International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women all around the world. It is also an opportunity to recognize the important women in your life and show them how much they mean to you. One of the best ways to show the women in your life how much you care is by preparing a special meal for them. Taking the time to create a delicious and memorable meal is sure to make any woman feel loved and appreciated. If you’re someone who isn’t a pro in the kitchen, don’t worry! Voltas Beko has got your back with its wide range of microwaves and refrigerators to help you in your cooking journey! Here are a few recipes that are perfect for making the women in your life feel special:
Breakfast: Breakfast in bed is always a great way to start the day, and this recipe for a Toasted Ravioli is sure to impress. With a crisp, golden brown ravioli, a fluffy egg base, marinara sauce, and a touch of Parmesan cheese, it’s a light and flavorful meal that’s easy to make and perfect for a morning.
#1 Recipe – Toasted Ravioli
1 pack of frozen cheese ravioli
1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of milk
1 jar marinara sauce
In a shallow dish, combine the Italian breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, dried basil, garlic powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk until well combined.
Dip each ravioli in the egg mixture and then coat it in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the breadcrumbs onto the ravioli to ensure that they stick.
Place the coated ravioli on a microwave-safe plate and spray them with cooking oil to ensure they get crispy.
Microwave the ravioli for 3 minutes on high power on your Voltas Beko microwave with a digital display that will help you check on your food while you spend time with your loved ones.
After 3 minutes, check to see if they are crispy and golden brown. If they need more time, continue microwaving in 30-second intervals until they are cooked to your desired level of crispiness.
Serve the toasted ravioli hot with your favourite marinara sauce for dipping.
Lunch: For a yummy lunch, try making this Paneer Kadhai Masala. With its spicy tomato-based gravy and tender paneer and bell peppers, it’s sure to be a hit at your next meal. So, give it a try and enjoy!
#2 Recipe – Paneer Kadhai Masala
250g frozen paneer, cut into bite-sized cubes
1 green bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp red chili powder
Salt, to taste
2 tbsp oil
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped, for garnish
Defrost the paneer using the Voltas Beko microwave which has an Active Defrost technology to ensure your food remains frost free and saves you the hassle of defrosting manually
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat oil on high power for 1 minute.
Add cumin seeds and heat for another 30 seconds, until they start to splutter.
Add chopped onions, ginger paste, and garlic paste. Mix well and microwave on high power for 3 minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes, coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well and microwave on high power for 5 minutes.
Add paneer and bell peppers. Mix well and microwave on high power for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the paneer is heated through.
Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve hot with rice or naan.
Dinner: For a more elaborate meal, try making this recipe for Pesto Chicken. It’s a classic and elegant dish that’s sure to impress. Serve it with some mashed potatoes and a side of roasted veggies for a complete and satisfying meal.
#3 Recipe – Pesto Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
¼ cup of Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons olives
For pesto sauce:
15-20 basil leaves
5 tablespoons peanuts
6-7 garlic pods
4 tablespoon olive oil
Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
In a separate bowl, mix together the pesto sauce and Parmesan cheese.
Spread the pesto mixture evenly over the chicken breasts.
Place the chicken breasts in a microwave-safe dish.
Cover with a single layer of thick paper towel and microwave on high for 7 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
How to make the pesto sauce:
Start by toasting the peanuts in the microwave over medium heat until they are lightly browned and fragrant. Be sure to keep an eye on them and stir frequently to avoid burning.
Next, combine the basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper in a blender. Pulse a few times to chop the ingredients together.
Slowly drizzle in the olive oil in the blender until the mixture is well combined and has a smooth consistency. Stop to scrape down the sides of the container as needed.
Add the toasted peanuts to the mixture and pulse a few more times until the nuts are incorporated and the sauce has a slightly chunky texture.
Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed with more salt, pepper, or cheese. If the sauce is too thick, you can add more olive oil to thin it out.
Dessert: No meal is complete without a sweet treat, and this recipe for Strawberry Mousse is the perfect way to end any meal. It’s a delicious, a dreamy, creamy, pretty in pink and indulgent dessert that’s easy to make and perfect for any occasion.
#4 Recipe – Strawberry Mousse
2 cups fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
1/4 cup sugar
1 envelope of unflavoured gelatine
2 tablespoons cold water
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a blender, puree the strawberries until smooth.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar and 1/4 cup of water and microwave for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves, and then microwave for another 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatine over 2 tablespoons of cold water and let it sit for a few minutes until it softens.
Add the gelatine mixture to the hot sugar syrup, and stir until the gelatine dissolves.
Add the strawberry puree to the gelatine mixture and stir until well combined.
Microwave the mixture on high for 30 seconds, and stir. Repeat until the mixture is hot and smooth.
Chill the mixture in the Voltas Beko refrigerator for 15-20 minutes, or until it begins to thicken. The NeoFrost™ Dual Cooling technology will ensure that your mousse remains fresh and intact by maintaining the correct temperature and humidity levels.
In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream and vanilla extract.
Gently fold the whipped cream into the strawberry mixture until well combined.
Pour the mixture into individual serving dishes, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until set.
Serve chilled, garnished with fresh strawberries or whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy your delicious strawberry mousse!
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