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Last week there was a parcel at my doorstep and.... wondering what it would be, i picked up the package and found that it was from Foodbuzz (as a part of the taste maker programme with Nature's Pride bread)
It consisted of - a loaf of 12 Grain bread and a loaf of Whole wheat bread. I tried lot of recipes using these breads like sandwiches, crispy and spicy cuts with veggies and bread balls. These really are, a hit on the table! We simply loved it! As the name says, Nature's Pride breads are made with some of the finest natural ingredients and to be specific the whole wheat bread was just awesome! Never hesitate to try those varieties.

Coming to the recipe,

Bread Balls

Ingredients:
  • Nature's Pride whole wheat bread - 8 slices
  • Spinach - 1 cup chopped
  • Onions - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Jalapenos - 2 tsp, finely chopped
  • Pepper - a dash
  • Oregano - a dash
  • Crushed red peppers - if preferred, to taste ( just in case if u want it little spicy)
  • Mozzarella cheese - 4 oz shredded
  • Corn flour - 1 tbsp, made into a paste with little water
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - for frying
How to make it:

In a bowl, add spinach, onions, jalapenos, pepper, oregano, crushed red peppers and salt. Mix well. Remove the ends of the bread slices (save it for making bread crumbs). Dip the bread in a bowl of water and squeeze the water by keeping the bread between your palms. Now you have it in the consistency of a dough. Keep some spinach and cheese mixture in the center and cover it with the bread and make into balls. Dip in corn flour and deep fry in oil until it turns light brown. Shallow frying or baking is also a good option.
Serve hot with a sauce. I served with a chunky salsa, it was tasting wonderful!

Salsa

Ingredients:
  • Hunt's fire roasted diced tomatoes - 1/2 can
  • Onion - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Bell pepper - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Jalapeno - 1, finely chopped
  • Taco seasoning - 1/2 tsp
  • Lime juice - 1 tsp
  • Cilantro - 2 tbsp, chopped and to garnish
  • Salt - as required
How to make it:

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan, add bell peppers, jalapenos and onions and fry well. Let it cool. In a blender or food processor, add the fried peppers and onions, taco seasoning, salt, cilantro and half of the tomatoes. Pulse for just 2 or 3 times. Take onto a bowl. Add the remaining tomatoes and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with cilantro.



Veggies 'n Rice

Ingredients:
  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Onions - 1, finely chopped
  • Bell pepper - 1/2 cup, chopped lengthwise
  • Carrots,Beans, Peas - 1/2 cup chopped
  • Tomato paste - 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • Jalapenos - 1, finely chopped
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Saffron - 1 big pinch
  • Salt - as required
  • Cilantro - to garnish
  • Mint - to garnish, if preferred
  • Oil - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Water - required for cooking 1 cup rice (depends on the rice used)
How to make it:

Heat oil in a heavy bottom non-stick pan (the one with lid), add bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon. When it sizzles, add garlic, onions and jalapenos. Fry until onion becomes translucent. Add bell peppers, carrots, beans and peas. Add the tomato paste and saute. Now add rice and fry for a while. Add water and salt. Bring it to a boil. Add the saffron. Cover with lid and simmer heat for about 15 minutes or until done. Open the lid, mix it well. Garnish with cilantro and mint and close with the lid. Let it stand until serving.



This is the platter i served over the weekend. A happy and complete meal! Moreover its 100% vegetarian!

Baked bread with veggies

Ingredients:
  • Bread - 6 slices (3 nos. Nature's Pride 12 grain bread and 3 nos. Nature's pride Whole wheat bread)
  • Onion - 1, chopped
  • Bell peppers - 1 cup, chopped
  • Ginger - 1 tsp, shredded
  • Tomato paste - 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Green chilli - 1 , slit
  • Crushed red pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Cilantro - to garnish
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Butter - 1 tbsp plus to spread
  • Salt - to taste
How to make it:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread butter on both sides of the bread. Cut into pieces. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Heat oil and butter in a pan, add fennel and cumin. When it sizzles, add onions, ginger and green chilli. Fry until onion becomes translucent. Add the bell peppers and saute until it gets half cooked. Add tomato paste, turmeric powder, red peppers, garam masala and salt. Saute well. Add the baked bread pieces and mix well until it gets nicely coated. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with tomato sauce.



20 Responses
  1. i love all the dishes... favorite was the bread with veggies. Looks great !


  2. vidhas Says:

    Lovley spread of mouthwatering dishes. sounds yum! come and collect your award!!


  3. Priya Says:

    U r back with a bang Anu...Lovely spread of delicious bread dishes..everythinglooks fabulous and fantastic..


  4. Valarmathi Says:

    Wow Anu, lovely spread, tempting pics looks mouthwatering.


  5. miss v Says:

    bread balls, eh? i really think that sounds nice and filling for the chillier weather we're having.


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  7. Laavanya Says:

    The bread balls look perfect and I like the other dishes too... the baked one with veggies looks great.


  8. n33ma Says:

    welcome back anu.I loved the first photo especially the background.The first recipe can we bake instead of frying.


  9. Sireesha Says:

    Lovely luscious and scrumptious dishes:)


  10. We love bread dishes.. in any form... but vegetarian....
    This one is something new... n nice:)


  11. Cham Says:

    Bread balls are quiet interesting! Should be great with rice!


  12. loved all these delicious dishes with bread...wonderful click too..got a nice blog anu,keep it going....


  13. woww...wonderful snaps dear..im a new comer here..i think i missed so many posts... :)


  14. lata raja Says:

    you certainly got creative with the breads. Loved the bread balls with salsa particularly. Had bought some wheat bread, I can try some I guess.


  15. Malar Gandhi Says:

    Love these yummies...bread balls...how creative, nice way to have them.



  16. All the dishes looks delicious and also luved the way you presented it:).


  17. lissie Says:

    loved the bread balls and baked bread with veggies... delicious dishes!



  18. n33ma Says:

    You have made the bread look a lot more interesting to me!