Veg Empanadas Recipe

Making a new recipe is becoming habit lately. ūüėČ ¬†I am trying to eat healthy, as long I end up making healthy recipe is good for family. I tried making Veg Empanadas for the first time. I had twist to an original recipe according to what was available in my pantry. I made lettuce wrap and wanted some protein to go as Main course.

What you need below for the recipe:

Ingredients: 1 cup black bean, 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper, 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1 cup finely chopped onions, 1 cup corn kernels, 2 tbsp Hot taco seasoning, 2 tbsp finely chopped jalapeno, 3 tbsp salsa sauce, salt, pepper, basil, oregano per taste, shredded cheese(optional, I did not add), puff pastry sheets.

  1. Cut the puff pastry sheet in the shape you like to make Empanadas. I just went with traditional triangle shape. Roll it to make it little bigger.
  2. Mix well all the ingredients except for the pastry sheets. Stuff the mixture in pastry sheet cutouts and seal the edges.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes on 375 F by turning the Empanadas half way.
  4. And its ready to enjoy. I always make mexican salad cum salsa to eat with this.
  5. For mexican salad, take 1 cup finely chopped fresh avocados, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1 tbsp finely chopped Jalapenos, 1 tbsp lime juice/orange juice fresh, salt and pepper per taste, 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup finely chopped onions.  I prepare this before prepping for Empanadas to let it sit and mix well. My hubby loves this salad to eat with chips or Empanadas as Chutney/ Salsa substitute.

Photos to be updated soon, thank you for visiting here. I hope your family likes the recipe.


Montessori at home by Mom- June 2016

This month, we have been dragged a lot to social visits and have not been doing a lot. But social visits does teach a toddler a lot of practical life skills. photos for the post, coming soon.

Language shelves: While coming back from friends house warming, we were stuck in a traffic and ended up playing lots of games. We played the game “Go figure- which letter”. Its very simple game. When I was young, ¬†I used to play with my cousins and friends on a rainy¬†day. Basically 2 or more players can play it. Player-1¬†writes some letter ¬†(words if older kids) on other player’s (player -2) back. Now player 2 has to figure out, what player 1 wrote. I made it simple for 3 years old one. I will write on her palm with my finger (no color, no pen) and she will guess what I tried to write. For each right guess, you get points and most points player wins. It was fun and my daughter was able to figure out 60% of letters like (“T”, “G”, “O”, “E”, etc)… I do not have Photo taken for this activity. ūüė¶ We also did injection painting , tape painting and puffy paint cards.


Math Shelves: We played with the beads and make bracelet and necklaces. It was fun sorting and organizing them back in its box while counting.We also have the books where toddler can practice writing numbers and letters that we take advantage of.

Cultural shelves: We did go to home depot to build Trophy at kids workshop for father’s day. We also visited NASA¬†in month of June with cousins from Chicago. We did go to Dallas to attend the baby shower and house warming.As it was my little one’s birth place as well, we did make a visit to temple, hospital (from outside) and old apartment.


Sensory Shelves: We did lots of sensory activities. build at kids work shop, beads necklace making, fishing in bath tub, pony rides, play with bunny and petting zoo animals. She also had cotton ball activity at school where they have to put tong balls from one bowl to other with help of special scoop. We are to visit LA in July and made puffy paint cards for all 5 cousins.

Practical life Shelves:We did receive a kid’s luggage bag for birthday from aunt and little one packed her own bag while visiting Dallas. She also carried it herself everywhere. We did play musical chair at house warming games and little one could not win. It was very hard to make her feel comfortable about loosing and learning from the process. She is going to meet 5 of her cousins in July and she will be learning sharing too. ¬†ūüôā Thank you for visiting my blog.


Vegetarian Lettuce Wrap Recipe

Thank you Becky, this post is dedicated to you! Another kind neighbor gave lettuce and tomatoes from her backyard, enough for 5 adults to eat veggie lettuce wrap. My husband took me to PF chang for the first mother’s day and he had me try veg lettuce wrap. It is one of the very healthy and filling ¬†recipe. I actually bought jicama to try for salad first time and a day later when I though I will have to stop by HEB to get lettuce to try this recipe, Becky pm’d. Perfect timing, you see! ¬†PF Chang uses water chestnuts to make this recipe crunchy but I thought of using Jicama and Bell pepper. This is indeed one of those quick recipe to try at week nights as well. Below is my recipe.

Ingredients: (for 5 adults)

Romaine & leaf lettuce, 2 cups Jicama (finely chopped), 1.5 cups Bell pepper (green, yellow, red, finely chopped), 1/2 cup Green garlic (from our backyard), 1 cup red onions(finely chopped, I wanted to use green onions as well), peanuts (coarsely chopped), 1/2 cup soy sauce, 2 tbsp Chinese chili sauce, 2 tbsp corn starch, 1/2 inch ginger grated, 1 cup Paneer finely chopped (Use Tofu).


  1. First I finely chopped all the veggies and paneer, keep it aside.
  2. Then, mix together soy sauce, corn starch, chili sauce and marinate all tofu (I used paneer, as I did not have tofu at home) for 5 minutes.
  3. Now put 1 tbsp oil in a WOK on a high flame, and add ginger paste. Then add red onions, garlic, bell peppers, jicama.
  4. Once its cooked for 5 minutes, add marinated paneer with all the sauce and cook it for 5 more minutes.
  5. Take the wok off the flame and add crushed peanuts on top. The filling is ready.
  6. Now serve with lettuce and chili sauce according to your style. Below are the photos from my kitchen.



Enjoy the most healthy salad recipe. Thank you for checking my recipe.