Lentil Bolognese

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I’m normally not a big new year resolutions kinda girl. I mean, I am forever trying to lose weight so that’s nothing new. However this year, I decided I would go vegetarian for 2018. I’m not going to be incredibly strict- like I will have eggs and would still have a dish that had fish sauce added, but I will not be eating any flesh from animals. It’s not too big of a change for me since I already eat meat very infrequently. However, with this new resolution, I am looking for some vegetarian recipes to satisfy my occasional meat cravings. One meat dish that I sometimes crave is pasta with meat sauce. I decided to try inventing my own lentil-bolognese to substitute for meat sauce. Continue reading

Paneer Tikka Masala

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I don’t have a whole lot to say about this except for, you should make this. I should make this again and again. It’s a bit of prep work and probably more of a weekend or company is coming over type of meal, but it is super tasty in my opinion. The grill always seems like so much work, so I loved that I was able to get these nice charred pieces of veg and paneer with just the oven. Without the grill you of course miss that taste of fire and charcoal, but this is a pretty good second if you don’t have time for grilling, it’s not the right weather, or you don’t have a grill. Continue reading

November and Green Bean Pasta Salad

img_0149November is my favorite month. Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday since I was a kid and my birthday is in November. I feel like once my birthday hits, the weeks that follow are in fast forward. I blink my eyes and the new year is upon me. This year in particular, we had so much to be thankful for. I had to have a surgery during my pregnancy to remove a cyst. Although there were many possible outcomes to this surgery, all went well. The baby is doing great and my recovery went well. Hopefully there are not too many more bumps in the road before the baby is born. This year for Thanksgiving, we traveled to Northern California to the Red Woods and San Francisco with my husband’s family. The trip was more beautiful that I could have imagined. Continue reading

Savory Bread and Tiny Visitors

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After enjoying the beach with my family, my sister’s two kids came to stay with me for five days. We’ve starting calling this “aunt camp.” We went to the Durham Museum of Life and Science, Marbles Kid’s Museum, the movies to see Finding Dori, swimming, and Frankie’s Fun Park for mini golf. It was a busy few days, and I also got a summer flu in the midst of it all that made napping and downtime more of a must as well. When we weren’t out seeing the town, the kids loved when I put music videos on and then they would have a dance competition. We ate a lot of cheese sandwiches, Captain Crunch, Gogurts, and ice cream sandwiches. One night, I made homemade pizza and had more leftover dough than I had planned. I decided to make a grown up treat for Rajat and I with the leftover dough. Continue reading