Dinner for 12 strangers

25 Feb

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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

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Chickpea and Potato Curry

16 Feb

Chickpea and Potato Curry

Dear WordPress friends, it’s been too long! I’m here today to share a recipe for an Indian vegetarian dish that I made this past Wednesday. My mom wrote the recipe and wanted me to test it out to make sure it could be followed by a cook who is new to Indian cooking (i.e. me). As it turns out, my mom forwarded my blog information to a woman at her hospital who is putting together a cookbook with recipes from employees and their family. An “Employee Recipe Book” essentially, to raise money for the March of Dimes foundation. (Just as background, my mom is a pharmacist.) I’m excited to  have my recipes be part of a cookbook! They requested an Indian recipe from us as well, and so that’s why my mom wrote this recipe and had me test it out. I was happy to have another push to learn to make some yummy Indian food. 🙂

This Chickpea and Potato Curry is vegetarian and very, very healthy. It is packed with protein and full of flavorful spices, including a nice addition of ginger and garlic. (You could always make a ginger-garlic paste to use in recipes like this. I used one that my dad had made earlier in the month.) Fat content is very minimal. This dish can be enjoyed on its own with a side of plain yogurt, over a bed of rice, or with roti. I’ve been trying to cut carbs from my diet lately, so I just had it on its own with the yogurt. It’s very tasty! Sometimes if I have mini pita pockets in the fridge, I also pack one with my lunch so I can dip it into the curry. This is a nice option if you don’t want to make roti.  Continue reading

Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

11 Jan
Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

These are soooo awesome! They are moist, fluffy, and light at the same time- quite amazing. And very easy to make. I watched the movie No Reservations in the background (really fun movie complete with an awesome Italian soundtrack that’s perfect for when you’re in the kitchen) and whipped these up in a snap.

Thank you Kim for the recipe! You now have two pingbacks from me. 🙂 I will no longer have to resort to boxed baking mixes when I am craving a good ol’ chocolate cupcake.

So, my friends, give these LOW FAT cupcakes a shot- you will not regret 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

Sweet Potato and Spinach Mac and Cheese

7 Jan

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If this sounds delectable then you are right, it is exactly that. I like to spend some time on the weekends perusing other people’s blogs, hopeful that I will be inspired or maybe find a new favorite recipe. I found this one on a blog called Naturally Ella. Maybe you have seen this blog before, it is pretty darn awesome and I’m sure to visit it again. This dish is a low fat mac and cheese that Erin from Naturally Ella created, and it has a nice helping of sweet potato in it. Can you believe that I’ve never cooked with sweet potato before? Well, it’s true, this was a first. Continue reading

Indian Porridge- “Dalia”

3 Jan
dalia

Delicious bowl of dalia

My life has been a whirlwind these past couple of weeks, as I expect all of yours have been during the holiday season! A lot of it was excellent fun, which I am very thankful for, and yet yesterday was somewhat of a slow start to the New Year as I rested at home due to what I presume is a viral infection. It has progressed somewhat and I woke up today with a terrible headache. I still have horrible memories of my last illness in November, when I got body aches/chills and felt so miserable that I could barely get out of bed. It’s not so bad this time. I think I bolstered my immune system with Vitamin C/herbal supplements and fresh fruit packed with antioxidants, such as pomegranate. I’m not completely out of the woods yet, and I’m back at work, but I’ll try to sleep early tonight and get some rest.  Continue reading

Indian-style Mashed Potatoes

25 Dec
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Steak and potatoes

Christmas day is coming to an end here in wet, rainy California. The rain stopped for a brief period of time, during which I quickly laced up my running shoes and threw on a jacket, but as soon as I opened the front door, it started again. I grabbed my umbrella and went for a walk anyway. After being cooped up all day inside, I needed some fresh air! Twenty minutes later, I had to admit defeat and make my way home- my shoes were soaked and getting to the point where I could feel the water squishing around in them. (Note to self: need to buy rainboots when they go on sale next year!) Continue reading