All posts tagged: 30 Minutes or Less

Recipes that take less than 30 minutes to make from prep to finish

“Green” Hummus

"Green" Hummus | The Full-time Foodie

Late last year, I had purchased a brand new electric pressure cooker for one main reason:  to cook chickpeas from scratch.  For one thing, I’m a little wary of eating canned foods on the regular.  No scientific reasoning behind this, but it was just a matter of eating fresh food as often as I could.   After I pressure cooked my first batch of chickpeas from scratch- I was hooked.  It was so much more affordable to buy dried beans in bulk and I don’t know if it’s a psychological thing but everything I make with freshly cooked chickpeas tastes so much better!   This hummus recipe was inspired by, well I should actually say the main reason I made this hummus was because I have a super sweet co-worker who grows a ton of vegetables and herbs and regularly brings me things from her garden.  This past week she gave me, no joke, a 13 gallon bag filled with mint.  I had mentioned to her that my local grocery store has a weird shortage of mint i.e. they …

Zucchini Fritters & Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Zucchini Hash Browns & Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Happy Thursday y’all!  First and foremost, shout-out to my parents for finally getting around to reading my blog! Hi guys! *virtual hand wave*  Hope that reading my posts proves that I’m able to feed myself    While on the subject of the blog, I’ve thought about adding more posts that aren’t just recipes but recommendations on kitchen items, suggestions on what to purchase for your pantry and maybe even dedicated posts to food I consume when I travel or at note-worthy restaurants.  I was struggling with this idea because: A) I’m not an expert cook or a food critic with a refined and discerning palette like, oh say- Tom Sietsema.   B) I don’t want to deviate from sharing recipes that might come in handy to someone out there looking for an easy recipe, like me. Then I thought maybe a few product reviews, travel/restaurant recommendations etc. might not be soooo bad and maybe even be somewhat helpful to anyone who wanders over to my blog.  So as a heads up, you might see a few non-recipe food posts here and there!  But to stay true to …

No Bake Nut & Chocolate Granola Bars

No Bake Nut & Chocolate Granola Bars | The Full-time Foodie

“I’m aliiiiiiiivvvvvvveeeee!!!”, says I while imitating Frankenstein.  My facebook page tells me it’s been 22 days since I last posted.  Wow that’s kind of crazy, because in my head it feels much shorter than that.  In my defense, I spent one week being a total nerd- migrating site files from one host provider to another.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand this!  It’s just a lot of technical gobbeldygook.  Then I had this no big deal trip to Iceland-   Instead of writing a looooooong post on how amazing Iceland is (which it SO is), I hope the photos I chose for the slideshow above can showcase the amazingness. If you love the great outdoors, hiking and camping- Iceland is for you.  You’ll enjoy the gorgeous changing landscapes made up of mountains, waterfalls, black sand beaches and so so much more.  It is one of the most breath-taking countries I’ve had the pleasure of visiting so far.  I also tried to share most of our food/drink experience to keep with the theme of my blog and in all …

Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema

Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema | The Full-time Foodie

Happy Friday everyone!!!  I have to say that I’m looking forward to my weekends more now that summer is ACTUALLY here.  Perhaps it’s not here to stay just yet but I’m going to enjoy the 80 degree weather this weekend, thank you very much!   I’m also excited to be in DC this weekend since I’ve been traveling literally every weekend- though all of my travels were for fun and I got to see a lot of friends and family I haven’t seen in ages, so I’m very thankful for that Pardon the posting of so many seafood dishes of late!  Traveling on weekends definitely makes it harder for me to meal prep and cook during the week.  I’m usually pretty tired to grocery shop after a trip.  Sometimes even with groceries at home, I’m too tired to make anything because I’m still reeling from the flying and the break from my routine.  So the recipe I’m sharing today is actually quite awesome for those weeks where I want to put the least amount of effort without compromising the quality of and …

Quick Fridge Jalapeño Pickles

Quick Fridge Jalapeño Pickles | The Full-time Foodie

Picklessssssssss!!!!!!!!!   Can you tell I love pickles?  I love pickles of all kinds, I hardly discriminate unless they’re sweet (I’ll spare you yet another rant on my lack of a sweet tooth with certain things).  I grew up on Indian pickles and most specifically my mom’s deeeeelish Konkani and Andhra style pickles! When I moved to the U.S., I was introduced to a whole new world of pickles.  I grew to love dill pickles, pickled olives and peppers, kimchi, sauerkraut etc.  If we have a jar of those at home, they wouldn’t last more than a few days.  Yeah, I kind of have a problem! A couple of years ago Suril tried his hand at homemade dill cucumber pickles and they were actually pretty yummy!  He even succeeded in canning them at home (something that still scares me).  But for some reason we didn’t attempt pickles after that time.  Then recently, at Rooting DC, we attended a pickle-making session and my interest in pickling was renewed.  I also discovered that some of my favorite kinds of pickles …

Tamarind Coconut Chicken Curry

Tamarind Coconut Chicken Curry || The Full-time Foodie

You know you’re still new to this whole blogging thing when you hit “Publish” accidentally and send your subscribers an incomplete blog post.  Apologies for those who got lured into thinking there was a new recipe yesterday!  But perhaps on some very small level you were excited about this post? A little? Anyhoo, let’s talk about onions today! When it comes to onions, I have mostly found two types of people exist in this world: those who really really LOVE onions to the point where they must have them with every meal and those who LOATHE onions with every fiber of their being.  I used to be in the “loathe” category for most of my life.  This probably wouldn’t have been a big issue if onions weren’t so integral to Indian cooking.  So when I first started my cooking adventures a few years ago, I decided that I would try my hand at recipes with onions and hope for the best. I don’t know if this holds true for everyone, but I find that when you start cooking your own food, your taste buds …

Beet Orzo Risotto

Beet Orzo Risotto | The Full-time Foodie

There are some vegetables I have made peace with never loving, like eggplant or sweet potatoes.   Beets were also part of this group, until very recently.  They always seemed a bit too (naturally) sugary for me.  Growing up, my mom used to make beets Indian style- sauteed with Indian spices, chili peppers and salt.  I just could not get myself to enjoy that and trust me I TRIED but the sweetness just got in the way.  Beets have amazing health benefits so I was a little bummed that I couldn’t get myself to love them. Thankfully I got into a morning smoothie regimen since last year and through that beets made a comeback.  They are amazing in smoothies!  Which makes sense since they have a little sweetness and go perfectly well with fruits.  But there are times when I have too many beets and mostly the kind that have beet greens attached to them.  So I thought- what else can I make with them that I won’t hate?  Thanks to a leftover box of orzo pasta, I had a brain wave: Why not make a faux …