A Li'l Bit of Spice

A Li'l Bit of Spice23 recipes

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Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Top Pesto

Simple, easy, earthy, and sustainable, this delicious Carrot Top Pesto is a versatile dish that can be used as a sauce, dip, or a topping.

Thandai Gujiya Pinwheels

Thandai Gujiya Pinwheels

A fun twist on the traditional gujiya with the same flavors in each decadent bite.  These Thandai Gujiya Pinwheels are made with the classic thandai powder used during Holi, the quintessential gujiya filling all rolled into puff pastry dough before they are baked. Growing up, I remember my grandmother and mom making gujiya during Holi… Continue reading →

Teriyaki Tofu Noodle Bowl

Teriyaki Tofu Noodle Bowl

Crispy, sweet, and salty bites of tofu paired with sauteed bright broccoli on a bed of rice noodles.  Filled with protein, this Teriyaki Tofu Noodle Bowl is perfect for a weeknight dinner or lunch prep.  

Persian Love Cupcakes

Persian Love Cupcakes

These Persian Love Cupcakes will enchant you with their looks and flavor.  With a hint of halva flavor, salted pistachios on the top, and rose in the flavor, shape, and as garnish on top, these beautiful cupcakes are every bit as tasty in each bite as they are to make.

Tandoori Cauliflower Tacos

Tandoori Cauliflower Tacos

These tandoori cauliflower tacos are marinated in a vibrant tandoori yogurt sauce and burst with flavor in each bite.  Perfect for lunch or dinner, these meatless tacos are easy to make and filling.  Recently, I’ve discovered that I like experimenting with the tandoori flavors.  For a long while, I would never make anything requiring a… Continue reading →

Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Turkey Meatballs are sticky, sweet, and moist.  Lean ground turkey is seasoned with parmesan cheese, herbed breadcrumbs, garlic, fresh rosemary, and a little orange zest.  They are then coated with luscious glaze made with cranberry sauce, balsamic vinegar, honey, fresh rosemary, orange juice, and soy sauce.  Mini meatballs are the perfect appetizer for any dinner or holiday party.  

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce

A big name with big bold flavors, this dipping sauce is creamy, tangy, fresh, and vibrant.  It lightens up any foods you are eating and is great healthy dip to add to your appetizer table. This dipping sauce really has some beautifully bold flavors that makes you want to keep eating more and more.  A… Continue reading →

Crostini 3 Ways

Crostini 3 Ways

Fresh fruit, caramelized onions, bright flavors, and an abundance of crostini.  That is what I call the perfect crostini board.  Simple ingredients that require more assembly than cooking is a delicious way to start your party! This past weekend was my mom’s birthday and I wanted to make it special for her.  This is the… Continue reading →

Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with a Basil Pistachio Pesto

Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with a Basil Pistachio Pesto

This eggplant sandwich has it all.  Earthy spices rubbed onto grilled veggies that have just a hint of a smoky flavor, fresh mozzarella melted just enough from the heat of the veggies.  Oh, you can’t forget the rustic basil pistachio pesto that brightens up the whole sandwich in each bite. I honestly can’t stop thinking… Continue reading →

Secret Ingredient Brownie Bites

Secret Ingredient Brownie Bites

Back to school is all I can think of at the moment.  We’ve made it through the first week successfully so this week, we are adding a challenge – soccer practice.  I’ve got two schools in opposite directions of each other, different timings for both kids, and now practice days.  I’m definitely going to need… Continue reading →

How to Cook Brown Rice

How to Cook Brown Rice

When I first started making brown rice, I was a bit intimidated.  I can cook Basmati rice with my eyes closed but when it comes to brown rice, the ratio to water is different, cook time is different, and sometimes, there is a chewy bite to brown rice.  I felt so out of my element.… Continue reading →

Italian Stuffed Artichoke with a Garlic Cayenne Dip

Italian Stuffed Artichoke with a Garlic Cayenne Dip

Artichokes are abundant everywhere you go these days.  My favorite are the ones from our local Farmer’s Market.  You can taste the fresh quality and they are so much easier to cook than the store bought ones. When I first starting eating these, my roommate in college introduced me to dipping them in butter.  While… Continue reading →

Farmer's Market Crudites Platter with Hummus Two Ways

Farmer's Market Crudites Platter with Hummus Two Ways

One of my favorite times of the year is the spring when the Farmer’s Market starts to get bigger with more and more farmers who start to bring a larger variety of produce and goodies.  I’ve mentioned in the past that I like to make a menu for the week (more so my kids don’t… Continue reading →

Guacamole Chaat Tostadas

Guacamole Chaat Tostadas

Crunchy, creamy, spicy, tangy, with just a hint of sweet, these Guacamole Chaat Tostadas are the perfect marriage between Indian and Mexican cuisine! This fusion between Indian and Mexican flavors is one of the best!  Honestly, there are times when I think that there is some connection between our cuisines because so many ingredients are… Continue reading →

Easy Chicken Ramen with GF Noodles

Easy Chicken Ramen with GF Noodles

I was never a big ramen fan until my sister-in-law Sarika took me to this tiny little ramen restaurant in Oakland.  I can’t stress enough how good that ramen was.  It was simply delicious with layers of flavor in the broth and each bite just filling you with warmth and comfort. Recently, Taste Republic and… Continue reading →

Mango Pico

Mango Pico

Mango is my absolute favorite in the whole world!  Done.  That’s it.  If I were stuck on an island and there were mangoes, I would be set. Yum That being said, I think for my hubby, it would be salsa.  Honestly, I’ve never seen a salsa that man has not devoured. I love this mango… Continue reading →

Middle Eastern Vegan Protein Bowl

Middle Eastern Vegan Protein Bowl

Looking for a healthy way to get protein without compromising flavor?  Well, you’ve come to the right place.  This Vegan Protein Bowl has hints of spicy, tangy, herby, and definitely brings a Middle Eastern vibe in each bite! Simple to make and ready in just 30 minutes, you have got to try this delicious bowl. … Continue reading →

Three Bean Chili

Three Bean Chili

Jump to recipe*Updated Oct. 16, 2020 Sundays in our house are dedicated to football. Now that the season has started, I’m challenging myself to find some healthier recipes to get us through the games. Sure the chicken wings, nachos, creamy dips, and pizza sound good but they definitely don’t pass the healthy test. This is… Continue reading →

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Jump to recipeI had my first ricotta pancakes a few years ago when I was out for a brunch with my girl friends.  They were light, fluffy and creamy all in one bite!  Oh so delicious! I added a hint of lemon to these to give it a bit of tang and brighten them up. … Continue reading →

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Jump to recipeHummus is one of my all time favorite snacks and the fact that it is so healthy doesn’t hurt.  Rich in protein, fiber, folate, iron and packed with antioxidants, I really can’t feel guilty if I finish off a container of hummus on my own.  Yep, I do that. I’ve been playing around… Continue reading →

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