Hot Oatmeal Breakfast For Winter

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  • Hot oatmeal makes a really good breakfast in winter. It’s easy to make and you can dress it up so many different ways.
  • Here’s how i do it:
  • Cook oatmeal according to pkg direction which is simply boiling with water. I do on stove top. And yes, buy plain old-fashioned oatmeal.
  • Once cooked, add some nuts of your choice.
  • For sweetener, add chopped dates, figs, prunes, craisins  or raisins. Use 1 or 2 different things so that it gives different flavour every time.
  • You can also add some chopped apple when it’s almost cooked so that apple cooks little bit and add some cinnamon powder.
  • Bananas are too cold to use in winter so i avoid them in winter.
  • And it has good fiber too so it will help you stay regular too. You know what i mean. :-)
  • Enjoy this hot oatmeal breakfast and serve it to your guests too. No one will complain abt healthy yet yummy breakfast and oh it’s hot too.
  • Use some nice bowls to serve. How you present, matters too.
  • Enjoy !

Khajoor Pak For Winter

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  • Winter is considered a time to build health in Ayurveda. In india, different states, regions  all have their own “pak” to eat during winter. For example, gundarpak/gondpak, urdiyapak, methipak etc etc. All of them have some nuts, ghee and some warming flour, spices.  They all are heavy in calories and generally you eat 1 piece or laddu in the morning before heading out. So moderation is definitely there.
  • Am not a big fan of all these paks but i do enjoy this simple “date delicacy”. It’s low in fat , natural sugar and still good to keep you warm.
  • I learned this from a friend years back and have been making it every winter now. She makes it best though.
  • Recipe is pretty simple. Chop dates first. Heat ghee like 1 – 2 tbsp for 1 cup chopped dates. Add chopped dates and saute for 5 -6 mins. Dates will melt little bit.
  • Don’t saute too long else it will become hard. Switch of the stove and add broken or powdered nuts and cardamom powder.  I used walnut, pecans and almonds. 
  • Spread on buttered thali. Let it cool down and cut into pieces.
  • Will stay good on the counter for at least a month.
  • Enjoy one piece a day. Good for kids, adults everyone.
  • Stay warm and Enjoy !

Chickpea Soup

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  • Since greek bean soup was so good and so easy to make, had to make again.
  • Had some cooked chickpeas in freezer and thought it would be perfect. And yes, turned out so great that i had to share with you all.
  • Made it same way as previous greek bean soup, also added some ginger paste and pinch of red crushed pepper.
  • You can add some chopped potatoes, spinach or methi leaves will be good too. Like Salman Khan style in Big Boss,  i would say “add whatever you want man, but make it”.
  • You can have with roti too instead of bread, just keep soup little thicker and it will be little different kind of chickpea curry.
  • Winter is a good time to eat beans, celery , carrots so this soup is wonderful for winter.
  • People who are trying to include turmeric in diet, this soups are a wonderful way to add pinch of turmeric powder.
  • Enjoy !

Greek Bean Soup

 

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  • Since i read that navy beans are good for skin, have been wanting to cook them. 
  • Navy bean or any white bean soup is popular winter food in Greece according to my google research. There are a lot of recipes out there.
  • I used my indian way of cooking beans to save time. Soak beans first in water overnight and then pressure cooked with a small piece of ginger. Ginger to help with digestion.
  • Heat olive oil. Add chopped ginger, onion, carrot, celery and cook for 2-3 mins. 
  • Blend tomatoes in a blender and add puree now. Add water from beans or plain water. Cook for few mins again.
  • Add cooked beans and simmer for 5-10 mins so that all flavours mingle and veggies are cooked.
  • Garnish with parsley. You can serve with little olive oil on top.
  • Soup is really good and ppl who don’t like much spices, this is a mild soup.
  • Also made focaccia bread to go with it. There are many recipes online so find your favorite. I used half whole wheat and half all purpose flour. Focaccia bread is very easy to make and it’s quick too.
  • I pressured cooked beans and made bread dough so that it has time to rise before going out. And after returning, put the bread in the oven, made soup and it was all done in 30 mins. Instead of rolling rotis everyday, easy to bake bread.
  • Wholesome meal and left over will be perfect to pack for work lunch next day.
  • Try it out. You don’t need to be greek to enjoy this soup and in this age, all ingredients are available everywhere. Why stick with same kind of food everyday?  And restaurants don’t serve this kind of hearty meals.
  • Find your own way of making navy bean soup.
  • Enjoy !

Cheese Sandwich – Ayurvedic Way

 

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  • Most of the ppl love everything cheesy unless you are vegan. There will be few like me who are not much into cheese. But do you know that cheese and all dairy products are mucus forming?
  • There’s a spicy solution for it.  Surprised? Well, Add little spices or something pungent to balance it. That’s all.
  • All indian milk based dessert/sweet has little spice like cardamom to it. And that’s to balance out that mucus forming characteristic of dairy.
  • Alright, so here’s how i made my sandwich.
  • Heat little olive oil , add chopped garlic, onion, mushroom. Saute for few mins until little cooked. Add spinach and cook until spinach is wilted. Add salt at the end and some crushed pepper or black pepper if you like. Use any veggies you like.
  • You can also add some finely chopped jalapeno or any green chili if you like it really hot.
  • Put a slice of cheese, some of above veggie mix and roast. Veggie mix taste good on its own too. Left over you can eat as a salad.
  • Few chips, grapes and it makes a good  balanced meal.
  • If you love pizza, do same. Put some onion or any kind of pepper or crushed pepper to balance it out.Use spice, vegetable that suits you.
  • Enjoy !