Friday, 27 December 2013

Healthy Yogurt Chicken Salad

Boneless chicken breasts is one of the versatile ingredients by which you can cook plenty of recipes. Boneless chicken breasts recipes are healthy, nourishing and undoubtedly scrumptious. I have tried plenty of recipe with chicken breast but one of my favorite recipe is healthy yogurt chicken salad. 

chicken salad recipe

You can have this salad any which way you like! Have it simply as a salad or use it as a filling for a sandwich, it taste awesome each time. My family completely love this recipe and this recipe is actually approved by my whole family. The taste are tangy, spicy, herby in short it is a perfect blend of flavors and taste.

This recipe is a complete meal if you having a bowlful of it as it contains vegetables, fruits, nuts etc. you can also complete the meal with bread i.e. it’s an easy recipe that can be made by a bachelor too. Guys love this recipe in fact, you can take this recipe even for your lunch. This salad is enjoyed when it’s cold. And it needs a resting time for at least 2 hours so if you want to eat this in dinner make it in afternoon and put this salad in the refrigerator. Or if you want to take this for lunch make it in a night and simply take your lunch box in the morning and hit towards your work or school. 

Anyways let’s start making this simple and easy recipe –

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Quick Lunch Ideas and Tips for Kid’s Lunch Box

As a parent the most difficult task is to make your kid eat healthy and nutritious even at the lunch time. When you pack lunch for your kids make sure you put everything healthy and tasty. One of the best thing is to add food with good taste, color and shape into your kid’s lunch box. When you put foods of different colors then your kid may get attracted same applies to the shape too. Different shapes like bunny or cute images attracts kids.

Buy some bright and colorful bento boxes for your kids and fill the sections with some interesting and quick lunch ideas and recipes. In today’s post I will share 5 quick and easy recipes that you can give to your kid in their lunch boxes. I will also share some tips and tricks to make lunch boxes more organized and fun for kids.

Friday, 20 December 2013

3 Microwave Recipes that you can Cook in a Mug

Microwave cooking is a boon when it comes to quick and easy recipes. Today I am sharing 3 simple recipes that you can try this season. These recipes can be made in a mug. This is perfect for the singletons or for those who live alone. In this post I am sharing recipes on desserts, quiche recipe for breakfast, and instant mug cakes that you can enjoy at any given time.

More and less I am also sharing a beef recipe i.e. meatloaf in a mug which covers your dinner requirements. Cooking is no rocket science but simple tips and tricks do helps and make cooking easier and fun! Anyways let’s start cooking –

Thursday, 19 December 2013

It’s All about Christmas Celebration

Its about Christmas Celebrations! This post is about the ideas on simple and affordable DIY Christmas decorations, Christmas DIY gifts and Hand-picked Recipes that you can try this season.

 This post also covers the history of Christmas, History of Christmas tree, Importance of gifts and many more.

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Special: Baked Chicken Recipe

Whenever Christmas is about to come, the only carol plays continuously in my mind is – “Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright...” Calvin Coolidge once said - Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Absolutely True! Christmas is all about purity, goodness and happiness. However, it’s not just about your dinner parties or recipes. You can’t stay hungry in lunch, right? So, I am sharing a simple Christmas recipe that you can make on Christmas lunch and even in dinner if you want.

This is a simple chicken recipe that you can enjoy at any given day. Even in the early Christmas celebration. This recipe is one of the classic recipe that people make on Christmas. The flavors are delicious and this meal is a complete delight. When you will bake this chicken, your whole house will be aromatic and herby perfect way to welcome Christmas. Do you know? One of the best way to keep your house warm is using ovens for baking. Oven releases heat which keep your house automatically warm and while using oven you can make delicious stuffs like cakes, cookies, stuffed turkey and baked chicken.

So today’s post is dedicated to the classic baked chicken for the Christmas lunch. Note – this recipe is not an easy breezy easy it need constant attention so get ready and lets start baking this amazing recipe.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Easy Chicken Recipe: Coco-Cola Chicken Wings

One of my favorite chicken recipe is Coco-cola chicken or Sticky Chicken recipe. It’s simple yet an easy recipe. I got this recipe quite a long back and on weekdays I try to make such easy chicken recipes which saves time and efforts. Serve this with rice and some grilled vegetable, it taste just great.

Note: don’t use diet coke as it do not contain any sugar content in it. Use the classic Coca-Cola for this recipe.

This simple recipe is finger-licking tasty, the caramelized and simmering sauce makes this recipe really scrumptious. Kids simply love the tangy and sweet flavors of this recipe. This recipe is a classic Chinese recipe and got inspired from sweet and sour chicken recipe. Ideally this recipe is made with chicken wings or chicken pieces with bones, don’t use boneless chicken pieces for this recipe. I saw this recipe first time on Masterchef’s episode, although they baked the chicken pieces but I made them in a skillet pan and also made few changes to make this recipe in my style. Anyways let’s start cooking –

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Slow-Cooker Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

These days I am completely experimenting slow cooker recipes and as  promised earlier, I did try the Indian biryani recipe in slow cooker! And the biryani was super scrumptious moreover, it was really simple to make because of slow cooking, the flavors were really aromatic and delicious.

Slow Cooker Recipe

If you don’t know about biryani then it is a Muglai rice dish and it’s famous in Hyderabad which is situated in India. I got this recipe when I was in India quite a long back from an Indian lady, although I made this recipe earlier too as instructed by my friend. But recently one of my Indian male friend told me a very interesting fact about Muglai food that it is cooked in low temperature and cooked for a longer period of time. So that, flavors and aroma are maintained. He said it’s definitely not like our fast foods which can be cooked in just few minutes in fact authentic Muglai recipes are cooked at very low temperature and cooked for about 8-10 hours. From here, I thought of trying this recipe in slow cooker as we know that at low settings we can cook any recipe specially meat or chicken recipe for about 8-10 hours. So could be ideal temperature for cooking biryani too.

Anyways if you are making any authentic recipe, I would suggest get spices and ingredients authentic too. You can get the Indian spices and ingredients easily in the local Indian market. One of the major ingredient is Indian ghee (you can get this easily too in the Indian market).
Anyways let’s start cooking this amazing recipe –

Monday, 9 December 2013

Holiday Decoration: Christmas Plant Terrarium

Christmas is approaching fast. And I guess we all have started decorating our houses. I know, today I am posting something completely out of topic. But this is what I made so I was pretty excited to share with you all. :)

You can find the procedure and instruction to make this terrarium over here.

I hope you will like my cactus and succulents terrarium!! YAY :D


Friday, 6 December 2013

Slow-Cooker: American Chop Suey with Ground Beef

American chop suey, I heard this name somewhere in a local Chinese restaurant where they serve tomato and vegetable starch-thickened sauce with chicken or seafood over the fried noodles or rice. Then my friend sent me this recipe via email with a subject – American Chop Suey (Macaroni and beef slow cooker recipe). Reading just the subject line actually caught my attention as I already got ground beef in the refrigerator and I was planning to make  ground beef for a dinner. Although, I just made few changes from the original recipe and added extra ingredients in it. 

Slow cooker recipes are perfect for someone who have busy work schedules or have busy schedules at home so what I do is; I put all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the afternoon or in early evening and by the time my dinner is ready when I want to serve. In the spare time I take care of my kids and can do other work commitments which I finish off by that time.

This American chop suey is an easy one bowl dinner idea to prepare on any busy weekend or weekday. The ground beef mix slowly cooks, then the cooked macaroni is added just before serving time. It’s really simple recipe and your kids will definitely like this recipe too. I guess this is one of the easiest ground beef recipe I made till date additionally this recipe was a hit in my family. Nevertheless, let’s start cooking this amazing recipe –

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Chicken Stew Indian Style

If we talk about chicken stew recipe, even I am not sure about its origin. I mean stew is made almost everywhere Mexico, Spain, United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium, Brazil, Romania and even India. I have tried many versions of stew across the world but recently I have tasted Indian version of chicken stew. Its origin is from southern part of India and if I am not wrong is called "nadan kozhi "stew in Kerala. I don’t know how to pronounce it, but I guess that’s the real name of this dish. (If you know the actual name of this dish, please share with us too.)

It’s not like our southern America’s chicken stew but the flavors and spices used in this recipe, is simply aromatic and mouthwatering. I absolutely love the flavors and the way it blends in your mouth pallet. You can serve this with steamed rice, it tastes amazing with rice or if you want you can have them with bread too. If you are worried for the spices then don’t worry you will find all the spices and herbs near any Indian market.

So let’s start cooking –

Thursday, 28 November 2013

My Thanksgiving Menu 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I woke up quite an early for the thanksgiving preparation. So, in the meantime I thought to share my menu with you guys! I am very excited as one of my cousin (Sarah) is coming after 5 years. She was in UK from last 4 years and recently shifted to California. Oh Yeahhhhh.. :D 

So, I am sure today's dinner would be fun. She said she is getting her famous chocolate mousse for us. Although its not into my list still that's actually sweet of her to bring that extra sweetness for today's dinner. 

Mom is getting her favorite Cranberry and Apple sauce and Crescent rolls too. My sister-in-law is getting dressing and wine bottles. yummmm... ;)

I am so excited to meet them all and especially Sarah. Ohh!! Gurl can't wait to meet you. Nevertheless, I am wishing you all a wonderful thanksgiving day. Enjoy it with your loved ones and family. I would appreciate If you guys can share your menus too that you are making this festive season. Till then, Enjoy have loads of fun and Take care! 


Dinner Recipe: Pepper Chicken with Lemon Spinach

The most confusing question for me is “what’s for dinner?” or “what to make for dinner?” I guess most of the ladies who are reading this blog face the same issue. You can’t make one single recipe each day, you have to make sure everyone eat the food you cooked without making any of those funny faces, and lastly, it should be healthy. 

People suggest a dinner should be light and not heavy. That’s absolutely true but it should be filling too. It should not be that light that you have those hunger pangs at middle of the night. It’s best to make some chicken recipes in the dinner. As chicken is the best source of protein and protein helps you to stay full for longer period of time and you don’t have those hunger pangs in between. 

Boneless chicken breast recipes are the best thing that you can make for dinner. They are less in calories and fats and got the highest source of protein. From a chicken breasts you can make chicken salads, soups, sandwiches etc. however, today I am making a nice flavorsome recipe called pepper chicken with lemon spinach. One of my friend has sent me this recipe via email. I tried this recipe and me and my husband just fell in love with it. 

This is an easy and simple recipe that you can make for dinner. So let’s start cooking –

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Product Review: Asian Sides Chicken Fried Rice

Hey Everyone, say Hello to our Guest Blogger -  Stacy Deason. She is our upcoming blogger and an awesome cook too. Her recipes are mostly simple and easy to make as her blog name suggests - Today she is sharing her experience and product review on Asian rice sides. I hope you guys will appreciate her efforts. Enjoy reading. :)


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

A Perfect Side Dish: Baked Tofu Stuffed Tomatoes

Yummy side dishes; I always like side dishes more than the main courses and if the side dish is stuffed tomatoes than these are my favorite. This recipe is perfect for Meatless Monday in fact this recipe is vegan. Instead of using feta cheese I am using tofu in this recipe, you can also use goat cheese, ricotta or Queso Fresco if you want.

The flavors and taste is simply awesome that you would like to make this simple recipe each day. I somehow love the combination of tomatoes and spinach, both flavors complement each other and it taste just perfect. I am using baby spinach leaves as it is quick and easy to cook. You can also use normal fresh spinach leaves, finely chopped.

You can also add mushrooms instead of spinach in this side dish and to improve the healthy quotient more, you can add quinoa and goat cheese as a stuffing. Additionally, never discard the juice or pulp of tomato, reserve it as it not just contain nutritional values but improves the taste of the recipe too.

So let’s start some baking –

Friday, 15 November 2013

Crustless Simple Quiche Recipe

Quiche recipe

Quiche recipe is mostly served at time of breakfast. It’s filling and nutritious too. On weekends, I often make a quiche or frittata stuffed with vegetables and cheese that we can enjoy over the next few days. This quiche recipe is a crust-less one, and I used low fat milk, cheese and fat free cottage which is useful when you are counting calories or trying to reduce some weight.

Eggs are the staple diet for breakfast. It’s rich in protein and other vital nutrients. You can make this recipe as healthy you want by adding as many vegetables in it. I had use spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and bell peppers. You can also use asparagus, any leftovers, Butternut Squash or Zucchini etc. Some people also add Quinoa which automatically increases its nutrient contents in fact it becomes more healthy and filling like a whole meal.

I always made quiche recipe with those unbaked pastry shells which are available in the market. But that weekend I was out of stock and decide to make this recipe which is crust-less plus healthy. Do you know, Spinach is rich in vitamin K, rich in carotenoids, vitamin C and  B6? And nonfat cottage cheese has a high content of casein protein (a longer lasting protein) with no added fat.

Anyways let’s not waste time and start cooking –

Friday, 8 November 2013

Easy Chicken Recipe – Chicken Laska

We often complain about our busy work schedule! We don’t have time and some of our commitments just keep us busy. We hardly are able to take time out for our loved ones, for small parties or get together and even in the kitchen. My husband likes cooking but because of his hectic schedule he just don’t cook these days.

Last week, he said – I should cook something! I insisted him; it is okay I can manage. But he literally forced me that he really wants to cook some easy recipes. I took out my recipe booklet and gave to him and asked him to cook a simple Thai recipe – Chicken Laska. It’s one of the simple boneless chicken breast recipes that you can try at home.

As we all know chicken breasts are the healthiest part in the chicken. They are rich in protein and contain no-fat. It’s healthy and good for kids too. It has got a nice soupy texture and it’s one of the amazing soup recipe for dinner. The flavors are spicy yet soothing for your taste pallet. There are gazillion ways to make a good chicken laska. This simple soup can be made with bean sprouts, pineapple, tofu, or a variety of fish. But we are keeping this recipe plain, simple, and absolutely amazing.

So let’s start cooking –

Hollandaise Sauce: How you can use this sauce excellently to uplift your dish!

Hollandaise sauce is a very popular French sauce which uplift the flavors and taste of any dish you’re making. However, most of us think that it will make us fat! No doubt, it will make you fat if you will eat it in access or on a regular basis. Anything taken in access could always harm us. If you want to enjoy this sauce, you must eat it like a sauce not as your complete meal.

If we talk about how hollandaise sauce is made then, it is an emulsion of egg yolks, liquefied butter with seasoning of lemon juice, salt and white pepper. At times you can also use cayenne pepper in it. The egg yolks with lemon juice and white pepper are cooked on a particular temperature where you have to whisk the mixture continuously for the fluffy and frothy mixture. The temperature is maintained and you cannot increase the temperature as it can overcook the yolks which will ruin the taste. Later the liquid butter is mixed into this egg, lemon juice and pepper mixture. This gives a creamy, smooth and opaque texture to it. This sauce taste just great with many boring dishes. The best thing about this sauce is that you don’t have to worry about – how to make it? Or how to maintain the temperature? Because hollandaise sauce is available in the market; many leading companies provide you that same great taste without any hassle and on a great price. 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Chipotle Bean Chicken Stew

Looking for weekday dinner ideas? Here’s another good weekday recipe for you all. It’s not super fancy in any way but the taste and flavors are just mouthwatering. It is full of delicious veggies, tender chicken, spices, oh, and of course those beans and tomatoes!

I got this recipe from my friend and I just made few changes and added more veggies and beans in it to make it more scrumptious and divine. We all look for some easy chicken recipes, and this recipe falls under this category easily. It’s simple and easy to make and kids love it too.

You can make this recipe in the slow cooker too. It’s a slow cooking procedure where you cook all the ingredients in simmer for more flavors and taste. And it is recipe which will warm you up if you've been outside for a football game, raking leaves, pumpkin patching, or any of the other outdoor activities people do in the fall.

You can jot down the recipe from here –

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Classic Chicken Breasts Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken

Are you looking for a classic and easy chicken breast recipes then sweet and sour chicken is easiest of all. Sweet and sour chicken is kid’s favorite too. It got the delicious Chinese Flavors and the sweet and sour flavors that just can’t be ignored.

This recipe is simple and quick, and you only consume just one pan for this dish. You can serve this with rice side and just watch your kids finishing their food by their own. This quick and easy recipe can be made easily on any weekday night or even on weekends (choice is yours). You can exclude bell peppers and onions (if you have picky eater at home) but I suggest to keep them. In fact you can also add sugar snap peas to enhance the taste and sweetness better.

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