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Green mac n cheese with asparagus

15 Apr

Recipe with some modifications from the one on the Campbell’s can. Sauce mixture is bit of an experiment but adds nice flavor and some health benefit.¬† As a side, asparagus was a hit and went well with the macaroni. Serves 3 very hungry people. ūüôā

Modified this recipe:

ingredients, main dish

  • 1 can (10 1/2ounces) Campbell‚Äôs¬ģ Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 3/4 cup of shredded Tillamook cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups small macaroni pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs

sauce mixture

  • 2 cups spinach
  • coarsely chopped jalapenos
  • minced garlic if you have it
  • 2/3 cup milk

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat the oven to 400¬įF.

Step 2

Cook garlic for several minutes on stove top with olive oil. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Allow to cool. Place mixture in blender, add milk, and blend until only see flecks of spinach, don’t over blend or you will get a juice!

Step 3

Stir the soup, black pepper, shredded cheese, and macaroni in pot. Add the green sauce mixture and stir until combined. Pour into a 1-quart casserole dish.

Step 4

Sprinkle bread crumbs over the macaroni mixture.

Step 5

Bake for 15 minutes. Then broil for 5 minutes until golden crust forms.


Side of asparagus

  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness (I suggest 10 mins to retain crunch). Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.

Recipes, cookbooks, and future directions

24 Mar
Above is a tray of Cold Asian Noodle Salad that I made for the cookbook release/tasting party at my mom’s hospital. In addition to this one, I also had recipes for Chicken Enchiladas and Chickpea and Potato Curry printed in this employee cookbook. All the recipes are signed off with my name and “Daughter of Navneet, Pharmacy”. My mom chuckled at that, but she deserves credit too! ūüôā Also, I’m not an employee¬†of their hospital so some explanation of my presence in the cookbook is required.¬†They are selling copies of this to raise money for the March of Dimes foundation (this explains the baby on the cover). I am pretty excited that I officially am a published author! Haha…baby steps. Get it, baby steps?? Baby on cover? You get it.

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Caesar Salad (Well, sort of…)

12 Mar


This is not Caesar salad per se, but the closest that I get to it at home. I don’t have time to deal with eggs, garlic, and anchovies, I save that for the restaurants! You might think it’s not worth dedicating an entire post to lettuce, but something wonderful happens when you chop it up and toss it with ranch dressing, freshly shredded parmesan, and a pinch of salt and pepper. That’s the magic I’m talking about here!¬† Continue reading

Dinner for 12 strangers

25 Feb


I went to a UCLA alumni event last night called Dinner for 12 strangers. (I’m the third person from the right.)¬†I finally did it, woo hoo! I have been wanting to go to one of these dinners since I was an undergraduate student. But, I didn’t have a car at the time and it was hard to figure out how to get to someone’s house clear on the other side of Los Angeles.¬†Okay, maybe the larger reason was that large social gatherings with complete strangers are not on my list of favorite things in life. At this dinner, though, I happened to know the host and I brought a friend along with me. I think the experience would have been just as enjoyable either way, but it’s hard to take that first step and try something new on your own. Lesson learned here is that sometimes you just have to get out there and who knows, you could have a great time when you least expect it!¬† Continue reading

What are you baking this weekend?

10 Jan
Carrot pineapple muffins

Carrot pineapple muffins

Happy Friday! (Just about…)¬†Another week comes to a close. How is everyone doing with their New Year’s resolutions? I think I’ve been doing a decent job. I went to the gym twice this¬†week and¬†didn’t stuff my face with sweets…score! Also, work has been pretty productive and I’ve been able to get in some reading before I go to sleep. And finally the big one: I’m trying to get into medical school this Fall. Yes, it’s the first time I’ve said this on my blog! But we’re pretty well-acquainted now and¬†I thought it was time¬†to tell you about my biggest resolution for the year, and for my life! I have some interviews coming up, and I’m getting ready. Fingers crossed! Continue reading

‘Tis the season for kickin’ back!

21 Dec


It’s winter break time! I am thrilled to have a break from regular day-to-day life and work for the next 4 days.¬† Free time for myself, and quality time to be spent with family and friends. Woo hoo!¬†That photo taken above is not recent (yes, I live in California, but we are not THAT spoiled in December)- it’s from my summer camping trip to Point Reyes National Seashore. I feel happy whenever I look at this photo, it’s me celebrating after a¬†5 mile hike (with another 5 to go on the way back).¬†Ah god, it’s so beautiful there. We ate lunch on top of that cliff, my heart almost stopped as I cautiously peeked over the edge. I’m a little scared of heights. Continue reading

Run, run, run!

8 Dec

Swapped out boring old laces for hot pink ones!

Today was a good workout day for me. I think I was especially motivated by the bag of goodies I received in the mail from my New York blogger friend,¬†Megan at runlikeagrl. I donated to a brilliant¬†fundraiser she put on to raise money for Staten Island residents who were hit hard by recent the hurricane Sandy- she raised $900!¬†And I was lucky enough to receive a prize in return, what a sweet gesture¬†from Megan. ūüôā Continue reading

Small steps, small changes

7 Nov

The title of this post aside, I think President Obama winning another four years in the White House was a big step for America. Big! I went for a walk tonight with my mom, and we discussed his victory speech and how moving and heartfelt it was. (And how he prepared himself well and had¬†a concession speech ready too, unlike his opponent!) Funny enough, we both noticed the way he embraced his wife and daughters and then looked¬†after them as¬†they walked off the stage, just before he was ready to approach the podium. I think that was a look of about several seconds, and I don’t know what he was thinking, but it was really touching because I could see how much he loved his family. My mom and I both agreed that this is the kind of man we want leading our country. Continue reading

Easy to eat a bowl of ice cream, but running…

26 Oct

Running really, really hurt today. I ran only 20 minutes around the neighborhood but it felt like an hour! Why, why??? Just the day before yesterday, I ran for about a half hour and it didn’t feel so bad as today. I guess this is what happens when you try to exercise on a regular basis after having not moved much for 3 weeks!

That is me up there, post run. A¬†pursed smile that¬†says “Yes, I tried, reluctantly.”¬†¬†See that number to my left? That was for¬†a¬†5K back in May. I finished at 30:12. I was actually really excited about running back then. I researched a bunch of 5Ks, but I never ended up training for or signing up for any of them. What a shame! I should look up a run and sign up, maybe that will provide some daily motivation.

Anyway, I guess all I came here to say is that eating a bowl of ice cream is SO EASY but trying to burn it off is just an insane amount of effort. Who knows, maybe all I burned off is just the chocolate syrup. Bah!

I had just wanted to take a nap today but instead I forced myself to run. I guess I can be proud of that. Also, no more ice cream. It just ain’t worth the effort I have to expend!



Foodie thoughts

20 Oct

It’s Friday night and I’m listening to Keane and blogging, perfect! Any other Keane fans out there? I just read about them on wikipedia and learned that they are unique in that they use a piano (or synth) as a lead instrument instead of a guitar, with lots of interesting distortions and mixing.¬†Also love the lyrics…

Where will I meet my fate?
Baby I’m a man, I was born to hate
And when will I meet my end?
In a better time you could be my friend

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