Oven baked salmon patties

When it comes to the preparation of this dish, it’s easy to incorporate everything and is uncomplicated as well. Not a strenuous task at all! So the idea of oven baked patties with few simple ingredients took the toll, lavishly complimented with elegant looking yet healthy vegetables and a bed of thinly shredded cabbage was a perfect fit; non-greasy and divinely filling patty with an array of vegetables. Here’s my version of a quick treat for you to enjoy!

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Sometimes a dish works well without any particular recipe. In my case, most of the times just like my mom, dishes without names and recipes are plenty.  Often the key factor behind each interesting item is the desire to eat something delicious and unique to the palate, not an everyday item. So I decided to go with my glimpse of memory, my mom’s effervescent energy as well as since I achieved the major hurdles in bringing the colorful vegetables way more closer to the rest of the gang made things easier to prepare a protein portion with an interesting presentation.

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2 cups precooked salmon flesh (without any water content in it)
1 cup cooked and mashed potato
½ cup minced & fried onions
¾ tsp ground pepper
¾ tsp dry red chili flakes
Salt to taste

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In a medium bowl, mix everything well. Roll a small amount of the mixture and flatten them. I would simply coat in bread crumbs to achieve the flaky and crispier texture. And bake at 350 oven for about 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

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Whole grain breakfast muffin

Who doesn’t like a healthy touch – a fiber rich breakfast – in the morning? A rich breakfast to keep you strong and healthy, keeping fatigue at bay..

Instead of filling the tummy with so much grease and calories as soon as you wake up, start with something light and healthy to break the fast, for a fresh and active morning.

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The idea of whole grain breakfast perfectly fits the bill. In every manner it’s a go to snack as well if you prefer snacking in between.

The concept of adding little bit of everything, mainly oat flour, wheat flour, hint of few types of seeds and honey for sweetness did work fantastic without any hint of stickiness or dryness.  

Just rearrange the recipe and follow the instincts 🙂 Little adjustment with the flours based on the volume and density would work. And there lies the secret of having a moist breakfast muffin. This muffin has everything in it, well balanced amount of grains and ingredients to satisfy the palate. More than that since I replaced sugar with honey this is absolutely a perfect deal.  Enjoy the sweet aroma and then eat! Make everyday a better day!

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You don’t have to exactly follow the crowd since the crowd often follow things with their eyes closed, eventually ends up in the ditch. Instead consider your body and health, the easiest yet wisest approach to stay healthy

Pizza with spinach and red bell pepper

This is not any tough task, pizza is often an easy option no matter what. Among the plethora of flavors, spinach outshines everything. The delicious contrast offers a rather quality touch. So, for a change I decided to add only vegetables and cheese. My ruse to maintain the balance without hindering the taste or the texture.

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The picture I had in mind till date is the one that I happened to watch on Food Network a few years ago. But, to be honest it wasn’t that appealing at all to the eyes except the celebrity aha moment 🙂 Something then clicked though. I don’t know what. It’s the idea of adding loads of greens, may be.

Anyways, the colors and the charm, ‘two birds in one shot’  allows you to have a carefree and relaxed time! Recipe here.

Chicken stir-fry with rice noodles

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Our family favorite – this particular dish doesn’t need any recipes.  Ignore the basic rules and follow the instincts till you get the final picture. And you get your all you need servings in just one dish. Most of the ingredients are visible except the core ingredient, the sauce. Everything lies in the consistency of the sauce. It’s not any difficult at all. When you prepare the sauce try to balance the taste is the key. Happy cooking 🙂

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This is my version of the Chinese rice noodles, easy to prepare no mess method. I usually get bored when I see pans and bowls piling up around whenever I bring Chinese menu on the table 🙂 So I tweaked a bit, bend some rules and decided to find a no mess method. It clicked well, a big hit indeed!

Chicken
2 cups thinly sliced boneless skinless chicken
2 tbsp all purpose flour
Hint of ground pepper
Salt to taste
Combine everything well. Keep it aside

Vegetables
¼ cup baby bokchoy, thinly sliced [save the leaves for soups]
¾ cup broccoli
½ cup mushroom
½ cup red bell pepper

For the sauce
¼ cup dark soy sauce
1 tsp corn flour
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp dark molasses
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced green onion
¼ cup water or chicken stock
Mix everything well. Adjust the taste based on your likes. Keep it aside

Here’s the preparation goes;

  1. Heat oil in a pan, shallow fry the chicken small batches at a time. Transfer it to another bowl.
  2. In the same pan, add the sauce mixture. Heat it to a point where it starts boiling. Add the cooked chicken and combine everything. Add the vegetables. Cover the pan and allow the vegetables to cook roughly. Add green onions in the end. Add more sauce if you would like. Enjoy!

Sweetened coconut stuffed rolls

Happy Mother's Day!

These rolls are a great deal when you’re tight for time! The subtle sweetness from the coconut and the buttery flavor from the bread makes it quite a treat.  Even though it’s sweet just like any other sandwiches it fills the tummy and makes you feel happy and satisfied. It was one of my favorites and had eaten these rolls quite often during my stay in Bangalore, a lot of ‘it.

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Although it has been ages since I left that part of the world, the taste and the memory still stays afresh!  The simple coconut mixture gives you various other ideas with it. Inspired by the sandwich, my version has dry fruits and preserved cherries to enhance the texture and taste alike. It puffs up neatly leaving the mixture inside intact yet well blended.

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Sweetened coconut stuffed rolls

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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These rolls are a great deal when you’re tight for time! The subtle sweetness from the coconut and the buttery flavor from the bread makes it quite a treat!



Ingredients


For the filling
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
½ cup dry fruits of your choice
¼ cup raisins
Pinch of salt and cardamom
Blend everything well.

For the rolls
2 cups all purpose flour
2 eggs
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
¼ cup milk
¼ cup warm water
1 ½ tsp yeast

Directions

Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Mix together egg with milk. In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and the egg mixture to the flour. Knead well – really well for few minutes. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place. After 1 hour or so, punch down the dough and knead again. Divide the dough into small equal portions. Roll out the portions lengthwise. Spread the filling and close all the ends while maintaining the log shape roughly as of a hot dog bun size. Leave the filled rolls in a warm place for another 30 minutes. Bake at 350 oven for 20-25 minutes,


Sweet plantain fritters

First and foremost, pazhampori or ethakkappam is a quintessential snack from India, mainly southern part. The name, the aroma, the picture – everything about this is delicious!  Sweet plantain is the star ingredient for this particular snack. Plantain itself is a healthy hint. With less sugar and sodium and rich in vitamin A, potassium and fiber, plantains are incredibly rich food for everyone. Ripe plantains can be eaten raw or sometimes folks would steam cook it, especially for young children.

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It is one of my staple foods since childhood. Still I drool over the sight of these bananas. The sweet aroma – as it blackens – when ripe is irresistible. When you pair it with one hard-boiled egg and a glass of milk makes it a rich and healthy breakfast.

Banana fritters

During my childhood, I used to go to my dad’s work place to eat this delicious snack at a nearby restaurant. Their version of banana fritters were different in taste and size alike. It was so delicious and worth the journey! 

Sweet plantain fritters

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pazhampori or ethakkappam is a quintessential snack from India.

Ingredients

Ingredients

-Ripe plantains – 2, sliced vertically

-Oil for deep frying

For the batter

-All purpose flour – 1 cup

-Sugar – 3tbsp

-Salt to taste

-Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp [optional]

Directions

Mix together all the ingredients for the batter by adding little amount of water at a time. The consistency of the batter should not be too thick or thin. Dip the bananas into the batter,fold them well. Deep fry them in the hot oil until light brown in color. Drain it on the paper towel. Enjoy!

Hot chocolate mix

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I wouldn’t  have tried it ever if I didn’t run out of ready to mix chocolate powder. Not a big deal, I know, but the thought was so intense. This is the time! Instead of nostalgia, this time though, curiosity kicked in 🙂

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When the scarcity and curiosity were on the scene, my instinct had to work hand in hand with them. As luck would’ve it, the trio had done a fantastic job.

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The whole scenario made me to dig deeper, to get a good sense of it. All I had to do was maintaining the consistency, and balance the taste. Vanilla and salt are two unlikely ingredients. But I took the chance anyway. Yep, although I’ve added vanilla and salt – it didn’t distract or disturb the course at all. Still it’s purely optional! It’s not that difficult as I thought it would be. Anyway, curiosity didn’t kill this cat 🙂 Oh, some people love to add marshmallows to their hot chocolate – well, maybe I should try one! You know, for us, in Atlantic Canada, it’s still Winter in the middle of Spring. Snow for some reason hesitates to leave the stage. It’s so heavenly and peaceful, indeed! 

1 cup fine sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups of powdered milk
1 drop of vanilla
Hint of salt – just a hint!!!

Blend everything well. Store it in an airtight container. Refrigerate it. Enjoy!