Thai Spiced Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce #GalloFamily #SundaySupper

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Summer is the time to be outdoors!Glorious days with gleaming sunshine is the perfect excuse to go for a hike, a trip to the beach or a picnic.Add some good food and wine to the mix and its a party!Talking of picnics and July being the ‘National picnic month’ we’re partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards in pairing some delectable picnic recipes with their amazing selection of wines that also come in mini bottles!

Thai Spiced Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

I adore picnics. Especially in this day and age when digital screens have sabotaged our lives, it’s a great way to enjoy outdoors and appreciate nature in all its glory. We’re blessed to have some lovely picnic areas in our vicinity. Our favorite though is our community park that has a beautiful picnic area overlooking the lake with ample amount of picnic tables and bbq pits. Kids look forward to playing their favorite games while packing their favorite sports equipment and I’m totally focused on the food to pack. We’re big on flavor and spice over here and I love a nice mix of vegetarian/meat appetizers along with cold salads, sandwiches, fruits, dessert and drinks for our picnic. We typically go as a group with our friends and divide the menu. Nothing like a beautiful day spent in the sun sipping your favorite drink, enjoying the food, fun, games and laughter with friends.

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When it comes to the drink menu wine ranks high on my list!I’ve enjoyed Gallo Family Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio for years but when they sent me these cute little mini bottles of Pink Moscato I was thrilled!How convenient!Its the perfect little size to carry to any outdoor event and I’m sure the wine lovers are with me on this one!I had an option to choose from their selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Pink Moscato, Pinot Noir, Red Moscato or White Zinfandel and I chose the fruity Pink Moscato since it pairs well with Spicy food.

Peanut/Satay Sauce

Thai food is in high demand in my family and it’s served on our table almost every week.Like these Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps or my Thai Red Curry Chicken!For our event I decided to make these amazing Thai Spiced Chicken Meatballs that my kids love with a luscious Peanut Sauce!The meatballs have the earthy flavors from the lemongrass, galangal and spices like cumin and coriander in the red curry paste.My kids even help me shape the meatballs.So much fun!The meatballs taste delicious and its always a great way to get kids to enjoy different flavors.The smooth peanut sauce rich with peanut butter and coconut milk has a subtle hint of the spices from the red curry paste and just the right amount of sweetness .The meatballs dunked in the sauce is a harmonious blend of flavors in your mouth with the spicy, sweet and sour all coming together.

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Gallo Family Vineyards’ Pink Moscato or the White Zinfandel would complement these meatballs beautifully.The Pink Moscato has lovely aroma of citrus and peach with hints of fresh red berries and orange blossoms on the palate.Its refreshing on these hot summer days and has a remarkable balance overall.Sweet and fruity with a light pink color, it’s the perfect light bodied drink with your lunch and pairs well with spicy foods or even desserts!Enjoy!

Thai Spiced Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce #GalloFamily #SundaySupper

Ingredients

    For the meatballs
  • Ground Chicken-1 lb
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • Cilantro-2-3 tbsp chopped
  • Bread Crumbs-1/2 cup
  • Salt-to taste
  • Oil
  • Peanut sauce
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl mix the meatball ingredients and form into round balls.
  3. Place the meatballs on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until all cooked and slightly golden.
  4. Peanut sauce
  5. In a pot place all the ingredients and bring to a gentle boil whisking continuously.Let it simmer for 3-5 minutes.Allow to cool before emptying in a jar or a box.

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Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells #idahopotato #SundaySupper

Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells

If there’s one vegetable that’s used extensively in all cuisines it has to be the humble potato. It is the fourth largest grown crop in the world after rice, wheat and maize.Who doesn’t love potatoes!The smell of a fried or roasted potato alone can trigger hunger pangs in anyone.Its America’s favorite vegetable and an average American eats about 110 pounds of potatoes each year!

Did you also know that Potatoes have a higher Potassium and Vitamin C content than bananas!

Surprised?I was too.

Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells

The one name that’s synonymous with potatoes in America is Idaho® potatoes.The reason being they are simply the best and America’s favorite.Idaho’s rich volcanic soil, warm days, cool nights and clean water from the Idaho mountains gives their potatoes a unique texture and taste.Unlike potatoes from other states that are grown seasonally, Idaho® potatoes are available all year round.They come in different varieties like the ever popular Russet,Red,Fingerling and Gold.Idaho® potatoes were kind enough to send me their gorgeous Russet and Fingerling potatoes that were absolutely delicious.The potatoes have a lovely buttery flavor and my family has enjoyed them roasted,mashed,in my curries and stir fry’s!

Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells fillingIndian cuisine has had a long love affair with potatoes.Right from mouth watering appetizers like chaat, samosas, tikkis (cakes) to vegetarian/meat curries and rice dishes like Biryani and Pilaf, the list goes on.As a result I’ve grown up enjoying potatoes in their myriad forms and use them obsessively in my cooking like my Potato and Asparagus or Indian Smashed Potatoes. If you’re a potato lover like me, then you’re going to love my recipe today.

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My Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells are the perfect appetizer for your parties.I’ve tried to keep the recipe pretty simple with an Indian twist using ingredients that are easily available at your grocery store.I’ve used the lovely Russet Potatoes and they were perfect for this recipe.The potatoes are flavored with nutty cumin and a mix of earthy spices in the garam masala.I’ve added jalapeños for some heat and roasted peanuts for texture and crunch. The result is a piquant filling that can be quite addictive and you might want to make a big batch of these :).

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As you bite into it, you first taste the flaky pastry before being engulfed with the deliciousness of the potato filling quite similar to a samosa.Its phenomenal.The filling can be made ahead and heated just before serving. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make and looks cute too!Just drop a few spoonfuls into each shell and you’re good to go.Serve these along with some Thai Sweet Chili sauce or tamarind chutney (if you’re lucky to have an Indian grocery near you) and watch these disappear in no time.Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • Frozen Puff Pastry Shells/Cups-1 pack
  • 3 large Idaho® potatoes
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • 1/2 inch Ginger crushed
  • Jalapeño-1 seeded and diced
  • Ground Coriander-1 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp
  • Roasted peanuts-2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Bake the Puff Pastry Cups according to the instructions.
  2. Fill a pot with enough water to cover the potatoes.Bring to a boil.
  3. Cover the pot,lower the heat and let it cook for about 15-20 mins or until the potatoes are cooked.
  4. Once cooled, peel the potatoes and mash it slightly with a fork or a potato masher.
  5. Heat oil in a pan.
  6. Add the cumin seeds and once they start to splutter lower the heat and add the ginger and jalapeño.
  7. Add the garam masala, ground coriander and the peanuts. Saute for a minute.
  8. Add the mashed potatoes, salt and mix well.Check the seasonings.
  9. When ready to serve add about a 2 tbsp of the filling in each shell and serve with your favorite sweet condiment.

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Stir fried Quinoa with Vegetables

Stir Fried Quinoa with Vegetables

I like a light lunch during these hot summer days and Quinoa fits the bill perfectly.I love the fact that it’s healthy and you can dress it up pretty much any way you want.It soaks up the flavors added to it and tastes amazing.I’ve tried Quinoa with sweet and salty flavors and loved it both ways.Today I’ve made a simple stir fry packed with some vegetables for an easy lunch or dinner.The crunch of the veggies and a hint of ginger in the background is all this dish needs to satisfy your tastebuds.

Stir Fried Quinoa with Vegetables

I first tasted Quinoa in a restaurant in a salad with a sweet orange dressing and it tasted absolutely delicious!Since then I’ve been making it with various combinations and each one has come out good like this  Quinoa Aloo Tikki and my Quinoa Chickpea Stew that are easy to prepare and taste amazing!Its a pantry staple and I typically cook a big batch at a time.That way I have it ready and can use it whichever way I want.

Stir fried Quinoa with Vegetables

The flavors in my stir fry are pretty simple.I start off with browning some onions in oil and add the ginger followed by the veggies before adding the Quinoa.I love adding mint to my rice dishes and have treated this Quinoa dish is a similar fashion by garnishing it with sweet mint. It instantly adds its fresh sweet taste and works nicely with the rest of the ingredients.You could get creative and also add your choice of nuts to this dish if you prefer.Enjoy!

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Stir fried Quinoa with Vegetables

Ingredients

  • Quinoa-1 1/2 cups
  • Water-3 cups
  • Onion-1 large chopped finely
  • Jalapeño- 1 chopped
  • Crushed Ginger-1 inch
  • 1 cup peeled and diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • Mint for garnish
  • Salt
  • Oil-3 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Rinse the quinoa and add in into a pot with water with a little salt.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 15 mis or until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is cooked.
  3. In a separate pan heat oil and add chopped onion and sauté until slightly golden.Add the chopped jalapeño.
  4. Add crushed ginger and cook for half a minute and then add the mushrooms.
  5. Saute until the mushrooms are golden .
  6. Add the carrots along with some salt and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the peppers and mx well.Once the veggies are cooked add the quinoa.
  8. Mix well and check the seasoning.
  9. Garnish with chopped mint.

 

Indian Spiced Cabbage Mushroom Wonton Bites

Indian Spiced Cabbage Mushroom Wonton Bites

Summer is finally here and its time for bbq and summer parties galore.While grilling is the main charm of summer parties, easy and convenient food ideas are always welcome when you have people over.I had some wonton wrappers in my freezer and decided to use them in an Indian Inspired appetizer that came out delicious!My Cabbage Mushroom Wonton Bites are a great way to enjoy Indian flavors and they look pretty too!

Indian Spiced Cabbage Mushroom Wonton Bites

I love the convenience of shredded green cabbage sold at Trader Joe’s and use it all the time.Its such a life saver when you’re pressed for time especially in the weeknights.This recipe calls for some onions, ginger , spices like ground coriander and garam masala that’s an essential element in any North Indian dish.The cabbage and mushrooms are then added into the mix and get coated in the aromatics. The result is a delicious filling ready to go into the Wonton wrappers.

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The wonton wrappers are placed onto a mini muffin tin and baked for just a few minutes until slightly golden and crispy.Once slightly cooled they’re ready to be filled with the cabbage and mushroom mixture and served with your favorite condiment.Enjoy!

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Indian Spiced Cabbage Mushroom Wonton Bites

Ingredients

  • Wonton Wrappers-15-18
  • Filling
  • Shredded Green Cabbage-2-3 cups
  • Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms-2 cups
  • Onion- 1 sliced
  • Crushed Ginger-1 tsp
  • Ground Coriander-1 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Oil-2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Brush the wontons with a little oil on both sides and press each wrapper into the tin so it looks like a cup and the sides will stick out.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden.
  4. For the filling
  5. In the meantime heat oil in a pan and add the onions.
  6. Saute for about 2 minutes and add the ginger.
  7. Mix well and add the spices. Saute for about a minute until you smell the spices.Add the mushrooms and saute until golden followed by the cabbage.
  8. Add salt, mix well and cook covered for about 7-8 minutes on medium low heat.
  9. Allow to cool slightly before filling the wonton cups with this mixture.

 

 

 

 

Hearty Ratatouille with Goat’s Cheese #WeekdaySupper #Giveaway

Hearty Ratatouille

Its hard for me to walk past a cookbook in a book store without stopping to take a look while flipping through the pages.And if I happen to like it, then it gets added to my already expanding collection in my kitchen.How can you not be mesmerized by the tantalising recipes and stories in each cookbook and the knowledge you derive about your favorite cuisine.Right from the tools required to make the dishes,to the handy tips that’s always welcome while trying out the recipes, its always a great joy to own a cookbook and try recipes from it.I’m excited today to be reviewing Molly Gilbert’s cookbook Sheet Pan Suppers!Family recipes that you can bake in a Sheetpan?Who wouldn’t want that!!Less dishes to wash and and less mess.Its a godsend for anyone with a busy lifestyle and I’m in love with the book.

Hearty Ratatouille

Sheet Pan Suppers has 120 easy and delicious recipes right from mouth watering appetizers like Baked Feta and Chunky Mango Chutney (a must try) to elegant entree dishes like Salmon with Roasted Cucumber and Dilled Yoghurt sauce to a Serve-Withs section that even has a Spring Rice Pilaf (in a sheet pan!) and desserts like Fresh Brioche Cinnamon Roll!

Drooling yet?

Molly is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, a fellow food blogger at Dunk & Crumble PLUS a recipe tester in the kitchen of Saveur.Her cookbook has something for everyone and I love her handy tips and hints that’s super helpful.The recipes are fresh and make use of ingredients in a very creative way that makes for some very elegant dishes.Its what I love the most about this book.

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The recipe that caught my eye as I was flipping the pages is a classic that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time.Its a Hearty Ratatouille with Goat’s Cheese and I absolutely loved how stunning it looked and how equally delicious it tasted!A healthy dish with colorful vegetables that’s so super easy and the addition of simple herbs like thyme and basil just works beautifully.The vegetables are perfectly soft and and you can taste the lovely tomato sauce underneath in every scoop.The goat’s cheese gives it that smooth richness that somehow rounds up the overall balance of flavors along with the vegetables and even my kids (7 and 11) loved it and went for seconds!They even helped layer the veggies with so much enthusiasm :). Its a new family favorite.I served it with some toasted French Baguette and it was one winner dinner!

Hearty Ratatouille with Goat’s Cheese #WeekdaySupper #Giveaway

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato puree
  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large Chinese Eggplant or other long skinny eggplant
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 large yellow squash
  • 3-4 smallish yukon gold potatoes unpeeled
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 ounces soft goat's cheese
  • 1 tbsp roughy chopped basil leaves
  • Crusty Bread for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees with one rack about 4 inches from the broiler and one rack in the center.
  2. Mist a sheet pan with cooking spray
  3. Dump the tomato puree onto the prepared sheet pan.Add the garlic, onion, salt and pepper.Use a rubber spatula to spred evenly.Drop the butter cubes all over.
  4. Cut the top off the pepper, pull out the seeds.Take a sharp knife and slice into 1/8-1/4 of an inch rounds and slice the rounds into thirds.
  5. Trim the ends of the eggplant, zucchini and squash.Slice each into 1/8-1/4 inch.
  6. Slice the potatoes the same size too.
  7. Carefully arrange the vegetables over the tomato base overlapping them in a pattern going from oe short end to the other.
  8. Drizzle the veggies with olive oil.Sprinkle with thyme and some salt and pepper.
  9. Bake the ratatouille on the center rack until the vegetables are tender and the tomato sauce is bubbling up the edges, 30-40 mins
  10. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the oven to broil.
  11. Break the goats cheese into large crumbles and scatter evenly over the ratatouille.Broil to gently melt the cheese about 1 min.
  12. Sprinkle the chopped basil and serve warm with crusty bread.

The Giveaway!

All you have to do is leave a comment and let me know your favorite food to cook on a sheet pan. Entries will be assigned a number and the winner selected using Random.org. The winner will be notified by email. If the winner does not respond in 48 hours an alternate winner will be selected. Contest ends on Wednesday, May 16, 2015 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Contest is only for United States residents, with a US shipping address, and over the age of 18. There are several more chances to win the cookbook on other Weekday Supper posts (see list below). Entrants can only win one cookbook via this Weekday Supper campaign.

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Would you like to learn a little more about Molly Gilbert? Check out this interview on the Sunday Supper website.

Disclaimer-This post is sponsored by Workman Publishing Company in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.