All posts tagged: Gluten-Free

Recipes devoid of gluten products & ingredients

Garlic 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

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 …

Shrimp Tikka Masala

It used to surprise me that the most popular dishes among my Indian and non-Indian friends were always either butter chicken and chicken tikka masala.  To be honest, my internal reaction was- WHY!?! There are soooo many other amazing dishes!  Then of course I realized this was one of many- “My taste buds are not normal” situations.   There are a lot of variations of these two popular dishes and everyone makes the sauces differently, but most restaurants I’ve been to tend to make these sweet.  Again- maybe to most taste buds this is awesome, but not really my thing.    So how did I come upon a tikka masala recipe?  Well, I knew I wanted to make something with the shrimp I had and I wanted it to be Indian 🙂  After careful research I found one that didn’t sound like the typical heavy/rich/sweet tikka masala I was used to eating at restaurants. I’m not even sure if the original recipe qualifies as tikka masala, I think it’s missing some key ingredients to support the ‘tikka masala’ aspect.  But I …

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). …

Ground Turkey Larb Gai

Hello fall, unpredictable weather patterns and of course the inevitable cold viruses. I was a bit under the weather for the past few weeks, hence the delay. I also realized I don’t have as much time to take photos with natural light since the sun sets much earlier now. Which means by the time I cook and plate, it’s dark out. I refuse to take photos without some form of natural light because it’s just not going to look good! I discovered a great tutorial to make your own table-top lighting to mimic natural light in low-light settings and so far I’m really pleased. Will share more details when it’s out of the ‘work in progress’ stage. Today’s post involves one of my favorite cuisines- Thai. Thai food is like comfort food to me. It involves a lot of my favorite flavors- sour, spicy and nutty and my favorite vehicles- noodles and rice. I decided to try my hand at Larb Gai, which is basically a minced chicken salad. You can use ground meat of any …

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 …