This is a very simple green beans with some ginger garlic, seasonings, spices and bell peppers lightly sautéed and balsamic vinegar. It’s pretty tasty and the vi bites fiesta nut compliments it well.  
The other in the picture is a potato roti and cooked spicy spinach and ground beef.   

  
Ingredients;

2 tbsp olive oil

1 pkg green beans

1 onion diced

1 bell pepper each color, diced

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp himayalan pink salt

1 tsp black pepper

1-2 tsp coriander and cumin powder

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 pkg Vi Bites Fiesta Nut 

1/4th lemon zest grated and its juices

1/2th lime zest grated and it’s juices

1/2 cup water
Preparation:

In a large skillet add olive oil, ginger garlic paste, diced onion, bell peppers on medium high heat stirring and cooking for 5-6 minutes. 

Add green beans and spices, & seasonings. 

Stir and add water.  

Cover and on medium heat until beans are tender 

Add balsamic vinegar, lemon zest and lime zest and juices. Stir again. 

Add vi bites fiesta nut and serve. 

The Potato roti is from an Indian shop near my home. I just lightly buttered a pan and cooked it on both sides for 3 minutes each. 
WARNING highly good and calories vary from 200-500 calories per piece because of the potatoes and spices in it. 
The ground beef and spinach has spices in it too.  
For those that are looking for how to get some Vi Bites, please visit http://thelifebyvilife.com and to get more info on our Vi Bites; http://vibites.vi.com such as our ingredients and nutritional facts. 
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Hina’s World: Recipe of Butter Garlic Veggie Pasta

Ingredients:

1pkg of pasta, any shape, cooked according to directions on package, set aside
1 cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp sea salt or himalayan pink salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
1 bunch of rainbow swiss chard finely chopped (including stems)
1 pkg of shredded carrots
1 chopped bell pepper, red, green, yellow, orange, purple
1 red onion diced
1 Tbsp garlic paste

Preparation:

1.  As the pasta is cooking, in a large pan add the butter and on medium-high heat let it melt.
2.  Add garlic, and add onions, bell peppers, and the veggies at the top, stirring occasionally.    Do not add the swiss chard just yet.
3.  As the veggies become tender, and soft, add 1/2 of the swiss chard and stir it in.
4.  Add the cooked/drained pasta to the pan, and add the olive oil and 2 Tbsp butter, the rest of the swiss chard (including stems), and season it with salt and black pepper.
5.   Serve and enjoy.

You can add other veggies to this dish as well, and add in more seasonings  and herbs and flavors.      This was a simple dish and took me about 30-45 minutes to prepare.     Huge hit in my home, as my family was complimenting me and preferring this over the Chinese food that my kids wanted to have, that they ended up enjoying this instead.

Butter Garlic Veggie Pasta

  Butter Garlic Veggie Pasta

Hina’s World: Recipe Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles and Peanut Schezwan Sauce

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Ingredients:

1 pkg chow mein noodles
1 pkg frozen veggies (with bell peppers, asparagas, carrots)
1 chopped onion
1 chopped sweet colored peppers each
1 tbsp garlic ginger paste
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 bottle schezwan sauce
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp chili sauce or hot sauce
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 bunch chopped green onions
1/2 bunch chopped cilantro and curly parsley
2 packages of Vi-Bites Glorious Greens
2 packages of Vi Bites Fiesta Nut
1 Tbsp of peanut butter

Preparation:

1.  In a large pot of water set on high heat, boil water, and add noodles.

2.  While noodles, is cooking, add the package of frozen veggies into a microwave bowl, add a little water and set it for 4 minutes.

3.   In a large wok or griddle, add olive oil, add the chopped onions, and chopped bell peppers, cook for several minutes until onions are soft.

4.  At this point, the veggies should be done in the microwave, drain and add to the griddle, stirring it occasionally for 5-10 minutes.

5.  The noodles should start cooking, check on it to make sure it’s not too soft.

6.   If noodles is ready, drain and set aside.

7.  While veggies is still cooking; in a bowl add the garlic ginger paste, sea salt, black pepper, vinegar, hot sauce, and stir the mixture.  Pour into the veggies.    At this point, add the noodles and 1/2 cup of water and keep stirring every few minutes, add the peanut butter and stir it in.

8.   Add the Vi-Bites to the mixture, and add the soy sauce, and schezwan sauce.    Keep cooking it.

9.   Add chopped green onions, chopped cilantro and chopped curly parsley to it.   Keep stirring it making sure everything is mixed through.

10.   Serve, and enjoy!

This was a huge success and hit in the household.  Even my dad who ate the hour before; looked at it on his way out, to get a bowl and try.   My kids who wanted pizza, decided to split the homemade pizza (which I’ll share an easy recipe for in another blog entry), while they devoured this one.      The vi-bites was also a big hit as well as the peanut butter.

Please subscribe, like, and comment.  I would love to hear your feedback, if you love chow mein as I do, share with me in the comments below; the version you like to have.    I usually like to add chicken or ground beef to mine, but this one time it was solely vegetarian and the protein in it was from the peanut butter.

To get a hold of the Vi-Bites or info on it visit http://vibites.vi.com

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Hina’s World: Recipe Cheesy Bites

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This is a simple recipe, very easy to put together and make.

Ingredients:

1-2 tomatoes cut into quarters or sliced thick
sea salt and black pepper
zatar (seasonings)
spinach and herbs seasonings
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup mozarella cheese, shredded

Preparation:

1.   In a flat cookie sheet, lay the tomatoes down

2.   Sprinkle cheese over the tomatoes

3.  Sprinkle the seasonings; sea salt, black pepper, spinach and herbs and zatar on top.

4.  Bake in a preheated oven- or toaster oven 450’F for 15 minutes, until the cheese melts.

5.   Serve & enjoy.

Variation:  You can also substitute and use zucchini, or eggplant in place or bell peppers.  It does not have to be just tomatoes only.   You and and choose what you like.

Let me know how it turns out for you, or what methods do you use and what you like to add on it.

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Hina’s World: Recipe Hummus & Pita Chips & Grilled Peppers

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I had a few sweet peppers which I thinly sliced up, along with some diced pineapples and chopped tomatoes, drizzled some olive oil, sprinkle of sea salt, and black pepper.  These go great with the hummus and pita chips.

I used a store bought hummus for a quick snack; usually I like to make it fresh from scratch and I’ll post the recipe here as well.     As for the pita chips.    I used regular and brown pita bread, and cut them into slices.   Then on a large cookie sheet, I added the pita, and drizzled olive oil on top, sprinkled shawarma seasonings and this spice/herb called zatar which consisted or oregano, parsley, rosemary, sesame seeds and sumac in it.  I sprinkled that on top of the pita, then slightly toasted it in the toaster oven for about 5 minutes, it should be lightly soft and almost brown but not burnt.   Keep that aside.

Then in a large bowl; add the store bought hummus, drizzle olive oil on top, sprinkle red chili powder, and decorate with fresh parsley and cilantro, along with fresh olives, and sprinkle the zatar and shawarma seasonings.     Then serve with the pita chips.

OR

in a food processor or bowl using a blender or hand blender, add 1 can of chick peas.  blend that until smooth, add some yogurt, sea salt, black pepper, and tahini, blend again.    then add in red chili powder on top, and the oil, and other spices such as garlic ginger paste, lemon juice and cumin powder.        I like adding yogurt as it’s not as thick, but very cool and refreshing.   You can add other variations to this too, some use sour cream, and use greek yogurt, or even mayonnaise.  Totally up to you.    It’s a quick and easy preparation and a total hit with everyone.

Feel free to like, comment, and share this recipe.   Let me know how yours turned out.

Hina’s World: Recipe Gram Fritters & Yogurt Dip

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There is another version that I made just the other night;

Ingredients:

1 cup of gram flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp garlic ginger paste
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 -1 cup of water
chopped cilantro/parsley
baby spinach
chopped onions and potatoes

1 tomato chopped up, sprinkle some sea salt and black pepper, along with some chopped cilantro.   This goes nicely with the spicy gram fritters and chutneys as the tomato is cool and refreshing.

Yogurt dip:

1 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup of water
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp garlic ginger paste
1/2 tsp coriander/cilantro chutney
1/2 tsp mint chutney and green chilies chutney

Preparation:

1. In a large bowl, combine the gram flour, with the spices and water in slowly til a batter forms.   Add the spinach, onions, and potatoes, chopped cilantro and parsley.
2.    Get a large frying pan, add 1 cup of oil, and heat it on medium-high heat.     Add the batter by spoonfuls, use ice cream scooper.    And fry until lightly brown on both sides.
3.   Let it cool/drain on paper towel, then mix the yogurt ingredients, and dip the fritters into the yogurt.    You can add chopped cilantro/parsley on top as decoration, and chaat masala.
4.  Eat this with tamarind and mint chutneys.     Or if you do not want the yogurt dip, you can eat as is; along with the chutneys as a dipping sauce.

This is one of the major foods that is made in Ramadan for breaking of the fast in Iftar, or also served to guests as appetizers.     There are other names for it such as Pakoras, Bajeeyays, and Gram Fritters.

Let me know how yours turned out, and like, comment, and share this recipe.

Hina’s World: Recipes Garlic Pasta & Grilled Veggies & Fruit Chaat Salad

 Garlic Pasta

Ingredients:

1 pkg bow tie pasta (cooked according to directions on the package, cooked until soft,al dente, drained, set aside)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 onion diced
1 tomato diced
1 red bell pepper diced
1/2 bunch of swiss chard
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp garlic ginger paste

Preparation:

1.   In the same pot that you cooked the pasta in, add the olive oil, on medium-high heat, add onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and cook for 5-10 minutes until they’re soft.   Add sea salt, black pepper and garlic ginger paste and mix it in.

2.  Add swiss chard, and stir it in, then add the cooked pasta into it.  Mix it.   Add more flavors if you want.

Grilled Veggies Ingredients

1 bell pepper chopped into thin strips
1 zucchini chopped into thin strips
4-5 rainbow carrots chopped into thin strips
1/2 bunch of asparagus cut in half
1 onion chopped into thin strips
1 tsp sea salt
drizzle with olive oil
black pepper
1 tsp coriander powder

Preparation:

1.  In a large grill, add the veggies from above, and drizzle olive oil on top.

2.  While on high heat, sprinkle the salt and black pepper and coriander powder on top.    Cook for several minutes until lightly brown and toss, to the other side, and cook on that for a few minutes.

3.  Serve onto a serving platter.

4.  You can take some of this and add it on top of the garlic pasta.

Baked Veggies

1.  In a large casserole dish add broccoli, chopped carrots, bell peppers, green beans, corn, baby potatoes, and any other veggies you want.

2.  Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper, according to your own taste.

3.  Bake in oven 450’F for 30 minutes and then serve.

Fruit Chaat Salad

1 apple diced
1 pear diced
1/2 bunch of grapes sliced
1 banana diced
1/2 bunch of mixed berries chopped (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries)
1 guava chopped
1 peach diced
1 nectarine diced
1 clementine chopped
1 plum chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chaat masala
2 Tbsp orange juice

Preparation:

1.  In a large salad bowl, add the chopped fruits

2.  Sprinkle salt, black pepper, chaat masala (found in the Indian grocery stores), and orange juice.  Stir it making sure it’s coated around.

3.  Serve cold.

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I’d love to hear what you think.       Thanks for reading!    Have a pleasant week!