Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chickpea salad with garlic feta


I wouldn't say my kid is a picky eater however he is someone who prefers anything but chicken or meat..In the past I had to figure out ways to make sure he gets his protein intake..After endless attempts of shredding pieces of chicken into minuscule and microscopic shreds he still managed to pick out the tinee-tiny bits out of his mouth and yell out with his eyes fixated on Toopy and Binoo "There is chicken in this" !!!! I as usual would deny this and get THE LOOK from Imaad for lying. LOL ! Our parenting styles differ, he obviously felt lying to the kid is bad regardless of why even if its a white lie. Whereas, me, Ive always felt a white lie that doesnt kill anybody is hardly a lie. I know all you women out there are nodding your heads in agreeance with me. We have all been there ! So recently, I have come to learn that I guess we should accept each other for who we are. In the same way, I feel I should just cater to my kids likes and dislikes and the stress in my life may start to diminish.


 This kid loves to eat well and has an evolved taste palate from the beginning. Avocados, Mushrooms, blue cheese, macaroons... what can I say..I suppose I fed my kid everything but pakistani food. Which I so regret now but we all make mistakes I suppose. So this recipe was an outcome of something I figured my borderline vegetarian/pescetarian kid will enjoy and needless to say he did.
The recipe is a simple one:
I used a can of chickpeas  (Usually I would boil my own).
Cucumbers 
Tomatoes 
Dill/ olive Oil and honey.
greek feta with either fried fresh garlic or garlic powder from the spice aisle.
salt n pepper
I usually never measure things... so its hard for me to give you those.. My style is Bang Bang a pinch of this and a Pinch of that. 
Feed your kids well.
Cheers,
Nida

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Panera Bread

Often my lunch dates with Imaad end up at Panera Bread. For those who know this place know how cozy and comfy it is on a cold wintery blistery day. The soups just fill your heart with warmth and the salads are scrumptious and delish ! If your looking for a quick bite and dont want to compromise on quality; this place offers clean eating to those that want to skip on the junk food option. The cozy fire place and friendly staff are also another reason I keep going back to this place. MY favourites usually are their Chilled Soba noodle Salad with Shrimp and the vegetarian creamy tomato soup.  

Sunday, September 9, 2012

whole foods

My experience at wholefoods is always a great one. I can spend close to an hour there walking up and down every single aisle. my favourite section without a doubt is always the meat and seafood section. however on my last trip there i spent close to an hour in the spice aisle.. I have always been intrigued with using saffron in food. Saffron is the dried stigma ( female part of a flower) . Its flavour is woody, bittersweet and slighty honeylike. Saffron is often used in indian cooking however it is also a favourite spice in to north african, arabic and spanish cooking.l !

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Swiss chard and turkey bacon Frittata with a 3 cheese blend













stir fry onions, swiss chard and turkey bacon in a skillet. Add wild mushrooms and herbs of ur choice ( i tend to use thyme and sage and always fresh) add garlic..maybe a table spoon and stirfry for a few seconds untill greens tender.

In a seperate bowl beat eggs and milk together and add the mixture of stirfry and cheese into the eggs.. Pour the mixture into a glass baking dish and bake till mixture firm. usually 7 to 9 mins..
ENJOY !!!

AMEENA SEE IT WAS THIS EASYYYY !!! LOL

Thursday, February 17, 2011

my red velvet cupcakes


Baking has never been my forte however I felt inspired to make red velvet cupcakes one day. Moreso for my little guy. I have been getting great reviews from those of you that tried these SUCKAS !!!