Saturday, August 24, 2013

Salad with simple dressing

Before sharing the recipe with you, I have a small story to share. Few years back, that was my first visit to a restaurant in USA with my hubby, it was a Mexican restaurant. We were very formally greeted and seated as we entered the restaurant by a nice lady and menu cards were handed. I being new to the Mexican food, asked my hubby to suggest any vegetarian dish that I could enjoy. There were only few options in the menu which include salad, some cheese burritos and vegetable fajita. So he ordered salad for appetizers and soon it arrived on to the table. I never had lettuce or any raw food before in India. The only thing that came on to my mind was a GOAT! yup, because my brother used to say that I eat leafy vegetables like a goat, but I never agreed because I used to say that goats eat raw leaf not me, but now what am I doing! I was glad that my brother was not around. I soon laughed out loud looking at a salad and my hubby had a question mark on his face about why am I laughing and I soon explained him the same. Even I used to feel creepy when I saw people eating raw vegetables, and later I closed my eyes prayed to god and had a first bite of it, immediately I had to open my eyes and say wow! I loved it. From then salad became one of my favorite food. Today I am sharing with you the simple salad recipe with simple dressing.



Ingredients
Romaine lettuce/iceberg lettuce-1 head
Baby carrots or julienned carrot-1/2cup
Ripe pitted olives chopped-1/4cup (or to taste, I love olives so I put more)
Squash/cucumber slices-1/2cup
cherry tomatoes washed and halved -10 in number

For Dressing
Olive oil-3tbsp
Apple cider vinegar/white vinegar-2tbsp
salt to taste
sugar-pinch
Lemon juice-1/2tbsp

Method
Wash and chop lettuce and add all other ingredients and mix well. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and add it on top of the salad before serving. You will love it. Refrigerate the salad before serving. You can also add avocado if you like.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you like it!
  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Chocolate dipped strawberry-Romantic treats

If you wanna create romantic atmosphere inside your home when you are alone with your hubby then these are the perfect treats to enjoy. I made them for my hubby's birthday and he loved them. In fact you can even make the environment more romantic by putting on some dim lights or by lighting up some scented candles.  These treats are simple to make and delicious in taste, I made them before but they didn't come out very well as my choice of chocolate knocked it down. I would recommend you to use Hershey's dark/milk chocolate. These treats can also be made a day before the party and can be served as an appetizer, kids will love them and this is also one of the best method to make kids eat fruit.



Ingredients:
Chocolate- 50gm
( or any hard chocolate that is still sold at room temperature)
Fresh strawberries- 10 large
Tooth picks-10
Water as needed
White chocolate or cake icing-2tbsp
Thermocol or foam sheet

Method
To melt chocolate:
We use double boiling methods to melt our chocolate. For this take a pot and fill it half way with water and let the water come to boil. Now take another bowl and put it on the boiling water pot and add chocolate to it. Keep stirring till the chocolate melts completely



Coating strawberries with chocolate:
Wash the strawberries and pat dry with paper towel or a clean cloth. Hold the calyx part (The green leafy part) together with your fingers carefully and insert tooth pick at the center. Dip the strawberry while holding the calyx or tooth pick and make sure it is coated well on all sides. Knock off excess chocolate on to the side of the bowl while taking out and insert the free end of the toothpick on to the foam or thermocol sheet. Repeat the process for all the remaining strawberries.
If you want to decorate with any confetti this is the right time. After adding confetti you can store them in the fridge to make the chocolate hard. Later you can decorate with white chocolate and refrigerate them again. These are good for 7days if you refrigerate properly.

Warning: Never store them in a freezer.

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Pasta in fresh home made celery and tomato sauce with a twist

When I was a kid my mother used to make pasta in Indian style, and I used to love it a lot. When my lunch box was pasta I used to have all my friends gathered around me like a flies to dig in. I can still remember my friend swathi who used to visit my home just to taste my mothers pasta. I never knew how the pasta is made and processed. With my little research I found the following facts: Most of the pastas that are available in market are made of enriched all purpose flour (Maida) or durum flour which are considered as a white poison apart from sugar and salt. White flour has had all the good substances (bran and germ) removed during processing.  It's bleached, with a bleaching agent similar to Clorox( disinfectant) . Has added coal-tar-derived (carcinogenic- Cancer causing agent) vitamins but is sold as "enriched". It clogs up intestines, creates excess mucus in sinus passages and depletes nutrient levels as your body works to digest it.



OK! now enough about the bad facts about our favorite pasta now let us learn about some wonderful things about pasta that are published on online journals.
 Pasta may help lower the glycemic index of a meal.
 When you cook pasta with cheese, meat, vegetables it lowers the glycemic index of the meal.   
 Lower the glycemic index (GI) more nutritious and filling the food will be. It is one of the recommended food for diabetic patients. 


Recipe:

Ingredients:
 Pasta 1/2 cup
Water to boil pasta
salt to taste
 For sauce:
Celery 1 large stem- finely chopped
Tomato 1large chopped
onion chopped-1/2cup

banana pepper-1 large finely chopped(gives a twist in taste)
oil-2tbsp
red chili powder to taste (optional)

Method
To cook pasta:
To the 3/4pot of boiling water add pasta and salt, cook till pasta is done.




To make the sauce
Add oil t the medium hot pan and when the oil is hot add onion and sauté till tender. Later add celery and banana pepper and cook till it becomes tender, now add tomato, salt and red chili powder. Close the pan and cook it under medium flame till the tomato is finely cooked, keep stirring the mixture in between. Turn off the stove when the mixture is done cooking and let it cool. Add the cooled mixture to the blender and make it to a smooth paste. Pour this mixture in to the same pan that you have used before and heat it add pasta to this mixture and mix well. close the pan and cook it for 2min under low flame. When you are done take the delicious pasta into a serving bowl and serve it hot with salad or any side you like. This is the best pasta dish I ever tasted. Celery adds a special flavor to the dish and banana pepper gives a special twist in taste. We enjoyed I hope you will love it!

 

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