Hina’s World: Recipe Tabbouli (Couscous with Parsley, Tomatoes, Onions, & Herbs)

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup couscous, pick the flavor or type
1 bunch of curly parsley leaves, washed, stems removed, cut very finely
1 chopped tomato, very finely
1 chopped bell pepper each, green, yellow, orange and red finely
1 red onion diced
1 bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
1 baby cucumber diced, finely

Spices/herbs dressing:

lemon juice
Himalayan pink salt
black pepper
sumac
Sharwarma seasonings; (rosemary, cumin powder, thyme powder, sesame seeds, onion powder, garlic ginger powder (not paste) )
so according to taste just add a little bit of each of this, and drizzle the lemon juice on top, mix. drizzle with olive oil, just a tiny bit.

Preparation:

  1. In a large pot, add water to boil. Add couscous and let it cook, then as the water is boiling, set it to medium heat, and stir occasionally. While this is on medium heat.
  2. In a large salad bowl, add parsley, tomato, bell peppers, onions, spring onions, baby cucumber.
  3. At this point couscous is done, drain. make sure all the water is drained out.
  4. Add it to the bowl. using a spoon mix it al-through. Now; comes the spices, & herbs.  Using a spoon and fork, mix it in well.   
  5. Enjoy!   Preparation time 10 minutes.

    Optional:  You can add more additional regular parsley, cilantro, mint leaves, and other variety into this.   But, the one I made above is what I had on hand, and what I could make in just that short amount of timeframe I had, which had a whole story behind it, to my mad rush to prepare it on time.  That will be another time.     

Uber – Earn Free Ride

Have you ever heard of Uber before?

My cousin swears by it, as he says it’s like a taxi service, but you’re saving half of what you’d normally pay.    I have yet to take advantage of my Free trip, which I plan to use real soon.  But, if anyone would like to use my invite code, you can also get your free trip  https://get.uber.com/invite/hinas7

I’ll be giving further reviews of this; the pros and cons;    Here’s one that I found online though
http://www.businessinsider.com/uber-vs-taxi-pricing-by-city-2014-10

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Update:   April 14th

So these past few days on the weekend, I took advantage of this Uber service while I was in Ft Lauderdale for a training session.    From the airport to my hotel, normally taxi would have been at least $40 one way, and through bus service it was saying $3.25 one way but at least 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic to get there.  There was no other transportation means, and Uber was up for grabs.   The guy arrived in about 10 minutes, then took me from the spot to the hotel.    He had indicated to me it was a Free one since it was my 1st time and he saw on my file I had a free voucher which they worked it into it.  Normally it would have been $13-$14 dollars, but ended up as a free one.
Then each time I ended up using it which was quite often, it was still only $3-$8.  I think one because he had to do a u-turn because of road blocks and traffic jams it came to $8, but other than that it’s been real good.

I even took advantage of it this morning way over here in Brampton to Mississauga as I had a network meeting, and my bus pass was missing and I knew if I did take the bus I would have never made it in time.  So I took my chance, and still not that bad coming from where I live all the way down to that area, which is about 30 minutes or so on the road.    It was a great opportunity to talk though, about their services.   I do like that the receipts are emailed to you, plus it’s on file on the account.  You can also see who your driver is, see the kind of car he is driving, to where he is on the map close to you, and his text and number lets you know he’s near by.  If he is running late because of an issue he’ll manage to call to let you know.

I’ll continue to recommend others to try it and continue to use my PROMO code which you’ll enter in after you’ve set up your account to the section where it says “PROMOTIONS”  click there and add in your promo code for your FREE RIDE up to $20, and the more that you share, and the more that they all use, you’ll earn more free trips!

Hina’s World: Recipe: Baked Veggies

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BAKED VEGGIES

INGREDIENTS:

1 package of frozen green beans, wax beans, carrots
3 Tbsp olive oil
Himalayan pink salt
Black Pepper
Lemon Juice
Balsamic Vinegar
Seasonings – I used Sun-dried Tomatoes & Herbs
1 Green, Yellow, Orange, & Red Bell Pepper sliced into thin strips
1 cup of almonds
1-2 packages of ViSalus – Vi-Bites – Fiesta Nut (Healthy Snacks)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 450’F.

2. In a large casserole dish, add the green beans, yellow beans, carrots, and bell peppers.

3.  Drizzle olive oil on top, as well as the herbs & spices to your own taste.

4.  Add the balsamic vinegar and lemon juice on top to your own taste.  Stir it around to make sure it’s all evenly coated.

5.  Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.   Do the first 15 minutes, give it a good stir to make sure it does not stick to the bottom.   Drizzle more balsamic vinegar on top, Add the almonds and Vi-Bites, Do another 15 minutes, then remove and serve.

At the end I added Greek yogurt on top.  Man, oh Man!  This tastes delicious!        You just have to try this.   Way better than frying it in a pan.   very flavorful.

Hina’s World: Recipe: Dessert: Pineapple Surprise

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Pineapple Surprise

Ingredients:

1-2 can crushed or pineapple tidbits-drained.
1 tub of cool whip, thawed, completely.
1 can condensed milk
decoration-> pineapple rings and maraschino cherries

Preparation:

1.   In a large dessert clear bowl, add the drained pineapples tidbits or crushed.

2.  Add the condensed milk in it.

3. Add the cool whip over it, and whisk it in together.

4.  Decorate on top with the pineapple slices and maraschino cherries.

5.  Refrigerate until ready to serve, anywhere from an hour to several hours.  You can also freeze for an hour.

6.  Enjoy!

This is good especially if you have these in your home, and you have guests over, that you can quickly whip it up and serve.

Hina’s World: Iby & Isa at the Eye Doctor

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Both my sons had an appointment at the eye doctor yesterday, and as each of them were getting their examinations, they asked me to take pictures.   I said “Sure.” and smiled as I took a few shots.   I guess they did not realize when I would, that I’d blog about it, rather than post it on my FB wall or InstaGram it as usual.   :D

It was particularly good visit, as both need to change their glasses, and need to do some shopping around.    They asked about laser eye surgery, how old they need to be, what is required, how much it costs, and how much does contacts costs, to how to use it, to the costs of that, to the eye doctor asking them about their electronic usage.

At the end as they had their prescriptions in their hand, and trying on different pairs of glasses, to which I asked them if I could have mine to compare to their prescription numbers to mine.    Funny story; they couldn’t find my file on record.    They transferred from the file to electronic, and they only saw me just a few months ago.   However, could not find me and they said it would be something they’d look into, and call me once they did locate it.

I said to them, “Does that mean I can re-take one, and it’ll be a free glasses and contacts?” hehehe.    They smiled and laughed and said, “We’ll have to see, what happened to yours.”

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles

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Ooooh yeah!

Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles

Ingredients:

1 bell pepper, each color cut into thin strips
1-2 red onions cut into thin strips
assorted mixed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots – steamed ahead – ready to use)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic ginger paste
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 jar of pad thai sauce
1/4 jar of szchewan sauce
1/2 package of chow mein noodles

Preparation:

1.   In a large pot, boil water and chow mein according to instructions and drain, set aside.   (Be careful this takes just a few minutes, so boil the water first and keep it aside)

2.  In a large grill, add the chopped bell peppers, onions, and drizzle some olive oil on top stirring occasionally.   Steam the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots ahead of time and add this to the mix, keep stirring both together.  Make sure that both of these are separate from each other, bell peppers and onions on one side, and the steamed veggies on another.

3.  At this point, add the spices in both mixture, little bit of each, according to your own taste, add less if you prefer or more if you prefer.

4.  Add the chow mein, and stir until noodles are soft, but don’t overcook.  drain.

5.   Take out the vegetables, and stir fry, keep aside.  Wash grill if you need to, and get your griddle/stir fry pan out.    Add the drained noodles there.

6.  Stirring occasionally, add olive oil, and add soy sauce, and pad thai sauce.

7.   At this point, add the vegetables back in, along with the soy sauce, and szchewan sauce, garlic ginger paste, and keep stirring. then mix the two sides together, of noodles and vegetables, including the cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots.

8.   Serve onto a platter.

Smells amazing!   Tastes amazing!

I do apologize for the 15 second video, since InstaGram only allows a certain time limit, I usually like to make it 15 seconds long or less, and my Vine 6 seconds long or less.  I do plan to do future videos that are longer, with me doing a full step by step cooking show, but waiting till the children are cooled down after-school.    :)   I’m sure you can relate to this.

I’d like to hear your feedback, and also ask what variety ways do you like your chow mein?

I usually like mine vegetarian, or with chicken in it, and I’ll usually either do chili chicken or make tandoori chicken and mix it in with this.

Please leave a comment below in my blog.  Hope you guys have an amazing week!