Pearl Couscous

Summer Pearl Couscous with Garlic Scapes

Israeli/ Pearl/ Regular Couscous is a small whole grain-like food made from semolina or wheat flour. It has a slight toasty and nutty flavor and is chewy in texture. It can be made like a regular pasta dish. Just add some vegetables and leafy green. You can always try it with pesto or some regular vinegar oil maple dressing. Enjoy it!!… 

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Spaghetti

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Last weekend I watched Chef, an inspiring movie which follows the life of Chef Carl Casper. During one of the scenes he is shown making spaghetti aglio e olio, a traditional Italian dish which is known to delight the senses by its simplicity of its flavors. The scene in the movie inspired me to make my own spaghetti aglio e olio as soon as I returned home! This is one of my favorite Italian dishes and it reminds me of so many different places I have had this dish and all the memories I have attached to it. Garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese and parsley – my favorite way to eat spaghetti…. 

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Summers are finally here and gazpacho is a perfect dish for a hot afternoon. I am addicted to gazpacho in summers. Its healthy, raw, quick to make and so very refreshing. The bright pinkish-red color of the dish cheers me up and the tasteful combination of raw red onions with sweet watermelon emits bursts of tantalizing flavors with each sip. Give this recipe a try… it’s a must have this season!… 

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Chickpea Salad with Za'atar

Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za’atar

Za’atar is one of my favorite spice blends; it’s full of flavor, and goes perfectly with mint and lemon. This recipe blends crunchy vegetables with garbanzo beans that have been roasted with za’atar. It’s very easy and quick to make, and can be eaten both warm and cold. If desired, add some crumbled feta cheese for creaminess.

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Soba

Soba noodles with Edamame

Serves: 2

Soba/ Buckwheat Noodles (1 Serving = A bunch of soba noodle through loop formed with your thumb and forefinger)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp thinly sliced ginger
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp mirin/ sweet rice vinegar/ wine vinegar = 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar + ½ tsp brown sugar
1/8 cup light soy sauce
1 piece of kombu (optional) (soaked in water for 5 minutes and then thinly sliced)
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms (optional)
1 /2 cup zucchini (thinly sliced)
1 cup snap peas
1 cup cooked edmame (cook edmame and snap peas in water until soft)
1 cup scallions
1 tablespoon any kind of chilli paste / sweet chilli paste/ sriracha or any paste which is sweet and sour at the same time.
¼ Cup Crushed peanuts
Salt and lemon to taste… 

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Black Eyed Peas

Black Eye Peas Salad

Adding earthy flavored legumes in a salad is a perfect way to convert your salad into a full satisfying meal. I am a big fan of including legumes, beans and lentils in my diet at least once a day. This helps me to have all the protein and other good essential vitamins and calcium needed by my body…. 

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