Indian Style Vegetable Korma

I love vegetarian dishes. I especially love Indian vegetarian dishes. There’s just something about the combination of spices and ingredients in those dishes that makes me never miss any meat. Back in highschool, I used to visit this one hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant that had the best vegetarian dishes. I think that’s where I developed my love of meatless meals. Anyways, despite the numerous restaurant vegetarian options I’ve tried, none can beat one of my mom’s specialty, Indian style vegetable korma.

Vegetable Curry

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bread

My family and I follow this 80/20 method: 80% healthy eating, 20% breaks/cheats. It works out because we don’t feel deprived and we can still enjoy our “off” meals. To be honest, eating well actually ends up being closer to 90% or more because it’s just so much more beneficial and it makes us feel so much better. On the days we indulge, we make sure that it’s well worth it. No one wants to splurge a good meal on things like junk food. It’s much tastier to have something like cheesecake or this philly cheesesteak stuffed bread.

philly cheesesteak bread

You heard me right, it’s another stuffed bread! I guess I’m just enjoying my carbs lately, because this was another fantastic creation in my kitchen, well worth the indulging.

This stuffed bread is filled with spicy pepper jack cheese, stir fried peppers, onions, and mushrooms, and tender strips of cooked beef. It’s like a philly cheesesteak sandwich, but in a more presentable way. Plus, this way there’s so much more filling and stringy cheese to enjoy!

philly cheesesteak bread

I love making philly cheesesteak with beef, but I have seen it done with chicken breast as well. The mushroom, onions, and peppers seriously blend so well with the flavors of the beef. And the cheese….I love pepper jack cheese. I filled the bottom of the bread with cheese and topped the bread with more cheese to ensure plenty of yummy goodness.

This is definitely something I will be trying out more often. I hope you give this philly  cheesesteak stuffed bread too a try too, it’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal and looks great in the center of the table at any party. If you love stuffed bread, be sure to try out my pizza stuffed bread as well!

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bread

30 minutes

30 minutes

1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bread

A decadent stuffed bread with beef, peppers, onions, mushroom, and pepper jack cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-baked loaf french bread
  • 1 lb beef steak, thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (pepper jack, white cheddar, etc.)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • Oil for cooking
  • 1/2 cup mayo or 1/2 a stick of butter

Instructions

  1. Coat the beef strips in the spices and fry on high heat with a little oil for about 3 minutes, or until just done. Overcooking = tough & chewy beef. Remove from pan onto a plate.
  2. In the same pan, add more oil and stir fry the onions, peppers, and mushroom until the bell pepper is slightly softened. Add some salt and pepper. This will take about 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add the cooked beef back into the pan and turn off heat. Set aside while the bread is prepped.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 Deg F.
  5. Remove the top layer of the load with a serrated knife. Scoop out the bread filling, leaving an inch of bread crust.
  6. Layer the inside of the bread with butter or mayo (your choice). Sprinkle with shredded cheese, add the filling, and top with more cheese. Spread some butter on the outer crust.
  7. Cover the loaf with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. To get a golden crust, place on top rack for last 5 min.
  8. Let rest for 10 min before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Notes

You can sub the beef for chicken if you wish.

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Best Baklava Ever

I have some new and exciting news to share today! I’m revealing my newest endeavor, cooking videos! I’ve been meaning to do this for over a year now, but until recently I, a) didn’t have proper equipment and b) my son was too young for me to dedicate this much time and effort into such big projects. Now that I’m prepared, I’m excited to share the recipe and video for the best baklava ever.

baklava 1

This baklava is super easy and so adaptable for whatever variation of nuts you prefer. Baklava is a flaky layered pastry with lots of yummy goodness and a simple syrup to add a sweet touch. It’s very addicting, and I can vouch for that. One tray between my husband and I won’t even last a week!

baklava 2

 

Best Baklava Ever

Best Baklava Ever

Layered sheets of pastry filled with nuts and topped with a golden syrup!

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups walnuts (or nuts of your choice), chopped
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon (2 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package phyllo dough sheets
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), melted

Instructions

  1. Heat up water, sugar, lemon juice, and honey on a stove. Stir and whisk until dissolved. Bring to a boil and don't stir for 4 minutes, on medium heat. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Stir together the chopped walnuts and cinnamon.
  3. In a 9x13 baking tray, layer your baklava sheets. Brush the tray with melted butter, then place one sheet of pastry. Brush with butter, then place another sheet. Repeat with the pattern: 10 sheets, sprinkle a layer of nuts, then 5 sheets, sprinkle a layer of nuts, then 5 sheets, sprinkle a layer of nuts, and so on until the last 10 sheets remain. Make sure to top the baklava with 10 sheets, each brushed with butter. Cut into diagonal shapes before baking.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 Deg F. Bake baklava for 45-50 min until lightly golden brown on top.
  5. Cool for 15-20 minutes, then pour syrup on top. Allow to rest for a few hours before serving.

Notes

Serving suggestion: a scoop of ice cream + a piece of baklava makes the best dessert ever!

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DIY Spring Picnic

spring picnic

Last week I experienced my first Spring Storm in Oklahoma: tornados, hail, and all the brilliant lightning. To make up for the awful weather, I decided to hold a little “spring picnic”. Well, I do confess that we intended to go outdoors to have a picnic. But out of nowhere, a tornado warning comes up and I have to resort to an indoors spring picnic. I guess it’s a good idea and activity to do while there’s a storm going on, right? So here’s a little DIY Spring Picnic guide I put together to help you out if you want a little get together of your own!

 

spring picnic

 

Despite having no outdoor scenery, we still had all the elements of a picnic: a picnic blanket, some lemonade, fresh fruit, a pasta dish, spring veggie rolls, chicken salad sandwiches, and the cutest board of cheese, crackers, and nuts.

spring picnic

I made spring veggies for the first time in honor of our picnic! Using rice paper, I rolled up red cabbage, cucumbers, chicken, carrots, lettuce, and cilantro leaves. I made a dipping sauce of peanut butter, sriracha, cane sugar, soy sauce, and chili flakes. These were SO delicious! Surprisingly, my hubby enjoyed these way more than I did! For the complete recipe, you can click here.

spring picnic

I put together a little cutting board full of multi-grain crackers, pepper jack and cheddar cheese cubes, walnuts, and almonds. This is a super simple way to impress guests and the combinations of fruits, nuts, and cheeses you could use are endless!

spring picnic

Of course you can’t forget lemonade. Here’s the recipe for the perfect sugar-free honey lemonade. I just stirred in half a cup of frozen mixed berries at the end that gave a little texture and the pretty pink color!

spring picnic

And of course, you can’t forget fresh fruit. I made pineapple and watermelon skewers the were bright and colorful on a dull day. My 15-month old absolutely loves this concept!

spring picnic

Last, but not least, the perfect no-bake cheesecake that literally whips together in 15 minutes. You must give this a try soon! The recipe for this berry no-bake cheesecake is below.

No-Bake Cheesecake

10 minutes

10 minutes

4

No-Bake Cheesecake

The perfect no-bake cheesecake that smooth, creamy, and perfect for a picnic!

Ingredients

  • 1 package cream cheese, 8 oz
  • 1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • lemon zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 rectangles graham cracker crust
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Pulse the graham crackers with the butter until it resembles fine sand. Place equally in bottom of four ramekins or serving bowls. Press down with clean fingers. Place the ramekins in the fridge while the batter is being made.
  2. For the batter, whip 1 cup of heavy cream in a bowl on medium-high until stiff peaks are formed. Careful not to whip too much or it will turn to butter!
  3. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Scrape the edges and beat once more, about 1 minute total.
  4. Add the whipped cream into the cream cheese bowl, adding the vanilla, sugar, and lemon zest as well. Be careful not to overbeat, only just until it's all combined really well.
  5. Scoop cream cheese mixture into the 4 bowls and top with berries and some crushed graham crackers.
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

A good chocolate chip cookie recipe is a must in every baker’s recipe collection. This is my firm belief in my book of kitchen rules. If you can’t bake a good chocolate chip cookie, then you’ve got make one ASAP. It’s the right thing to do, trust me. I’m sharing my recipe for a delicious chewy chocolate chip cookie as a good starter recipe.

chewy chocolate chip cookies 1

When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, you can have so many preferences:  thin and crispy, thick and cakey, less chocolate chips, more chocolate chips, and so on. For me, the perfect chocolate chip is chewy but still soft, without too many chocolate chips.

I used a bar of good quality dark chocolate for this recipe instead of chocolate chips, and that make the chocolate disperse throughout the cookie so much better. I don’t prefer nuts in a classic recipe, but I did add some oats to add to the chewy factor. Little changes here and there can make all the difference in my opinion.

chewy chocolate chip cookies 2

I also love these chewy chocolate chip cookies with a simple glass of cold milk. No other drink makes this cookie complete, don’t you agree?

chewy chocolate chip cookies 3

 

If you ever give these chewy chocolate chip cookies a try, let me know how they turned out! And tell me, what’s your perfect chocolate chip cookie like?

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

30 minutes

20 minutes

50 minutes

Yield: 12-20 cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

A delicious chewy chocolate chip cookie that perfect for beginners and experienced bakers alike!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • Optional: 1/4 cup nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place butter, both types of sugars, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat them together for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Slowly mix in eggs, until well incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and rolled oats.
  5. Add this dry flour mixture slowly into the butter-sugar mixture, mixing well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate and the nuts, if using.
  7. Scoop our in large balls, about a tbsp or two tbsp size if you want large cookies. Place them 2 inches apart on a baking tray.
  8. Bake for about 12-13 minutes, or until edges are golden. Cool and serve warm.

Notes

Inspired by DoubleTree Hilton Cookies

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