Half of August is basically here. HERE. As in summer is over. Or about to be over. I don’t deem it over until the first day of fall but let’s be honest, once you or your kids go back to school or even just seeing all the back to school sales and items makes you immediately feel like summer is over. This also means crazy busy life begins along with hectic schedules. Never to fret. Bringing you back to school food prep ideas, tips, and tricks plus recipes all to keep you on your A game this back to school season. Stay healthy, fit, and sane!
Mixed vegetable subji is my go to dish when I can’t figure out what to make or I have tons of extra vegetables lying around. The other day, however, when my brother in law and sister in law were coming over and although I had all the ingredients for the dish, I didn’t want to make it. One quick call to my mother gave me all the inspiration I needed.
Summer is the perfect time to not only grab a book and lay by the pool but also to cook and try out new recipes! With so much fresh produce in the markets, there are endless recipes and drinks you can try. Whether you are an experienced cook or a newbie, there is something to feed everyone’s appetite.
Ketchup, Mustard, Siracha, Mayo…the list of condiments goes on and on. Quite frankly, they can all get boring too. Sharing some recipes for you to mix things up! Spread on your next sandwich, hot dog, burger or dip your fries in these tasty mixes!
What’s the one thing that can ruin a drink?
Grilled corn rubbed with lemon and spices is one of my favorites things to eat when it starts to get warmer out. It takes me back to my childhood and all the picnics and BBQs we used to have.
A lot of people are always surprised to hear that I do not use a grill to “grill” my corn. I will just place the corn on the stove coils or flames (depending on what kind of stove I have at that moment) and cook until nice and charred. Don’t forget to rotate your corn every couples minutes to ensure every side is getting cooked evenly.
Once the corn has cooked to my liking and I have removed it from the stove I will go in with a lime or lemon dipped in chaat masala, black salt, regular salt, and red chili powder and rubbed the corn all over. Delicious!
The spices mentioned above are of course Indian spices but you can rub the corn with any spice that tickles your taste buds! I always love experimenting with different spices and toppings. Another favorite is mayonnaise, sour cream and cilantro mixed together and spread on the corn warm. Squeeze lime over the corn and garnish with parmesan cheese and chili powder.
Jackfruit has been one of my favorite vegetables for as long as I can remember. Growing up my mum would cook this vegetable with Indian spices and we would eat it with warm rotis (Indian Bread). Lately, I have been seeing people use jackfruit in their tacos so I decided to try it out.
One of the ultimate comfort foods in North India and my personal favorite dish when I am craving warm, comfort food or am feeling under the weather. So many variations to make it depending on your mood and this dish cooks really quickly. Watch the video so you can make your own!
Pizza doesn’t always have to be bad! Pair it with a salad and top your pizza with veggies to reduce not only the guilty feeling but to also up your veggie intake.
When you get tired of Shahi Paneer, Paneer Tikka, and Matar Paneer or you just need to change things up, Palak Paneer is a great option. Cooked in a spinach gravy making it low in fat and cholesterol, Palak Paneer gives you lots of health benefits as well.