Baked Quinoa and Vegetable with Paneer Cheese

Quinoa with Mixed Vegetables and Paneer

Luscious lightly fried cubes of paneer cheese proves to be an ideal accompaniment to nutty quinoa baked with mixed vegetables and tangy tomatoes. Included are some aromatic spices and hot chili pepper for a bit of warming heat. I usually keep my dairy consumption to a minimum, but there are times when the craving for paneer becomes too much to resist. And if I make a paneer dish, I always must invite my best friend Basil for dinner, as it is one of his favorites. It turned out to be a satisfying, filling and nourishing meal that I will be sure to make again.

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Homemade Baked Chickpea Falafel

Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern street food that is popular in the West too. I've never found that restaurants in my city offering falafel satisfy my craving for these little bites, so what to do except make my own. Typically deep-fried and sometimes made with chickpeas that have been soaked for at least 12 hours but that aren't cooked before using, I always prefer cooking my chickpeas. I bake them rather than frying for a healthier alternative. They really are easy to make. All you need is a food processor, a baking sheet, and a bit of patience shaping them into little balls of goodness. They are not as crispy as the deep-fried version, but I really prefer the texture and goodness of baked falafel without all the grease and fuss. I also like to spice mine up for extra flavor.

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Chia Muffins {Vegan}

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

Muffins are a great way to start the day, especially if you are in a rush and need to get out the door quickly. They can also be a healthy and satisfying between-meal snack. These muffins contain very little sugar in addition to coconut, the goodness of chia seeds — that also adds a pleasant texture — and tangy lemon. Even if you are not a baker, muffins are virtually foolproof, so long as you follow a few basic principles. Always measure the dry and wet ingredients separately, and take care not to overmix your batter as the muffins won't rise properly if overmixed — instead of light and airy muffins, you'll end up with disappointingly dense muffins.

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Mor Kali (Savory Fried Rice Flour Buttermilk Porridge)

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Mor Kali

Mor Kali is a traditional South Indian dish that comes together in hardly any time at all. No chopping required. It's delicious served just as is when cut into squares and makes for a healthy and easy breakfast. It can also be served for lunch, as a snack or side dish. Somewhat gooey and tangy, the spices really kick up the flavor here. It rather reminded me of a set porridge or mashed potatoes, though this is really quite a unique dish. I've made it before, but this time I did more research and it came out better than the first time I made it. Traditionally, it is made with buttermilk, but I used full fat yogurt instead.

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