A Review of Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen!

28 Sep

Have you heard of Chloe Coscarelli? If not, and if you’re vegan, you really need to follow her! She is a popular vegan chef and winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. I discovered Chloe because she is friends with like every Indian person who attended college at Berkeley. Because all Indians know each other, I quickly learned of her and immediately began following her on social media. When Chloe came out with her new Italian cookbook, I was excited to try some of the recipes. Lucky for me, Chloe gave her readers a sneak peek of what to expect by posting one of the entrees on her website. I tried the recipe over the weekend and below are my thoughts!

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Homemade Za’atar!

27 Sep

I recently discovered that the reason Falafel Drive In‘s pita chips taste like heaven is because they are spiced with za’atar, a flavorful Middle Eastern spice that can be used on almost anything! I was determined to try to replicate the chips at home since I live in LA and no longer have the luxury of eating at Falafel Drive In every day. However, after going to Whole Foods (who has discontinued carrying the spice) and a few of the many Middle Eastern stores in Glendale (who didn’t carry it), I thought I’d try to make my own. I had most of the ingredients at home (except for the sumac, which I picked up at the Middle Eastern store) and so it was quite easy. I highly recommend trying this recipe!! 

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Spicy Avocado Toast

13 Sep

Spicy Avocado Toast

Did you guys know that my #twinsie Karishma from The Mess I Make was featured on Food 52′s instagram!? How cool is that!! Karishma’s photogenic photo was enough to inspire me to make my own version of avocado toast for my hubby (I’m mildly allergic to avocado – but that’s another story for another time). This post is all about the celebration of avocados! I’ve been seeing avocado toast EVERYWHERE. And the best part about it is that every recipe is unique. This recipe was basically a simplified version of my Chipotle-style guacamole and can really work for any and every meal of the day. Get creative with it since there’s really no way you can go wrong with avocados. :D

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A Blue Apron Experiment: Vegan Chickpea Burgers

13 Aug

Chickpea Veggie Patties

I’ve been hearing about so many meal-kit services lately but haven’t tried any, although I did buy a box from Saffron Fix recently. My friend Rupa Badlani told me that she’d been experimenting with Blue Apron and that so far, although it took longer than expected, the recipes turned out good. Since Blue Apron posts all of its recipes online, I decided to try out a few recipes on my own. I first tried the Fresh Gnocchi & Maitake Mushrooms – my hubby really liked it and I thought it was good too but it was a huge pain to find all of the ingredients, especially the maitake mushrooms. I then tried the Chickpea Veggie Burgers and OMG – they were AMAZING! So amazing that we had them for dinner, lunch the next day, and again and again every day thereafter. Below is my review in detail including my modified recipe.

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Tofu & Black Bean Tacos

5 Aug

Hello everyone and happy Tofu Tuesday (my version of Taco Tuesday)! Last night, I dreamed I was in Tulum… It must be because I recently ordered Max Wanger’s Tulum print and can’t wait to pick it up today! In my dream, everything was bright, colorful, and beautiful, just like these tofu tacos. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! PS. These are great for meat-eaters too. I took these to my meat-eating neighbor and he was like: “I don’t like tofu” and after I insisted he try just one bite, he proceeded to finish the taco… :)

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Boatacos!!

27 Jul

There are an infinite number of reasons I fell in love with my hubby but at the top of the list is definitely his wit. His jokes are so original, funny, and make me laugh till my tummy hurts. In fact, most of the jokes on this blog are courtesy of him! (Thanks bear!) When I made these boat-shaped tacos for dinner last week, he yelled “BOATACOS!!” and I was like OMG, perfect. Even though this recipe is super simple, I felt compelled to blog about it because of the absolutely fabulous name. Guys, let’s get #boatacos trending. I googled it and it seems no one has come up with this name before. Let’s do it!!! Tag me in your pictures by using #boatacos and/or #recipris. Can’t wait to see them!

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Panda-Inspired Veggie Chow Mein

11 Jul

This recipe was inspired by my panda bear stuffed animal. I wasn’t what to make for lunch on Sunday but one look at him and I knew I should be making some vegetarian chow mein. I think restaurants like Panda Express mess with my head to make me associate Asian food and panda bears. Anyway, this recipe is super easy, super delicious, and super nutritious. Tofu is packed with protein. Plus, I added slaw (which you buy pre-shredded in the grocery store) which added some crunchy texture and healthy bites to this recipe. Enjoy! 

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Magimix Vision Toaster + Goat Cheese Bruschetta!!

7 Jul

Goat Cheese Bruschetta
I feel like we’ve really made it when we have a toaster you can see through. These were the wise words spoken by my hubby when we received our new Magimix Vision Toaster. I first saw this toaster on love + olive oil’s giveaway. I immediately fell in love with it. My girlfriend Akanksha, who is a huge recipris fan, suggested that I reach out to them to see if they’d do a similar sponsorship deal with me. She was like: “Being featured on recipris would be an honor for them” and I was like: “No way, girlfriend. Recipris isn’t that cool.” But because I really loved the toaster, I reached out to them via Twitter. A few tweets and emails later, they agreed!!!! I couldn’t believe it. I was SO incredibly happy. And weeks after receiving my toaster, I cannot imagine going back to my old toaster.
 
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Summer Spinach & Berry Salad

2 Jun

If I am posting a salad recipe, you KNOW it must be good because I rarely eat salad (although I am trying to eat more). In fact, I just checked and this is my first salad recipe! Cheers to that :) On Memorial Day Weekend, I went to dinner at BJ’s with my dance friends Pragati & Vince and this salad was on their new summer menu. It’s the “Enlightened Summer Spinach and Berry Salad” and has a bunch of ingredients (listed below) that I love individually and apparently, are even better when paired together. 

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Black Bean Patties

13 May

Patties, patties, more patties! Patties are my favorite because you can make them out of almost anything. My mom recently sent me a recipe for corn patties that she made. While I like corn in moderation, I’m not a fan of it in huge quantities, so I thought I’d instead make black bean patties instead. Also, I’ve had black bean patties at Which Wich and love them! This recipe was inspired by Whole Foods and slightly adapted. They are perfect for a small nutritious snack or a summer lunch. 

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