Vegetable Pizza

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Description :
Learn how to make a delicious pizza right from your home oven! Top it with anything and make this pizza your own wonderful creation!

Preparation Time :
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings :
2, 8-inch diameter pizzas

Ingredients :

1 pound (16 oz.) prepared pizza dough
1 teaspoon olive oil
flour for rolling surface


1 ½ cups prepared pasta/marinara sauce
¼ cup onion, sliced
¼ cup green bell pepper, sliced
1 green chilli
2 tbsp. chopped sundried tomatoes
2 tbsp. chopped olives
1½ tbsp. basil
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
salt and black pepper
1 tsp. dried oregano
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions :

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Halve the dough into two 8 oz. pieces. Flour rolling surface and roll dough into a round shape ¼ to ½ inch thick.

Place pizza dough rounds onto baking pans or pizza pans and lightly brush top with olive oil.
Bake for 15 minutes at 425 F until slightly brown.

Prepare toppings for pizza. Grate mozzarella cheese. Slice the onion and green bell peppers Chop the green chilli, sun dried tomatoes, and olives. Coarsely chop the basil.
Spread the tomato sauce in an even layer on top of the pizza crust. Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese. Top with your favorite toppings.

Note: If using meat, pre-cook the meat until it is almost cooked. Then place the meat slices on pizza to further cook in the oven.

Season the pizza with salt and pepper and dried oregano.
Bake for 20 minutes on 425 F until cheese has melted and vegetables have turned slightly golden brown.
Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder, or Parmesan cheese. (optional)


Vegetable Lasagna

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Description :
Enjoy this rich cheesy lasagna loaded with vegetables, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese. Featuring special guest, my cousin brother Puneet Gupta! 

Preparation Time :
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Servings :
6 – 8

Ingredients :

1 package lasagna pasta (about 15 strips) 
Pinch of salt
Boiling water
½ tablespoon oil

Vegetable Mixture:

2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 medium onions sliced
10-12 ounces package frozen spinach or ¾ – 1 cup fresh chopped spinach
10-12 ounces frozen vegetables or ¾ – 1 cup fresh chopped vegetables (broccoli, red peppers, mushrooms)
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 jars Marinara Sauce
16 oz shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
16 oz tub Ricotta cheese

Directions :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
If using frozen vegetables, thaw them well before cooking.

Cook the pasta in a large pot with boiling water and a pinch of salt. Boil for 10-15 minutes or according to the directions on the package until lasagna pasta is ready.

In a heated pan, put the olive oil and saute the onions until translucent and slightly brown. Add the frozen or fresh vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then, add the spinach and cook for another 3-5 minutes until all vegetables are well cooked. Add the 1 tablespoon oregano, salt, and pepper and mix well. Keep aside.

To assemble the lasagna, in a baking dish, layer the bottom with marinara sauce. Place the pasta strips side by side with little overlapping until the bottom of the dish is covered. Again layer with marina sauce and evenly spoon half of the vegetable mixture on top of the sauce. Spread one third of the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly on top of the vegetables.

Take the lasagna pasta strips and spread 2-3 tablespoons of the ricotta cheese on top. Cover one side of the lasagna strips, and cheese side face down, layer the strips side by side with a little overlap on top of the mozzarella cheese.

On top, layer with marinara sauce and on top of that evenly spoon the other half or rest of the vegetable mixture. Then add another layer of the mozzarella cheese and another layer of the lasagna pasta with the ricotta cheese. Lastly, top it off with the marinara sauce and the rest of the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with the 1 teaspoon of dried oregano.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil and put in the heated oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Feta Cheese and Potato Patties

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Description :
These delicious patties filled with potatoes and creamy feta cheese are full of flavor. Take a bite and watch them slowly melt in your mouth!

Preparation Time :
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Servings :
Makes 10 patties

Ingredients :
2 boiled potatoes
1 small red onion, chopped
2 ½ tablespoons feta cheese
1 teaspoon dill
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon oil for shaping patties
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions :

Methods for boiling potatoes:
1. Quarter potatoes and place in a Ziploc bag with 1 tablespoon water. Place in the microwave and heat on high for 6 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Remove skin.
2. Cut the potatoes in half and boil them in their skins in lightly salted water on the stovetop until soft.

When the potatoes are soft and warm, peel the skin. Place in a bowl and mash. Chop the onions and add to the potatoes. Then, add the dill, thyme, and rosemary. Crumble the feta cheese into the potatoes and mix well. (I bought herbed feta cheese that was already crumbled. You can buy whatever flavored feta cheese from your local grocery store.)
Add the lemon juice, egg, and season with salt and pepper. Feta cheese is already salty, so taste before adding the salt.

Stir well. Take about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and shape them into patties. Dip your fingers into olive oil for convenient shaping. Round the patties into balls then flatten them slightly. Keep making patties until the potato mixture is finished.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the patties until golden brown on each side. Each side should take 2-3 minutes to cook.

To serve, top it off especially with a chipotle cheddar sauce or some coriander green chutney. Serve hot and enjoy!