Cherry Tomato Pizza

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Cherry Tomato Pizza is made with full of Italian spices, cherry tomatoes, basil and cheeses. Homemade pizza dough and marinara sauce gives a fresh flavour to the pizza. If you have the pizza dough ready, this pizza takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time : 15 minutes

Serves : 2-3

Ingredients :

Pizza Dough: 1/2 this recipe (you can use store bought dough)

Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce : 4 tablespoons (store bought is fine too)

Cherry Tomatoes : 1/2 cup sliced

Basil leaves : 7-8

Italian seasoning : 2 teaspoons

Shredded Mozzarella cheese : 1/2 cup

Shredded Cheddar cheese : 1/2 cup

Method :

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Take a pizza pan, add few drops of olive oil and brush the entire pan. Take the pizza dough, flatten it to cover the pan and form an edge. Make impression in the middle with your fingers.

Add pizza sauce and smear it all over the pizza. Add cherry tomatoes, couple basil leaves, cheeses, Italian seasoning and bake for 15 minutes.

Take out the pizza, add rest of the basil leaves and let it sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Note: Add too many basil leaves before baking will burn the leaves so just add a couple and cover them with cheese.

Chicken Chop Suey

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Chop Suey is a dish from American Chinese cuisine. It’s a stir fry that contains meat, vegetables and bound in a starch-thickened sauce. It’s served with rice.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time : 10 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

Chicken : 200 grams thinly sliced

For Sauce:

Cornflour : 1 tablespoon

Soy sauce : 1 1/2 tablespoons

Oyster sauce: 2 teaspoons

Sesame oil : 1/2 teaspoon

White pepper : 1/2 teaspoon

Chicken stock: 3/4 cup

For Stir-fry:

Vegetable oil: 1 1/2 tablespoon

Garlic cloves : 3 minced

Onion : 1 small sliced

Bok Choy : 5-6 stems cleaned and chopped

Carrot : 1 medium chopped

Bean sprouts : 1/2 cup

Mushrooms : 1/2 cup sliced

Method:

In a small bowl, add all the ingredients listed under for sauce and mix well.

Heat oil in a pan, onions, minced garlic and saute for 2 minutes or until the onions turn translucent.

Add chicken, stir and cook for 2 minutes until the chicken turns from pink to white.

Add bok choy stems, carrot, mushrooms and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the box chow leaves, bean sprouts and stir fry for 1 minute.

Add the sauce, stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Turn off the stove and serve hot with rice.

 

Glazed Carrots

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These glazed carrots are made with simple ingredients like brown sugar and butter.  which makes these carrots really flavourful with a beautiful glaze.It serves as a delicious side dish for any meal during holidays.

I served these delicious carrots with the Thanksgiving meal and everyone loved it. You can use baby carrots or spring carrots for this dish. I couldn’t find neither so used regular carrots and sliced them.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves : 4-6

Ingredients:

Carrots : 450 grams

Butter :  3 tablespoons

Brown sugar : 1/2 cup packed

Chicken or vegetable broth : 1/2 cup

Salt and pepper to taste

Dry rosemary : 1/4 teaspoon

Fresh mint : 1 teaspoon chopped

Method:

Wash and slice the carrots.

Melt butter in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add carrots and cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally.

Add the stock and sugar and stir. Cover the pan and reduce heat to low. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the carrots are tender.

Remove the carrots of the pan and keep them aside.

Cover the pan and continue cooking until the mixture is syrup consistency.

Add the carrots back to the pan along with the spices and stir carefully. Turn off the stove  and serve as a side dish with any meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Fajitas

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This Chicken Fajitas is a flavourful dish that easy to make. It’s perfect for a weekday dinner. Chicken, peppers and onions are marinated with a blend of spices.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Marinating Time : 45 minutes

Cook Time : 10 minutes

Serves : 5-6

Ingredients:

Boneless chicken : 750 grams cut into strips

Onion : 1 large sliced

Green peppers : 1 julienned

Oil : 3 tablespoons

Dried Oregano : 2 teaspoons

Ground Cumin : 2 teaspoons

Red chilli powder : 1 teaspoon

Garlic powder : 1 teaspoon

Crushed red pepper : 1 teaspoon

Tortillas : 6

Instructions:

In a large bowl, add all ingredients listed except tortillas, mix well and keep in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the marinated chicken and veggies. Cook on medium heat until the chicken is cooked. It should take about 10 minutes.

Heat the tortillas, add the cooked chicken and veggies, some salsa and serve immediately.

 

Peanut Butter Mug Cake

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This Peanut Butter Mug Cake is a simple cake that takes hardly 5 minutes to cook and enjoy.

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time : 70 seconds

Serves : 1

Ingredients:

Brown Sugar : 2 1/2 tablespoons

Vegetable oil : 1 1/2 tablespoons

Egg white : 1

Peanut butter : 2 1/2 tablespoons

All purpose flour : 3 tablespoons

Baking powder : 1/4 teaspoon

Chocolate chips : 1 tablespoon

Instructions:

Add sugar, oil, egg white in a mug and whisk well.

Add peanut butter and whisk well.

Add flour, baking powder, chocolate chips and mix to combine.

Cook in a microwave on high for 70 seconds.

Veggie Noodle Salad

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Zoodles is very famous where zucchini is made into noodles. Why just zucchini and leave other veggies so, I went and made noodle salad using a lot of vegetables. The color and texture was just amazing.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Serves : 3-4

Ingredients:

Zucchini : 2

Yellow squash : 1

Beetroot : 2 medium

Carrot : 1 large

Cabbage : 1/2 cup sliced thinly

Bell peppers : 1 cup julienned (red, yellow and green)

Lemon juice: 2 tablespoons

Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

Using a zoodle maker, make noodles of zucchini, squash, beetroot and carrot.

Add the veggie noodles, cabbage, bell peppers, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss well to coat. Let the salad rest for 15 minutes in the refrigerator so the flavors are soaked in.

Serve chilled.

Chocolate Banana Bread

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Banana Bread is a kids favorite at home and once I added chocolate to their favorite bread, they loved it. The flavors go really well. Banana Nut Bread that I make has loads of walnuts whereas Chocolate Banana has loads of chocolate chips and cocoa.

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Bake time : 60 minutes

Makes : 1 loaf

Ingredients:

All purpose flour : 1 1/2 cups

Cocoa Powder : 1/2 cup

Baking powder : 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda : 1 teaspoon

Butter : 1 stick/ 1/2 cup

Granulated sugar : 1/2 cup

Brown sugar : 1/4 cup

Eggs : 2 large

Ripe Bananas : 3 medium mashed

Chocolate chips : 1/2 cup

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium size bowl, cream butter and sugars until they turn light and fluffy.

Add eggs, banana and stir to combine.

Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips and stir to combine. Do not over mix.

Grease and flour a 9×5 loaf tin, add the batter and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the bread rest for 10 minutes in the tin before transferring it onto a cooling rack.

Chickpea Salsa Salad

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This Chickpea Salsa salad is a simple yet refreshing salad made with chickpeas, spicy salsa and pomegranates. You can either make everything from scratch or just use the canned chickpeas and readymade salsa. I made everything and mixed them up.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Serves : 2

Ingredients :

Canned or soaked and boiled chickpeas : 1 1/2 cups

Salsa : 1/2 cup

Pomegranate seeds : 1/2 cup

Salt : 1/2 teaspoon

Fresh ground pepper : 1/4 teaspoon

Instructions:

In a medium size bowl, mix all the ingredients and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve as a side dish or as a main dish with some soup

Beetroot Hummus

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Beetroot Hummus is a dip or spread made with cooked and mashed chickpeas, roasted beetroot, garlic, cumin seeds, lemon juice and Tahini. It’s a popular Middle East and Mediterranean dish but is famous internationally.

Roasted beetroot adds a beautiful Color and more flavour to the hummus. The color is really inviting. Canned chickpeas can be used to speed up the process. Taste in using canned chickpeas and soaking/cooking chickpeas is really negligible.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time : 10 minutes

Makes : 2 cups

Ingredients :

Soaked and cooked chickpeas : 1 1/2 cups (can use canned chickpeas)

Beetroot: 2 medium

Garlic Cloves : 3 minced

Tahini : 2 tablespoons

Olive oil : 1/4 cup

Lemon : 1 juiced

Cumin : 1 teaspoon

Chickpea liquid : 1/3 cup

Salt : 3/4 teaspoon

Method:

Peel, Wash and dice the beetroot. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C and roast the beetroot for 20 minutes. Once taken out, let it cool.

Add all the listed ingredients in a food processor or blender jar and blend till smooth.

Serve with pita chips or fresh veggies. Hummus can be refrigerated for upto a week in a airtight container.

Overnight Oats bowl

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Overnight Oats bowl is simple to make yet a filling and a healthy breakfast.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Serves : 1-2

Ingredients:

Rolled Oats : 1 cup

Milk of your choice : 1 1/2 cups

Honey : 2 tablespoons

Fruits and nuts of your choice

Instructions:

In a bowl, add oats, milk, honey, mix well and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, add fruits, nuts and serve.