Healthy Pasta and Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 bowl Conchiglie whole wheat pasta (boiled) (even maccheroni can be used)
  • 1 carrot – finely chopped
  • 1 capsicum – finely chopped
  • 2-3 baby corn – chopped
  • ½ cup sweet corn kernels
  • ½ apple – peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup grapes
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic (in a paste)
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp oregano/mixed herbs
  • 3-4 tsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, add carrot, capsicum, baby corn and sweet corn and microwave it with a little water for 2 min with lid.

2. Now in another microwave safe bowl, add oil, garlic, pepper powder and herbs and microwave it for 40 seconds. Add boiled vegetables and all the other ingredients to it. Mix well.
3. Microwave it again for 30 seconds.

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Tortellini with Veg Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

For tortellini pasta:

  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • ½ tsp mix herbs
  • Grated cheese
  • Salt to taste

For veg. cheese dip:

  • 1 cup Mix vegetables finely chopped & boiled (carrot, beans, peas, cauliflower, capsicum etc…)
  • 1 small onion sliced / spring onion
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 3-4 tbsp white sauce
  • 1 tbsp cream
  • Grated cheese
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • ½ tsp mix herbs
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 2-3 pinches of sugar (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Method:

1. In plain flour add salt, pepper powder, mix herbs and prepare dough.

Make thin roti from that dough & cut the small roties with bowl.

 2. Fill grated cheese in to that roties & make tortellini shape.

3. In the hot water boil it for sometime and then add it in cold water.

4. Heat ghee in a pan, add onion cook for sometime. Then add salt, pepper, chilli flakes, mix herbs, oregano, boiled vegetables and mix well.

Then add white sauce, sugar, grated cheese & cream & stir well. Let it cook for sometime.

Serve tortellini pasta with dip. 

Hot & Spicy Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup boiled spaghetti and fussili
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1-2 tsp chilly-ginger paste
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • ½ tbsp corn flour (mixed with some water)
  • ½ tsp chilly flakes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp butter/ghee
  • 2 cheese cubes
  • Other boiled vegetables like capsicum and French beans (optional)

Method:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave butter for 30 seconds. Add onions, garlic and chilly-ginger paste and microwave it for 3 minutes on high power.
  2. Add tomato and microwave it for 2 minutes.
  3. Add corn flour liquid, some water, sugar and all the spices and herbs mentioned above. Microwave it for 3 more minutes.
  4. Add pasta, vegetables and tomato ketchup, mixing them well and microwave it further for 1 minute.
  5. Add grated cheese on the top and bake it in a pre-heated oven (on convection mode) at 200°C for 6-7 minutes.
  6. Serve it hot, accompanying it with fruit juice or beverages.

Cheese pasta balls

I had seen this dish in a Recipe show and had tried it out. It tasted so yummy that I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this recipe.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pasta (boiled)
  • 1 small capsicum (finely chopped)
  • ½ onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cubes cheese (grated)
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2-3 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 tbsp maida (plain flour)
  • Toast crumps
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying


Method:

  1. In a bowl, mix pasta, capsicum, onion, pepper powder, oregano, chilli flakes, salt and 1 tbsp corn flour. Mix all the ingredients properly.
  2. Make medium-sized round balls of this mixture.
  3. Separately, mix maida, remaining corn flour and water making a very thin paste.
  4. Dip the balls in this paste and roll them in the toast crumps. Deep fry them.
  5. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Baked Vegetable Dish

I make this dish very often as my husband likes it a lot. The top layer of cheese tastes very delicious with chilli flakes and oregano sprinkled on it. You can even add more vegetables as per your choice.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pasta (macaroni – boiled)
  • 10-15 stands of spaghetti (boiled)
  • ½ cup plain flour (maida)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1-2 cup water
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2-3 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped carrot and fresh beans (boiled)
  • 1 cup green peas and corn (boiled)
  • ½ cup chopped capsicum (boiled)
  • 4-5 black olives (optional)
  • 4-5 jalapeños (optional)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes and oregano
  • 2 cubes cheese (grated)
  • 2 tsp cheese spread
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Heat the butter in a pan and add flour to it. Cook it till it turns slightly pinkish.
  2. Add milk, water, black pepper, salt and sugar to it and cook it for some more time till it becomes thick.
  3. Add some cheese spread and stir it properly. Then add pasta, spaghetti and boiled vegetables.
  4. Lay this mixture in a greased microwave safe glass bowl. Add some olives and jalapeños on it. Sprinkle grated cheese and finally some chilli flakes and oregano.
  5. In a pre-heated oven, bake it for 10 min on 200°C Convection + 180W Microwave on combination mode.