Thursday, July 20, 2017

Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Pepper and Chicken Sausage

One of the best things to have a food blog is that I get a chance to try different varieties of dishes so that I can feed my blog. This is one of the recipes which I was thinking to make for so long, as I was not sure about broiling. One day I tried and this is the result.

Broiled Bell Pepper
Pasta is one of the most preferred dinners on any day in my house. My kids, even the small one, love the pasta made in any sauce. They love Mac and Cheese a lot. So I make sure that they get all the healthy nutrients by adding lots of veggies. By adding different varieties of cheese and herbs, we can make the pasta more delicious and flavorful.

In this recipe, I broiled the bell peppers till it becomes soft and the skin came out easily. We can also roast these bell peppers on the stove top. These freshly roasted peppers will give the pasta a nice smoky taste. I have mixed both penne and fusilli pasta. We can also add cooked chicken pieces instead of sausage. As my kids love to eat the small round discs of sausage I add them a lot. This recipe takes less time to prepare and can be enjoyed by all.

Here I have added the chopped garlic at first so that the garlic flavor is infused in the oil and the pasta will be full of flavor. Hope you all like this. Try this out and let me know.
  1. Whole Wheat Penne & Fusilli Pasta ( cooked and drained)- 2 Cups
  2. Red Peppers- 3 nos
  3. Chicken Sausage ( sliced)- 1 Cup
  4. Onions (chopped)- ½ Cup
  5. Garlic (chopped)- 3 tbsp
  6. Olive Oil- 2 tbsp
  7. Tomatoes (chopped)- 3 nos
  8. Dried Oregano- 2 tbsp
  9. Dried Basil- 1 tbsp
  10. Salt- as required
  11. Black Pepper Powder- 2 Tsp

  1. Broil the red peppers in the oven, high for about 10 minutes, rotating in between. When done keep this aside and remove the charred skin when cooled. Slice into pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the garlic. Let it simmer for some time, till the flavors are infused in the oil. Add the chopped onions and stir till becomes translucent.
  3. Add the sliced sausage, stir till it becomes brown. Add the chopped tomatoes, mix and close with a lid and let this simmer for 5- 10 minutes. By this time the tomatoes will become mushy and everything gets blended well.
  4. Add the dried oregano and dried basil. Mix, add sliced red peppers, salt, and pepper. At last, add the cooked penne pasta, stir to combine and close with a lid. Allow the pasta to cook in the pepper sauce for about 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Swedish Chokladbollar (chocolate balls)

Chokladbollar is a Swedish dessert which we usually find in almost all the IKEA shops in the form of chocolates, not like these round balls. The chocolates from IKEA tastes so unique and fully packed with flavors. I came around this dessert when I was checking for some other recipe on the net and this name caught my attention. I researched about this dessert and found out to be very easy, less time consuming and very healthy and nutritious chocolate balls.

It was like love at first bite. These are one of the easiest treats which can be prepared along with kids. This does not require any baking. In this, the powdered oats are mixed with all other ingredients, shaped and rolled in desiccated coconut. The fun part is to roll these cuties in sprinkles or sugar or anything else of our choice. The amount of sugar may vary according to one's preferences. Try this and let me know.

  1. Oats- 1 ½ Cups
  2. Butter- ½ Cup
  3. Sugar-¼ cup
  4. Cocoa Powder- 3 tbsp
  5. Vanilla essence- 1tsp
  6. Desiccated Coconut- 1 Cup

  1. In a food processor, add all the ingredients except desiccated coconut and blend to a coarse powder. Make sure the butter is mixed well.
  2. Roll the mixture into 10- 15 round balls and roll them in the desiccated coconut.
  3. Refrigerate before serving and enjoy.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Chicken- Egg Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are a perfect tea time snack or a party food. These spring rolls are a popular Indian snack which we get in almost all restaurants. Nothing can beat a bite into the crispy, crunchy, crackly, flavorful spring rolls. I make these spring rolls often using chicken/ eggs/ vegetables. Usually, I make the spring roll sheets from scratch just like the chicken spring rolls, but this time I used the store-bought spring roll sheets as I wanted to try making these with the ready-made sheets.

Spring rolls before frying

Here I have used the combination of chicken and eggs which was an amazing filling for spring rolls. The filling can be anything using prawns, fish or tofu. Our favorite is this chicken- egg filling, which is one of the easiest and the simplest methods.These spring rolls are also known as egg rolls.
The homemade spring roll sheets, when fried in oil will form bubble texture, while the store bought once have a smooth texture. I like both the sheets. Try this delicious snack and let me know.

  • Spring Roll Sheets- 12 no
For filling:
  1. Boneless Chicken- 1 Cup
  2. Eggs- 3 nos
  3. Onions- 1 no
  4. Tomato paste- 2 tbsp
  5. Coriander Leaves- ¼ Cup
  6. Salt- as required
  7. Red Chilli powder- 1 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  9. Pepper powder- 1 tsp
  10. Ginger and Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  11. Oil- deep frying + 1 tbsp

  1. Wash, drain and boil the chicken pieces till done. Chop the onions and coriander leaves into small.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan, fry the chopped onions. When they turn translucent add the ginger and garlic paste and tomato paste, stir for a minute.
  3. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and chopped coriander leaves. Stir well. Add the egg, one by one and scramble them till everything gets mixed up well.
  4. Add required amount of salt along with the boiled and minced chicken. Mix well and keep this aside.
  5. Take a square spring roll sheet and place two tablespoons of the chicken- egg filling. Fold in two opposite sides of the sheet. Then fold the bottom of the sheet over the top of the filling and roll.
  6. Repeat with the remaining sheets and filling. Heat oil for deep frying and fry the spring rolls until golden brown and serve along with ketchup.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Surprise M&M Chocolate Cupcakes

Excuse me all as I have been away for a while from blogging. In between, we shifted the house and lots of packing, unpacking, moving stuff here and there, throwing things and so on, lots of things are happening around. I thought I cannot blog till we got settled with everything, but I sneaked some time from packing, for my little space and today I am with a recipe which was in my archives.

These surprise cupcakes I made for my daughter’s birthday for her classmates. If you remember, I posted a lego cake for her birthday. Along with that birthday cake, I made these cupcakes.
She wanted something special for her class, and I came with the idea of these surprise cupcakes. I first thought of mixing the M&M's in the cake batter, but saw many videos on youtube and got the idea of how to hide the M&M’s.

Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, I cut open the middle portion of the cupcake and scooped out a little bit of cake from the middle using a spoon to form a well. Then I placed 6- 7 M&M’s in the cupcakes and covered with the top portion of the cupcake and frosted it with the chocolate buttercream frosting. My daughter helped me with scooping out the cake and placing the M&M’s. It would be fun for the kids to help you out in small things.

It was a hit among her class friends and she was so happy that she again wanted the same cupcakes for her birthday party, which I ended up baking. These cupcakes are special for any occasion and more over kids will get attracted to this. Try this out and let me know.
Butter Cream Frosting
  1. Butter- 1 Cup
  2. Cocoa Powder- 3 tbsp
  3. Sugar- ½  Cup
  4. Milk- 2 tbsp
  5. Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
  1. Cream all the ingredients till well combined. If the frosting appears dry add little more milk until it reaches the desired consistency.
  2. If it appears wet and does not hold, add little more sugar, a tablespoon at a time, till it reaches the desired consistency.
Assembling the surprise cupcakes:

  • Once the baked cupcakes are cooled, scoop out the middle portion using a spoon and fill with 6- 7 M&M’s and close the top portion of the cupcake. Frost the cupcakes using the chocolate buttercream frosting into desired shapes and enjoy.

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