Category Archives: main dish

The Award Winning Moussaka

Thanks to my publicist and sous-chef, aka my husband’s encouragement and assistance, I entered a cooking contest the other day, and I was crowned the best home cook in DC yesterday (thanks CookNook!). I’ll share the recipe here, but first … Continue reading

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Moroccan Lemon, Olive, and Cinnamon Chick’n 

This  recipe was inspired by a recipe on epicurious and is part of an effort to turn expand our palates and adapt meat recipes that my husband might like into vegetarian ones.     Ingredients: 1 onion 1/4 preserved lemon (original … Continue reading

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Edamame burgers

I received this recipe from Cooking.com in my inbox and thought “hey I have all of the ingredients!” It seems like a lot of stuff but you probably have a lot of it.  And then as I got to cooking, I did … Continue reading

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Mango Tofu

A taste of summer and the islands, brought to you by that perennial question: what do I do with these overripe mangos?   Ingredients for sauce (for blender) 1 ripe mango 1/2 green mango 1 lime 1 jalapeno 2 T … Continue reading

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Squash Daal

Inspired by a recipe from my father-in-law with some modifications from me–like squash instead of carrots. serves 4 3 small yellow squash (zucchini, butternut, Accorn, or carrots  all would work) 1.5 cups Masoor Daal (red lentils)  5 cups water (it … Continue reading

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Zucchini Pad Thai

Pad thai minus the noodles. Zucchini in long strings forms the base of this version.   Ingredients  2 T tamarind concentrate  1/2 c water 2 T soy sauce 2 T brown sugar (if you have palm sugar, use it) dates would … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Moussaka

This is a modified version of the recipe found in Carla Hall’s book, “Carla’s Comfort Foods”, which itself is a modification of another recipe. My changes: Using soy (aka “groundless groundbeef”) and seitan (Field roast sausage-style links) instead of bulgar … Continue reading

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Pongal Arancini

Happy Pongal. This recipe is a cross between a traditional indian rice, lentil, and peppercorn risotto and the Italian aranccini Continue reading

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Maamiyaar’s Soup

This is my mother in law’s recipe (aka my maamiyaar in Tamil). She made it when we were down in Tampa last week and we loved it so we got the recipe and made it again today. Ingredients 1-2 cups … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash Thai Curry Soup

This recipe was on our mega Thanksgiving menu. My parents hosted 23 this year…and so I made a triple batch to serve everyone. I’ll just give you the recipe for a single batch though. My inspirations were these: http://cookieandkate.com/2014/thai-curried-butternut-squash-soup/ and http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/thai-red-curry-squash-soup The … Continue reading

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Huevos rancheros with sweet potatoes and avocado

These aren’t your typical huevos rancheros. This is part of my is pantry/fridge challenge–use up ingredients you have. The ingredients: a sad looking avocado. A sweet potato needing to be used up. Some taco shells that happened to be out. … Continue reading

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Arugula Pesto Pizza

For the bday dinner, we talked about going out for pizza, but when I found out they weren’t going to be available until 9 or 9:30 pm, I decided to make pizzas instead. This one was the favorite. The Crust … Continue reading

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Cherry Almond Dutch Baby Pancakes

I’ve made “dutch baby” pancakes  (Pannenkoeken) before—something I had to try after trips to the Netherlands—but this time, I decided to try making them a little healthier. I used less butter than the original recipes called for, no sugar (just … Continue reading

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Chik’n & Jungle Garden Veggie Saltimbocca

Our garden is going gangbusters. When I went the other day, the tomato plants were out of control, as was the basil and parsley. And there were 4 beautiful long eggplants. So I needed to make something with this stuff. … Continue reading

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4th of July Fried Chik’n (veggie)

One food kept coming up as I browsed for menu items for our Fourth of July picnic on Friday: Fried Chicken. So, how was I going to make it vegetarian? And would it be good? I made up a recipe…based … Continue reading

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Souffle (with caramelized onions, chard, and asparagus)

Ok it’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted a recipe…It’s been a busy few months and these have been stacking up. In particular, this one is long overdue. It’s got a fair amount of cheese and eggs in it, … Continue reading

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Superbowl Sunday Series

Unlike last year, this year’s superbowl foods edition (my first of 2014…whoops, January was a wee bit busy), isn’t actually superbowly/footbally food. As my husband said in his cute & adoring facebook page, “While I was at a bar watching … Continue reading

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4 lentil daal with star anise: A crock pot recipe

Garam masala with star anise is my new thing, and this ended up being a key flavoring in this daal. Why, not sure–it just adds a different and I think interesting flavor. And since I make garam masala every few … Continue reading

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Split Pea Falafel v2

I originally started this thinking I’d add sweet potato or acorn squash to the mixture, but they didn’t cook fast enough so I left them out, but I leave you with that idea. 1 cup split peas 1/2 onion 1 … Continue reading

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Cauliflower pizza tarts

I found a recipe for a pizza crust using cauliflower a few months ago and have been experimenting with it ever since. This is also part of my “hidden veggie” series.  Here’s the latest recipe: 1 cauliflower 1 sweet onion … Continue reading

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