Penne with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients: 4 ounce penne or any other kind of pasta ½ lb Brussels sprout ½ lb button/white mushroom Black olives Oil spray 2 teaspoons Basil flavored olive oil for sprinkling Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste Method: Cook pasta according to package directions and drain Preheat oven to 400F. Cut Brussels sprout into half…

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Topping

Ingredients: ½ cup butter 1 – 17.5 oz oatmeal cookie mix packet 2 – 8oz package low fat cream cheese softened 1 ½ cups sugar 3 eggs at room temperature 1 – 15 oz can pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup milk chocolate chips…

Blueberry Orange Muffins

Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder Pinch of salt 1 egg ¼ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla ¾ cup orange juice 2 teaspoon orange peel 3 tablespoons cooking oil ¾ cup fresh blueberries 8 walnut halves (optional) Method: Pre heat oven to 375F.  Lightly grease 8 muffin cups With an electric…

Sweet Aval

Aval is one of the important savory made during Navarathri.  In Sri Lanka, aval from the traditional red rice is very common (actually I have never seen the white aval there).  Aval is the beaten rice/flattened rice. Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flattened_rice for more information. Ingredients: ½ cup red aval about ¼ cup dark brown sugar (or jaggery)…

Sundal (Chick Peas with Onions and Coconut Pieces)

With Navarathri coming, I thought of making some of the traditional dishes for the pooja.  So I made one dish each day for the last 3 days of Saraswathi Puja.  On the first day, I made this Sundal.  I also made some Aval, Kolukattai and sweet pongal.  Normally at my home, my mother makes all…

Banana Walnut Muffins

Ingredients: 5 oz all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons cooking oil 4 oz castor sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 large bananas mashed 5 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon orange peel 2 oz walnuts chopped 8 extra walnuts Method: Preheat oven to 350F Line 8 muffin cups…