Orzo with chicken and vegetablesOrzo with chicken and vegetables

When I went to Vancouver with my mom in March, we stayed with my aunt’s family. My aunt’s sister-in-law is a really good cook and one day she made this orzo pasta with vegetables for us. It sounded so simple to make and tasted so good that I made a mental note to recreate the recipe when I get back. After making it for the first time last week I knew I had to make it again so that I can share the recipe as soon as possible with all of you.

Since most sauce-less pasta dishes with vegetables end up being called a salad, I don’t know if this too should be called that. Whether you call it a salad or not, its still plenty good and fresh and light for summer time meals. You could skip the chicken and the butter and make this vegan/vegetarian, if you like. I serve it as a main dish and add chicken in with the veggies, but you could make it just with the vegetables and orzo with grilled chicken or fish served on the side.

I did my first snapchat recipe story today (forgive me if that’s not what its called, I am still learning). Thanks to Asha from Food, Fashion and Party (love her blog) who has been motivating me to start snapping, I finally did today. I am still fairly new with it, but in case you want to follow you can add me @theNovHousewife and see the behind the scenes of making this orzo with chicken and vegetables on Snapchat.

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Tofu tacos | The Novice Housewife

When I posted the photo of these tofu tacos on my social media accounts, soon I started getting requests for the recipe. And rightly so. These tacos are super easy to make and taste great and are chock full of all the good stuff.

I recently got the Food Network’s The Best and Lightest cookbook to review and have been enjoying my time cooking through it. The recipe for these tofu tacos is from that cookbook. I have had great success in all the recipes I have tried and look forward to trying more from the cookbook. You can read more about my review here. And if healthier meals in 2016 is your goal, you might want to check this book out.

I did want to make a more V-day oriented recipe and post and while these tacos would be great any day, I had originally planned to do a more sweet (read chocolate) oriented post like . These eclairs that I posted on my instagram were my choice but I made a mistake with the choux dough and I did not get the right shape. They tasted great though and V and I have been chowing them down like crazy. Hopefully a few more tries and I will be able to post a recipe soon. Instead I am sharing these tofu tacos recipe today.

And if you are looking for some sweet ideas you can try these recipes:

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Pumpkin Cream Sauce with Linguine | The Novice Housewife

There’s lots to talk about today.

This pumpkin pasta for one, courtesy Eat.Feed.Love’s taste club box. The Eat.Feed.Love’s taste club box and an exclusive discount codeMy absence. Shutting down TPC. Moving to US. Moving to Dallas. 

My last post was from India; when I was still working on The Pink CakeBox, Chandigarh in India. Doing customized cakes. Then V got a job change and we decided that its best that I come back. You can read a little more about it here.

Its been a difficult decision. A lot of hard work went in establishing the business and it had finally started picking up with regular orders but with V’s MBA over and a new job for him in Dallas, it was time for me to move back. I do miss TPC- my clients, pushing myself to meet deadlines, pushing myself to get better with each order, the relief when an order was executed well and the joy when the positive feedback would come in the form of a call, message or a repeat order. Its been difficult letting all that go. But I will always cherish the last one year for what it was. There were a lot of struggles- countless sleepless nights working on an order, tense moments before getting the client’s feedback, tears cried over a cake that did not meet my expectation, frustrations over difficult clients and though at the time all of it made me feel like quitting- now when I look back I think it all added to the experience. And if given a chance I would love to do it all, all over again.

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