All posts filed under: Vegetarian

**There may be some vegetarian recipes with eggs involved**

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

Happy new year everyone!!!  I definitely paused with the blog unexpectedly due to the holiday season (clearly I’m still getting used to maintaining a blog religiously).  2014 was a wonderful year for me on so many levels and I hope 2015 will be even better!  What a great couple of months I’ve had with family, friends and travels!   But I’m not going to lie, part of me was looking forward to time after the holidays to get back into my old routine of healthy eating and working out.  I hope there comes a time when I can maintain the healthy-ness even during the holidays!   The first thing my husband and I wanted to eat after the holidays was: vegetables.  Literally our mantra on new year’s day was “MUST. EAT. VEGETABLESSSSS”.  After all the fatty, sugary, carb-heavy foods we consumed for 2 months… our bodies were definitely fed up.   I’m not a fan of diets that strictly cut out an entire category of foods i.e. carbs, gluten etc.  But I figured a little break from pasta and …

Old Bay Polenta Fries

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I’m sure my fellow foodies are insanely excited about this week!  Turkey day is almost here!!  As you can guess, thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday.  Our family has the traditional thanksgiving fare with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn bread, cranberry compote… the works!  It’s not always possible to have our entire family together for thanksgiving in recent years, but this year we managed to make it happen and I’m sooooo excited!  In general, this time of year from thanksgiving to New Years is my favorite time of the year.  Aside from the obvious reasons of getting time off and being with family, I think that the holidays have always been particularly memorable for me because around this time 20 years ago, my family moved to the U.S.  I didn’t fall in love with my new surroundings immediately and I was definitely NOT happy about leaving the familiar. Going from never experiencing weather below 50 degrees to brutal winters and snow was also not easy.  But  it was definitely a time of togetherness and being thankful for new opportunities, a feeling that …

Southwestern Baked Acorn Squash

Southwestern Baked Acorn Squash

I have always had a colleague or two in my career who have been avid CSA fans and would bring some extra veggies/fruits they couldn’t use to distribute at work.  If you don’t know what a CSA is, check out- http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ .  In a nutshell it’s a farm to table system where you get super fresh seasonal veggies & fruits while supporting local farmers.  I was always intrigued but hadn’t tried it before because you do have to be willing to try vegetables you probably wouldn’t get on your own volition.  I felt like I would be better off going to a farmers market, but my issue with that was always timing.  I would never get out of work early enough to get to a market before it closed or even just have the good stuff available.  This is why a CSA or similar type of delivery system intrigued me. I did some research and while there are a lot of options in the DC area, I decided to try Washington’s Green Grocer (not quite a CSA but similar). …

Palak Tofu

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Lately it feels like I’ve been talking a lot about eating organic with close friends and I realized I almost never specify the type of ingredients I use in my recipes.  I don’t like to force my preferences and methods on others because that is just not my thing and quite honestly- I don’t know if my methods are the “right” way to do things either.  I definitely do try to buy organic & non-GMO ingredients and food stuffs.  I don’t think I do it to an annoying extent, but I try wherever possible. If you google ‘organic’ today, you will find a TON of contradictory articles.  Some say organic is much better, some say organic is just the same as conventional and some even say conventional is much better!  It’s like falling into a rabbit hole when you start goog-ling this stuff. At the end of the day, I say people should do what feels right to them!   And for the sake of being neutral I keep my recipes non-specific so it doesn’t feel like a requirement  Which brings me to today’s …

Mediterranean Mac n’ Cheese

Mediterranean Mac n' Cheese

I feel like I’m going to get very predictable very quickly in the food-blogosphere When I love something, it becomes a pattern in my life.  In this case it’s my love for my oven.  I love my oven more than any other appliance in my kitchen and it will become very apparent as I post more recipes.  It suits my need to multi-task and there is smaller risk of me burning something, of course that is thanks to my other favorite: the kitchen timer!  This is a recipe that isn’t purely oven cooking, but it certainly allowed me to prep lunch while it was finishing up in the oven for our dinner!  I found it a long time ago on one of my favorite go to sites: marthastewart.com.  I did per usual make a few adjustments in this round because I didn’t have elbow macaroni on hand but I did have quinoa shells and it turned out just as good!

Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Sorbet

Greetings friends… and former A Dish n’ A Spoon followers! Thank you for making your way to my new blog!  I thought it was time for a new space without all the clutter and frankly I really wasn’t a fan of the old blog name (Sorry Anu).  It would probably take a few posts to describe all the things that have happened in my life since my last ADNAS post (even the abbreviated state bugs me haha) but in a nutshell- I moved to a new apartment in DC last year with a bigger kitchen and on March 29th I married the most wonderful man in the whole world.  And those who know him know I’m not exaggerating!  As you can imagine, wedding planning pretty much took over my free time and I had no time to catalogue all the things I cooked. Now with my free time back, which thankfully brought back my gusto for cooking, I’m trying new recipes and I’m excited to share them all again- kitchen fires and all.  With that I bring you my first …