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Supereasy Naan Bread with Garlic

I was buying ingredients to make another Indian dish to use up the left-over coconut milk. In front of me was a gentleman, who bought cured bacon, a small block of cheese, and a beer. He was very helpful in putting up the dividers between the different grocery orders. So I teased him and said that WholeFoods should hire him. He said “Oh no thanks. I am a chef.”
Curious about this situation, I asked him what he was going to cook with his three ingredients?! I mentioned that we love cooking and that we just figured out how to make homemade Naan. He then suggested to just crush up some fresh garlic and add it to the Naan.
So of course, we had to try that…and it was wonderful. The garlic gave the Naan a little extra kick =)

Try for yourself and share your thoughts.

Ingredients (6-8 Naan breads):
1/3 cup milk, warmed
2¼ teaspoon dry active yeast
½ tablespoon raw sugar
¾ cup plain organic yogurt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (we used Safflower oil)
1½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2½ cups organic flour (can be made with whole white wheat flour: 2 cups whole wheat and ½ cup all-purpose flour)
Crushed garlic (we used about 6 small-medium garlic cloves and pressed them through a garlic press)

Preparation:
1. Combine milk, yeast, and sugar in small bowl. Cover and let the yeast proof (5-10 minutes).
2. Add yogurt, vegetable oil, salt, baking powder, flour, and yeast mixture into mixer. We used a dough hook and let the mixer combine the ingredients until they formed a dough ball.
3. Let the dough rest and allow to rise until doubled. (If you have an oven that allows proofing, proof in oven).
4. Remove dough and divide into 6 or 7 lemon-sized balls. Add the crushed garlic and briefly knead the dough through to spread the garlic evenly.
5. Roll dough and flatten into a ¼” oval shape. Sprinkle one side with water and gently place the oval shape with the water-side down onto a heated griddle. Let the dough cook for a couple of minutes until it starts to puff and brown on the underside (similar to making pancakes, be patient). Flip the Naan and gook on the other side until golden brown.
6. Serve with Indian meal or eat with dip.

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I forgot to take pictures with the garlic. So I am using the same pictures as for the regular Naan bread. Note: The overall appearance of the Naan does not change, but the taste does =)

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Supereasy Homemade Naan (Indian Flatbread)

So last time Hans and I made Indian food at home, we used store-bought Naan to go along with the dish. But why not make Naan from scratch?! Turns out our new blender (a Blendtec) came with a recipe book that included a Naan recipe.

We have modified the recipe slightly and made it using a mixer (instead of the blender). It turned out phenomenal. But try for yourself and share your thoughts.

 

Ingredients (6-7 Naan breads):
1/3 cup milk, warmed
2¼ teaspoon dry active yeast
½ tablespoon raw sugar
¾ cup plain organic yogurt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (we used Safflower oil)
1½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2½ cups organic flour (can be made with whole white wheat flour: 2 cups whole wheat and ½ cup all-purpose flour)

Preparation:
1. Combine milk, yeast, and sugar in small bowl. Cover and let the yeast proof (5-10 minutes).
2. Add yogurt, vegetable oil, salt, baking powder, flour, and yeast mixture into mixer. We used a dough hook and let the mixer combine the ingredients until they formed a dough ball.
3. Let the dough rest and allow to rise until doubled. (If you have an oven that allows proofing, proof in oven).
4. Remove dough and divide into 6 or 7 lemon-sized balls. Roll dough and flatten into a ¼” oval shape. Sprinkle one side with water and gently place the oval shape with the water-side down onto a heated griddle. Let the dough cook for a couple of minutes until it starts to puff and brown on the underside (similar to making pancakes, be patient). Flip the Naan and gook on the other side until golden brown.
5. Serve with Indian meal or eat with dip.

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Crock Pot Quinoa & Tomatillo Soup

Tomatillo month continues: After thinking about it for a long time, we finally bought a crock pot (3.5 quarts). It is only fitting that our first recipe included quinoa as well as tomatillos. It’s a simple and delicious recipe that is filled with lots of healthy and vegan-friendly protein. Enjoy =)

Ingredients (3-4 servings):
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
8 tomatillos, chopped in 1/4 inch pieces (about 2 cups chopped tomatillo)
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried parsley (alternatively, you can use dried cilantro)
1 teaspoon dried Mexican Oregano (optional, we did not have it available)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 cans (15-ounce) kidney beans (or black beans), rinsed well
1 can (14.5-ounce) diced tomatoes with juice
4 cups vegetable broth or chicken stock (I used homemade chicken stock, but you could use canned vegetable or chicken broth)
1/3 cup multicolored quinoa (available at Trader Joe’s)

Instructions:
1. Chop onions and tomatillos into pieces about 1/4 inch. Heat olive oil in large frying pan, then saute onions and tomatillos about 5 minutes, then add garlic, dried parsley and cumin and saute 1-2 minutes more.
2. While the vegetables are sauteing, rinse the beans thoroughly.
3. Put tomatillo-onion mixture into 3.5 quart crock pot. Add beans, tomatoes with juice, vegetable broth, and quinoa. Cook on high for 4 hours (This could also be cooked on low for 8 hours.) Slow cookers can vary, so check and adjust the cooking time according to how hot your crock pot gets.)

Note: Recipe was inspired by http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2008/10/crockpot-recipe-for-vegetarian-black.html


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Sweet Potato & Tomatillo Soup

It’s been far too long…sadly we have been cooking/baking things…but have had no time to blog about any of the recipes. Despite having 5000 other things, that I should be doing right now…I decided to blog at least one new recipe.

The month (November) has become tomatillo-inspired recipes. We had 5 tomatillo plants that produced enough tomatillos to feed a village. It is kind of comical that about 6 month ago, I didn’t know what tomatillos were and now I have already made 3 recipes with tomatillos.

This one was inspired by a recipe that a friend of mine posted on my facebook wall, after I had inquired about tomatillo recipes. Believe me, we still have plenty of tomatillos and if you know of other vegetarian tomatillo recipes, please DO NOT hesitate to share them.

This soup is likely one of my cold season favorite soups. It turned out spicy, tangy, and thick…perfect to dip homemade bread into. So here it goes, enjoy!

Ingredients:
10-12 tomatillos, husked, washed, and halved (I used about 24 garden-grown tomatillos, they tend to be a bit smaller than store-bought tomatillos)
8 large garlic cloves, cut into small pieces
6 large cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red onion, chopped
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
4 cups vegetable broth (4 cups water and 2 veggie bullion cubes)
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups water (depending on how thick you want the soup)
salt and pepper to taste
dash of cayenne pepper

Preparation (4 servings)
1. In a large roasting pan, combine the tomatillos, garlic, and tomatoes. Drizzle with about 2 tablespoons olive oil and roast in oven at 350 F for about 25 minutes.
2. While the tomatillos, garlic, and tomatoes are roasting, boil the sweet potatoes in the vegetable broth for about 45 minutes.
3. Saute the onion in a bit of olive oil, for about 5 minutes until the onion looks golden.
4. Once the tomatillos, garlic, and tomatoes are done roasting, blend the mixture in a blender or food processor. Add the tomatillo mixture and the sautéed onion to the sweet potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, then blend in blender for smooth consistency (alternatively for a chunkier consistency, you can just mash-up the potatoes with a potato masher or use an immersion blender).
5. Serve with home-baked bread and decorate with parsley leave. Enjoy!

 

Note: I have frozen a batch of this yummy soup. I will keep you updated on the taste and consistency, when I pull it out of the freezer.

Sweet Potato & Tomatillo Soup

Sweet Potato & Tomatillo Soup

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Simple Romaine Lettuce & Cucumber Salad With a Lemony Twist

I love eating fruits and veggies and I love eating salads. However, I am really not very fond of the store-bought salad dressings. There is something creepy about the unnatural colors and their superlong shelf-life.

When I grew up, my mom just used to make a very simple salad dressing from lemon juice, olive oil, some black pepper, and a bit of sugar. Give it a try, it is super simple to make and makes for a very delicious and refreshing salad.

 

Ingredients (Makes 1-2 servings)
½ Romaine lettuce, torn or cut into bite-sized pieces
½ English cucumber, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (or one frozen lemon juice cube, thawed, see recipe: https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/lemon-juice-cubes/ )
1 teaspoon olive oil
1-1½ teaspoons organic raw sugar
less than 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preparation:
1. Combine Romaine lettuce and cucumber slices in bowl.
2. I like to use a pyrex measuring cup, combine lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, and sugar. Mix well and pour over lettuce and cucumbers. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Salad with a lemony twist--ENJOY!!!

Salad with a lemony twist–ENJOY!!!