Mixed Vegetables Tossed in Salt and Pepper | Quick Recipe

There are times when I like to change things up in the kitchen while cooking dry vegetables. I prefer leaving out spices like turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin seeds, etc. and simply stick to salt and freshly ground black pepper only. I also like to give the vegetables a charred flavor by adding only a dash of water and not tossing them too much.

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Moist Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins | Eggless Baking

These muffins are super moist and not at all heavy on the palate. If you’re fond of peanut butter, you definitely want to try this recipe. It’s hassle-free and once you have all your ingredients in place, it’s a cakewalk 😉

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Rice Vermicelli Tossed in Fresh Veggies and Chili Bean Sauce | Full Meal

Somehow, having meals in a bowl is more comforting and tasteful for me or maybe I’m just plain lazy, haha! I think that’s why noodles is always on the top of my favorite foods list. If I come across an authentic Southeast Asian store, I make sure to surf around and pick up something with familiar yet new flavors. Even though it’s quite difficult to find authentic sauces without fish sauce, anchovies, etc. I do manage to get my hands on a sauce or two to satisfy my taste buds. 😀

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Spaghetti in Spinach Sauce | Full Meal

This right here is a super easy pasta recipe. I think it’s healthy to an extent, well if you omit the butter 😀 and can be prepared in very little time. Garlic pairs really well with spinach and walnuts give the dish a nice crunch. Roast the walnuts before adding them to the spaghetti if you like. Do give this recipe a try and feel free to adjust the quantity as per your liking.

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Fresh Fruit Salad With Reduced Orange Cinnamon Dressing

Fruits are healthy, light on the tummy and flavorsome. There’s no two ways about it. Keeping this in mind, I’m sharing a fruit salad recipe I made, which is refreshing, citrusy and imparts hints of sweet cinnamon notes combined with fresh juicy oranges.

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Quick Pasta With Baked Beans And Cheese

This recipe here is super quick and easy to prepare. Perfect for a lazy day, when you’re not in the mood to do much prep for your mid-day meal or supper. Pasta is that one ingredient that always saves you from all the labor you would have to go through otherwise. In addition to this, when you’re looking for a tangy flavor and maybe think preparing the sauce will consume more time, I feel baked beans are a perfect substitute for that.

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Toasted Mushrooms, Preserved Red Chilies and Cheese Sliders

Winter is in its last leg which means red chilli peppers are soon going to go out of season. This led me to buy them in bulk and look for ways to preserve them. Having made chili garlic chutney a couple of times, I wanted to try something new and found this really easy way to preserve red chillies on It’s Not Complicated. The method is mentioned in detail with clear instructions and explaining the use of each ingredient. I liked it so much that I ended up making two big jars of it. 😀

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Tea Sandwiches With Carrot, Cucumber And Cream Cheese Filling

In continuation with my previous post Finger Sandwiches with Cottage Cheese/Paneer Filling, here’s another simple tea sandwich recipe which is light on the palate and healthy as well. I’ve used homemade cream cheese made with freshly curdled milk. It’s super easy to make. Do give it a try, you’ll be surprised as to how easy it is to have your own cream cheese where you can control the amount of seasoning and fat that goes into it.

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Finger Sandwiches with Cottage Cheese/Paneer Filling | Tea Sandwiches

Sandwiches are a perfect delight to prepare. All you need is a sandwich spread and a few ingredients on hand along with your favorite bread. The only thing to keep in mind is that your sandwiches need to be moist. Every bite should be speak FLAVOR. Sandwiches are also prepared in different styles. It all depends on the kind of mood you’re in. Some are best consumed when messy like a cheesy grilled, some of them are toasted and can be relished like an open toast or a closed style, and then you have cold sandwiches, perfect for a picnic or with your afternoon tea.

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Easy Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Soup | Comfort Foods

We all know soups have different textures. Some are best enjoyed when slurped and then you have thick soups where every bite is an experience. This easy cheesy baked cauliflower soup is exactly like that. Every morsel is so comforting and wholesome, you wouldn’t want to put your spoon down. 🙂 It’s one of my favorites and a perfect binge food during these chilly winters.

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Homemade Cream Cheese Dips | 2 Ways | DIY Ingredients

Dips come into the picture when we want to binge on munchies, which means we also got to be prepared for that feeling of excessive calorie intake, heaviness and guilt creeping in!

Well, there’s no reason to feel guilty no more because these dips are made with fresh homemade cream cheese, therefore, you have the option to eliminate the intake of preservatives, salt, cream, etc. that go into a store-bought pack. This cream cheese is protein-rich as it’s prepared with curdled milk (fresh cottage cheese/paneer).

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Mushrooms | Full Meal

As complicated as the name sounds, well at least for a non-Italian speaker like me 🙂 , spaghetti Aglio e Olio is one of the simplest and most fuss-free dishes I’ve come across. If you get the quantity of garlic and olive oil right, (yes, that’s what aglio e olio translates to), this dish is the bomb! You’ll want to slurp it away right off the pan, leaving you completely contented.

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Fresh Tomato and Chilli Jam at Home | DIY Ingredients

Ending 2020 with a blend of sweet and spice just like how the year went by; a whirlwind of mixed emotions.

This jam here has a sweet and peppery taste with a slight bite to it. If you’re looking for a smooth texture, feel free to blend the tomatoes and chilli pepper into a smooth purée before adding them to the saucepan.

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Chocolate Date Bundt Cake With Caramel Sauce | Eggless Baking

Baking during Christmas gives you a sense of contentment. You’re automatically transferred into a cheerful mood. And I’m someone who believes that food helps bring people together. It instills a sense of comfort amongst people.

I’ve baked an eggless Chocolate Date Bundt Cake with Caramel Sauce. Adjust the quantity of dates and cocoa powder to your liking. Add in chopped walnuts for that crunch. Make your own chocolate glaze instead of a caramel/toffee sauce. Replace fresh cream with flavourless vegetable oil or butter. Adjust the quantity of sugar if you’re using sweeter dates like Madjool dates.

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Chocolate Christmas Shapes With Dark and White Chocolate At Home | DIY Ingredients

Making melted chocolate shapes is a great way to decorate your own cakes. Make dark chocolate decorations or white chocolate shapes. Feel free to add in color to your white chocolate for Christmas tree, reindeer, snowman, etc.

It’s a fun and easy method for decoration on chocolate cake. So go ahead and involve your family members in this fun activity.

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Roasted Pumpkin Soup With Caramelized Onions

There’s something about roasting as a cooking process. It intensifies the taste of an ingredient and brings out the flavors so beautifully that it leaves you wanting for more. All that time you spend waiting around for your veggies to roast gets balanced out with the result you get in the end.

This roasted pumpkin soup has got subtle flavors. It’s warm, naturally sweet, savory, oniony, garlicky.. Just so comforting! I’ve used raw pumpkin here which can be replaced with butternut squash or ripe pumpkin. The roasted garlic gives it an added flavor. Just so you know, the aroma is heavenly. Use it in any possible savory dish to heighten its taste. Dunk a gooey cheese sandwich in this thick warm soup and devour every bite.

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Pad Thai | Vegetarian | Full Meal

There’s nothing better than a good bowl of noodles. It’s both comforting and wholesome, especially during winters; making it a great binge food. It’s definite that I’m going to have an itch to prepare noodle bowls more frequently than usual. So let’s get cooking one noodle at at a time. 🙂

Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish prepared with tamarind sauce being the main ingredient and balanced out with palm sugar, hence making it a mildly flavored dish.

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Soya Burger With Chilli Garlic Hung-Curd Dip At Home | Full Meal

Digging into burgers is always a messy affair and why shouldn’t it be? I don’t think it would be a fun meal without the mess. 😀 You have to indulge yourself in the whole experience to really enjoy the goodness. No wonder, it’s most people’s favorite food because of the very same reason, especially with kids.

A burger is only good if all the elements in it are bursting with flavor. The ingredients should be fresh and of good quality. The patty I’ve made here contains a good amount of soya granules (I’ve used the brand Nutrela), and I’ve paired it with carrots and onions. Feel free to swap or add in more veggies to your liking. You can even add green peas, corn, broccoli, etc.

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Warm Pasta Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing | Simple Salad with Everyday Ingredients

This salad that I’ve made here can be considered as a whole meal as it’s packed with the goodness of greens like spinach and broccoli, protein-rich soya granules and honey mustard dressing prepared with my fresh Homemade Mustard Sauce.

Switch veggies as per your liking. My main aim here is to use everyday ingredients in different ways than they’re generally used.

Click here for my previous posts on Simple Salads

Tomato Salad with Roasted Peanuts and Sautéed Cottage Cheese

Protein Packed Cucumber Salad with Roasted Bell-Pepper Yogurt Dressing

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Mustard Sauce At Home | DIY Ingredients

Mustard is a superfood, packed with immense flavor in all its forms, be it leaves, seeds, oil, or even a sauce for that matter. When it comes to using this superfood in the kitchen, I find joy in making my ingredients from scratch as opposed to buying them from the supermarket. The best part is that you have the liberty to alter the taste and consistency according to what you desire and also use fresh ingredients.

The one I have made here is an easy mustard sauce recipe made with just 3 ingredients. I’ve kept it strong, more like a concentrate, therefore, it’s quite pungent in taste. This way I have more options to alter the taste as per the dish I’m making. Add this sauce to various salad dressings, sandwich spreads, dips, marinades, etc. Feel free to add in honey, olive oil, garlic, black pepper, lemon, and more such ingredients keeping in mind the taste you’re looking for.

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