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Hearty Vegetable Curry Recipe

This vegetable curry is super simple and awesome for meatless Monday. You can add any veggies you have on hand which is good especially if you are trying to use up vegetables that are getting bad. Initially I wanted to make Aloo Gobi which is an Indian dish with cauliflower and potatoes but realized I did not have enough potatoes so decided to do a mix of cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes. It came out great and was exactly what the doctor ordered for a fall dinner. 

Hearty Vegetable Curry RecipeWhen is comes to vegetarian dishes Indian food has some of the best dishes from saag paneer, Malai kofta to Daal and more. There are just so many options. I have met a few people that do not like curry and I have never understood why as the flavors are amazing. I for one love super flavorful food and Indian food is one of the cuisines at the top of the chain in that regard. The food doesn’t have to be overly spicy and can be cooked to your liking so I recommend trying it.

I was mad at myself for forgetting to add the peas I had in the freezer however I still loved the end result. Some spinach too would have been a great addition but the beauty of this recipe is that you can use any ingredients and it is delicious either way. We served it with herbed basmati rice and the meal lasted the hubby and I 2 days which worked out great for the busy week night. 

Hearty Vegetable Curry Recipe

Hearty Vegetable Curry Recipe
A delicious vegetable curry perfect for a cold fall dinner
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cauliflower head, chopped into large florets
  2. 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into half
  3. 2 medium sweet potatoes cut into large cubes.
  4. 2 large carrots sliced into large pieces
  5. 1 cup frozen green beans chopped
  6. 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  7. 2 medium yellow onions chopped into medium sized pieces
  8. 5 cloves fresh garlic minced
  9. 1 large piece of fresh ginger, about 2 tablespoons minced
  10. 1 lime, juiced and zested
  11. 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  12. 1 tbsp ground coriander
  13. 2 tsp teaspoon ground cumin
  14. 3 tsp curry powder
  15. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  16. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  17. 2 cups chicken broth
  18. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pot.
  2. Add onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add the garlic, ginger and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the curry, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cayenne and stir for half a minute. Add diced tomatoes and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the chicken broth and potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes till potatoes are halfway cooked
  5. Add the remaining vegetables, season with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to medium low. cover and simmer until the vegetables are cooked but still firm about 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the lime juice and zest; cook for 2 minutes more. Turn heat off, let stand for 5 minutes before serving and garnish with cilantro.
Notes
  1. This dish is perfect served with Basmati rice or naan bread
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What are your favorite vegetarian dishes? Do you like curry? I would like to hear from you in the comment sections below!

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Easy Meatless ‘Beef’ Empanadas

It’s football season! We just watched our first game recently and as soon as the game started all my sadness about summer ending disappeared. One of the things I love about football season is the game-day gatherings we have with our friends and family at home. I always make it a mission to serve something different and special for our guests to crate an awesome homegating experience. Since we follow a mostly plant based diet, I always serve some meatless options like these Easy Meatless Beef Empanadas made with Gardein Beefless Ground. 

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas

Meatless options do not have to be boring celery sticks or pretzels. More and more people are eating plant based meals and want options that look and taste like meat; thanks to meatless brands like Gardein it has become very easy to find these options. Gardein has various plant-based entrée and appetizer options including beefless ground, meatless meatballs, crabless cakes and even plant based chicken nuggets which all taste like meat and are perfect for homegating and tailgating 

I use the beefless ground a lot in my cooking and it is great for this awesome meatless empanada recipe. You can use it for so many other recipes including meatless shepherds pie, tacos, spaghetti Bolognese

How to Make Easy Meatless Beef Empanadas: A pictorial guide

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas

This recipe is very easy especially if you use the premade pastry. I love puff pastry for this dish as it is light, flaky with a nutty flavor. The recipe yields 20 empanadas which is plenty for a small game-day get together.

If you want to eat less meat for a meal, a month, or everyday you will be glad to know every chef-created Gardein recipe is made to give you the most “meaty” tasty, quality, and texture. I for one love their products and recommend them for meatless meals. 

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas Recipe
Yields 20
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Gardein beefless ground
  2. 1 cup shredded Mexican Cheese
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  5. 1 large onion
  6. 3 carrot sticks diced
  7. 3 celery sticks diced
  8. 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  9. 1 large potato diced into small pieces
  10. ½ teaspoon chili powder
  11. 1 teaspoon oregano
  12. 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  13. Empanada Dough or frozen pastry dough, defrosted
Instructions
  1. In frying pan, heat oil and sauté onions, potatoes, carrots, celery and garlic until soft. Add paprika, chili powder and oregano. Add beefless ground and cook for 2 minutes then add the crushed tomatoes and cook until hot.
  2. Set aside to cool a little.
  3. While beefless ground mixture cools prepare the pastry dough and cut into circles.
  4. Place a spoonful of stuffing, topped with cheese on half of each dough circle. Wet the edges with milk, Fold dough over filling and seal with a fork and brush a beaten egg over each empanada.
  5. Bake in a 200°C/400°F oven until cooked and lightly browned.
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Good Eats Boston: Balani

Good Eats Boston features a number of restaurants in and around Boston. Waltham, specifically the Moody Street area, also has a varied collection of restaurants serving delicious foods. With so many restaurants on one street there is literally all the cuisines you could think of including Tapas, Sushi, Mexican, Thai and good old American fare. If you crave it, its probably on Moody street. Recently I decided to venture to the popular street to sample the delicious dishes served up by Balani restaurant. 

The Balani Burger

The moment you enter Balani, you are welcomed by a very friendly host and the eclectic decor immediately catches the eye. With unique artwork, warm tones and a comfy lounge area Balani certainly has character and is very inviting. 

I ordered the stir fried Chinese broccoli succotash which includes baby corn, edamame, shiitake with a creamy curry sauce. My husband, who loves seafood, ordered the grilled octopus with chopped salad, ginger soy dressing and crispy fava beans. We both enjoyed our appetizers, however, If we knew the portions were so large, we probably would have shared an appetizer. 

Since I was on my cheat day I knew I had to go all out for the main course. I ordered the highly rated Balani Burger made with smashed prime chuck, crispy pork belly, cheddar, house dill pickles, awesome sauce, potato roll and fries. To say the burger is good is an understatement; it’s awesome! My husband ordered the roasted Chinese eggplant with short rib and he loved it. His dish was made with a sweet and spicy soy glaze, jasmine rice, chopped salad, ginger vinaigrette and very tender short rib. The plate was cleared when he was done with it. 

Balani Waltham Grilled Octopus

Balani Waltham ROASTED CHINESE EGGPLANT with Short RibYou would think after all that food we couldn’t possible eat anything else but there’s always room for dessert. We ordered the date cake, which was easily the best dessert I have had in a long time. I told my husband I would drive back to Waltham just to have the date cake. I am not sure what the cake is made from exactly but you can definitely taste the dates, vanilla and toffee. 

Balani Waltham Date Cake

If you are in the Waltham area or looking to try a new restaurant for your next date night, I highly recommend Balani. This restaurant impressed me in so many ways from the amazing service to delicious food and a fab environment. Definitely worth putting on your to go list. 

Balani 

469 Moody Street

Waltham, MA 02453

Phone: 781.472.2805

The Crispiest Sriracha Fried Chicken Recipe

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Forget all the complicated tricks you have been told will give you the crispiest fried chicken. I have the secret, and I am sharing it with you today! It is pretty easy and is probably something you have in your pantry already…Argo® Corn Starch! Instead of using flour only, using a half and half split of flour and Argo® Corn Starch will help give you the crispiest fried chicken that is juicy on the inside and crispy and airy on the outside. The Argo® Corn Starch is what will make your fried chicken recipe outstanding.

For our secret ingredient, the only brand I use is Argo® Corn Starch because it is the best and leading corn starch brand with over 100 years of quality and trust over multiple generations. The Argo® yellow container with the blue lid is so familiar and can be found in most households. Argo® Corn Starch is naturally gluten free, which is great for those following a gluten free diet. Most people know corn starch mainly as a thickening ingredient for sauces, but it has other uses in addition to making the crispiest chicken. Here are other ways to use corn starch:

  1. Corn starch is a good binding agent for baked goods. It is the glue that holds desserts together including puddings, cookies, and pies.
  2. Coating marinated meat or veggies with corn starch is a popular technique in Asian cooking, as it helps give the meat a nice crisp, velvet texture very quickly.
  3. Adding Argo® Corn Starch to your sheet pan tofu before cooking will make it nice and crunchy on the outside. This is great when making a tofu salad or rice bowl.
  4. Use it when making ice cream. Yes, Argo® Corn Starch can be added to homemade ice cream recipes too. Adding Argo® Corn Starch to an ice cream mix helps bind the ingredients, prevents ice crystals forming and creates a smoother ice cream texture.

The Crispiest Sriracha Fried Chicken Recipe

Fried chicken is such a great treat, and when it is homemade, you can control what goes in it and how it is made. This crispiest chicken recipe can be baked, deep fried, or air fried. For this recipe, we use an air fryer instead of deep frying in oil for lower fat content. The chicken is marinated in buttermilk and Sriracha sauce, dipped in an egg wash, then coated with the 50% Argo® Corn Starch and 50% flour combination, mixed with garlic powder, onion powder, dried herbs and paprika. It is very simple. You can get your crispiest chicken with Argo® Corn Starch.

  1. The Crispiest Sriracha Fried Chicken Recipe
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    Total Time
    50 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Ingredients
    1. 2 pounds chicken thighs and drumsticks
    2. 1 cup buttermilk
    3. 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
    4. 1/2 cup Argo® Corn Starch​
    5. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    6. 2 tsp smoked paprika
    7. 2 tsp garlic powder
    8. 2 tsp onion powder
    9. 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
    10. 1 large egg
    11. 1 tablespoon water
    Instructions
    1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then add it to a large plastic bag. Whisk the buttermilk, half the spices and Sriracha sauce together, pour into plastic bag, close it tight and shake it, making sure all chicken pieces are covered with the buttermilk. Let it sit for at least an hour or overnight.
    2. When ready to cook, whisk together the flour, salt, Argo® Corn Starch​, and remaining spices in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and water until combined.
    3. Remove chicken from the buttermilk mix and slowly dip each piece into the egg wash first and then the flour mix. Shake each piece gently to remove excess flour and Argo® Corn Starch​ and then place on a cooling rack for five minutes.
    4. Place in air fryer and cook for at least 30 minutes at about 375 degrees F until chicken is fully cooked with a nice crispy golden brown color.
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Good Eats Boston: Pauli’s

I finally went to the popular Pauli’s sandwich shop in Boston and I totally get what the fuss is about. This place is awesome and it is an easy choice for this week’s good eat’s Boston feature. What I love about Pauli’s is that there is nothing pretentious about it, just super good food and excellent service. 

Pauli's Skinny Vinny Salad

The restaurant is small but with enough room to fill a decent amount of people. I went there on Saturday afternoon around 2:30 pm and it was pretty packed which is a good sign.  I was with my hubby who ordered the lobster roll and I ordered the Skinny Vinny Sandwich. If you love seafood you cannot visit Pauli’s without trying their famous  lobster roll. You have the option to have it warm or cold. We prefer the warm version most of the time so we chose to have it warm. It was absolutely delicious even my husband who grew up around great seafood said it was really good which says a lot. 

The Skinny Vinny Sandwich which is made with eggplant, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers & pesto sauce is delicious. I am always worried when I order eggplant because some restaurants mess it up but this one was perfectly crisp on the outside and well seasoned. We loved the Skinny Vinny sandwich so much we decided to order the salad version for take-out. Similar to the sandwich the salad includes mixed greens, red onion, grape tomato, cucumber, green pepper, eggplant, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers and a house made basil pesto sauce is amazing.  

Good Eats Boston: Pauli's

Skinny Vinny Sandwich Pauli's

So the next time you are in Boston, head over to Pauli’s and try one of their delicious sandwiches, Salads or wraps. I promise you will not be disappointed. I feel like it is a stop everyone should make when they visit Boston. I plan on going back to try their fish and chips and clam chowder. 

Pauli’s is located in Boston’s buzzing North End district and is easily accessible on the subway if you not driving.

Pauli’s
65 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113

Phone: (857) 284-7064

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