Monday, April 28, 2008

Quick Veggie noodles!!

No meal can be quicker than throwing all the ingredients of a well balanced meal in the same pan. This recipe is a quick,delicious and satisfying meal.I was in a mood for a complete veggie meal and that explains the addition of tofu.

8 0z extra firm tofu drained and dried
1 green pepper sliced
1 orange pepper sliced
1 medium sized onion cut into half moons
4 cloves of garlic chopped

1 cup mushrooms sliced
2 tbsp soy sauce( low sodium)
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp sambal olek
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp honey
8 oz whole wheat noodles
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the noodles as per package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Mix the soy sauce, vinegar, sambal olek. Divide the sauce in two parts.Use the first half to marinate the tofu and keep for about 10 minutes. Lightly saute the tofu on a pan sprayed with non stick spray.

In a large wok, add the oil garlic, onion and cook until onion is soft. Add the pepper and mushroom and cook until done but still crisp.Add the tofu and cook for about a minute or so. Add the remaining sauce mixture, honey ,salt and pepper. Add the noodles and mix well.

Top with toasted sesame seeds and dried red chilli flakes.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Simple shrimps over Brown rice!

I have been a lil laid back for the past one month when its come to food, however I have been lucky enough to still not gain the pounds.Starting this week I have reverted back to eating healthy again, In fact I have been supplementing my ideas in the kitchen with my mom. Of course I am learning so many more healthier tricks which I was so new to. Thanks Mom.

I made this simple shrimp over brown rice and I was so happy it was relished by my family. My mom who is very particular about her food habits took an extra serving.


1 1/2 pounds shrimps
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 Thai chilli chopped
1/2 cup onion chopped
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
Cilantro chopped
1 tbsp EVOO
Salt and pepper to taste

Marinate the shrimps with 1 tbsp lemon juice, turmeric powder and salt and pepper

Heat oil over med- hi heat.Add the garlic, chillies and onion and wait until onion are translucent.Add the shrimp and cook for about 4 minutes until the shrimps curl up and are cooked. Add the cumin, crushed red chillies and the remaining lemon juice. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and serve over cooked brown rice.

Happy Eating!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Chicken Kebabs!

Hello everybody...I know its been a really long time since I have last posted. I have been vacationing in India and I am having a fantastic time with family and friends.
I have been eating and socializing to my hearts content and will continue to do so in the months to come. I am currently pursuing a summer internship in Mumbai related to the Graduate program I'll be pursuing from this fall.

Well now on the food aspect I am serving yummy food to my brother who is my best food companion in the world.

I have been trying and making him many recipes and he seems to be enjoying all of them.Yesterday I made these yummy chicken Kebabs which I eventually modified and wrapped in a thin Roomali roti[ roomali roti is a form of Indian flat bread extremely thin] However it can be rolled and eaten on a tortilla too.I got this idea from Roni's Sausage and pepper skewers.


5 chicken sausages
1/2 cup red bell pepper cut into 1"squares
1/2 cup green bell pepper cut into 1"squares
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper cut into 1"squares
1/2 cup onions cut into 1"squares.


2 tbsp EVOO
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic finely chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix and divide the marinade into two parts. First part for marination and second part for brushing when frying.

Lightly pre-cook the sausage before marinating and keep aside . Mix all the veggies and chicken with the marinade and keep aside for 10 minutes.

Arrange these on skewers and brush them with the marinade, Heat the grill with Non stick cooking spray and cook these for about 5 minutes, moving the skewers from time to time

Picture where the kebab is wrapped in the roomali roti and the grilled.

Happy eating.