this you can peel the eggplant first. To make the crust, I have eggs and breadcrumbs but if you don't eat eggs, you can use buttermilk too.




Ingredients : 

2 Big Eggplants peeled and thinly round sliced
2 Eggs Beaten
4 cups Italian Seasoned bread crumbs
3 cups Shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
5 Cups Marinara Sauce
1/2 tsp. dried Basil

Method : 

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Dip eggplant slices in egg and then in bread crumbs.

Place in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake for 5 minutes on each side.

In a baking dish, spread sauce on the bottom.

Place one layer of eggplant slices, sprinkle with the mixture of Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheeses.



Pour sauce over it and repeat the layer again.

Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

To serve you can have it as it is with garlic bread or to make a full meal, add a side of spaghetti, cooked in Just olive oil, Parmesan cheese, Red pepper flakes.
























Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Easy 5 Ingredients Cannoli

Cannoli and Tiramisu are my favorite desserts. I make tiramisu now and then but never tried cannoli to make it home. Now my son started to like cannoli and he was after me to make this so got the readymade shells. I was not in a mood to make it from scratch. I don't have the patience to fry those shells and then wait for it to cool down so I can stuff it. So I took the easy way out.

This is by far easy cannoli cream recipe. Just need a few ingredients and cream is ready. If you have leftover cream, you can use it to make it stuffed french toast also.

So let's get cooking.



Ingredients :

6 Cannoli shells
2 cups Ricotta
1 cup Whipped cream, you can either use whipped cream or powder sugar also
3/4 cup Mini chocolate chips, I didn't have mini so I used regular
1 Tsp. Vanilla extract

Method : 

Take your ricotta and put it in a big strainer and take any extra water out. Leave it for 30 minutes so all the water is out.

In a bowl, add ricotta, whipped cream, vanilla extract, chocolate chips and mix it.



Take your shells out from the box.



Put the stuffing in the plastic ziplock bag, cut it that much so the chips can get out.

Stuff it first from one side and then stuff on the other side.

Done with all and add extra chocolate chips on both sides.

If you have a fancy nozzle, use it so it will look nice.

Enjoy it right away. you can not store it for a long time since the shells are made from dough, it will become soft.













Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Quinoa Burrito Bowl

As you all know Quinoa is very versatile grain, you can put the flavor in it and it will absorb like a sponge. So here we go again, with one more idea how to use quinoa in Mexican food. Instead of rice, you can make quinoa as a base and add all your toppings for a burrito and your bowl, healthier looking and test delicious is ready to eat. I had it vegan oven fried "chic"ken on a side to get extra protein but you can have it as it is with or you can add regular chicken, beef or your choice of protein in it.




Ingredients :

1 cup washed and cooked quinoa
1 tbsp oil
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
1/4 cup drained and rinsed can black beans
Few strings of cilantro washed and chopped
2 tbsp Paprika powder
1 1tbsp Taco seasoning
Lime juice and salt as per taste

For Toppings

Refried beans
Guacamole
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Onions
Caramalised onion and mushrooms
Sour cream and salsa

Method : 

Washed and cooked quinoa and keep it aside.

Heat the pan, add oil in it.

Add garlic and onion and cook till its translucent.

Add beans and all the spices and mix it.

Cook for 1 minute.

Add cooked quinoa and mix it nicely.

Take it out from heat and add cilantro and lime juice.

Make four part of the cooked quinoa.

Take one part, add all your toppings on quinoa or you can make it like what I did it. Spread it on a bowl and enjoy it.






























Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Easy No Cook Chocolate Mousse

Valentine days come and go, we celebrate love every day. When you are with your loved ones, its Valentine and when you are not, its a sadness in the heart. We don't go out on Valentines for a few reasons, first, it's always working day and time doesn't work with us, second, all the restaurant wants to make more money so they are in to finish your order and in a mood to kick you out, its like you are paying to eat there but at their terms. Third, We can create our own menu and food, according to our choice and enjoy the leisure of our time and don't have to worried about kicked out.  and above all, its economical and the amount of money you spend outside, at home, you can create an awesome meal and you don't have to be in pressure to "show off" on social media about who went where. Kids wanted something special so I made a few desserts and dishes the whole weekend so they can enjoy.

This is very easy and no cooking required chocolate mousse. I got Godiva chocolate pudding and add whipped cream in it and set it and enjoy it. I got a few more ideas where to use that pudding so it will come up in the next few weeks.



Ingredients :

1 chocolate pudding mix
2 cups of milk
2 cups of Whipped cream
Few chocolate chunks

Method:

Prepare pudding mix with two cups of milk and leave it for five minutes, It will thicken it. After that add whipped cream and mix it nicely.

When it's nicely mixed, take it out in your serving cups, by flapping on your palm, take out any extra air in the mix. 

Add a spoonful of whipped cream on top of it and add a chocolate chunk on it. 


Keep it in the fridge for an hour or so. 

Enjoy it cool. 

Have a fab Valentine today and forever. 



























Monday, February 11, 2019

Savory Mung Bean Pancakes with Spicy Kimchi

When you made a big batch of kimchi, you have to find a way to use it and knowing me I don't like to eat it as it, I am always looking for trying new ways to eat it. So before I added in Quinoa, this time it's in Pancakes.

These are a very famous Korean dish which has soaked and grinds mung beans, pork, scallions, and kimchi and makes pancakes have it with a side of soya sauce flavor with vinegar, sugar and Korean hot sauce. I cut a short cut, instead of having green mung beans, I soaked yellow spilt mung beans and make a paste of it, added kimchi, a little bit of hot sauce and made pancakes. Still, I didn't have scallions in the house, I omitted it but if you have it, please add it.



Ingredients 

1 cup of Soaked and grind yellow mung or green mung beans
1 cup of chopped Kimchi
2 cut scallions
2 tsp. Soya sauce
1 tsp. Garlic powder or 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
1 tsp. of Sesame oil

Method : 

Soaked and grind mung beans with very less water, we need thick batter the way we make besan chilla.

Add kimchi, if its too big pieces, cut it in bite size.

Add the rest of the ingredients and check the seasoning and adjust accordingly your taste.

Heat a nonstick flat pan, add little oil and ladle the mixture into the pan, and try to make it in a circle.

And make it is not so thick, not so thin layer.

Cook it on one side and then flip it.

Cook on another side also and take it out on paper towel.

Finish rest and enjoy hot with soya sauce mixed with vinegar, hot sauce, sesame seeds in it.

















Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Kimchi Fried Quinoa

Its New Year and we are still in for keeping the resolution so sharing one more healthy recipe with quinoa. Over the Christmas break, made a whole batch of Kimchi, one for me with spicy sauces and one for my husband not at all spicy, with miso in it. We both got two each jar full of it. He is almost done with the first one,  I still have to work on my jars so I am getting new ideas to use my kimchi. What better way to use it with two of my favorite ingredients in one, Quinoa and kimchi. Basically, you just need to cook quinoa and add already made kimchi in it and you are done but for me, that's not enough so on the side I made stir fry vegetables to go with it and make a complete meal out of it.
You can just have it as one dish too, add vegetables in kimchi too and make a new dish.

You can find Basic Napa Cabbage Kimchi and  Sliced Radish Kimchi







Ingredients :

1 cup cooked Quinoa
1 cup of Kimchi, diced in small pieces
1 Tsp oil

Method : 

Cook your quinoa and keep in a colander so water can drain out.





Chop the kimchi in bite-size pieces. 






Heat the pan, add oil in it.

Add Kimchi in it and make sure its coated with oil.

Then add quinoa and mix it and make sure water from kimchi and quinoa is all dried up. Just double check with salt and spiciness, adjust accordingly and take it out on serving the dish and enjoy as it is or with a side of stir fry vegetables.





























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