Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Garlic Knots from Pizza Dough

Sometimes you just to nibble on finger food but you need it quick and delicious, so what do you do ? you can take short cuts and fulfill your desire. Same thing happens with this recipe, wanted to make garlic knots but didn't had time to proof the dough, so got the ready made dough with the seasoning in it, make knots, apply generously flavor garlic butter , baked it and viola, garlic knots are ready to eat. Served it with warm marinara and all loved this kind of snack. So what are you waiting for , just grab the dough from your favorite Italian pizzeria and make this one, if you have time, make the dough from scratch and make it too.

Ingredients : 

1 Regular size Pizza dough
4 Cloves of garlic finely chopped
2  tbsp. of butter
2 tbsp. of olive oil
1 tbsp of each fresh or dried herbs
As per taste Salt and Fresh cracked Black pepper


Heat oven to 375 F.

In a microwave proof bowl, add olive oil, butter, herbs, salt and pepper and warm it for 30-45 seconds or until butter is melted.

Mix it and keep it aside. 

Flatten the dough and make it 12 golf ball size pieces, give it a "knot" and keep it  aside.

Take your baking tray, put the parchment paper and put your knots it. Take your cooking brush and apply generously garlic butter mixture on every piece. 

Bake till 20-25 minutes or until its nice and brown.

Served with warm thick marinara sauce. You can have this as a side dish with your pasta or pizza or just as a after school snack.  Enjoy

Monday, March 26, 2018

Teriyaki Mock Chicken With Noddles & Vegetables

When you have Mock meat on sale at the supermarket, you have to fill up the freezer so it can last till next sale. I did the same thing, one day I saw the product its on sale so I got it all and now making use of it.

First comes, Mock chicken packets, this product I used it before so I knew what to expect. So I made chicken with noodles and lots of vegetables. I didn't want to overpower the dish with lots of species or sauces so just keep it simple with teriyaki sauce since it was for me and my daughter, I know she loves sweet based sauces so Teriyaki sauce was the best choice. She loved it and we had a perfect take out diner at home. We had it with side of spring rolls and duck sauce.

Ingredients : 

1 Packet of chicken
1 Carrot chopped
Few Florets of Brocooli
1/2 inch sliced ginger in matchsticks
2 thinly sliced garlic
6 Pea pods thinly sliced
1 cup boiled noodles ( I used whole wheat )
3 tbsp.  Teriyaki sauce
salt as per taste
1 tsp Oil


Boiled water for noodles and boil as per the package instruction and keep it aside.

Heat a pan with oil in it.

When its heated, add ginger and garlic and cook for a minute till you get nice aroma.

Add rest of the vegetables and chicken and cook till chicken is little brown.

Add noodles and add sauce and mix it well.

If you like little saucy you can add little water and make it kind a gravy. But for us it was perfect so we had it as it is.

Enjoy with chopped green onion on top and for me I need sriracha so I had it with that and side of vegetable spring rolls.

I used this product, it comes with the sauce but it was not enough for my vegetables and noodles.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Brownie Mix Cookies

Had too much of brownies so my kids are not interested to eat anymore traditional way brownie but still they love the taste of it so I make small bites size muffins too. But this time I wanted to make cookies and its really easy and quicker than regular brownie. Make this from ready made brownie mix box , add extra flour, nuts or chocolate chips, eggs and oil and bake it in a shape of cookies and you are done. You don't want to over bake it , just 9-10 minutes and take it out and leave it out on wire wreck for 5 minutes till it gets cool and then you can store it in airtight container.

Ingredients :

1 Box of Brownie (Just dry mix) I use Pillsbury
2 Eggs (for vegan version you can use flex seed egg)
1/4 cup Canola or Vegetable or Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Flour (I used whole wheat but white is also fine)
1/4 Cup Chocolate chips or nuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a bowl, add brownie mix, eggs, canola oil and flour and mix it very well. If you are using any nuts or chips you can add it now.

Take ice cream scope and put the cookie dough on greased cookie tray or with parchment paper on it.

Leave at least 2 inches apart.
Bake for 9 minutes.

Take it out. Give a cookie sheet light tap on counter so that will give crinkle on top and it will take out any extra air.
Let it cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then transferred it to the cooling rack.

Proceed with rest and enjoy.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Savory Oats with Oranges and Olive Oil

I just can not have sweet in the morning with my tea, yes any savory dish is fine but after 10 I can have some sweet. So if I am eating something with or as my breakfast I would prefer savory. I know people going crazy about overnight oats with thousand of variations of it but for me that's dessert. I love it but not first thing in the morning. This is very famous cook's Giada's recipe and its perfect for any busy morning. You can add any other fruit but oranges go perfect. This is for single serve recipe. You can adjust with the quantities for more people or serving.

Ingredients : 

1/2 cup Old fashioned oats
Zest of 1/2 lemon or as per taste
Salt as per taste
1 tsp Fresh Thyme chopped
4 tsp. Extra virgin olive oil
1 orange cut in segments
2 tbsp roasted sun flower seeds

Method : 

In a medium pan, bring 2 cups of water and salt to boil . Add oats and cook  until creamy , about 5 - 6 minutes.

If you want thicker consistency, cook for 1 or 2 minutes more.

Stir in the lemon zest and thyme. Take it out in bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and top it with oranges and sun flower seeds.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Red Thai curry Quinoa Bowl

I love quick and easy recipes  but it has to be flavorful and spicy for me. So when I make my diner, I always look for that kick in my dishes. This is perfect example of quick delicious diner bowl and healthy too. You can use your favorite vegetables, instead of tofu, you can use precooked or raw chicken, fish, or any sea food in that matter and instead of quinoa, brown rice, cauliflower rice. Possibilities are endless for vegetarian and non vegetarian both.

Ingredients : 

1/2 Block firm tofu
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 each red, green capscicum
1 Carrot chopped in match sticks
1 onion chopped in Match sticks
3-4 tbsp Red curry paste or as per taste
Few thin slices of ginger
2 cloves of Garlic finely chopped
Salt as needed
Oil as needed

Method : 

Cook Quinoa as per package guide.
Add 1 tsp of oil and add 1 tbsp red curry paste and cook for few minutes. Add quinoa and cook for 2-3 minutes. Take it out and leave it aside.

Heat oil again in same pan, add vegetables and 1 tbsp or as per taste Red Curry paste and cook for 2-3 minutes. Don't overcook vegetables, it still has to remain crunchy. Take it out and leave it aside.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in same pan, add cut tofu in it. Make it little brown on all side. Add Curry paste and just toss in it so it gets the flavor.

In all these three batches if you think you need to add salt then only add salt. I like to sprinkle lemon / lime juice on top and less salt in food but you can add it as per your taste.

To serve : Take one bowl, add quinoa on one side, vegetables on other side and tofu on other side , sprinkle lime juice on top and enjoy hot , spicy one pot meal.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

1 -2 -3 Everything Bagel Recipe

Facebook feed and internet is going crazy about this easy bagel recipe so I have to try it and now I am sharing it with you.  In first batch I followed the recipe and it was so good , my family finished 3 of it so I made another batch and in that one I added seasoning inside the bagel too and still it turn out really good.

I have used whole wheat flour but you can use all purpose flour too. I have used Trader Joe's  Everything bagel seasoning mix but you can just add plain white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds or just plain bagel. It will still taste amazing. I had it with Jalapenos cream cheese, it will taste good with plain old butter too. You can easily double or triple the recipe. Make the dough ahead , freeze it , get it on room temperature and bake it for the breakfast. Your family will thank you.

got inspired from this.

Ingredients : 

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup Greek yogurt (no plain yogurt only Greek non fat)
2 tsp. Baking powder
3/4 tsp Kosher salt (less if you are using regular salt)
4 tbsp Everything bagel seasoning or as needed.

Method :

Preheat the oven at 375 F

Take flour, baking powder and salt in Bowl. Ad yogurt and mix it, mix it all the flour is nicely mix with yogurt and it come out easily from your hand.

Divide dough in to 4 parts.

Roll it one part and make a hole in it.

Take a baking dish, put the parchment paper on it and make all 4 circles and sprinkle seasoning on it, on top and onside too.

Bake it on top rack of the oven for 25 minutes.

Cool for 10 minutes before cutting it and enjoy with butter , cream cheese, jalapenos cream cheese.

I had it with my morning tea.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How to Froze Fresh Herbs

We get nice fresh herbs but to save them its always a big problem. So now I just make ice cubes of those herbs either mix and match or separate and put it in olive oil and then use it. That way I dont have to rush to grocery store when I need it , just take a big one ice cube or half or two, as per the need and I am good with recipe. This saves money and time too. You spend one time and this last long.

There is no perfect measuring , just take your favorite herb(s) , wash it , chopped it and put it in ice cube tray and cover it with good olive oil . Leave it over night and next day take out from tray and put it in zipper bag, write on it what's in side so you don't have to guess what in the bag and use it as per the need.

I took

1 bunch of Fresh basil leaves
1 bunch of fresh organo leaves
1 bunch of parsley
few strings of rosemary


Wash and chopped all herbs nicely.

Put it in ice cube tray and cover with olive oil.

Keep it in freezer overnight and take out next day and put it in zip lock bag. 

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