Green Thali – Slow and Steady

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  • We all try to eat healthy and after few days, it becomes boring. Sometimes we over do on healthy stuff for whatever reason, and fails. Instead, as most of us have heard the story of rabbit and tortoise where slow and steady tortoise wins,We should implement the same concept in our diet.
  • Have something healthy on the side with each meal. I know we all know it, but we still need to remind ourself again and again. And with this post, am reminding myself too.
  • When you have limited food and can’t go out in snow, be creative. I came up with this multi grain mustard green puda and they turned out great. Used wheat, besan and jowar flour. Add spices, salt, little (1 or 2 tsp) yogurt, chopped onion and mustard green. Make it regular way.
  • On the side, steamed broccoli and avocado sprinkled with salt and lemon juice.
  • Doesn’t it look nice too ? You can make a rainbow side dish  or have 3 colors  or pick different color everyday. Make it fun and interesting.
  • Enjoy !

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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  • How is the winter going on for everyone? It’s been freezing here and seems my brain has frozen too. 
  • Since it’s cold, we tend to keep munching on something or sipping tea more oftern. Other day i made sweet potato fries for the 1st time and it was quick and easy. Something nice to munch on and sweet potato has good nutrition too when you make fresh at home.
  • I used indian sweet potato but you can use any.Peel, cut into thin long slices, add salt ,chilli powder and just a little oil. Mix everything well.
  • If you have toaster oven, it’s easy. Line baking sheet with foil paper and oil foil paper. Spread your fries on a single layer.
  • Bake at 375F for 20 -25 mins until done. After 10 mins, flip them once.
  • Mine didn’t come out crispy but it still tasted good with ketchup.
  • Try it when you are stuck at home in cold weather.
  • Do you know food taste slightly different when you cut them in a different shape? Depending on how you cut it, it releases energy different way.
  • It’s like depending on how life cuts you, our different flavours come out too. Isn’t it? Think abt it.
  • Enjoy!

Vibrational Cooking – Steamed Asparagus

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  • You know spring is around the corner when Asparagus starts showing up at stores on sale. Y’day i found a bunch on sale and they looked fresh so of course had to buy them.
  • I was surprised to read some of the benefits of asparagus. There’s always something new you learn.
  • First i tried to roast them in oven, and it turned out good but tip of asparagus was burned since it’s so thin.
  • Then i steamed it today and it turned out good and taste was good too. Steaming retains most of the vitamins too. You can see i already chew some sticks before taking picture.
  • It takes only 3-4 mins to steam. I didn’t add any flavouring to it. It was nice on its own. But you can add some lemon juice. Skip salt.
  • Try it out this spring. You won’t be disappointed. It makes a nice quick  side dish.
  • And yes, you can chop half to 1 inch of bottom which is very fibrous. And rest keep it whole so you don’t lose all nutrition. If you have to cut it, cut it after it’s done.
  • Enjoy !

Vibrational cooking – Steamed Vegetables

 

 

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  • Most of the indian cooking involve too much cooking of vegetables and it loses nutrition. Steamed cooking retains most of the nutrition and seems to be recommended way of cooking everywhere. Other good way is to roast vegetables.
  • So finally i bought steam basket. And to my surprise, it’s very quick to steam and vegetables tasted so good. Carrot never tasted this sweet. If you have never tried, must try.
  • Here’s what i did: Put some water in a pot and arrange your steam basket.. You need very little depending on your vegetables. I added hardly 1/4 th cup.
  • Once water boils, add your cut vegetables. Close the lid and let it steam.I did cauliflower, broccoli , carrots and some green pepper. You can add some greens too. I will try that next.
  • These vegetables took hardly 3-4 mins to cook. They look very vibrant once done.
  • Vegetables should have little crunch to it. Do not over cook again. :-)
  • Once done, i added little salt and lemon juice. You can add black pepper if you like.
  • You can add some avocado, tomatoes too after vegetables are done.
  • With a side of brown rice, it was too good. You can have as a side dish too with your regular meal and you will get some nutrition.
  • Try it out. It’s really good and doesn’t taste all blah like what most of us think .
  • Enjoy !

Quinoa Chickpea Tikki/Burger

 

 

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  • This is for all quinoa lovers or who is trying to include quinoa in the diet. People who doesn’t know yet, quinoa is a good protein source, has complete protein meaning it has all 9 amino acids. Enough of technical knowledge, isn’t it?
  • Recipe is simple as usual. Saute onion, garlic , green chilli in your choice of oil for a min or 2. Add some cooked corn, chickpeas, cooked quinoa, few torn bread. For 1 cup corn, 1 cup chickpeas, 3/4th cup quinoa,  used 2 bread slices. Add some crushed red pepper, garam masala, chat masala or lemon juice, salt. Use whatever spices you like.
  • Mash everything with potato masher or process in food processor. Add some chopped coriander leaves or parsley.
  • Make tikkis from it, cover with bread crumbs and shallow fry.
  • You can have it a snack with ketchup, chutney or you can use it as a burger and assemble a burger using tomato, onion, lettuce.
  • It’s very filling and of course delicious. Mixture on its own also tasted very good.
  • Enjoy !