This pasta salad is full of flavor from fresh tomatoes, roasted bell pepper and black olives. Tossed with an easy to make dressing, and fresh parsley and making use of whole wheat penne makes a quick and healthy lunch or is perfect to make ahead for a picnic or lunchbox.

Roasted bell pepper and black olive pasta salad

I don’t know if you have tried the TSRI’s pasta salad from the blog, but it’s one of my favorite pasta salads. This roasted bell pepper and black olive pasta salad recipe is adapted from that recipe and if you love pasta salads you will love this one.

Roasting bell pepper is one of my favorite things to do, so much so that I love to use it in my indian tomato based curries too. My homemade pasta sauce also uses roasted red bell pepper. The added flavor that roasted bell pepper imparts to a sauce, or salad is absolutely amazing.

Roasted bell pepper and black olive pasta salad

Roasted bell pepper and black olive pasta salad

Its really hot here in India. Hot and humid. We have got no rains so far, with the clouds teasing us almost every other day. Entering the kitchen to cook is something I dread, because I know I will come out feeling like taking a shower immediately. Recipes like this easy pasta salad where the only cooking involved is cooking the pasta, and the oven takes care of the roasting bit, are a welcome respite.

I have been thinking of starting a small herb garden. We do grow mint and for a brief period had successfully grown thyme and oregano too. In US, I had a flourishing basil plant and there was always more basil than I could use. Every time I make pasta or pizza, I tell myself I should grow basil, parsely, thyme at home instead of traveling 30 minutes for a small bunch of these herbs.

Using fresh herbs always makes a difference to your salads, or the sauces used in pastas and pizzas. I would recommend using fresh whenever you can.

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An easy yet delicious recipe for corn aloo tikki, or spicy corn and potato cutlets. These are vegetarian and perfect for entertaining.

Even though I have made this recipe for corn aloo tikkis a number of times now, I have never been able to photograph the tikkis and as a result it has taken so long to share the recipe with you guys. I am never left with any leftovers, even when I have doubled, tripled the recipe, since people love these corn aloo tikkis and every last tikki gets over before I can shoot them for the blog. I finally decided to make them only for the blog this time and well here we are today. These corn aloo tikkis are a crowd pleaser, and they will be a hit at your next party, I can guarantee that.

A tikki is basically what most people around the world call a cutlet. In India, we call it a tikki. So when I say corn aloo tikki I mean a cutlet made from corn and potatoes.

I adapted the recipe for these corn aloo tikkis from Sarah’s blog. You should check out her other recipes, she has a lovely collection of recipes.

There are a few things to keep in mind while making these.

Since I don’t add any corn flour to the mix, these do not deep fry well. Only shallow fry them in very little oil.

Also make sure that you refrigerate them and remove in batches, since these are best shallow fried when a little cold. This trick I learnt from a cook we had, who would always refrigerate the cutlets. He said that it helps in getting crunchy cutlets while cooking.

If you want to deep fry them add a little corn flour to the mix. I prefer my tikkis without corn flour, and the absence of it in these makes the corn and aloo tikkis just melt in your mouth when you eat them. And why they are such a hit with everyone.

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Copycat P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps | The Novice Housewife

So I wont bore you yet again with I have been busy and apologize yet again for being MIA. I think thats just been so overdone on the blog lately. So let’s get past that and let’s concentrate on today’s recipe.

Lettuce wraps.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

P.F Chang inspired chicken lettuce wraps.

Crazy easy to make and super delicious to eat. A great appetizer for parties or if you are trying to keep a check on your weight then the perfect meal. Plus, they are gluten free. You just have to make them. Like pronto. Even if you are a vegetarian, it shouldn’t stop you, because you can easily substitute the chicken for tofu. Been there, done that. So I can assure you it works. And works well.

Copycat P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps | The Novice Housewife

The sudden urge to make lettuce wraps came by the other day when I went to Kylin, Chandigarh and ordered us some chicken lettuce wraps. They were good and they brought back wonderful memories of the PF. Changs lettuce wraps I have had in Phoenix. And the copy cat tofu recipe I made to take a potluck so that V would have something vegetarian to eat. They were so good that the meat lovers also had quite a bit of V’s dinner of lettuce wraps. Luckily I had made enough for everyone.

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