Vegetarian

Persian Eggplant Dip

2018-07-11T17:10:10+00:00Appetizer, Vegetarian|

This is a very healthy and tasty dip made with roasted eggplants.  The recipe is simple and the trick to its delightful taste is the caramelized onion and golden garlic together with a hint mint…all together in a smoky, creamy and silky eggplant.   Since I had the eggplant dip (Kashke Badmjan) at a local Persian restaurant I wanted so bad to make it at home…when I noticed these huge, really huge eggplants at Trader Joe’s I saw the opportunity to try and I end up bringing home two of this gigantic eggplants. Eggplants are healthy in spite of a large amount of water. Eggplants contain dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. After searching the internet for inspiration, I end up [...]

Apple Mint Salad

2018-06-27T15:03:11+00:00Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is a very simple, refreshing salad made mainly with apple, fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh mint. This salad is a great side dish for any occasion, especially with grilled meat or poultry…the refreshing and crisp apples with a hint of mint is very invigorating with fatty meal, giving the meal a nice balance. I learned this recipe with my little sister when she brought a large bowl of this apple salad and we all loved it…I could not believe that such a simple recipe with only a few ingredients could be so good. The combination of the crispy apples with orange and a hint of mint is so pleasant for the palate. I meant to share this recipe [...]

Simple Air-Fried Curry Cauliflower

2018-06-18T10:50:07+00:00Air-Fryer, Vegetarian|

This simple and tasty cauliflower can be made by simply combining a bit of curry and after a few minutes in the air-fryer you will have a super healthy side dish. Here I am again with another recipe using the air-fryer…I must confess that this is one of the most used gadget in my kitchen and I regret not getting it earlier…I have been experimenting with all kind of food, and so far I am pretty content with the results, especially that so little oil is needed if any in order to accomplish flavorful dishes.  Moreover, it is so easy to clean…which is a very important element when it comes to everyday cooking…with no more words, I will go ahead [...]

Air-Fried Brussels Sprouts

2018-06-18T10:52:24+00:00Air-Fryer, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

If you do not care for Brussels sprout, this recipe will change your mind…by simply placing the sprouts in the air fryer and you will totally change your mind about not liking Brussels sprouts. Lately I try to add Brussels sprouts on our table, and I have tried so many recipes, from stir-fry to roasting, and I have to admit that I am very impressed when I air fried it.  I already air fried Brussels sprouts many times, and now I got it really working well. On my first attempt, I treated the Brussels sprouts as I usually do when roasting in the oven…and realized that the loose leaves would be too well done for our taste (burned) and that [...]

Lentil Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

2018-06-18T11:10:11+00:00Vegetarian|

This is a delicious and healthy salad with lentils, cucumber and roasted tomatoes.  It can be served as a side dish or even as a main dish. This is a simple and tasty lentil salad…it is sure packed with flavors and texture. The flavors are intense…sweet roasted tomatoes to the spicy cumin and the texture are from soft and creamy to crunchy. It can be served as a side dish or as a main meal as I have done many times. The leftover can be stored in the refrigerator for next day lunch… Ingredients: 1 ½ cup dry lentils 1 bay leaf (dry) Salt to taste 16oz sugar/grape tomatoes, washed and cut into half 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 [...]

Roasted Chickpeas

2018-06-18T11:11:01+00:00Make-Ahead, Snack, Vegetarian|

This simply roasted chickpeas are a great snack, and it come packed with healthy stuff.  They are very versatile and can be spiked with all kind of spices. I have been wanted to make this roasted chickpeas for ages, but somehow never got the chance to make it until now…and yes, I do regret not have done this earlier. They are very addictive and yes, you can “dress” which ever you like, salty, spicy, tangy, sweet…now that I know how simple and easy these are, I will sure have them all the time. Chickpeas are also called gabanzo beans, and they are packed with protein and fiber. So why not snack on these healthy little crunchy treats? Since I want [...]

Simple Zucchini Ribbons Salad

2018-06-18T11:11:13+00:00Vegetarian|

This salad made with ribbons of zucchini is so simple and yet so tasty. The zucchini ribbons are layered with Manchego cheese and drizzled with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Before I get into this week post, today early morning, I received the news that my friend is now resting…I know that she is in peace and there is no more suffering…no matter how I comfort myself that it is better…still hurts a lot…so I will just keep what I had scheduled to post… I really want to share this simple recipe that I learned while in North Carolina with my friend before Autumn arrives… This is a super simple salad…contains mainly zucchini and yet so good…very refreshing. Isn’t [...]

Baked Zucchini Blossoms

2018-06-18T11:12:38+00:00Appetizer, Vegetarian|

This is a fun, delicate and exotic appetizer made with zucchini blossoms filled with creamy ricotta and baked to perfection.  I got these zucchini blossoms when visiting the local farmer’s market…they were so beautiful therefore could not resist them…isn’t this an awesome way to celebrate the first day of summer? One thing I knew…I did not want to fry them, and searched for a baked recipe…came across this recipe which I pretty much followed it with some changes. These are so easy and very attractive little bites. By stuffing the flowers with ricotta, every bite is a combination of creamy ricotta with the crunchy panko…heavenly delicious! So if you come across zucchini blossoms, do not hesitate in getting them and try this [...]

Vietnamese Pickled Daikon and Carrot

2018-06-18T11:12:59+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Vegetarian|

Simple and easy daikon and carrot pickle recipe inspired by Vietnamese cuisine.  Great to have available in the refrigerator as it goes well in salad, sandwich and as a side dish. I am sharing with you today a simple a versatile recipe for Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikons. I love to have them handy in the refrigerator. I usually add to sandwiches, on salads or as a side dish. They are crunchy and so flavorful. It is a balance between sweet and tart. This pickled vegetable is great in sandwiches especially when you have rich and fatty meats in it. Another option is to top your favorite salad with it, they add color, flavor and serves as a dressing as [...]

Farro Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

2018-06-18T11:13:48+00:00Pasta and Grain, Vegetarian|

This is a recipe for a very healthy salad...it can be served as a side dish or as a main dish.  The combination of the nutty farro and roasted tomatoes is just amazing. This is such a simple and yet tasty salad, farro is used as a base grain. It is loaded with delicious oven roasted grape tomatoes marinated with olive oil, garlic and thyme. This can be served as a meal by itself or as a side dish. I love the idea of adding roasted grapes tomatoes; they are naturally sweet which gives this farro salad a touch of sweetness. I think this salad will be very suitable during summer months along with any BBQ. Now back to farro…farro [...]

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