Italian

Creamy green lentil pasta with edamame and parsley

You will be surprised by the flavor this recipe provides with just parsley and garlic. Very simple ingredients yet an eye-catching presentation. Today’s alternative pasta choice is green Lentil. I enjoy experimenting with these new offerings of pasta these days. This one did not disappoint. When you are able to enjoy a grain by itself, the… Continue reading Creamy green lentil pasta with edamame and parsley

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Shells Mac n Cheese with Spinach and Mushrooms

This week one of my sons asked for ‘Mac n cheese’. Gone are the days when I opened up a pack of ready to eat MnC, poured hot water, sprinkled the cheese powder and served it to my kids. I would have to make six of them to feed my boys, besides all the additives which… Continue reading Shells Mac n Cheese with Spinach and Mushrooms

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Minty, spicy and creamy Fusilli pasta with Kale and Carrots

Jump to recipe We love Pasta dishes where all the food groups are combined. This dish is one such preparation. Whole wheat fusilli is combined with kale and carrots in a smooth creamy sauce. Perfumed with freshly chopped mint leaves. Spice it up with a habenaro or keep it simple. This dish can be enjoyed… Continue reading Minty, spicy and creamy Fusilli pasta with Kale and Carrots

Indian, Instant Pot, InstantPot, Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Brown rice, chickpea and spinach risotto in InstantPot

Jump to Recipe After all the Holiday cooking, whether entertaining or not, January seems to be the month for a culinary ‘reboot’ a.k.a get back to some simple, wholesome, homely meals. Continuing on the same theme, today's recipe is a fusion rice dish combining Italian with Indian seasonings. Risotto is a creamy rice dish from… Continue reading Brown rice, chickpea and spinach risotto in InstantPot

Holiday, Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Humble Mac n Cheese tweaked for the Holidays

Jump to recipe Mac n Cheese is a comfort food essentially combining pasta and cheese sauce. It is easy food for toddlers and has been a staple go-to food because of its simplicity and neutral appeal. But the pasta is all white carbs and does not add much nutrition. By picking a wholegrain pasta and… Continue reading Humble Mac n Cheese tweaked for the Holidays

Holiday, Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Holiday hosting with roasted vegetable Lasagna

Jump to recipe This is probably one of my longer posts with a lot more pictures and description than usual. I wanted to take the time to elaborate the techniques used in this dish. Lasagna is a dish which takes time to put together but once done, it can provide 10-15 servings. So this dish… Continue reading Holiday hosting with roasted vegetable Lasagna

Appetizer, Italian, Sides and Snacks

Risotto Cakes with salvaged over cooked rice

Jump to recipe This dish will be a great addition to your hors d'oeuvres offering while entertaining guests or can serve as a weekend snack at home. This will not qualify for a simple quickie dish but with a little extra work, it provides a very appealing appetizer to serve for the Holidays or any… Continue reading Risotto Cakes with salvaged over cooked rice

Flatbreads and Pizzas, Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Pizza 2 ways – Spinach + Feta and Pesto + Tofu

Jump to recipe Kids always like pizza, but the delivery ones are loaded with cheese which makes it a ‘fat explosion’ for adults. With the advent of readymade pizza crust, making pizza at home is a huge time-saver and a healthy alternative. In recent times supermarkets have choices for different pizza crust types and we… Continue reading Pizza 2 ways – Spinach + Feta and Pesto + Tofu

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Spicy Sweet Potato pasta with Curried Broccoli and Green Beans

Jump to recipe Oven roasting vegetables at high temperature brings out the natural sweetness and adds a delicious crunch while retaining the natural crunch of the vegetables. Broccoli and Green Beans hold up to this high heat roasting. Pick any 2 vegetables of your choice – butternut squash, zucchini, sweet potato etc. all work well… Continue reading Spicy Sweet Potato pasta with Curried Broccoli and Green Beans