Sweet Potato and Oat Pancakes!

So it has been an incredibly long time since I have been away from my beloved blog – over a year! I can’t believe how time has flown at all. But then again maybe I can, since I had a baby almost exactly one year ago and since then life has been, needless to say, a little hectic. ūüôā

I am excited to be back to blogging though, and with my little guy in the picture, my desire to cook has taken on a new dimension of making him fun, healthy vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I have been experimenting with different finger foods, soups, etc. that are packed with veggies and proteins but still flavorful enough that everyone in the family can enjoy.

My first recipe is inspired by the fact that Milan (my son), loves pancakes and I was watching an episode of the Kitchen recently where they were talking about how easy and fun it is to add oats to pretty much anything. To that end, I tried out a fairly quick and fast sweet potato pancakes recipe and much to my delight, Milan loves them! Fun fact: sweet potatoes were also his first solid food! I made a bunch of pancakes and stored them in the fridge for a quick breakfast go-to or  for him to eat as an additional snack during the day.

If you want to see a photo of my reason for the long absence, head over to the About Me page for a snap of my cutie.  I hope to be back soon with another kid and adult-approved recipe.

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Crispy Kale Chaat

If you have been to an Indian restaurant in Washington D.C., then you have seen either a “crispy spinach chaat” or “crispy kale chaat” on the menu. Its a twist on a popular Indian street food – chaat – which is basically a loose term for a collection of sweet/savory dishes that are usually found in roadside stalls in India (but is usually¬†found in restaurants both there and here all prettied up!). I think chaat is kind of hard to explain unless you have had it, since the flavors are a real explosion of sweet/salty/tangy/crispy all in one. I love it. Chaat nights where we just eat a bunch of different types of chaat is up there with my favorite meals of all time.

I tried to recreate the crispy kale chaat I love so much at a restaurant here called Bombay Club. I am not sure its as good as the restaurant version, but it does the trick for a unique appetizer thats not very hard to put together!

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Kale Salad with Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette

My lunch yesterday is in homage to my husband and I’s favorite salad at one of our go-to restaurants: Houston’s. We started going to Houston’s in NYC when we heard it had one of the world’s best veggie burgers. It is totally true. The veggie burger there rocks (but I do not love the waitress who told me that the amount of calories in it is practically equivalent to one of the steaks on the menu – she does NOT rock). Lucky for us since moving out of NY, we have found restaurants part of the Houston’s group in every city we have lived in (Hillstone in Boston and The Woodmont Grill in Bethesda).

Our most recent trip to Woodmont Grill had us splitting¬†a veggie burger for lunch and a kale salad. Best. Kale. Salad. Ever. It was drenched in this amazing peanut dressing and I devoured it faster than the veggie burger (which is like superhero fast because have I mentioned how much I love their veggie burger?). My husband was convinced we¬†could remake this salad at home pretty easily so after googling a million peanut dressing recipes, I am pretty happy with this version. Its very different than Houston’s in the end, but its pretty darn tasty! Its what I had for lunch yesterday and I have enough leftovers for another heaping serving today (yay!).

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