Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cilantro-Lime Quinoa



When we first came to the US, 5 years back, we totally fell in love with the Burrito Bowl from Chipotle. Amidst all burgers, hot dogs and french fries we were hogging down, the familiar bean and rice combination of the Burrito Bowl, became our comfort food. The flavors were different, yet strangely reminiscent of the ones that we left back home. 

Over the course of time, our Chipotle outing got greatly reduced. I started cooking more at home. Moreover, we started developing a more adventurous palate. Eating out was all about trying new cuisines; newer flavor.

I never realized when Chipotle, dropped off our "Favorite Places to Eat" list. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Panchmel Dal - A Wholesome Stew combining 5 Hearty Lentils



If you have been following the blog, you know how I love my Dals/Lentils. Thankfully, Sid has also inherited my my loved for Beans, Legumes and Lentils.

Dals/Lentils along with store bought tortilla and a simple salad of cucumbers and carrots have been my lifesaver many a weeknight, when I have been too busy or too tired to cook a full course dinner. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Tzatziki Sauce


The summer vacation is almost over. 
And once again it's a bittersweet feeling. 

While I would love the alone time and the prospect of drinking my morning tea at peace, I would miss all the late morning cuddle and snuggle. Even his relentless questions and non stop chatter. Today after our ritualistic cuddle, he declared that he's super excited to go meet his new teacher and friends next Monday, but he will miss snuggling with Mommy! 

I promised myself not to tear up.... but I did.

Now that I have put my Kleenex to good use, lets talk about Tzatziki Sauce.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tomato-Basil Soup with Cashew Butter



"Do I still need to put the bowl in the sink?" asked Sid wearing his naughtiest smile.

I glanced and couldn't suppress my laughter. Lying on the dining table was an empty soup bowl, spotlessly clean.

"Did you actually lick your bowl clean?"

He nodded and said, "It was so yummy. It was finger-licking ... nope... bowl-licking good Mommy!"

And then he went ahead and gave me a 'squishy-do' hug and went on to tell me that I am the "best soup maker in the whole wide world!"

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Greek Salad with Chickpeas and Mint


July has been a busy month. The good kind of busy!

Though I didn't get to try out any new recipes, we'd a wonderful time as a family. Cincinnati had been unusually hot this summer. Which meant a lot of fresh and light meals and a lot of easy and fuss free cooking.

The highlight of this year's summer has been our tiny herb garden. Since it was our first foray into gardening, we kept it less adventurous with low maintenance herbs like Mint, Sweet Italian Basil, Rosemary and Thyme.

Having an herb garden has its advantages. A snip here and a snip there and suddenly, there is a burst of freshness in our everyday meal.