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Egg souffles in ham shells

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Eggs is often thought of as a boring yet essential breakfast material. Eggs can be very interesting and can also make some great looking quick meals. Try this recipe to make a brunch or breakfast a lot more interesting to look and to eat! This recipe can be modified to suit people that do not eat meat. Read more to find out how easy yet good looking & lip-smacking recipe this can be.

Ham and eggs breakfast

Kind of food: Main course
How long: 20 min
Pots & pans: Muffin baking tray or baking cups
Makes: 4 shells

4 slices Honey baked ham (or 4 slices bread)
4 eggs
1/2 cup mushrooms  – sliced
Salt & pepper

Ham and eggs cooked

How to make:
Set the oven on Bake at 375F. While the oven is warming up, grease a muffin pan or baking cups  (ramekins will work too).  In a pan, saute the mushrooms for a 2-3 min with olive oil. Season the mushroom with salt and pepper.  Take the Ham slice or bread (sprinkle a tiny bit of water on the bread to make it more pliable) Like the baking cup or muffin tray with the slice of ham or bread. Make sure they make a cup like shape inside the muffin cups. Place about 1 tbsp of the sauteed mushroom inside the ham. Break an egg into the ham cup as well. Season with salt and pepper. After you prepare all the cups, cover them then foil. Bake for 15 min. Open, check if the eggs are done and you can optional sprinkle some cheese and bake for another 5 min or till cheese melts, leave them open this time. Cool the shells slightly and carefully dish them out on to plates.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Serving ideas
In the time the shells are baking, you can set up the coffee, tea, toast and some fruits to complete the breakfast table.

Tips, tricks and alternatives
You can try this recipe and technique with different sliced meats, breads and even puff pastry sheets.
Play with the fillings and try it with other vegetables, spinach or anything if your choice.
This is a great way to use up some of that leftover Ham or other meats from big dinners.


March 2, 2009 at 12:30 am Leave a comment

Quick & simple grilled vegetable sandwich

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Grilled vegetable sandwich can be a one of the easiest, healthy and versatile sandwiches. This recipe is a basic version of a grilled vegetable sandwich which can be modified to suit your taste and use up the left-over vegetables that may be sitting in your refrigerator. The recipe also is low-fat diet friendly.

grilled vegetable sandwich

Kind of food: Main course
How long: 10 min
Makes: 2 sandwiches
Pot& Pans: Griddle/ grill or heavy pan

1 small loaf Ciabatta bread (can use any bread) – cut into 1 inch thick slices
4 thin slices of each vegetable – Eggplant, zucchini, Red onions, Bell Peppers, and tomato (Or any left-over vegetables that you may have)
1-2 tbsp cooking oil
1 small avocado (mashed and seasoned with salt & pepper)
1 sheet Swiss or American cheese ( optional)

How to make:
Place a griddle  or grill on medium-high heat. A seasoned cast-iron griddle will do a great job of cooking the vegetable quickly with barely any oil. You can use any griddle or even a heavy pan with oil sprayed on it slightly. While the grill is heating up, slice the vegetables and bread and make the avocado spread. Place the sliced vegetables on the  hot grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or to your personal liking.
To assemble the sandwich – spread the avocado mixture (about 2 tbsp) on the bread. If using cheese, then place the cheese on top. Layer the rest of the vegetables. This sandwich can be served open so you or your guests can add any extra seasoning of their choice. You can also place the assembled sandwich under a broiler on high for 3-4 min if you like your sandwich warm.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Tip, tricks and alternatives
The key to making this sandwich fast is to use a large enough griddle and grill all the vegetables you need in one batch.
Use any vegetable you like- mix and match so you have a new kind of sandwich every time you make it.
The avocado spread is creamy and replaces butter very well. You can add lemon juice, red chili flakes or herbs to make it spicier or flavorful.
This makes a great lunch box meal as well.

Serving suggestions:
Serve with a side salad or soup (for a healthier meal option)
Serve with chips or fries

December 29, 2008 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

First aid for snack attack

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There are times when everyone gets home after a long day or a road trip and the snack attack affects everyone equally. Unfortunately in most households there is just one chef to whip up a snack :).  This snack is so simple that it will NOT require much of tired chef’s left over energy or time to have it served.

Sandwich Lunch

Kind of Food: Meal / Snack
How long: 10 min
Makes:About 4 small toasted sandwiches or 8 toasted halves (triangle)
Pot & pans: Electric sandwich maker

8 slices of bread
1 cup of fresh mozzarella or any left over cheese (sliced or grated)
5 Tbsp of raisins or other dry fruit like dates (chopped)
Substitute: Non-mushy fruits like pomegranates, seedless grapes (halved), apples/pears (chopped in to small pieces)
1 tsp pepper optional
1 tsp butter (only for stove stop method)

Sandwich maker

How to cook:
Pre-heat the sandwich maker according to manufacturer instruction. Arrange four bread slices to lie flat on a surface in an assembly line.  Spread the cheese evenly on the four bread slices.  Sprinkle 1 Tbsp raisins/fruit on each slice.  Sprinkle pepper on top of the raisins/fruit. Top each prepared slice of bread with another slice of bread.  Place the sandwiches on the sandwich maker, cover and cook until the cheese melts.  Remove and cut in to halves (triangles).

Stove top: Melt a 1 tsp of butter  on a medium hot griddle or tava and place the prepared sandwiches on it. Place a heavy skillet on top of the sandwiches.   Cook for 1-2 minutes on one side, then flip the sandwiches and cook for a minute on the other side until cheese melts.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Catering to the adult palate
Add finely chopped chillies or sprinkle red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch.
Fine chopped fresh herbs like basil or mint will provide for an interesting combination.

Tips,tricks & alternatives:
Use any combination of fruits and cheeses that your kid will like. Avoid fruits that have a lot of water content.
You can always add a little spice or herbs to cater to your kid’s palate. The choices are endless.
In the time you prepare the sandwiches, keep the family occupied by getting them to set the mood for a picnic with music, juice/milk, paper plates and glasses on  a blanket.  An indoor picnic is a lot of fun on cold days too.  Paper plates will make the picnic more authentic while eliminating clean up :).

Serving ideas:
Serve with ketchup or chutney.  Look up easy fun dipping sauces.

November 24, 2008 at 4:34 am 1 comment

Pesto Bruschetta

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Bruschetta is probably one of the most popular appetizer in Italian restaurants. Its amazingly versatile and tasty too. Its basically bread topped with good stuff. The traditional Bruschetta is topped with seasoned Tomatoes. The Pesto Bruschetta recipe is a a simple twist to the traditional method and the idea of this recipe is to get to you to think of other ways to make Bruschetta

Kind of Food: Side / Appetizer
How long: 10 min
Makes: 4 slices of bread
Pots & Pans: Baking sheet, Broiler set on high

4 slices bread (Whole wheat slices – you can practically use any bread)
2 tbsp Basil pesto (store bought or homemade)
4 tbsp chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp chopped roasted garlic (Store bought or roast a big batch and save)
2 tbsp shredded Mozzarella cheese (or any other cheese of your own liking too)
Salt & Pepper

How to make
Broil the bread slices in the oven till very slightly browned (takes only about 1 minute in a hot broiler) Flip the slice and broil for another 1 minute. (you can alternatively use a toaster to do this part). Spread the pesto on the slices, top with tomatoes, garlic, cheese and season with salt and pepper. Pop it back in the broiler for another minute or till the cheese melts.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Tip, Tricks and Alternatives
Use any left over grilled veggies or meat
Use any left over cheese – you can mix different kinds of cheese
Can always add some herbs and spices to suit your taste
User colorful veggies or herbs to make it more appealing to the kids
Can even get creative and top with fruits like tart apples
Use light coats of Pesto, Hummus, Chutneys – anything you may have in the fridge

Serving Ideas
The options are endless. The one tip I do have is, try to use some cheese on top so you know when the cheese melts the Bruschetta its just perfectly warm to eat. Be sure to toast you bread a little before using spread to avoid soggy bread. Be light with the spreads, it can make the bread soggy as well.

November 1, 2008 at 5:35 pm 1 comment

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