This time at the library, I found loads of books on sale and I was excited to see magazines like Vegetarian Cooking, Parents,Midwest Living etc om sale. I was browsing through one of them when my eyes fell on the Twirly Whirly Pizza in the Parent Magazine. I had also seen it in Madhuram`s page here.
Today was a lazy Saturday and I wanted to cook a light filling italian dinner for my family. I remembered the Pizza Rolls and the asparagus I had bought at the produce section yesterday. Another all time favourite of mine is zucchini which is a versatile vegetable. I made the following:
My all time favourite sauce/dip is the Pesto based sauce. I am a regular at Crazy Bowls and Wraps and I simply love their noodle bowl with broccoli, beans, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini and portabella mushrooms drizzled generously with Basil pesto creamy sauce, sprinkled with Asiago Cheese. I have been wanting to recreate this sauce at home and today was my maiden venture on this.
Simply toss in all these ingredients and pulse in the mixer for a couple of seconds.
4 spoons of store bought pesto sauce.
1 spoon of cream cheese.
4 spoons of light sour cream.
Juice from half a lemon.
A dash of pepper.
Pulse this in the mixer for 2 seconds and there you have Creamy Basil Pesto Dip. Slightly dilute this with the salty pasta water to make a sauce.
Tomato Rice is an all time delicacy that we always enjoy. The ingredients required for this are available in our pantry and refridgerator everyday. It`s always a quick fix rice dish that I make quite often. The tomato rice that amma used to make was more simple, but over the years, I have rehashed it to make it a lot more flavourful and ambient with multiple tastes. I am not sure if there is an official recipe for tomato rice, but this one works very well for me.
2 cups of Basmati Rice cooked in 31/2 cups of water and cooled.
Thinly sliced garlic out of 5 pods.
Thinly sliced ginger.
5-6 Vertically sliced green chillies.
5 ripe tomatoes sliced in to long pieces. (I gently scoop out the seeds and water from the tomatoes to keep it dry)