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Shells Mac n cheese – VEGAN!

with 'invisible' Cauliflower pearls VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE OPTION 5 ingredient VEGAN Mac n Cheese that is absolutely good for you? Yes! This beauty will be ready to hit the dinner table in under 30 minutes. READ ON! Mac n Cheese is comfort food from toddlers to adults. I probably have said this before. I can still… Continue reading Shells Mac n cheese – VEGAN!

Holiday, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Saffron infused tri-color pasta

Served with spicy triple colored Cauliflowers and Red Onion pickled salad VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE OPTION, NUT-FREE On one of our recent visits to a Persian restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised with a dish there - Penne pasta served Persian style - Saffron flavored. Although we were a bit skeptical about the flavor profile, we were brave… Continue reading Saffron infused tri-color pasta

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Baked Feta pasta

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the lovely women out there. 👩‍🦰 Humble apologies for the long Hiatus 🙏 Its hard to believe that I did not write a post for the last 2 weeks. So what was going on ? My older son turned 16 🤗 although this kid is totally ‘low-maintenance’… Continue reading Baked Feta pasta

Fusion, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

BAKED ‘Tikka Masala’ pasta

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE Baked ziti is one of my brother’s favorite pasta dishes. This traditional dish has pasta baked in a tangy tomato sauce with some veggies. Ziti is similar to Penne but cut straight.Today’s recipe is a Fusion dish. It takes penne pasta and bakes it in ‘tikka masala’ sauce. Tangy and spicy. Italian… Continue reading BAKED ‘Tikka Masala’ pasta

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Tangy lemon pasta with roasted corn

Are you looking for a pasta dish which is so versatile it can be customized for even the pickiest of eaters? Here's one which can be suited for all seasons and all palates!Serve it cold - this pasta uses plain olive oil for the dressing and is a lovely dish to serve cold in summer… Continue reading Tangy lemon pasta with roasted corn

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Mushroom n Olives Lasagna (VEGAN)

This one-dish lasagna is super healthy and has a unique flavor with the addition of green olives. Mushrooms and swiss chards round off the veggies and tofu is used as the protein making it a completely VEGAN offering. By using readymade lasagna sauce, the assembling of the dish takes under 30 minutes and just 30 minutes… Continue reading Mushroom n Olives Lasagna (VEGAN)

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Pasta e` Patate` – simple creamy tomato pasta topped with crisp potatoes

This dish translates into Pasta with potato. Before you get started at the very thought of carb-on-carb…. This dish is apparently very popular in rural Italy. I was reading through many online posts and learnt about how this dish ‘pasta e `patate` is put together with leftover pasta, leftover tomato paste and potatoes. Potatoes have… Continue reading Pasta e` Patate` – simple creamy tomato pasta topped with crisp potatoes

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Italian Spread – orzo mushroom risotto, ’caulipower’ penne and roasted mini peppers

Today we made it an Italian spread for dinner - ☝️Orzo risotto overloaded with mushrooms ✌️ Caulipower penne with broccoli and cherry tomato - dressed simply with olive oil and balsamic vinegar - this one turned out to be surprisingly amazing! 🤟 Oven roasted sweet mini-peppers  I started off with an idea to make something creamy and… Continue reading Italian Spread – orzo mushroom risotto, ’caulipower’ penne and roasted mini peppers

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