Molette

Mexican Molletes with Mango-Basil Salsa

-+*One of my favorite places in Mexico is the charming town of Morelia where we once spent a few days doing almost nothing. Nothing, except taking lazy strolls on streets dotted with devout Mexicans and students. Morelia is packed with beautiful churches and colleges, and if you’re not inclined to one or attending the other, the only thing…

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Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

-+*Here’s a pasta recipe for weeknights that’s delicious, packs a healthy wallop, and takes very little time to put together– in fact, no more time than it takes you to cook up that pasta to al dente perfection. My Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans. I used wholegrain spaghetti for this recipe, but feel free…

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Quinoa Lentil Salad

Quinoa Lentil Salad

-+*It was a busy Fourth of July weekend this year, but it was also a fun one. Desi and I took a day trip to one of our favorite places here in the Washington area, Harper’s Ferry, a national park on the West Virginia border. Harper’s Ferry is just an hour’s drive from Washington but perhaps the…

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Grilled Burger

Veggie Burgers for the Grill

-+*There’s nothing more delicious you can throw on the grate than a veggie burger. Just slather some hummus or vegan mayo on a whole-wheat bun, and you have got a party going. Here are five veggie burgers from Holy Cow! that are sturdy enough to stand up to the grill and delicious enough to have your…

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

-+*Here’s an easy recipe that is perfect for weekdays or weekends, as an appetizer or an entree. It’s packed with protein, incredibly good for you, and — icing on the cake — it’s fat-free. Plus, it has a delicious Indian twist to it. My Stuffed Bell Peppers with biryani masala. Biryani masala is a spice…

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asparagus pakoras

Baked Asparagus Pakoras

-+*Desi has a special relationship with asparagus. Every time we see it at the store, he wants to buy it. When I try to explain to him that the stalks don’t look fresh, or the price is too high, he pouts and sulks like a kid without candy. And that’s a true story. It’s easy…

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Pasta with bell peppers

Pasta with Roasted Peppers

-+*Bell Peppers. Glorious, gorgeous, round, rotund bell peppers in all colors of the rainbow. They are just about everywhere right now, and I can’t get enough. Especially when I can add them to some wholegrain pasta for a delicious, summery, fresh meal that I know is good for me. I got some green, orange and yellow…

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Curried Lentil Hand Pie

Curried Lentil Hand Pies

-+*These Curried Lentil Hand Pies, with their crispy, crackling, golden crust and creamy, meaty, spicy lentil filling, are all about healthy comfort. And if you thought that term was an oxymoron, well, you’d better think again. You know I’m always looking for easy recipes I can make on a weeknight and brown bag to work…

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Masala Khichdi

Masala Khichdi

-+*A popular one-pot meal that’s cooked in just about every Indian home is a khichdi or a khichari, and those are not the only names it goes by. It’s khichuri in Bengali, pongal in Tamil, khichri in Gujarat, and kedgeree in English (yeah, as in the language spoken by the Brits). Although the Brits, somewhere…

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Cholar Dal

Cholar Dal

-+*Recipes for Cholar Dal almost always start off by alerting you that this is a dish for special occasions, served at Bengali weddings or other life events. Its simplicity, though, tempts one to break that hallowed tradition and label this a dal perfect for weeknight meals. In fact, that’s exactly what I am going to do…

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Keema Wrap

Keema Wrap

-+*Here’s a perfect recipe for a weekend brunch or lunch. It’s delicious, meaty albeit meatless, and so waistline-friendly that you will find yourself floating on the air. Literally. Keema or kheema, in India, is a mince usually made with lamb and sometimes beef. It is almost always cooked with spices into a dry curry. For my…

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Moroccan Lentil Stew

Moroccan Lentils with Spring Greens and Mint

-+*For the past few weekends now, Desi has been a man with a mission: a mission to watch just about every version from everywhere around the world there is of the Pharrell Williams song, Happy. And guess who gets to watch these videos with him? I love the song, mind you, because deep down under my cynical…

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Crockpot Sambar

Fat-Free Crockpot Sambar for Two

-+*Do you ever get tired of those leftovers? I know I do. I cook up a big pot of dal or pasta for Desi and I, and then– many cooking experiments later– I am digging it out of the back of the refrigerator. It is covered in fuzzy gray stuff, smells lethal, and I am afraid…

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Tawa Pulao

Tawa Pulao

-+*When Desi and I lived in Mumbai — or Bombay as those of us who left the city in those days still like to call it — there were nights, after wrapping up the graveyard shift at the newspaper we both worked for, when we would set out with co-workers and friends to scour the city’s streets for…

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