Crookneck Squash Gemelli Pasta (Vegetarian Pasta Recipe) Recipe

Crookneck Squash Gemelli Pasta (Vegetarian Pasta Recipe)

09.29.14 by Jackie

It's Meatless Monday and today I'm sharing with you one of baby Aria's favorite pasta dishes. I used gemelli pasta, cut crookneck squash the same size as the pasta and flavored them with tarragon and parsley crème fraîche. The crookneck squash provides a soft texture to the dish and the same-sized pieces make for easy eating, especially for little ones.

I hope your weekend was as adventuresome as ours. We spent the weekend at Half Moon Bay State Beach. It wasn't too hot with the ocean breeze. It was so peaceful and quiet; exactly what we needed! Aria and I wandered along the beaches and on the trails after our picnic. I had prepared my husband Lulu's favorite cucumber tea sandwiches and used the remaining filling to flavor the pasta dish the following day!


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List Of Indian Dal Dishes Recipe

List Of Indian Dal Dishes

09.25.14 by Jackie

Dal is a mainstay on Indian tables. It's such a staple that it accompanies almost every meal at my home, especially for my father-in-law. In general, the lentil dish is internationally renowned for its simple ingredients: lentils (whatever kind), ghee or oil and chiles with various spices and flavorings such as garlic, ginger or cumin.

Over the years, I've learned to enjoy dal.. Interestingly, the key to a well-balanced vegetarian diet (75% of my family have adopted a vegetarian regimen) is to combine a starch (such as rice) and a legume (such as beans or lentils). My favorite lentil meal is kali dal with freshly steamed browm basmati rice and a dollop of ghee. I've listed a few of our family's favorites for you to try. Dal is nutritious and so tasty with the added heat from the chile peppers. Even baby Aria enjoys many of these dal dishes!


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Caribbean Crab Pilaf Recipe (Matete) Recipe

Caribbean Crab Pilaf Recipe (Matete)

09.24.14 by Jackie

When I went back to Paris last summer, Papa told me about their recent vacation to the magical islands of the French West Indies (Antilles francaises), Martinique and Guadeloupe. He told me about the food he ate there and about a particular dish he adored called Matété (also named Matoutou). It's a spicy crab pilaf and its preparation is very similar to our Vietnamese crab cua rang muối.

The difference from the Asian dish is the flavorings, which consist of fresh thyme, celery, flat-leaf parsley, bay leaves, green onions and fresh Scotch bonnet peppers. We planted hot chile seeds at the beginning of the summer and they're just about ripe and ready to be cooked!

 


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Beef Stew with Pan-Fried Polenta Recipe

Beef Stew with Pan-Fried Polenta

09.23.14 by Jackie

After preparing beef bourgouignon a few weeks ago for baby Aria, I wanted to prepare another beef stew that is nutritious with a velvety consistency. I used pearl barley for the sauce and served crispy pan-fried polenta rounds for a nice contrast of texture.

I try to balance her meals and not serve her too many dishes made with white flour, so barley and polenta are a great alternative. My mother-in-law has just been diagnosed with celiac disease and has been asking me about gluten alternatives that would help her not miss gluten and would satisfy her appetite as much as regular bread or pasta. There are so many other options; you just have to think outside the box.


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Coconut Tofu Recipe Recipe

Coconut Tofu Recipe

09.22.14 by Jackie

Eating vegan foods doesn't necessarily mean they have to be bland. My goal to jazz up a Japanese eggplant and broccoli tofu dish was to add extra richness to the taste with coconut cream. The vegetables cooked fairly quickly, so I focused more on seasoning the sauce, using soy sauce, chile black bean sauce, palm sugar and coconut.

This coconut tofu is a great way for our family (baby Aria and I are the only ones not on a vegetarian diet) to share the same meal without missing meat. The tofu was flavorful with crispy texture and the added spiciness. With a dish like this one, you won't have naysayers claiming the tofu dish is too plain!


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