Vegetable Fajita:(Mexican Style)
Several times in my School-College-University life...I somehow always ended up having vegetarian room mates:( But kept managing my identity through food, hehe:) No, I never yielded to 'Veganism' or 'Satvik' preachings...and what is peer-pressure, anyway!
There were days, when my hostel mess bill used to be 'Nil' for several months! And I completely survived eating out the whole time:) You know what? It sucks to be a female' when they only provide 'A mess' (vegetarian food) for us girls, whereas boys will always benefit from good 'B mess' (the real food). Anyhooo, finally I am done with those days, now I can be on my own...its so relieving to be an adult (even though none treat me like one!)
Well, coming to the story, it was one of the toughest decision in my life...to take my significant other as my life partner, knowing that he is a strict vegetarian!!! Gosh, life is full of surprises (oh boy, did anyone put spell on me or what?). Anyway...at least now, I learned the spelling for 'V-E-G-E-T-A-B-L-E'...and what it is made of again? hehe:):)
Onions 1 large sliced
Jalapenos 1 sliced
Mushrooms 4 sliced
Bell peppers green 1 sliced
Bell peppers red 1 sliced
Zucchini 1 sliced
American Squash 1 sliced
Broccoli 1 small head, florets
Pepper - as per taste
Guacamole - avocado paste.
Stir-fry all the above mentioned vegetables over high heat, preferably over iron skillet. Further add salt and pepper, turn them on to serving dish...cover with cheese and sour cream.
Serve as a filling to your corn or wheat tortillas /flat breads or enjoy as a salad:)
Pasta Alfredo with Stir-fried Vegetables and Fried Shrimps on the side:
Cook Penne pasta as given in the box-directions.
Rinse and retain the shells. Mix with your favourite Alfredo's sauce, I like the one which has lots of garlic and mushrooms.:) Sprinkle a lot of Parmesan, as though you were waiting for me to suggest...duh!
Now for the side dish, if you're vegetarian...choose your favourite veggies. I picked broccoli and zucchini...not that I liked, but just had them in the fridge, lol.
Well, heat olive oil...add garlic powder?(yeah powder), salt and chili flakes(optional). Stir-fry vegetables briefly and set aside.
Here I come, Shrimps:) Okay, heat up the skillet, add olive oil. Put-in the garlic powder, chili flakes and shrimps...stir-fry for couple of minutes and add the tomato puree. cook over high heat...until the shrimps turn crisp and aromatic. Wow, its done.
Well, arrange them in a platter and treat yourself or others.
For those of you, who don't know what Zucchini is!!!
Did I ever mention, that my brother can also cook! If not...I got to tell you'll now! He cooks better than me, ha ha (at least he thinks so)! Pari Gandhi(Yes that's his official name) lives in Australia. You know, gone away for studies and job...that's how he started to boil water...oh okay okay...its seems 'cooking'!! I could never imagine, a boy who never knew, what is the basic difference between brinjal and beans can cook now!!!
Maybe some of you'll would have also bumped into his blog, already (accidentally / incidentally)! He used to write funny stuff that happened in his life...or simply 'All about nothing'!!! But very recently, he turned his blog into hide mode(due to some people, who started invading his privacy). That isn't just right, know! So myself and few of my friends plus his friends...felt really bad, that he stopped writing...kept his blog dormant and also switched to 'hide mode'!! Anyways...I have been asking him to resume back. Wish he considers my request!!!
Though he has been practically cooking for himself...for about 7 years! I hardly had a chance to taste his food. As very rarely we bump into each other (visiting back home, at the same time - India). Couple of years ago...when I was still studying at Hyderabad, he used to visit me!! I did notice that, he inherited the family trait 'interest in cooking'! Anyways...now after I started cooking(since 3-4 years now). I regularly take advice from Pari. We exchange recipes over Yahoo chat. He will be a good critic to me. We improvise our old recipes...rethink over and over about our childhood food & try to figure its ingredients.
He Indianizes any vegetables or Greens! Like he mentions, he makes kootu out of Bok choy, masiyal with water cress, Sea weeds...and much more!! He also cooks various cuisines like Turkish, Thai, Chinese...his master piece are 'Stuffed Turkish Pizza', 'Thai Rice' and 'Dim Sims'. When it comes to invent recipes...he thinks beyond boundaries, like mint & greens marinated meat, baked fritters (yeah yeah, another fitness freak in the family) etc!!
This is totally his own recipe...although he gives credit to me! I am happy da!:) In his 'All about Nothing' blog...he did post 1 or 2 recipes, they were good! So this is one such good recipe from his kitchen.
In exactly his words:
Today I present to you "Zucchini Bake on Spinach Gravy", a recipe I thought about and improvised by discussing it with my sister, Malar Gandhi.
Zucchini - 2 numbers
Egg whites - 2 numbers
Corn Flour - 2 table spoons
Besan/Gram Flour - 2 table spoons
Pepper - to taste
Curry leaves - to garnish
1. Grate the Zucchini, and place it in a large bowl
2. Add pepper, salt, corn flour, besan flour and garam masala to the grated zucchini.
3. Add egg whites to the above and mix them well
4. Bake them in oven at 200 degrees for about 25 min or until it becomes golden brown.
Pasta Cold Salad:
Late in the afternoon, is the bad time...for most dieters and weight watchers! We indulge in any kind of snack that is presented! When glucose levels drop...not everyone could make a healthy choice! What if we already packed a snack for our high tea time!:) Doesn't that sound kool!
My friend Tina, once prepared this cold salad for me! And I really liked it! She said...tossed all the veggies and dressed them up with mayonnaise!
Pasta(multi grain/omega 3 fortified)1 cup
Jalapenos 1 medium (deseed & slice)
Olives green 4 sliced
Olives black 4 sliced
Purple onion chopped 6 spoons
Roma tomato 1 chopped
Zucchini 1/2 chopped
Vinegar 2-4 cap full
Mayonnaise 4-6 spoons
Ragu sauce 4-6 spoons
Olive oil 2-4 spoons.
Cook pasta, as per the directions, drain the water and set aside.
In a wide salad bowl, bring all the ingredients vegetables and add vinegar to it. Let this sit for some time.
Then mix pasta to it. Further ass the mayonnaise and ragu sauce, mix well. Refrigerate them for about 4-6 hours. As they sit for couple of hours...vinegar works on the vegetables and pasta...make them delectable!
Serve cold as a salad. It could be a filling meal in between your meal time!
Chicken Mushroom & Veggie Pasta Salad:
Sometimes salad itself can be a filling meal! On a hectic day...I try to balace my salad with carbohydrate(Omega 3 enriched pasta), vegetables, both animal protein(chicken) & plant protein (mushrooms). Thats all here you go simple and complete planned food!
Pasta 1 cup
Chicken breast 1 (sliced into strips)
Mushroom 4-6 sliced
Zucchini 1/2 sliced
Bell pepper 1 large cubed
Roma tomatoes 2 cut into wedges
Pepper as per taste
Ragu white sauce 1 table spoon
Sour cream 1 table spoon
White vinegar 1 cap full
Olive oil few spoons.
Cook pasta along with little salt in it. Then drain the water & set aside.
Stir-fry chicken strips ith salt and pepper. When they are done, set aside.
Stirfry veggies for few minutes.
Then bring pasta in a large bowl. Add chicken, veggetables and vinegar to it. Mix sour cream and ragu sauce. Mix thoroughly. Cover and leave it in fridge for 4 hours.
Serve chilled as a salad/ main meal!
All purpose flour 1 cup
Baking soda 1/4 spoon
Baking powder 1/4 spoon
Sugar 2 spoons
Butter - melted few spoons
Dry yeast 2 spoons.
Tomato sauce 1 table spoon
Italian herbs sesonning powders 2 spoon
Parsley falkes 1/2 spoon
Dry red chili flakes 1/2 spoon
Ground black pepper 1/4 spoon
Olive oil few spoons.
For toppings(as per choice)
Black & green olives
Olive oil few spoons
Italian herbs sesonning powder 2 spoons.
In a wide bowl, add luke warm water. Add salt, sugar, butter and yeast. let this stand till they becoem foamy.
Now add flour, baking salt and soda to it. Knead them to soft, smooth fissure less dough. Cover with damp cloth. Let this sit for 7 hours. Maybe till it rises to 3 fold.
Make equal parts out of it. Knead them gently. Using a biscuit cutter, cut them into desired shapes. Set aside.
In a sauce pan, heat oil. add all the above mentioned items and bring it to thick sauce to paste like consistency. Set aside.
For Mini Pizza:
Line the oven tray with aluminium foil. Run few spoons of olive oil.
Place the mini pizza with equal gap. Run 1 spoon of sauce on each of it. Spead tehm evenly. Now top with your desired topping. Run again few spoons of oil and herbs.
Bake them for 12-15 minutes over 350.
When they are almost done. Cheese it and rebake again till the cheese melts(another 4-6 minutes).
Serves good as a snack.