Potatoes and Green Beans-Indian Inspired (Aloo Beans ki Subzi)

Spring is finally in the air after a torturous winter.The flowers blooming,the birds chirping, the barren trees beginning to bloom and greenery all around.The beauty of spring.Spring is also the time when plenty of green vegetables like Green Beans,Peas,Asparagus etc are in season.

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My recipe for you today involves Green Beans and Potatoes.This dish is a typical North Indian dish that I grew up eating.Its a family recipe and you can substitute your favorite vegetable or a combo of vegetables if you prefer.It goes well with some Roti, rice and Lentils (Dal).

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The spices along with the base of the sauce consisting of onion/ginger/garlic add their delicious layers of flavor and aroma to this dish.Its a semi dry dish, just the way I prefer my Indian veggies.The beans are cooked to perefction still maintaining their crunch along with the potatoes and it just screams spring to me.Most of the veggies are cooked in a similar manner in our family and they taste absolutely delicious.

Potatoes and Green Beans (Aloo Beans ki Subzi)-Indian Inspired

Ingredients

  • Medium sized Potatoes-2 peeled and diced
  • Chopped Green Beans-3 cups
  • Onion-2 finely chopped
  • Garlic-2 cloves crushed
  • Ginger-1/2 inch crushed
  • Ground Cumin-1 tsp
  • Ground Coriander-1 tsp
  • Turmeric-1/4 tsp
  • Red chili or paprika-1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes-1 finely chopped
  • Salt-to taste
  • Oil-3 tbsp
  • Water-1/4 cup or more as required

Instructions

  1. In a wok or skillet heat oil.
  2. Add onions and saute until golden.
  3. Add ginger and garlic and mix well.
  4. Add the spices followed by the tomatoes.
  5. Cook on medium until the mixture is aromatic and oil separates from the sides (6-8 minutes)
  6. Add the potatoes along with some salt.
  7. Cook for about 5 minutes before adding the green beans.
  8. Mix well, cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes stirring every now and then until all cooked.
  9. Adjust the seasonings.Serve hot with Roti or rice and Lentils.

 

 

 

Indian Smashed Potatoes

Potatoes are a staple in almost all cuisines round the world.They’re cheap,they feed a crowd and are delicious cooked in any form.My favorite potatoes are golden and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.Aren’t those the best?

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I use potatoes in most of my vegetarian cooking along with a variety of vegetables like cauliflower or cabbage or peas.They also balance the flavor pattern and thicken the sauce to give that perfect creamy texture.Nutrition-wise, Potatoes when cooked with skin are also rich in fiber,potassium and vitamin C.Not a bad idea to include them into your diet with skin on.

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My Smashed Potatoes are bursting with flavors from the garlic,turmeric and cumin and are super easy to make.They make for a great side dish and that golden crispy exterior is to die for.The crisp outer skin leads into the soft creamy part and you’re hit with the smoky cumin and garlic flavors all together making it so addictive.You definitely need some of this in your life.Trust me you do.

Indian Smashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • Fingerling or any small potatoes-1 lb
  • Cumin Seeds-2 tsp
  • Turmeric-1 tsp
  • Garlic Powder-1 tsp
  • Paprika-1/2 tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Oil-3 tbsp

Instructions

  1. In a pot add the potatoes and cover them with water.
  2. Bring to a boil,reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 15 minutes until they are cooked.
  3. Once cool to touch smash the potatoes with a fork or your hands.
  4. In a skillet heat oil and add cumin.Once they crackle, add the potatoes.
  5. Sprinkle turmeric,garlic powder,paprika,and salt.Mix and let the potatoes develop golden color on one side before flipping them to develop color on the other side.
  6. Once they're all golden your potatoes are ready.

 

 

#Sponsored-Buffalo Ranch Fish Tacos #DeansDip #BuffaloRanch

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dean’s Dip. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t know about you, but I love to snack on chip and dip.It keeps me going throughout the day and I love to try different varieties.It’s the one item that you’ll always find in my refrigerator. From Ranch to Guacamole to Cheesy Dips I love them all.I love them as a snack, entertain with them and my kids have also picked up this habit of late. My six year old loves his Tortilla Chips with different dips for his snack too. Well then, imagine my excitement when Dean’s Dip sent me their new Buffalo Ranch Dip a week ago!

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Dean’s Dip has it all – taste, dairy-fresh texture, and variety of flavors! Their new Buffalo Ranch Dip is no exception.Who can resist the taste of spicy buffalo wings and creamy ranch on top of a potato chip? I have to tell you that we like spicy flavors round here and this totally hits the spot.Dean’s Dip is located in the dairy dip section of your grocery store.

Dean's Dip Buffalo Ranch Dip

Dean’s Dip is consistently cool and creamy every time and goes with just about everything. Potato chips and nachos are your standards, but also Dean’s goes great with carrot sticks and broccoli florets. And that’s not all. How about some amazing Fish Tacos? Yes, that’s exactly what I have for you today.

Buffalo Ranch Fish Tacos

My Tacos are bursting with flavors from the delicious Buffalo Ranch Dip and combined with some shredded cabbage and lightly seasoned pan fried fish, they make a satisfying meal for your family or even your guests! They couldn’t be any easier since all you really need is a pan to fry the fish. The different textures from smooth to crunchy all wrapped in a soft warm Tortilla is pure amazing and the dish comes together in no time at all. The creamy dip is spread at the bottom of each tortilla followed by the other layers and its out of this world.

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Ingredients

  • Turbot or any other White Fish-4 fillets (150 gms each) cubed
  • Salt and pepper
  • paprika-1 tbsp
  • Oil-2 tbsp
  • Dean's Dip Buffalo Ranch Dip-3/4 cup
  • Shredded Cabbage-1 cup
  • Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas-4
  • Cilantro-for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix salt,pepper and paprika over the fish.Heat oil and let it come to a smoking point.
  2. Add the fish in single layer.
  3. Let it develop color on one side (about 3 minutes) before flipping and cook for 3 minutes on the other side.
  4. Transfer on to a tray.
  5. Warm some flour tortillas and spread about 2-3 tbsp of Dean's Buffalo Ranch Dip followed by shredded cabbage followed by the cooked fish.(About 4 cubes in each)
  6. Garnish with cilantro.
  7. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Pita Bites

I have a question for you.

Given the chance to cook a meal for a gathering, would you stick to your traditional food/cooking/cuisine or cook different flavors from aroud the world for a change?I think its always a fun idea to cook different foods if you’re comfortable with it and its more exciting than cooking silmilar stuff over and over again.The world has such amazing foods to offer so why settle for just one cuisine?Its so much fun to try different flavors and experiences right in your own kitchen!

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Pita Bites

I recently tried cooking Moroccan Chicken for the first time and it tasted amazing!The tangy lemon and olives combined with the warm cinnamon and cumin just makes it so aromatic.Instead of serving it with the traditional Couscous, I decided to use some Pita Bread and came with this amazing idea to serve the whole dish as an appetizer.Got a thumbs up from the hubs and my kids too.

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To make the process even easier,I made this in a slow cooker without any hassle.The flavors develop slowly adding so much depth.The chicken soaks up all the juices and becomes so moist and tender and all you have to do is to toast up the Pitas just before your guests arrive for it to be all crispy.Just spread some store bought Hummus and a dollop of the Chicken over each Pita bite and you’re done.Wasn’t that easy?

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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Pita Bites

Ingredients

  • Boneless Chicken Thighs-1 lb
  • Onion-1 large sliced
  • Fresh Minced Ginger-1 tbsp
  • Fresh Minced Garlic-1 tbsp
  • Ground Cumin-2 tsp
  • Cinnamon-1 tsp
  • Chicken Stock-1 1/2 cups
  • Lemon Juice-2 tbsp
  • Green Olives-1/2 cup quartered
  • Salt-to taste
  • Oil-3 tbsp
  • Pita bread-5-6
  • Hummus
  • Fresh Parsley-for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a skillet heat the oil and saute the onions along with some salt and pepper until golden.Add the ginger,garlic and cook for another minute.
  2. Follow with the cumin and cinnamon.Mix well and cook for a few minutes.
  3. In your slow cooker place the Chicken Thighs and pour the onion mixture all over.
  4. Add 2 cups of chicken stock,lemon juice,olives,salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and let it cook on low for about 6-7 hours.
  6. Shred the chicken when done.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Slice the pitas into quarters and place on a baking sheet and toast until crispy for about 10 minutes.
  9. Spread some hummus over and about a tbsp of the Moroccan chicken.Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot!

Recipe adapted from here.

Almondina Brand Cookies #Review and #Giveaway! @Almondina

I was sent these gorgeous Almondina Brand Cookies for review and I’ve really been enjoying them every day with my favorite cup of tea.These cookies are super crunchy just the way I like them and they have the lovely taste of Almonds in every bite.If you’re looking for a delicious cookie that’s also healthy and guilt free then look no further since I’ve got also got a special offer for you!One lucky reader will win a free sample from them in the following delicious flavors!!

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  • Original – America’s all natural favorite with almonds and raisins
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Quite a treat isn’t it??But that’s not all.Almondina Cookies are not your average cookies.These cookies are:

  • all natural
  • have no cholesterol,no trans fat or preservatives
  • made with no added salt or fat
  • low in calories-only 30 cal per slice
  • Kosher and Pareve (non dairy)

They can be enjoyed :

  • with tea or coffee
  • as a cracker with cream cheese, Brie or other soft French cheeses
  • with a glass of sherry
  • crumbled as an ice cream topping
  • served to youngsters with milk
  • as a delicious breakfast on the way to work

I finally got to try a decent cookie and I’m already hooked!My favorite one was the Chocolate Cherry, although my kids loved the Choconut.They are thinly sliced with just the perfect crunch ready to be devoured and are absolutely scrumptious!Thankyou Almondina.

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Almondina is a family owned business and it all started with Grandmother Dina’s secret recipe that she revealed at the end of her life to her daughter.The family then took upon themselves to develop a nutritious cookie for the health conscious consumer.Almondina distribution has since expanded and is now readily available at stores such as Fairway, Hy Vee, Giant Eagle, Brookshire, Mollie Stone’s, Hannaford, Jewel, Whole Foods, The FreshMarket, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Cost Plus World Market, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and many others.For more information on availability visit their website.

So now for the exciting part!One lucky reader will get a free sample pack consisting of 8 of their selected cookies and this giveaway is open to all US residents!Please note that previous winners of Almondina giveaways are ineligible.

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Almondina sent me their product to review, but all opinions are my own.