Spicy Barley Pulav with Vegetables

When I was a kid my mother used to make barley water for my grand mother since it has many health benefits.  But I used to hate the smell when barley is being cooked.  With that I never tried any recipes with barley.  Since I started cooking healthy home made lunch meals for work, I…

Spicy Tri Colored Quinoa with Beans and Corn

I have bought red quinoa and white quinoa as is in packages.  But only recelntly I saw this tri-colored quinoa which has white quinoa, red quinoa and a dark brown or almost blackish quinoa.  The darker colored quinoa give a more nut flavor and a bit of crunch taste and they don’t easily get over…

Kollu (Horse Gram) Chutney

Kollu or Horse gram in English which I have never heard of until I came to the United States.  I believe it is quite common in India but no one knows this lentil in my family or town.  I saw this lentil in one of the Indian grocery stores and bought a packet which has been…

Spicy Vegan Bulgur Pulav

  It is so hot and the best thing to cook is a one pot meal instead of making multiple dishes and generating heat.  I have been eyeing on a recipe which is actually a chicken pulav with brown rice. I thought to make some twists and create it as a vegetarian dish since I…

Spinach & Black Beans pasta with Ground Almonds

This is a new type of pasta I tried today.  I have been trying diary free meals and did not have any diary free cheese in my pantry.  So thought to substitute with ground almonds which gives a nice crunchy taste to this pasta dish.  This is an easy recipe packed with nutrients to have…

Quinoa with Roasted Beets, Beet Greens and Tofu

This year until last week I couldn’t find good fresh beets in the farmers market.  Last week when I went there, to my surprise they had really fresh beet bunches with fresh beet greens.  I couldn’t resist and bought a big bunch.  While they are fresh, I wanted to make some dish and came up…

Mixed Mushroom Pasta with Basil Olive Oil

Recently I have been making dishes that are vegan and this is one of those recipes I always wanted to make – pasta combined with almond milk.  I will be posting another recipe with vegan Alfredo sauce.  Since I didn’t have enough time, I made this dish very quick and simple.  The main ingredients that gives…

Mediterranean Quinoa

  Ingredients: 1/3 cup dried chick peas ¾ cup Quinoa 1 tablespoon cooking oil ½ cup thinly sliced red onion 4 oz kale leaves (stems removed and leaves torn into small pieces) ½ cup corn kernels 2 spring onions/scallion cut into 1 inch pieces ¾ cup cherry tomatoes halved ½ cup kalamata olives salt to…

Pasta with in Roasted Tomato Sauce

Ingredients: For the pasta 4 oz cork-screw pasta (or any other pasta) 8 oz asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces 1 medium red bell pepper cut into thin slices 1 medium sweet potato peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes cooking spray 2 teaspoon olive oil generous 1/2 cup cherry tomato halved 1/2 cup black…