Hina’s World: Recipe: Tomato & Green Beans Curry

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TOMATO & GREEN BEANS CURRY

Ingredients:

6-8 tomatoes chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garlic ginger paste
1/2 cup of water

Preparation:

1. In a large pot, add all the ingredients above on medium heat.
2. Stirring occasionally, add more water if necessary but the tomatoes must be cooked all the way, and be mushy like.
3.  Add more spices to your own taste and keep cooking until it resembles like above in the picture.     30 minutes to an hour of cooking.
4. Serve with rice or bread, pita, or naan.
Enjoy!

Ingredients for the Green Beans Curry:

1 lb of green beans, cut fresh ones or use the frozen package
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion diced
1 tsp himalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garlic ginger paste
1/2-1 cup of water

Preparation:

1. In a large pot, add oil, and onions, cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally on medium heat.
2.  Add the spices above, along with 1/2 cup of water, and stir it into the onion mixture.
3. Still while stirring, keep going until onions are soft, mushy like, take a potato masher and mash the onions through.
4.  Add the green beans, with an additional 1/2 cup of water.   Now cook on medium heat, covered, until green beans are soft and tender.
5.  Serve with rice or pita, or naan, or bread.

You can mix the two combo together to form another meal, with the tomato curry sauce mixed in with the green beans curry.

Comment below, if you’ve ever made this before, or something similar to this.      How do you like your tomatoes and green beans cooked?   Share below, as I’d love to hear your feedback.

Hope you guys have an amazing week!

Appetizer Snack: Hummus & Pita Chips

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Snack:  Appetizer  Hummus & Pita Chips 

This is what happens when you want a quick snack. You just put together this amazing & healthy appetizer snack. hummus2

So get some hummus, drizzle some pink salt, red chili powder, shawarma seasoning, drizzle olive oil, add chopped tomatoes, parsley leaves, curly parsley leaves, cilantro on top & green onions.

Get some pita bread. Slice into pieces, drizzle olive oil on it. Add Zatar which is a combination of rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley , sesame seeds on top. And shawarma seasonings which has cumin in it, garlic and ginger powder, onion powder, lemon, black pepper, sea salt. Just lightly sprinkle. hummus

Hummus is easy to prepare. You can use store bought if you’re in a rush or make your own
A can of drained chick peas, blend this with olive oil, tahini (sesame seed paste), ginger garlic paste, sea salt, seasonings, spices & herbs. Lemon juice. Red chili powder. Blend until smooth. Add 1-2 tbsp plain yogurt. Mix and serve.

There are lots of other varieties of preparing this hummus, you can add more garlic to it, or add chopped bell peppers or chili peppers, or sliced olives.  

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I’ve seen some other versions out there; in which even the bell peppers are blended in, or other vegetables are used and called hummus, such as, baba ghonoush which is eggplant dip, will be now known as eggplant hummus, or bean dip is called red beans hummus, or salsa is called tomato hummus.     Or Guacamole, or broccoli hummus, It’s up to you on playing around with the different vegetables and seeing how it is;

IMG_8128What’s your favorite appetizer or snack?  Which are the ones you’ve tried?
Do you make your own hummus?  or do you buy store-bought?
If you buy from the store, which brand do you prefer?   How about the pita bread?  Do you buy them, or do you make your own?

Feel free to send me a comment, and hear your feedback!      Hope you guys have an amazing week!  hummus3

Hina’s World: Recipe: Healthy Meal

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Dinner: wild grain rice & quinoa with some lentils curry and gram flour dumplings. Along with digitalis pasta with ground beef in a sauce. And grilled peppers & broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower & carrots with a mixed field greens salad

Dinner: wild grain rice & quinoa with some lentils curry and gram flour dumplings. Along with digitalis pasta with ground beef in a sauce. And grilled peppers & broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower & carrots with a mixed field greens salad

You will need the following;

1 Bell pepper, each color, chopped
1 red onion chopped
handful of cherry or grape tomatoes
Steam ahead:  Broccoli, Cauliflower, and carrots
Drizzle Olive oil over it, Himalaysan Pink salt, and black pepper, and grill on grill for 10 minutes until veggies are tender.      Serve!

1 package of mixed field greens salad, open package, wash, and serve.   You can add any other ingredients to this, such as chopped grape tomatoes, berries, and anything else you’d like to add.  (Very simple and easy)

In a pot, on high heat, boil water, with some olive oil, and pink salt.  Add the pasta, cook until tender, and with water remaining in it, on medium high heat, add 1 jar of tomato sauce, cooked ground beef to the mixture, and stir.   Cook ground beef ahead of time, of 1lbs – add your own seasonings to it, to your own tastebuds.

Wash 1/2 cup of wild rice, and add to a pot of boiling water, and cook until rice is tender.    Also prepare quinoa, and mix together.

For the curry lentils;
https://ibyisaliamom.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/lentil-soup-meeti-daal-or-sweet-lentils/

Serve!

Hina’s World: Dessert of Fruit Trifle

Welcome everyone!

Hope you guys are having a fantastic day so far and continue to have an incredible week!

Many times when there are dinner parties that we’re hosting; either heading over to a friend’s home; or family friend; or community dinner parties.  I’m usually the one put in charge of making salad, a pasta dish; which would be stir fry noodles/veggies or a pasta/sauce dish.  And a chicken dish, and dessert.

Now depends on what kind of salad, and what kind of pasta and chicken, those can be done on that day of the party, and even up to a few hours before.   However, dessert takes time, and takes planning to do.

If it’s a quick easy dessert, something I can quickly whip out and serve, it’s easy peasy.   However, if it’s something huge, like my “famous Trifle” then, my friend, that takes HOURS, HOURS, even DAYS to prepare.  Well, at least the day before, or a couple of days ago.

See, a few days before, is when I buy all the ingredients I’ll need for this dessert; then I’ll have to plan it out in my head, of how the layers should play out with each layer of layer of jello and pudding, and which cake goes best with it, and which fruit to put on top and how to decorate it.

I did mention to my family; most people will dig down and serve themselves this delicious dessert; but some that are dessert hungry will just slop down on the top layers, leaving the bottom layers behind.  Which is what happened tonight;    Some people totally missed the bottom layer, as they didn’t want to dig that far down into the bowl, or they just didn’t know they could take more.

Either way; this turned out to be a huge success, as the ladies/kids loved it.  And, yes I made two bowls of this; one using a trifle bowl, another using a punch bowl.  Both work good.   Trifle I can easily add in 4-6 layers, whereas the punch bowl, I can do at least 7-10 layers on it.     Well watch this 15 second video of the quick steps.   I tried to do a video of it slower; but here’s the quick version of it.   The instructions step by step though is below in my previous blog entry of this dish:  Fruit Trifle

Check my previous blog for instructions on how to make your own Fruit Trifle:    Click link below to get there or type in the Search box to your left on Trifle; of all the trifles I’ve made in the past, over the years, as they vary.

https://ibyisaliamom.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/fruit-jello-pudding-6-layer-trifle/

Trifle has always been a tradition of mine, to always work with layer of layer of jello, pudding, jello, pudding.  The color of the jello changes, with each layer and the pudding.

Usually it’s Pistachio pudding I’m using, and usually it’s fruit mixed in with the pudding, and cake pieces (baked) mixed with the jello.

My trick is I’ll lay the cake pieces into the bowl, then pour the hot jello into the bowl, over the cake pieces.  yes, while it’s still hot, over the cake pieces.  Then immediately refrigerate it for a couple of hours, while the jelly sets.

Once it sets, then it means the 2nd layer can go on, whether you add on another layer of jello or add a layer of pudding.

My style of way though is if the cake pieces are not fully emerged into the jello of the 1st layer.  Then you can certainly add the 2nd layer of jello, pick a different flavor/color to go over on top.   you will see from a clear dish though, the colors, and layers on top of each other.

As well as the cake pieces inside, with the color.  Plus the cake pieces will also turn into the jello flavor, and especially if you manage to get 2-3 different flavors of jello into the cake it looks pretty neat.

With the pudding, this sets quickly so you need to have all your things available within reach and close to you, so the can of crushed pineapples (drained) should be close by, so as you are quickly whisking away the pudding.   You can add this in, and then pour it over on top of the jello,

Then let that set.  Pudding sets fast, but You still need to cool it down before you add another layer on top of that.  I usually recommend a good 3-4 hours for each jello layer, and an hour or even 2 hours for the pudding to set, especially if you want it to be really good.

Another is, adding the cool whip at the end, and decorating it with the fruit/berries on top.  This can vary from mixed berries of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, grapes, kiwis, pineapple bits or slices, and banana slices, and tangerines or clementines.    It’s all up to you as it’s a Fruit Trifle, so add variety and decorate it all around nicely.

There is another version of Trifle that I made which consists of chocolate, yep chocolate brownie, chocolate pudding, and smarties, and M&M pieces in it, oooooh and oreo cookies crumbs and cookies in it.        Be sure to check out that recipe too on my blog here;

https://ibyisaliamom.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/chocolate-pudding-candies-cookies-trifle/

Thanks for viewing my page, feel free to like, comment, and share this with others.  Especially if you have any questions on this; I’d love to help you out.    I’ll be attempting to make other Trifles of other versions, I’ve done the Mango Surprise, and Pineapple Surprise Trifle, and will be looking into trying other additional techniques for this.

Thanks again and have an incredible week!

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

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Dinner: Grilled Chicken Shawarma.

1lb boneless chicken cube
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
2 tsp shawarma seasoning
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

In a bowl, marinate chicken with spices.

In a grill, add olive oil, chicken and cook until tender. Chop it up more finely and sprinkle with lemon juice & serve.

Baked Cheesy Macaroni

I made this delicious dish below, it was suppose to be a basic macaroni dish, but then all my sons’ friends were over, and we decided to have them over for dinner as well or “lunch” as my mom said.   I told her if it’s afternoon, kids will sleep in and have brunch, then their next meal at 5-6pm is called dinner, not lunch.

No one does it like that, so don’t refer to it as that.  I know I am not the only one, and yeah despite they had that meal.  They are now having another meal, or had another meal called dinner at 9-9:30pm.

My mom pointed out that they’re growing boys, so they’re going to be constantly eating which is true, since now it’s almost midnight, and they’re at a sleepover and they’re having pizza!

Do my readers have children that are like this above?

So here is the recipe below;

Baked Cheesy Macaroni:  1 box of elbow macaroni ( follow package as directed - )  1 jar tomato sauce  1/2 package shredded cheese In a large casserole dish add the cooked macaroni with some of the water About 1/2 cup with the tomato sauce. Add cheese on top. Cover in foil. Bake on 450F for 40 mins. For the last couple of minutes remove foil and set to broil until cheese melts. Sprinkle seasonings. & serve.

Baked Cheesy Macaroni:
1 box of elbow macaroni ( follow package as directed – )
1 jar tomato sauce
1/2 package shredded cheese
In a large casserole dish add the cooked macaroni with some of the water About 1/2 cup with the tomato sauce. Add cheese on top. Cover in foil. Bake on 450F for 40 mins. For the last couple of minutes remove foil and set to broil until cheese melts. Sprinkle seasonings. & serve.

Baked Cheesy Macaroni:

1 box of elbow macaroni ( follow package as directed – )
1 jar tomato sauce
1/2 package shredded cheese

1. In a large casserole dish add the cooked macaroni with some of the water About 1/2 cup with the tomato sauce.

2. Add cheese on top.

3.  Cover in foil.

4.  Bake on 450F for 40 mins.

5.  For the last couple of minutes remove foil and set to broil until cheese melts.

6.  Sprinkle seasonings. & serve.

Social Media Network Sites

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Which social media sites do you frequent on the most?

Mine vary between Facebook being the one I usually go to first, then Twitter, InstaGram, Pinterest, Tsu, and my blogs!

I would say maybe once or twice a week I’ll take a peek into LinkedIn.  But, I’m mainly frequenting on my Facebook, and InstaGram!

I have been looking more into blogging again, as this is what I did before Facebook came out.

I remember when my children were younger, I would blog about their adventures, and the stunts they would pull on me and how it would just drive me insane, and it was great to jot it all down and read back on it.

I didn’t have many people to relate back then, as many did not have children, or the ones that did, just didn’t really rant, or rave about it like I did.

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Here are the other sites I frequent on; feel free to follow me there;

Fan FB Biz Page: facebook-button

https://www.facebook.com/thelifebyvilfe

https://www.facebook.com/makeadifference.tips facebookfanpage

The 1st one is my Biz Fan page, though the 2nd one is my Social Media Network Page.  It’s where I share all my business, network articles, ranging in from business tips, to network of social media site tips on, to positive, inspiring, and motivating quotes. I am trying to bring more activity and participation in that.

PINTEREST:   pinterest-logo

Pinterest is one of the first ones, I checked out and got so busy pinning away all these boards.

I remember needing to invite others on here before they could easily register for this, same like Gmail, you couldn’t just get a Gmail account, unless someone else had one, and they could invite you to get it.

I think I might need to declutter some as it’s a lot of pins.   There are some that I created myself and added in there as well, as they range in from different ones, especially the recipes that I share, with video clip from Youtube, or the pictures from the blog.  Great tool to use & have.

INSTAGRAM: Instagram

WEBSTA: websta

InstaGram and Websta are the same one.   However, the Websta is what I can use from my own PC to get to my Instagram, and view the posts, like, comment, and even edit my own posts.

If only they would add in the feature to upload pictures from there.  I think because it’s fairly new, they might be still working on that.

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Google + or Google Plus is another one that I use, and still building and connecting with friends on there.  A lot of people that I have connected with on there, is also my friends on FB, or people that I follow.

There is a handful of them, that are NOT connected with me on FB, because they do not have it, and thus have a Gmail so they are using their Google Plus.     This is still fairly new, and not much activity, or participation.  Would love to bring in more comments in here, other than likes and such.   I do like that it is connected with the Youtube.

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I’ve had Youtube for a few years now, it would range in from video blog sharing of recipes, to my kids adventures.

Funny thing is, just recently I had to do a huge de-clutter or hiding/private of these family videos; because my kids were no longer wanting me to air out their kids stunts, and adventures.  hey, these are cute memories.

But, last thing they want is their classmates pointing out, their “Eye of the Tiger” singing contest, or dancing to a techno song and doing all sorts of flips and boogeying on cam.   Or as kids, taking a forever long time to finish eating their dinner, so I had to take a 2 min video to show their stubbornness.   :)

However, I have been doing some other motivating clips, wishing everyone to have a pleasant week, or weekend!

I find doing these once a week, not only uplifts me to having a better week, but also I see it inspiring others to have that motivation, to do it for themselves.  Even if they are not ready to air it out for all to see just yet.

They are appreciative to see that I am always making sure they are not giving up on themselves.

TWITTER: twitter

This is connected with the content I post on my InstaGram and my FB.  I try to make sure not to overlap, though sometimes if I’m sharing on there, it’ll automatically go into my Twitter.

Even Pinterest and Tsu, to uncheck where Twitter is.      I do not like some retweets that comes in, makes me want to go and unfollow some because of their crude tweets that are inappropriate, well at least for me.  Last thing I want to see is some celebrity booty drunk dance or something related like that.

LINKEDIN: linkedin

This one I’m still playing around with, I mainly go here to share some business tips.  I do see a lot of opportunities or people asking me to join their network marketing company.
I remember one guy who insisted he had met me at some ceremony opening.  He had insisted I was at the ribbon cutting and cake cutting.  I kept telling him he had the wrong person, and I was not ever in his neck of the woods.  I think though, that was his tactic to use, to introduce himself and show what he had to offer.  Which wasn’t what I was looking for, so he stopped pushing, and now his email says “user disabled”.  

I would like to know how to block a user from there from viewing your account like you could on your other places.

BLOGS: wordpress-logo-680x400

These are my blogs.  My personal one is this one, which many wonder what it means.    First off my oldest son’s name is Ibrahim like Abraham.  He’s called Iby for short (Abe) which is where the first part of my blog starts Iby.   Isa is my 2nd son’s name, so Isa.   Then, Daliyah is my daughter, and the last part of the name lia.    And me being the mom, is where the name comes from.

I did think about doing my name, but for years and years it has always been me known as either IbysMom, or Ibyisamom, and then Ibyisaliamom.

Even, when I first started using the Internet, I was known online as Hijabi (Scarfi) on Blades way back in the mid 90’s.  :D    Hence the name stuck to how it is.

TSU : Tsu_logo

This is a new social media site, that I joined in the Fall, that pays you to socialize, share, like and comment.

There’s a limit though of how many posts you can share, and comment, and like on.  I really do not spend too much time there, as most of the content in there is short, and plus I really do not like connecting with random people, especially if all they can say to me is, “hello madam.” “Hello ma’am.”  and it’s the same message on repeat.

I am happy to say just after 6 months of using it, that I’ve made 81 cents so far. hehehe.   I know others that have found ways around it, and made their first $50 on it.  Me, I think quality is more important than quantity.

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Muds/BBS but have not gone there in years.

myspace

I remember having a Myspace, and some other ones though it’s been awhile since I’ve gone so my accounts might be deactivated or inactivity.

  1. What are the social media sites you go on frequently?
  2. Which ones do you like the best?
  3. which is the least one you go on?
  4. Do you have a personal one or business one?

Share, in the comments!

Thanks for reading!