Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait

Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait | Playful Cooking

The layers of texture, color and flavor make this Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait not only tasty but also a lovely looking healthy breakfast. It is sure to brighten up your morning. I am not a morning person and so, a breakfast that doesn’t involve too much work or brainpower always makes me happy. The layering of this parfait is easy and fun. Avyan helped me with the layering and he loved it. The little fella is still not into smoothie but he enjoyed the parfait a lot, especially the coconut chia pudding.

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Chenna Kaju Palak

chenna kaju palak (fresh cheese dumplings in cashew and spinach) | Playful Cooking

Last year, my weekly meal plan helped me a lot. There was barely any food wastage and my refrigerator would get empty every Friday. I enjoyed the ritual. But then, life got a little chaotic and that meal plan board was hanging empty for several months. From last week, I started the habit again and I am already feeling amazing about it. Now, the meal plan always involves glancing through cookbook, blogs, food websites and of course, addressing my boy’s request.

As I was glancing through Chef Todiwala’s Spice Box cookbook, this recipe of potato, nut and paneer croquettes in spinach sauce caught my eye. It looked so good that I had to add that to my list. Now, I am not very good at following recipes to the point, so I gave my own little changes and made this Chenna Kaju Palak (Fresh Cheese Dumplings In Cashew And Spinach). The cheese dumplings were pillowy and the soft cashew and spinach sauce is a keeper.

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Mushroom And Spinach Crepes

Mushroom And Spinach Crepe | Playful Cooking

Soft and silky crepes filled with flavor packed mushroom and spinach creamy sauce. It makes for a great breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mushroom And Spinach Crepes is so easy to put together that you can even make it on busy weeknights.

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Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew)

Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew) | Playful Cooking

Tetor Daal – daal, as we all know, is Indian lentil stew and teto refers to bitter gourd. This light lentil stew with a hint of bitter taste is a quintessential Bengali dish, most commonly prepared during summer months. Bitter gourd is known to cleanse your palate and soothe your tummy, which makes this stew ideal for a detox diet. Typically, bottle gourd is also cooked along with the lentil to make the stew more filling. Also, the sweet taste of bottle gourd balances the bitterness of the stew. But, I wanted to keep tetor daal light and so, I used just yellow mung and kept it very mildly spiced.

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Roasted Broccoli and Fennel Soup

Roasted Broccoli and Fennel Soup | Playful Cooking

Smooth, wholesome and cozy bowls of soup is what we need this month! This Roasted Broccoli and Fennel Soup is super easy to make and roasting the veggies just makes the soup tastier. Top it with some croutons, shaved parmesan cheese, a little drizzle of olive oil and dig in.

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