Monday, November 12, 2018

Vegetarian Options at Qdoba, Mexican Eats; Meatless Monday

At the outset let me tell you that this post has been sponsored by Qdoba. However, anyone who knows me can vouch for the authenticity of my review.
I also have to humbly acknowledge that in the 12+ years that I have been living in this country I have never been to Qdoba. I have been to Chipotle on multiple occasions over the years.. Hmm wonder why??? Simple.. I think in NYC Chipotle is ubiquitous and there are very few Qdoba locations.

So finally I went to their location on 188 Street, Fresh Meadows. I wanted something vegetarian. I asked the guy at the counter what are my vegetarian options and he told me : “ anything here. All you have to do is skip the meat!” I was thrilled!! I ordered my favorite: burrito bowl!! The very same thing that I order at Chipotle!! 

Qdoba has 3 kinds of queso ( cheese) with different spice levels! They have more sauce options and guess what the first scoop of guacamole is free!!
I also found all the ingredients to be fresh and was very low on sodium. Overall a very healthy, fulfilling meal!!

They also have other options apart from the Burrito Bowl. My kids shared a burrito. They chomped it down in record time!! They have the quintessential nachos , quesadillas, fajitas and tacos, all of them can be vegetarian!!

I would totally go visit Qdoba again!!

Here are some interesting facts about Qdoba:

Founded in 1995, QDOBA Mexican Eats got their start over two decades ago in Denver
- They have more than 700 restaurants across 47 states
- QDOBA’s prepares many of its menu items in-house, fresh every day:
o Guacamole is hand-smashed in-house every day
o Produce: Hand-sliced vegetables, like onions, garlic, tomatoes, parsley, bell
peppers, avocados, etc.
o Proteins: Grilled marinated steak and adobo chicken over an open flame –
something a lot of competitors don’t do
o Fajita Veggies: Hand-sliced onions and red and green bell peppers, seasoned and
seared in-house
o Pickled Jalapenos: Hand-sliced and pickled in our own citrus marinade
o Our guests won’t be charged extra for adding a single scoop of our beloved 3-
Cheese Queso or hand-smashed guacamole to any entrée
o Entrees include: tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, nachos, salads and
Loaded Tortilla Soup
o Every meal is 100% customizable
o Vegetarian options are available
- QDOBA Catering offers a customizable spread for any event or appetite. Choose from a
hot bar option or convenient boxed lunches. Pick up and delivery are available
- Yes, they have a rewards app! Download the QDOBA app in the iTunes App Store or
Google Play


Hope you get a chance to visit a your local QDOBA restaurant in the near future and build your own meal just the way you like it!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dry Fruit Phirni; quick version


Diwali is incomplete without desserts. You have to make something sweet to celebrate this very important Hindu Festival of Lights. That being said, time is an elusive commodity for me. I never have enough time to do everything that I want to do. You might have noticed that I haven't
been blogging of late. I have tons of pictures for recipes that I would like to post, but find it hard to find the time to write the post or watermark the pictures. On the flip side I guess I should be thankful
that I am blessed with the skills to be able to be of service to children and that my skills are recognized and are in demand all the time. So anyways, I wanted to put together something quick for my family. So I decided to make phirni using dry fruits, broken rice and  condensed milk!! I have to say it was quick, easy and super delicious! You don't have to use condensed milk, you can use regular milk too.

Here is my quick and easy recipe.

Servings: 4 ( serving size: 1/2 cup)


Broken rice: 1/2 cup
Mixed dry fruits: 1/2 cup, roasted in a drop of ghee.
Water: 2 cups
Condensed milk: 1 cup
Cardamom: 2 pods, deseeded and powdered.
Salt: a pinch


Boil the water in a saucepan. Add the broken rice to it and bring it to a boil. Summer and cook until the broken rice is nicely tender, about 10 mins. Add the condensed milk and simmer it for 3-4 mins. Add the cardamom powder and the roasted nuts.

Serve hot or cold!


Cooking made easy:

You can use regular rice or cooked rice to make this Phirni.

Tip for healthy living:

Often people indulge beyond the recommended serving size especially during festival season!! It is a good practice to be mindful of the serving size.

Food for thought:

Of all human activities, man's listening to God is the supreme act of his will and reasoning. Pope Paul VI