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WIAW: 1st time making Indian food

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! And Happy Wednesday!  And Happy last-day-of-work-before-maternity-leave to me! Open-mouthed smile

I made mention that I had an Indian cooking extravaganza this weekend so I figured I’d feature it for What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) (courtesy of Peas and Crayons of course)

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And before I get started, a huge thanks to our friend Priya for guiding the 6 of us through this meal Smile  I’m not going through through directions, because, well, frankly I don’t remember Smile with tongue out so you’ll just have to get an idea from the ingredients and photos!

Dahi (yogurt) Paapdi Chaat:

  • Potatoes (2-4 small )
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 small red onion
  • Chaat masala
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Nirav coriander chutney (green/spicy chutney)
  • Deep-brand tamarind date chutney (sweet)
  • Sev (Deep brand)
  • Papdi (like crispy puris)

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My thoughts – super easy to make, tons of great flavor, and wonderful app.  We omitted the Nirav coriandar chutney because I forgot to buy it and the replacement was too sweet.  I also don’t think it needed yogurt.  Really enjoyed the leftovers served warm.

Samosas:

  • Potatoes (5-6 small )
  • Frozen peas (2 cups ish)
  • Fennel seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Turmeric (Hindi word is Haldi)
  • Ginger
  • Green chillis
  • Puff Pastry Sheets

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My thoughts – love these!  So did Zach and everyone else.  Using a pre-made puff pastry makes them infinitely easier to make at home and no frying required.  Just bake!  Bursting with flavor.  Love.

Kadhai Paneer (doubled recipe):

  • 2 cups paneer, cubed
  • Half a  green bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3-4 pods of garlic, crushed
  • 1" piece of ginger, crushed (or 1tsp ginger garlic paste)
  • 1 tomato, pureed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste (or another pureed tomato)
  • A generous pinch of kasuri methi / dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder / dhania powder / malli podi
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped cilantro leaves to garnish

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My thoughts – Yum yum yum!  I have a new obsession with paneer and love that it cooks and incorporates just like firm tofu.  I am going to be adding this to a ton of stuff.  This dish had some kick (thanks to the chilis) – just the way I like it Winking smile

Rajma (daal made with kidney beans):

  • 2 16Oz cans of red-kidney beans
  • 1.5 Onions
  • 3-4 Tomatoes
  • Garam malasa
  • 1-2 Bay leaves
  • 1/2 Cinnamon stick
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Coriander powder
  • Red chili powder

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My thoughts – this dish was great and was best with the warm naan served beside it.  We literally pureed the onions in a blender which I thought was a really interesting way to create the base. 

The spread:

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Photos of our efforts in progress:

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And a nice little photo of what happens when you are 35 weeks pregnant – you inevitably spill on your belly and your hubby thinks it’s funny if your dog licks it off you (she did btw).

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I loved having this cooking experience at home!  It was a first for me and I felt really at ease with all styles and ingredients.  You better believe I’ll be making plenty more Indian food from home Open-mouthed smile

What’s your favorite Indian dish to make at home?

Is there are genre of food you haven’t yet tried to cook yourself but want to?

 

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WIAW: Meal time

Okay this week is dragging.  Maybe it’s because one week from today will mark the last day before maternity leave.  Wheeeeeee Smile with tongue out 

And if you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to check out the giveaway for the glass pendant necklace.  If not for you, then as a gift for your fave fab friend for Christmas Smile

Oh and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sweet comments on yesterday’s maternity shoot post.  If you’re interested I’m happy to post more, just let me know. 

Today, is of course, What I Ate Wednesday (see here to join the party) and my focus is on meals – sounds obvious huh, but I’m much more a snacker than a meal person so here are a few ‘meals’ I’ve been snarfin’ down.

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Tis the season of the spaghetti squash – one of my favorite gourds to eat.  I tend to go with a marinara sauce or even a Mexi salsa mixture, but this time around, I went with pesto, and baked tofu (smothered in garlic powder and ground black peppa)

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Seeing how I’m still trying to eat as much protein as possible, I do make an effort to actually eat some meat now and then.  We made this dish up on Sunday night: hickory smoked pork tenderloin, purple & green asparagus, and sweet potato.  Not too shabby eh?

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Okay okay this may not constitute a meal per se, but while the hubby is away, I go for convenience: blueberry chobani, 1 scoop protein powder, spash of skim milk, and 1/3 cup Raisin Bran Crunch.  Oh and you see that popcorn on the side..yeah that came later Smile with tongue out

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And not to be left  out: PIZZA!  I’m obsessed with pizza lately.   We’ve ordered from Pizza Hut twice in two weeks and are in love with the pan crust and extra sauce.  So freakin’ good.  I think Zach is loving my pregnant food habits. 

Are you more of a snacker or a meal person?

What’s your favorite pizza delivery place?

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WIAW: Overeating Monday

Happy Wednesday my friends!  How can we make today a great one? 

I’ve been racking my brain for blog-worthy posts this week and though I know it’s WIAW so that helps, but rather than show you what I ate Tuesday, let me share what I *overate* on Monday.

This WIAW brought to you by Jenn at Peas and Crayons:

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You see, I had my 33 week check up on Monday at 815a and I knew I’d have to get on the dreaded scale.  So I really had been trying to keep my eats in moderation the previous days, particularly on Sunday. 

I didn’t eat anything pre-appointment, which is the norm for me, since I eat my oatmeal at 9a. 

When the moment of doom approached, I saw that I was still *under* the targeted amount for my stage in pregnancy.   Wahooo!  Fyi, I’ve gained plenty of weight, no worries, my doctor is very happy with my weight gain.

Somehow that number said to me “ Eat whatever you want, as much as you want, for the rest of the day Shan!”  Don’t mind if I do Mr voice-in-my-head! 

So without further ado, here is every single, naughty, indulgent, second/third helping thing I ate:

  • 845a: Grande non-fat half-caff 3 pump vanilla latte (a la Starbucks and the red cup)
  • 9a: Mixture of candy corn and TJ’s cinnamon almonds (delish combo by the way).  I estimate I ate about 1/3 cup total.
  • 1130a: ½ of my leftover veggie calzone from Gumba’s – please note that had to have been a good ½ pound of cheese embedded in the fluffy dough.
  • 1230p: 1 pumpkin cookie (flat / crispy, like a sugar cookie almost)
  • 3p: 2 more pumpkin cookies
  • 4p: Medium Ambrosia apple
  • 445p: Handful of Love Grown granola (estimated 1/4 cup)
  • 505p: *Many* spoonfuls of Pilgrim Joe’s pumpkin ice-cream (guessing ½ cup)
  • 7p: Darbar Indian food: Paneer do Piayza  + at least ½ cup rice + 5 or 6 triangles of naan.  It may have been more, friends.  I kept stuffing.
  • 9p: PB Snickers funsize

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Ugh.  Oh dear me.  I felt like a total lard@ss after that day.  I really couldn’t stop myself though.  I felt like I had a free pass since I was “underweight.”  Thinking smile

The question is, why do I do this to myself?  I feel like I’m definitely indulging enough in my regular days so it’s not like I’m working through a deprivation.  But I do think that I’m putting a wee bit too much emphasis on the old scale-a-roo.  Pregnancy is *not* a time to go willy nilly with your food and neglect the scale completely, but it is a time when you can be slightly more relaxed about the number.  Does that make sense?

Bottom line is that my check-ups are not a game that I need to beat.  I am truthful with my doctor in every other way, and yet, I seem to try to ‘game’ the scale so I can be at the low end of my weight gain.  This silliness must stop.

Tell me, when you see you’re at your low-end weight range, do you allow yourself to indulge more?

Favorite Indian dish?  I can’t pick just one, nor can I remember all the names.  But pretty much anything veggie makes my heart sing!

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WIAW: everything I ate

Good morning to you all!  How are we on this 2nd day of November (ßMEEP!)?  Can I tell you how very happy I am that we are supposed to drop below 60 during the day tomorrow?  Yes I’m the weirdo that wants cold weather in Cali Smile with tongue out  I’m just over all my summer clothes and need a change.

Today it’s all about What I ate Wednesday (WIAW)!

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This time around, I’m posting every single thing I ate. Tuesday  Oh yes, you read that right.  I’m telling you down to the cream in my coffee and any stolen treats. 

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720: PB coffee with regular decaf and 1+ tbsp FF vanilla creamer – 40 cals, 0g protein

845: 1 packet Quaker oats raisin and spice flavor + ¼ cup TJ’s plain oats – 220 cals, 6g protein

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1140: Leftover BBQ rice mix, with roasted peppers / onions and 2 cut up smart dogs – 350 cals, 16g protein.  I don’t usually buy these rice mixes because they are so high in sodium, but I love me some BBQ and couldn’t resist.  Verdict? Meh. 

145: Stawberry Chobani –  140 cals, 14g protein

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320: 1 medium Ambrosia apple – 95 cals

400: ~10 TJ’s cinn-almonds and ~10 candy corns – 220 cals, 3g protein

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640: 1 bowl turkey burger chili and 1 bag of plain Popchips for dipping – 450 cals, 10g protein

8p: hot cocoa with mini marshmallows – 200 cals, 1g protein

Total Cals = 1715
Total Protein =   50 g
Yikes!  Still way below what I need as a preggers girl, but I honestly don’t know how to squish anymore in my daily ‘diet’.  Help!

Fitness: 30 minute walk with the beast (Naava) and 30 minutes light weights

It’s always interesting to me when I really examine everything I’ve eaten.  It’s obvious that I eat majority of my calories after noon.  I’ve tried to front load more, but then I still end up eating just as much in the evening.  Pregnancy seems to make it worse too – especially with the sweets.  I now need a dessert every single night.  And then sometimes the floodgates open, the fat kid takes over, and nothing in the pantry is safe.  Last night I did good Winking smile

Also of note, I’m doing pretty good with the higher cal intake.  Pre-pregnancy, I’d eat about 1300-1400 calories a day max.  If I had a particularly strenuous workout, I may up that to 1500-1600.  Yesterday I ate about 1700 cal, I’m right on target for my +1 in my belly ;)

How often, if ever, do your record everything you eat?

How else can I get more protein without packing in a ton more calories?

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WIAW: Baby Shower Edition

Have you entered my Popchips giveaway?  You have until tonight!

For this WIAW, I figured I’d highlight all the delicious food we had at my Baby Shower on Saturday.  Head over to Jenn at Peas and Crayons to join the party in the way you see fit!

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Speaking of parties, who doesn’t love one that’s all about them?

Um, this girl.

I have to say, I had some trepidation about the shower, mainly because I always hear that people think they are boring and also because I don’t like to be the center of attention.  It’s one thing to be in the limelight for a moment at a dinner party or be the focus at the front of the room while giving a technical presentation.  It’s quite another when the whole party is about you, and opening up presents.  I’m glad I only had a Bachelorette party and not a Bridal Shower on top of that.  Too much attention!

That being said, the day went wonderfully and I do think everyone had a really nice time (yay!).  I also think alcohol helped Winking smile  Mimosas anyone?

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Because the shower started at 1p, we weren’t serving a formal lunch, but certainly plenty of snacks along with some more substantial foods like Butternut Squash Cranberry Quinoa.  We loosely followed this recipe and made adjustments here and there: Added 2 cups dried cranberries, roasted squash in olive oil and s&P (vs lemon), used green onions instead of shallots, and omitted the chives, and upped the thyme to taste.  So um yeah,  I guess a lot of changes.

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This is a great Fall quinoa salad, but is more on the subtle blander side.  This was probably best for a big group, but if I were to make it again, I’d probably use yellow onions, some rosemary, and tons more ground peppa Smile with tongue out

My MIL also whipped up some Palmiers (using puff pastry).  She made two kinds: Ham, Gruyere, and Rosemary; and Pesto, Roasted red pepper.  I only had the veggie and thought they were fab. They were a big hit at the shower too.

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Of course we had tons of cheese (WI Sharp cheddar, Havarti Dill, and, Gouda) and TJ’s crackers.  Served alongside veggies (peppers, carrots, and cucumbers) with TJ’s spicy hummus. 

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What’s a shower without the treats!?!

Since I spent a good deal of money on the custom favors (through Etsy Lori’s Place – she was fab, btw).  We really wanted to keep the angel theme going and worked to develop this design in a tasty shortbread cookie:

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Cupcakes also make such a great shower treat, but I didn’t want to spend too much money on anything fancy, so I brushed up (err, learned) my decorating skills and came up with these:

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Maple cupcakes!  Yum, yum, and yum.  I followed the recipe to a “T” except for using extra large eggs to add more moisture (previous reviewers said there’s were dry); I doubled the recipe and tripled the icing recipe.  Well, though the icing was beyond delicious, I had to nix it at the end because it was way too runny to use with a frosting tip.  Fail.  Sad smile Luckily I was prepared and had plain vanilla frosting on hand to which I added 1+ tsp of maple extract before using my decorating bag/tip.  They turned out great!

And being Fall and also pumpkin obsessed, I whipped together pumpkin spice cookies (1 box spice cake, 1 15oz can pumpkin, and 1+ cups chocolate chips; bake at 350 deg for 12 minutes), which also went over extremely well.

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Of course there was present opening:

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And games:

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It was such a lovely time and I am so grateful for my friends and family that attended (I had a couple people from LA, FL, VA, and MA!!!) – such love Red heart

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What foods do you like to see at parties (and yes, dessert items are considered food)?

Edible favors or usable favors?

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WIAW: Indian food meet-up and blogger “sweet swap” recipes

Clever title eh?  When in doubt, just throw it all up there, right?

My big ‘eats’ disappointment this week was scheduling a special lunch date to Hobees so I could devour some seasonal carrot cake pancakes only to be told they didn’t serve them for lunch.  Um say what?  It’s a diner and you serve breakfast all day.  Sigh.  I ‘settled’ for sweet potato pancakes Winking smile

This isn’t exactly What I Ate Wednesday, but I’m sure Jenn and Peas and Crayons won’t mind!

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Guess what I’m doing tonight though?  I’m meeting up with the gorgeous and sweet Shayla from The Good Life Open-mouthed smile  We are trying a new contemporary Indian restaurant called All Spice in the SF Bay Area (<—go ahead and click to see the menu!).  It’s Shayla’s first foray into Indian food and I’m happy to lead her to the dark side…mwuahahahaha.  We have already talked about ending the night with froyo.  We’re well-balanced like that.

And in lieu of Amy and Jess’s 2nd Blogger Sweet Swap, I made something special for my paired-up-partner Elizabeth at Random Stupidness, I made something based on her desires.  She noted she was a fan of chocolate – dark, no milk!—and, of course, pumpkin!

One of my favorite pumpkin recipes just happens to be the photo header in my blog and is courtesy of YumSugar.com.

So without further adieu, I show you Fluffy Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies:

You’ll have to click for the recipe, but note my substitutions:

  • I did not have any nutmeg, so I just doubled my cinnamon – because you can never have enough cinnamon!
  • I used 1.5 cups of dark chocolate chips (no milk)
  • Yield was about 36 cookies (hard to know when your hubby keeps stealing them off the cooling rack!)

Pictures of the yumminess:

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Are you participating in the Blogger Sweet Swap?  If so, what are you making?

Have you made a new blend (blogger friend)? 

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WIA(last Saturday)W

Well hi there!

Fall is in the air and that makes me a happy girl. I even broke out the boots and leggings – for work! Gasp!  Pregnancy makes me do funny funny things people.

How many of you love knowing just what you’ll post on Wednesdays thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons?  I know it’s one less thing for me to worry about!

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Continuing on with my Dad’s visit, I wanted to highlight a few other fabulous eats we devoured ate over the weekend Smile with tongue out

Let’s start with pie, shall we?

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Waaaay back in my highschool days, I made a sweet potato pie for some school assignment and ended up baking an extra one for my Dad.  Without fail he brings this up as one of his favorite pies of all time. 

Since I had trouble finding the original recipe, I found a very similar recipe for sweet potato pie here that I modified slightly:

  • Instead of sweet potatoes, I used yams – about 2 large ones = 2 cups mashed
  • In lieu of light cream, I used half and half (evaporated milk would work too)
  • I upped the cinnamon to 1 heaping rounded teaspoon because cinn rocks Winking smile

The result: deliciousness.  This may rival my absolute all time fave of pumpkin pie!

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And while we’re on the Fall theme, how about we revisit the pumpkin salsa sop I’ve made in the past?

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The recipe is from Hungry Girl though I always adapt things. This time I followed it pretty much the same way, but upped the garlic, added a green pepper and some onions.  And of topped with toasted pepitas and mexi cheese Smile  The beer bread is also super easy – just 3 cups self-rising flour, 3 tbsp granulated sugar, and 1 bottle o’beer, baked for 40 minutes at 360 deg.

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And despite the filling meal, we still made room for froyo at Yoppi’s in Palo Alto.  My bowl is the bottom center one which was cheesecake froyo topped with cookie dough, brownie bits, heath pieces and Butterfinger pieces.  Across from mine is Naava’s vanilla froyo – yes we bought froyo for our dog to enjoy Smile with tongue out

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Not be forgotten was Saturday’s lunch which was In’n’Out per my Dad’s request.  I was appalled at the calorie counts that they now put on their menu and opted out of the 590 calorie stawberry shake and stuck with light lemonade and a grilled cheese.  Tasty!  And now I’m not due for fast-food for another 1.5 years or so Winking smile

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Tell me, what was the best thing you’ve eaten?

Do you buy your pets human treats?

Favorite flavor of pie?  I looooove pumpkin pie, but the pie above certainly rivals it!

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