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Parsley Pesto Pasta with Roasted Asparagus

April 16, 2017

When I think of spring, I think of asparagus and I think fresh green pesto. This pasta dish is a combination of both. I made a delicious parsley pesto which is very easy to make. I paired it with delicious roasted or grilled asparagus. It is a great side dish or a meal!

  • 2 cups fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • Juice of half lemon
  • ¼ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano

Transfer the parsley, garlic, pistachios and lemon juice to a food processor. Process till a smooth paste begins to form. With the top open, drizzle the oil till the pesto begins to form. Transfer to a small bowl and add the salt and cheese. Check for seasonings.

  • 2 bunches asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the ends off the asparagus and cut the tops into 2 inch pieces. Transfer to a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt. Mix well and roast in oven for 30 minutes for till golden brown. Take out and keep aside.

  • ½ pound pasta, cooked al dente with 1 cup pasta water saved

Transfer pasta to a large frying pan. Add the pesto and the saved pasta water and stir over low heat till all the ingredients have come together. Fold in the roasted asparagus and check for seasonings. Serve with grated cheese.

Roasted Eggplant with Peas

April 2, 2017
  • 1 medium sized eggplant

Place the eggplant on to a grill or under a broiler. Char the skin from all sides, making sure the eggplant is nice is tender once done- about 10 to 15 minutes. Keep aside and let cool, take skin off and mash with a fork.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons stems of fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons stems of fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup peas
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped

Heat a heavy saucepan with the oil. Add the dill, cilantro, onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the coriander powder, turmeric, salt and cayenne pepper. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and sauté for an addition 3 to 4 minutes. Add the eggplant and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes. Add the peas, cilantro and dill. Mix well and let cook for 5 to 6 minutes or till the peas are heated through. Check for seasonings and serve warm.

Roasted Tomato and Shiitake Mushroom Pasta

March 26, 2017
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Sprinkle of salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Transfer the tomatoes to a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle the oil and sprinkle the salt and mix well. Roast in oven for 30 minutes. Put the tomatoes through a food mill or a blender. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ pound rigatoni, cooked with ½ cup pasta water to spare
  • Salt
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Add the shiitake mushrooms and sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the roasted tomato sauce, cooked pasta and the pasta water. Mix well, season according to taste and garnish with parsley.

Mushroom and Scallion Enchiladas

March 19, 2017
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 1 inch diagonal pieces
  • Salt

Heat a large skillet with the oil and the butter. Add the cumin and sauté on medium heat for 15 seconds. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, scallions and salt. Continue to sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt, check for seasonings, turn off the heat and set aside.

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 cups tomato sauce/passata, homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a saucepan with the olive oil. Add the ground cumin and paprika. Saute on medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat till the veggies are soft and translucent. Add the tomato sauce/passata and water and bring to a boil. Add some salt and sugar to taste in case the tomatoes are too tart. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes with lid on. Take the lid off and check for seasonings. Add cilantro and turn the heat off and let the sauce cool.

  • 6 to 8 small corn tortillas
  • Grated cheese, Monterey Jack, cheddar or a mixture, about 2 cups

1 8X8 oven ready pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Divide the mushroom mixture into 6 to 8 parts (depending on how many tortillas you are using)

Put a dollop of tomato sauce in the bottom of the pan and spread it around evenly.

Dip each tortilla in the tomato sauce, place the mushroom filling in the middle and top with a tablespoon of grated cheese. Roll the tortilla and place it seam side down. Repeat with the rest and top the dish with the rest of the grated cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Take the foil off and broil for a few minutes to brown the top. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Cauliflower and Potatoes with Mustard Seeds

March 12, 2017

Nothing like starting the week with delicious and healthy cauliflower. If you follow my recipes- you know I make a lot of this cruciferous veggie and this one is especially easy and yummy….

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 cup cilantro, stems cut up and chopped and separated from the leaves
  • 3 to 4 medium yellow potatoes, chopped into 1 inch dice
  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into small florets, about 1 inch
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

Heat a large saucepan with the coconut oil and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Cook for 30 seconds on medium heat and add the onion, ginger and cilantro leaves. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat. Add the potatoes and cook on medium heat, constantly stirring for 5 to 6 minutes or till golden brown. Add the cauliflower florets, turmeric, coriander powder, salt and cayenne pepper and sauté for another 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the heat down and cover for about 5 minutes or till the potatoes and cauliflower are cooked through. Turn heat down and check for seasonings. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.

Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry with Blood Orange Sauce

February 26, 2017

Perfect thing to make for Meatless Mondays- and it has blood oranges which are in season!

  • 1 cup blood orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Thai chili paste
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated

Bring the juice, soy, honey, vinegar, chili paste, ginger and garlic to a boil. Simmer and reduce by half. Keep aside.

  • 4 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 package firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Heat a wok like pan with 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onions and sauté on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the florets and sauté on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Take the vegetables out, add the remaining oil to the pan and reheat. Sprinkle the cornstarch on the tofu cubes. Brown the tofu on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the vegetables back to the pan. Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Mix well and check for seasonings. Serve with brown rice.

Roasted Cilantro Cauliflower

January 22, 2017

Cauliflower is my ‘go to’ vegetable… easy to make, delicious and quick… I made this as side dish.

  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra  virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon coarse salt

Preheat broiler to high.

Par boil the florets in boiling water for a 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the water and pat dry the florets and transfer to a lined cookie sheet.

Add the oil, cilantro, garlic and salt into a mortar and pestle. Grind till a smooth paste is formed- a processor can be used instead. Add the paste to the cauliflower, mix well and roast under the broiler till the florets are golden brown. Serve as a side dish.