Sides and Snacks

Pesto Pasta salad

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE OPTION Lovely Spring has come. The cool breezes, beautiful blossoms, and chirping of birds. I truly enjoy spring beyond the fresh weather it brings.  Spring is also perfect for picnics. So let's start to explore food ideas for those fun days in the park. One dish that lends itself well to… Continue reading Pesto Pasta salad

Instant Pot, InstantPot, Soups

Ramen noodle soup

MAGGI Lovers - try this twist! VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE OPTION One very popular quick-fix food growing up was MAGGI 2-minute noodles. To be completely honest, MAGGI did taste awesome. Little did we know about MSG, etc. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 😇 The texture and the crinkled look of the noodles was very unique to those times and… Continue reading Ramen noodle soup

Asian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Silky Sweet Potato noodles tossed in a sesame dressing

with Broccolli, carrots and mushrooms VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Recently, I saw a vegan Instagram buddy of mine post a gorgeous video of sweet potato noodles. The noodles were flat, glassy, and almost transparent. The video showed the noodles oozing with goodness and slipping between chopsticks. I was drooling all over just watching the video,… Continue reading Silky Sweet Potato noodles tossed in a sesame dressing


VEGAN Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE Here is an easy appetizer which is also a crowd pleaser. We love mushrooms in our house. Use good hardy mushrooms such as cremini or baby Bellas. You could also do this recipe with large portobello mushrooms and serve it as a side.  This dish is cheesy and full of flavor,… Continue reading VEGAN Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms

Appetizer, Mexican

Kale mushroom quesadilla

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Kale is one of the hardiest leafy greens. Some varieties like dinosaur kale are really tough. This is one of the reasons why kale can be cooked well and does not wilt quickly like most greens. This is also the same reason why I am not a fan of kale salad.… Continue reading Kale mushroom quesadilla


PHO inspired Noodles in Coconut milk broth

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Here is another easy no-fuss InstantPot soup which is a meal by itself. Loaded with plenty of mushrooms and brown rice noodles, this will fill you up in minutes. Coconut milk adds a beautiful aroma and the richness. Add veggies of choice - I brought in pea pods with a handful… Continue reading PHO inspired Noodles in Coconut milk broth


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… Continue reading Shells Mac n cheese – VEGAN!

Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Savoury bread pudding – VEGAN!

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN In south India there is a breakfast item called ‘upma’. It is a savory well-seasoned well-cooked dish made with variety of cereals and grains. We make ‘upma’ with practically anything … even bread. No kidding - we have a dish called ‘bread upma’! This is nothing but a ‘hash’ of bread pieces tossed… Continue reading Savoury bread pudding – VEGAN!


Sumptuous creamy mushroom soup – VEGAN

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE ‘LIGHT yet RICH SIMPLE yet AROMATIC DELICATE yet WHOLESOME’  As we all await the onset of splendid Spring season, lets enjoy the last days of Winter by relishing this amazing soup.Here's a very simple and wholesome soup that just takes 6 ingredients and comes together in under 30 minutes using the… Continue reading Sumptuous creamy mushroom soup – VEGAN

Fusion, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Fusion Dish – Bowtie pasta meets Asian flavors

Here is a quick stir-fry fusion dish mixing up pasta with Asian flavors. All it takes is 4 key ingredients and just about 15 minutes to put together. One tip that I have professed over and over again is to keep cooked pasta handy in the freezer. When I am making pasta  dishes, I cook 2-3… Continue reading Fusion Dish – Bowtie pasta meets Asian flavors