Wednesday, 18 February 2015

My Chicken Treat Recipes for Washington’s Birthday Holiday

Hello everyone I am back with something new and interesting to share with you all. I am penning down my thoughts here. This is all about how I spent my yesterday’s holiday. This weekend I was so much busy that I could not get time to sit and relax even for a second. After successful celebration of Valentine’s Day which I had shared earlier here Valentine’s Day Recipes Serve to Your Lover. On Feb 16, it was Washington’s Birthday which is a federal holiday celebrated in the honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States.

So it was a long weekend for my kids and husband. They all were expecting me to serve something good and really delicious at the dinner table. So being a mom and wife I had to make them feel really happy and serve something different and scrumptious. One thing was there in my mind why not to cook something that is really easy and doesn’t take hours to prepare. I picked up my smartphone and browsed different recipes over the web and came across the below listed two recipes from Knorr. I have been often using Knorr products quite for some time now. Earlier I was using recipes from Kraft and Epicurious. Recipes from these two food brands are also good but as you all know we want always something new and really different to eat. I thought change is must!

I have read about Knorr chicken recipe’s ratings and reviews these are quite satisfactory. I thought why not to look-up for something easy to cook actually I wanted chicken recipes that can be cooked in just 30 minutes. So I zeroed in my search and choose the following two chicken recipes.

Fiesta Lime Chicken & Rice:

This one I choose because as my kids like the chicken and rice combination a lot. Also it can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Other than chicken which is one of its main ingredient it contains taco toppings shredded cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes and onion along with tortilla chips which are loved by my kids. You can go through the video of How to Make Knorr Fiesta Lime Chicken & Rice Bowl just for better clarity of the cooking method. This one is twist to the basic recipe for chicken and rice. Isn’t it surprising that such a delicious chicken dish gets ready in just few minutes? Its servings are for four and ours is also a family of four so it was quite a substantial one for all of us. I liked this one as it contains the mixture of lime with rice which gives a superb flavor to this dish.

Coconut-Curry Chicken:

Another chicken dish which I opted for; but this one has chicken with a gravy along with rice. This one was totally different one; which I tried for the first time. We generally take bread instead of rice but for the first time we thought to go for such a combination. I find rice quite a substantial one so opted for this one. Here you need curry powder, bell pepper and coconut milk which are basically required for making a curry so go for them always. Here also I have added a video URL just to know the recipe methods in detail. This video will surely clear all your cooking doubts there is no scope for any goof ups. Have a look at the video How to Make Knorr Coconut Curry which itself is quite explanatory. I followed the cooking instructions as per the video and cooked this dish accordingly.

Quite to my surprise everyone in my family loved it. My husband who is a picky eater and is always particular about the texture of the served chicken. He was quite surprised as these two chicken recipes tasted different to him. The first word that my husband uttered after eating them was “Delicious”.

You know what heart-in-heart I was quite happy as I could cook something quite different and delicious being it my first attempt at cooking of these new chicken recipes. These chicken dishes made my day and I was feeling satisfied and happy.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

My Second New Year Celebrations for January 14

Everyone’s Christmas and New Year hangover must be almost over now. They all must have started up their daily routine of busy lives. But for those who have faith in Orthodox Christian their time for celebrating festivals just started with Christmas celebration on Jan 7 and New Year Celebration on Jan 14.

So tomorrow is their New Year.

Actually why am I writing all about it reason being like me I thought you all must also not be familiar about it. My grandparents believe in this and they celebrate Jan 14 2015 as their New Year. So for me I am gearing up myself for the New Year celebrations for the second time for the same year.  There is not a public holiday observed here in the US but you can get to see huge traffic and parking around Orthodox churches all over the US.

Discussions apart. Now I have come up with such an easy dinner recipe which I could make at home to rejoice both my grandparents and parents. This was a big responsibility as I did not want to end up with something bad. So I browsed the web and came across these two   Knorr dinner recipes and My Recipes dinner recipes as their respective cooking time were less so I choose them.

Have a look at their recipes here one by one.

1:- Knorr Chipotle Chicken Pasta 

Recipe Serves 4 | Preparation Time 10 min | Cooking Time 18 min
  1. 1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  2. 2 Tbsp. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spread, divided
  3. 1 large red bell pepper
  4. 1/8 tsp. ground chipotle chile pepper
  5. 1 can (11 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
  6. 2 cups water
  7. 1 package Knorr® Pasta Sides™ - Chicken flavor
  8. 1/4 cup sour cream
  9. 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (about 2 oz.)
  1. Season chicken, if desired, with salt and ground black pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon Spread in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove chicken and set aside.
  2. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon Spread in same skillet over medium heat and cook red pepper and chipotle pepper, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until red pepper is tender. Stir in corn and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in Knorr® Pasta Sides™ - Chicken flavor and return to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and cook covered, stirring occasionally, 6 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in chicken and sour cream; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese.
2:- My Recipes Beach Shrimp Recipe

  1. 3 pounds unpeeled, large raw shrimp* $
  2. 1 (16-oz.) bottle Italian dressing $
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper
  4. 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  5. 2 lemons, halved $
  6. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  7. 1/2 cup butter, cut up $
  1. Place first 4 ingredients in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish, tossing to coat. Squeeze juice from lemons over shrimp mixture, and stir. Add lemon halves to pan. Sprinkle evenly with parsley; dot with butter.
  2. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. Serve in pan.
  3. 3 lb frozen peeled, large raw shrimp, thawed according to package directions, may be substituted. Prepare recipe as directed, reducing pepper to 1/2 tsp.
I am going to try both of them and will certainly share my experiences with you all.

Till then try them at home again Happy New Year.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Beef Recipes Cooked With a Different Style

Tired of repeating same style of cooking beef every time. I have come up with some delicious beef recipes which you can actually cook differently. These healthy and easy ground beef recipes do not need much of your time. Always go for the healthy and organic beef meat which is easily available in the supermarkets near to you.

The ground beef recipes has good nutritional benefit as it is enriched with nutrients like vitamins, minerals and is also loved by many.

Let me share beef recipes which are one of my favorites and are also filling and a crowd pleaser.

This is very simple stir-fry Chinese dish that is great in taste. It can be served with steamed rice. It is quite filling meat and hence can be cooked for everyone in the family anytime.

Simply season beef with curry. Heat them a bit in oil. Read the rest of the instructions in the link. This is my favorite among rest as it is made into a delicious curry which makes it a lighter touch. The beef meat cut used here is good with herbs and seasonings and fresh vegetables which make it taste amazing.

I will be posting much more beef recipes in future as these are my favorites apart from chicken recipes. Drop your comments in the box below I would like to know how you people found them.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Cook Italian in Your Kitchen on this Columbus Day

Do you really need any reason to cook an Italian dish for your family? Don’t feel confused yes you have a reason and it is the Columbus Day celebration. So I have come up with three Italian recipes which I am planning to prepare this Columbus day which falls on coming Monday. This Columbus Day is called a national holiday in the United States.

Since our childhood we learned about Christopher Columbus. He was the person who said yes earth is round and in late 15th century many people believed that.

It may be quite surprising to know that Columbus found many new and amazing food that too in bright colors and bold flavors. He used to discover new food items which he and his seamen ate on their way. He was fond of eating Italian food that too with toppings of different colors which made the dish quite striking.

Let me discuss here some of the Italian recipe which I am going to make this Columbus day.

Four cheese pasta with shrimp & spinach:

You can prepare this creamy, cheesy pasta with juicy shrimp, sweet roasted red peppers, and spinach in just flat 15 minutes. Does it really sound good? This dish is ready in just minutes simply by the use of Knorr Italian Side - 4 Cheese Pasta. This dish can be easily changed into the meal for four that will surely be substantial for a small family. Click here for recipe.

Red, white and blue bruschetta:

Bruschetta is an appetizer which can be easily pre-made on the grill or in oven just in minutes. This classic toasted bread appetizer is made with a topping of red sun-dried tomato, bowl of blueberries, feta cheese crumbles and much more to make it more appealing. Click Here for recipe.

Columbus Day Oil Poached Tuna Salad:

This is a perfect Columbus Day recipe which can be served with salad on cold greens that can take tuna salad to new rise. Simply dash here salad greens with dressing.  There is no need to use canned tuna here instead cook the tuna on your own which helps to retain its quality. This is usually liked on the medium-rare side. There is no need to use a grill for preparing tuna. You can use poaching olive oil for making it moist and also flavorful. Click here for recipe.

Let’s celebrate Columbus Day with these Italian dishes and say thanks to him for his great discoveries. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

What’s For Dinner Tonight?

Ever wondered what will you cook for the dinner everyday? It is really a complex question that arises in the mind of any lady be it working or a housewife. Cooking dinner every night can be quite difficult when you don't know what to cook actually or you are not ready with the required ingredients.

Offcourse for busy working moms it becomes quite hectic after a long day of work to figure out what to serve in dinner. Always eating outside food is not an easy thing to do. Looking for a restaurant where you can get food of your own choice and wherein reservations are available is at times a challenge. 

In my previous postings I have been posting dinner recipes out of which my favorite two are simple and easy dinner ideas for family wherein I had shared dinner ideas separately for two people and kids which was quite well appreciated by readers.

Another one is Crustless Simple Quiche Recipe that is a great dish to be served at dinner. It is made with unbaked pastry shells, different veggies e.g. spinach which is rich in vitamin K, C and B6.
This time also I have come up with such an easy dinner recipe which was loved by all in my family.
The name of this dinner recipe is Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad served as dinner rolls with combination of apple, cheese, almonds and seasoned with pepper which adds a tangy taste to it.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad Recipe

Total Time: 40 min Prep: 20 min Inactive: 10 min Cook: 10 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy


·        4 whole wheat dinner rolls
·        Freshly ground black pepper
·        Four 5-ounce center-cut salmon fillets (about 1-inch thick)
·        3 tablespoons olive oil and fresh lemon juice
·        3 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
·        Kosher salt
·        1 bunch kale, ribs removed, leaves very thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
·        1/4 cup dates, finely grated pecorino
·        1 Honeycrisp apple

  1. Firstly you will have to make sure salmon is brought to room temperature 10 minutes before    cooking it.
  2. Simultaneously, take a large bowl and keep on whisking together 2 tablespoons of lemon   juice and olive oil with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Then add the kale, toss it to coat and let it stand there for about 10 minutes.
  3. While the kale is kept on the stand, cut apple into the size of matchsticks and dates into thin slivers. Now add the apples, dates, cheese and almonds to the kale. Spice it with pepper, toss well and set aside.
  4. Dash the salmon all over with 1/2 teaspoon salt and some pepper. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat remaining oil. Raise the heat to medium-high. Keep the salmon, skin-side up in the pan. Cook it on one side for about 4 minutes till it turns golden brown. Make sure the fish is cooked well until it feels firm to the touch within 3 minutes it is done.
  5. Finally divide the salmon, salad and rolls equally among four plates.
Source: Foodnetwork

This is itself a unique recipe which contains the nutrition of apple and kale salad with a crunchy, tangy and sweet taste in it.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Pork Chops with Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Being a busy mother sometimes I really don’t have enough time to spend in the kitchen to prepare dinner. So I prefer to cook an easy dinner recipes pork chop dish is one of them. The pork chop recipe can be easily made with the ingredients on hand.

Pork chops can be served as one of the great meals any time of the year be it summer or winter. The pork chops is made of wonderful flavors that it gives absolutely fantastic taste to any ordinary recipe.

Pork Chops with Scalloped Potatoes Recipe is one of my favorite and easy pork chop recipe which is made up of the ingredients which are readily available at home anytime. None of these ingredients are hard to find if you visit any nearest store.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Recipe for Chicken - Smokehouse Bacon Chicken Carbonara

What to cook for dinner? This thought often comes to my mind.  In my family everyone loves to eat any type of dish where chicken is the main ingredient.  You might think that cooking chicken at dinner time is too much time-consuming but actually there are plenty of quick and easy recipes for chicken available which can help you to make a substantial and tasty chicken dish for the entire family.

If there is leftover chicken in the refrigerator then you can easily think of making a chicken salad with it in just five minutes. For salad take this leftover chicken and add cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes, sauces and add your favorite salad dressing and serve it at lunch.

I generally prefer to use chicken breasts as I feel  chicken thighs are smaller in size as compared to chicken thighs which unnecessarily increase the number of chicken pieces in any recipe.

Let me discuss here one such a recipe called Smokehouse Bacon Chicken