Banana, Granola Toasted Walnut Breakfast Muffins

Banana Granola Toasted Walnut Breakfast Muffins | Playful Cooking

A new week, a new meal plan, more to-do(s) to check but it all starts with breakfast muffins and tea. After a fun filled weekend, Monday mornings comes as a struggle to me. Especially, ever since Avyan started school. Although I get the entire day to myself to finish all my work in peace, the mornings are crazy. Preparing and packing lunch boxes for my boys, fixing a quick breakfast for us, waking Avyan from his snoring zone and getting him ready for school. The two hours feel really short. In between all this, my stomach growls continuously! Arvind makes masala chai for us and we sit down for a few minutes to discuss the day while enjoying on these light Banana, Granola and Toasted Walnut Breakfast Muffins. A good way to fill the belly!

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Chicken And Quinoa Mason Jar Salad

Chicken And Quinoa Mason Jar Salad | Playful Cooking #quinoa #mason #jar #salad #chicken #dukkah

This is one of those flavor packed salads. The coconut dukkah vinaigrette itself is a hit. I have mentioned Dukkah several times in my blog. It is one of my favorite spice mixes. When whisked with coconut milk, olive oil and lemon juice, it makes for such a delicate spiced dressing. I love the sweetness coconut milk brings to the vinaigrette and it goes very well with the grilled chicken. Tossed with quinoa and some veggies, it’s a filling salad. A vegetarian version of this Chicken And Quinoa Mason jar Salad, would be to use roasted veggies or the obvious grilled tofu/paneer.

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Rainbow Sprinkled Alphabet Shortbread Cookies

Rainbow Sprinkled Alphabet Cookies | Playful Cooking

On the last Thursday of every month, Avyan’s preschool arranges a joint monthly birthday celebration with pizza and cookies. It’s a pretty clever idea. It prevents the kids from going sugar high throughout the month. Since last month was my Piscean, Lego lover boy’s month, I wanted to send some treats for the party. These Rainbow Sprinkled Alphabet Shortbread Cookies felt absolutely perfect for the occasion. The teachers loved the idea and the kids left no crumbs in the box.

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Garam Masala Baked Potato Chips

Garam Masala Baked Potato Chips | Playful Cooking #chips #baked #potato #garammasala #indian #spiced

Working from home can easily get you into this habit of munching something every now and then. Although I don’t normally get any salt/sugar attack, but we all go through unexplained days of craving. I reach for the bowl of fruits and then slowly switch to the pantry looking for some salty bite like chips! Earlier this week, I had one such day and randomly decided to try baking chips instead. I read a lot about baked potato chips, even drooled at several pictures. So, I went ahead and gave it a try. Garam Masala Baked Potato Chips, earthy, warm and so crispy! We had sandwich for dinner and these chips paired perfectly.

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Chicken Momo

Chicken Momo | Playful Cooking #momo #chicken #momo #dumplings

If you are from northeastern part of India or grew up there, I assume you must be familiar with momo. You probably even love it so much that you could survive on it. I was born and brought up in Shillong, a tiny little hill station in northeast part of India. The place is known for its pine covered hills, flowing streams, cool air and music. Unlike tropical India, the climate was always cooler, which made indulging on piping hot chicken momos with spicy chutney and plain soup, a perfect way to warm up.

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