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Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew

Vegan(Vegetarian) Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew with herbs and roasted cherry tomatoes.Easy to make hearty Lima Beans Stew

I am always looking for meals that can serve a large crowd and be made in advance.This Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew is just that.You can not only make this ahead of time but also freeze it for later use. It’s the perfect Vegan (Hence Vegetarian) option – it has good amount of protein from the beans and the flavour from the tomatoes, bell pepper and herbs.It’s a recipe made for success really! What are Lima Beans / Butter Beans Let’s talk about Butter Beans,shall we?Lima Beans are large white colour kidney shaped beans.They are a great vegan source of fat free protein and have a high glycemic index- which means they are great for people with diabetes. What …

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Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

There are days when quick and easy is not quick enough.You know when you can’t or don’t want to order from outside but need something awesome urgently!That’s when I fish out my Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce recipe- its quick, its easy and it needs only bare minimum ingredients. I have been making this pasta since I saw an episode of Masterchef where the contestant made a giant egg ravioli coated with burnt butter garlic sauce.It looked so so perfect.That was about 5 years ago and I have been smitten which this way of eating pasta ever since. If you are a moody person like I am and have too many of those days when indulgence is the only answer,  then …

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Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore is a rustic, earthy braise of chicken with vegetables and tomatoes.The chicken is first browned and then slowly braised in a chunky sauce made with tomatoes and vegetables.Chicken Cacciatore translates to “Hunter Style Chicken” in Italian. There are a lot of fables around the stew.It’s believed “Hunter style Chicken” is made right after hunting that bird or rabbit, in the middle of a jungle, with vegetables plucked off the foliage but we don’t live in a jungle and neither do we hunt our own food so this is a compromise at best! Another story is that when the men returned empty handed after a hunt their women folk made chicken cacciatore like we Indians probably make khichadi …

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Everyday Whole Wheat Italian Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

What could be more satisfying than breaking bread with friends and family?For someone who loves bread as much as I do, being able to make it well myself is a giant..no dianasorous gigantic feat!This post is about my humble attempt at making Whole Wheat Italian Bread from scratch.I have used 1:2 ratio of Whole wheat flour to All purpose or bread flour. I have tried baking several types of bread before..You can read about my experiment with baking a sour dough bread a few months back on this post here, but this is THE recipe that has been a real success at my home.I say this because my husband is a staunch non believer of all bread-be it pizza, rotis ,naans …

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Italian Puttanesca Sauce

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers

I am all over this spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce!! Just can’t get enough of it. My Indian soul just warms up with every forkful of the spaghetti in this Spicy Deep Red sauce with flecks of capers and olives which give it a unique sourness, the chilli flakes which tickle the pallete  and the fresh herbs which give it a hearty character. But First,Let’s talk about the dragon in the recipe,thorn on your potential side, the one ingredient which might make you pass the recipe.The Anchovies.Yes its a fish.Yes it stinks.Yes its unsightly but this in small quantity gives this sauce a depth it would otherwise lack. If you are vegetarian or Vegan then by all means skip this fish.But if you …

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Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade

Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade

You know how everybody keeps preaching that you should eat beans but don’t really tell you how to really cook them..Well I am here to fill that lacuna with Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade. This recipe has chicken but you can easily replace it with paneer or Soy.On a sidenote-the soy in the market is amazing now.Not like the hard pieces of cardboards that were sold around 10-15 years back but actually soft silky soy so definitely give it a try! Coming back to this Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade dish..Its a milieu of too many thoughts…I wanted to eat something healthy yet filling..hence the protein-Chicken.I wanted to use up the beans in my fridge and …

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Spaghetti in Spinach Béchamel Sauce

Spaghetti in Spinach Béchamel Sauce

Spinach is good for you..my mom says it..my father says it!(reluctantly)..Popoye says it..so it must be true! But eating boiled spinach is just yuck! No amount of sophistication can make boiled spinach tasty.That’s the fact of life…All nutritious food tastes bleh and all empty calories which give you love handles taste amazing!(Chocolate cake come to Mamma!!!) I refuse to eat steamed or boiled spinach but I do have some recipes up my sleeve to make spinach palatable actually enjoyable.The first being a Quiche.Second being Palak Paneer and this recipe stands at the third place-Pasta in Spinach Sauce. The sauce is simple enough..no baking..no roasting…It’s actually a spin on béchamel sauce with added spinach puree which gives it a lovely light …

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Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

I have managed to surprise a few folks with this dish. Eggplant Parmesan or Eggplant Parmigiana as known in italy is the answer to vegetarian woes in Italian cuisine. Its our good old baingan made with an italian twist.The very same one used to make the humble everyday baingan bharta. It’s the cinderella story repeated but for the eggplant in this case..:D..Dressed up in homemade roasted tomato sauce and parmesan it’s become a vegetarian bestseller dish in my family. The tomato sauce used for this recipe is from this post. This sauce can be used for pizza,pastas and any bakes. I usually bake a big batch and store it in airtight jars in my fridge for quick yummy meals.I made a very …

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