Hors d’oeuvres in the Heat

Summer has officially began here in SoCal. Or maybe it’s still spring. Either way, temperatures above 100 degrees call for light snacks on this lazy Sunday. With some tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and spices you can whip up both or either of these dishes in just a few minutes. For these caprese bites you’ll need…

Guiltless Granola Bars

Granola bars were always a go-to snack growing up. However if you turn the box around to see the stats, you may be shocked to see how much sugar is packed into such a small bar. Here’s a date-based granola bar recipe to help you make a convenient snack that is refined-sugar free but still…

Cheesecake, Minus Eggs

If you’re a vegetarian like myself, you know the trade of customized food orders all too well. Many times the substitutions leave your meal lifeless, but luckily that’s not always the case as vegetable-based diets have become increasingly popular. Here’s an egg-less cheesecake recipe…the ultimate rich and creamy indulgence! Ingredients: 3 packages cream cheese (8 oz)…

Indo-Thai Stirfry

Sometimes it’s incredibly fun and satisfying to create new fusions of cuisines and try new recipes. Other times it’s even more fun to have dinner started and served in 20 minutes. This recipe is for the latter: on days you’re tired, lazy, don’t know what to make, have a lot of produce, or want to…

Baked Falafel Plate

Trying to find an easy weeknight dinner? Or something outside your regular dinner rotation? Look no further than this baked falafel plate. A few steps of prep turns some lentils and veggies into a delicious and healthy meal good enough for a dinner party or a meal with your family. Veggies: iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, white…

Holiday Sweets Without the Sweat

With Christmas right around the corner, my social media feeds have been filled with holiday decor, trees, and beautiful treats! If you’re looking to get in on this wonderful tradition but just don’t have the time for an all-day bake fest, check out these easy recipes for yummy individual desserts. They’re perfect for potlucks, as…

Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

Cooking quick meals for a family of six can sometimes be a challenge. We do slow cooker meals sometimes, but most of our dinners consist of traditional Gujarati cuisine. On days I want to experiment with something new, I look to make a variation of something I know everyone loves. Enter this eggplant parmesan casserole….

Mexican Pizza, Hold the Guilt

One of our family’s favorite Mexican foods is Mexican pizzas. What’s not to love with fried tortillas smothered in beans, sauce, cheese, and toppings? I decided to add a healthier twist on this family favorite by crisping up the tortillas using an Indian “dutto.” I’m still working on figuring out what the English name for…

Taco Salad Boats

Mexican food is a staple in our house. It’s easy to put together, can be made relatively healthy, and is loved by all.  Check back to the Girls Night post for another variation of these taco boats. The ones below are bite-sized taco salads drizzled with a creamy cilantro dressing, served with some white corn…

Lemon Ginger Snaps

These cookies are easy to make but not for those who don’t love ginger and lemon. Luckily for me, my family loves both of those flavors and these cookies don’t disappoint.  I usually buy a container of the triple ginger snaps from Trader Joe’s, but any brand you can find will do the trick. Lay…

Kind-a Easy To DIY Snack Bites

I love having granola bars on hand as snacks at work or on the go, and Kind bars are my favorite. These little bites are a twist on an Indian dessert that incorporates the elements I love about Kind bars–nuts, dried fruit, seeds/grains, and very little of anything else. For these bites, you’ll need: Ingredients:…

Zoodles & Coodles & Sqoodles

I loveeee my spiralizer. It’s nothing fancy but makes prepping quick lunches and dinners so easy. I mix whatever veggies I have on hand to make spiralized stir-fries or pasta dishes and play around with spices, sauces, and marinades to amp up the floors. This is a simple spiralized pasta dinner with spiralized zucchini, carrots,…