Insta Pot Butternut Squash Pasta

Pasta cooked in butternut squash sauce in 10 minutes, vegan friendly, only 1 pot to clean, you can feed bunch of ppl , nutrients from butternut squash and taste so good. With all this advantages it’s a deal to grab for intelligent,smart ppl. Alright , I just tried my hands on to develop some marketing skill. Jokes apart, this dish is really good.

You can also make on stove top.

Here’s the link to recipe:

https://carameltintedlife.com/instant-pot-butternut-squash-pasta/

  • Sautéed chopped red onion, garlic ,Italian seasoning in insta pot for 2 minutes in coconut oil.
  • Add water or stock. Throw chopped butternut squash. I took time to peel, chop whole butternut squash using my new big knife.
  • Pressure cook for 4 minutes. Release manually. And mash squash.
  • Add pasta, more water , spinach, salt.
  • Pressure cook for 5 minutes and release naturally.
  • While it’s cooking soak some raw cashews in water. And then blend to purée.
  • Open insta pot, put it on sauté mode and add cashew purée to make pasta creamy . You can also add some whole roasted cashews at the end to make it exotic.
  • Sprinkle some crushed red pepper if you like spicy.
  • Serve with additional cheese if you like or skip to keep it vegan.
  • With a side of soup, makes a good ,fun meal
  • Good for kid’s lunch.
  • Do you know we need more vitamin A in winter? Butternut squash ,spinach will provide vitamin A.
  • Use good quality pasta to make it more nutrient rich. I hardly eat pasta so just used regular ones.

Enjoy!

Udon Noodles

Left over from Chinese restaurant makes another good meal. This restaurant I went to has huge portion and I tend to finish all vegetables from dish. Left over noodles I brought home.

  • Sauté fresh veggies like zucchini , colored peppers , carrot, snow peas, tofu whatever you have and you like.
  • Add left over veggies and another good Chinese meal in no time.
  • I had added some of the chili oil, hot sauce from restaurant in left over so no need to look for sauces either .
  • Do you know how to eat with chopsticks? If not , learn it. It’s fun and learning new things is good for brain at any age.
  • When I was going to China , I learned it and i was so thankful because very first night we went out to eat in Beijing they had only chopsticks.
  • Enjoy!

Chinese Dinner

Got this idea from One of the Chinese restaurant I like. They have more vegetables than noodles and all vegetables have a nice crunch to it. Also lot of different kind of vegetables. I tried to recreate it and it came out very well.

Use 3/4th veggies and 1/4 portion noodles. I added zucchini, carrots , Broccoli ,Tofu, Mushroom, red onion, green onion. Snow peas , water chestnuts, baby corns will be good addition.

I buy Raw peanuts and roast them in oven for 15-20 mins. It will add a nice crunch and taste so much better and fresh. I am not giving any recipe because I just add what I have. I am not too picky.

Serve with a slice of orange. When you use good , fresh, quality ingredients , everything taste good .

Try it out . No need to eat same food everyday and no need to feed same food every day. Meal times should be fun for everyone.

Enjoy!

Soba Noodles In Almond Sauce

One of my favorite activity is browse recipes , cooking videos since I like to try new ingredients, new ways or healthy ways to cook. I saw recipe of Thai peanut sauce and not finding now but I made using almond butter. It’s a 1 pot simple meal but yummy and good to take to work for lunch. Here’s how I made:

  • Heat olive oil and sauté chopped garlic, add little ginger too.
  • Add chopped onion, veggies you like. I added lots of them like chopped carrot ,colored pepper, zucchini, bok choy. Season with salt and crushed black pepper.
  • Add vegetable stock and then spoonful of almond butter. Let it boil.
  • Add some protein. I added tofu but you can add some chickpeas or any beans you like.
  • Add soba noodles, cover and cook.
  • If you like soupy then add more stock .
  • Once done, add some crushed chili pepper and lemon or lime juice.
  • Garnish with cilantro. You can also add some almonds or peanuts for crunch.
  • I love that it only needs 1 pot and to eat also just 1 bowl. And goodness of all veggies.
  • Enjoy!

Pad Thai

At restaurant, whenever I order pad Thai , I ask for more veggies but it comes with just more tofu and I always find it too sweet and oily. So finally took the matter in my hand. Well actually, accidentally I saw pad Thai recipe on Indian channel and so thought of making it.

It’s more of preparation and actual cooking time is very less

  • Cook or soak pad Thai noodles according to pkg. it takes around 30 mins so don’t wait until meal time.
  • Keep sauce ready in advance too. I made with soya sauce, tamarind paste, vinegar, raw sugar , red chili powder and crushed garlic. Pad Thai is sweet , sour and spicy so adjust the sauce accordingly.
  • Chop veggies like green onion, broccoli bok choy , colored peppers, Julianne carrot. Wash sprouts and keep them ready. Don’t be skimpy with vegetables.
  • Cut tofu in bite size and sauté in oil just like paneer. Season with salt and crushed pepper.
  • Not put your chef hat on .:-) Heat olive oil or sesame oil. Sauté all veggies on high heat for few minutes. Keep them crunchy.
  • Add tofu and half of sauce.
  • Add noodle and add rest of the sauce. You can add some chili garlic sauce.
  • Garnish with green onion and crushed roasted peanuts.
  • Turned out good. It wasn’t like restaurant so don’t compare. I liked that it was less sweet and oily. And I got lots of veggies in it. Good to take left over for lunch.
  • Vegetables are lightly cooked so they retain nutrients which I like.
  • What are you waiting for ? Put ingredients on grocery list and go shopping.
  • Enjoy!