Craving Sweet?

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  • We all crave something sweet once in  a while which is normal.  But if craving is all the time, then of course you need to improve your diet.
  • Date is naturally sweet and satisfy sweet craving without guilt. 2 or 3 and you will be done.
  • Sometimes i stuff almond in the middle and eat. Very tasty.
  • Dates will give some nutritional benefits too. Added bonus .
  • Enjoy !

Dehydrating Figs – An Experiment

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  • Last year, i had given some figs to my friend for her dad since he loves gardening and always experimenting.  He took figs with him to his home all the way  in florida and i was surprised that he didn’t eat them right away. But later i got email from him saying he dehydrated them. So dehydrating figs stayed on my mind.
  • I was planning to dehydrate at some point this year and few days back when it was really hot, i thought why not put them out in sun? After all, that’s how ppl used to dehydrate things. But figs stayed fine 1 day but next day ants found them. End of sun drying experiment. May be i will try again.
  • Went and bought dehydrator. I left cut figs for around 14-15 hrs and they were done in the morning. I wasn’t pleased with the look and thought this is useless.
  • But  popped 1 in mouth and was amazed , it was so good.  Obviously all of them gone. I tried only few but i will put more tonight.
  • You can dehydrate lot of things but i am gonna try to make some banana chips and potato chips. I think they will turn out good and no oil needed.
  • Alright, so you all must be thinking am crazy to take all this trouble. But it’s all abt experimenting and learning new things. And the joy it brings is totally worth it.
  • Now i can say been there, done that.
  • If you have something that you want to try but have lot of excuses not to try..then stop thinking and go for it.
  • When i had gone for my first yoga class years back, i never knew it will open thousand new worlds to me.
  • Have fun experimenting new things.

Few Beetroot Ideas

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  • As we know beetroot has many benefits but  sometimes ppl are put off by its color or taste. It is sweet with earthy flavour.
  • There are so many ways you can include beetroot in your diet.    Here’s some of my ideas:
  • Boil or roast and add little salt, fresh lemon juice. Good side dish or in salad.
  • Make chutney like i did in picture with coconut, boiled beet root and green chilies. Add seasoning of mustard seeds, curry leaves. You can also add little lemon juice or tamarind for tangy flavour. You can have with dosa, idly or on the side with roti, curry. Chutney turned out good.
  • Pink Rice: Add shredded raw beet to rice while cooking and you will have colorful, nutritious rice.  Cumin seeds seasoning will make it extra yummy.
  • I had beetroot curry at local indian place and it was good so i make it once in a while. Chop beet root in tiny pieces. They are really tiny. Heat oil, season with mustard seeds, urad dal, green chilies, curry leaves and add chopped beet root, salt.  I don’t remember adding any other spices. Add water if needed and cook until done.. You can garnish with some shredded coconut. It makes a nice side dish.
  • You can make carrot and beetroot juice. For 1 glass, it should be  3 part carrot and 1 part beet root since beet root is very strong.
  • Beet root raita is also good. You can add boiled beet root pieces to yogurt or shredded raw beetroot to yogurt. Add roasted cumin powder, salt. Simple !
  • I had once included it in banana bread too. :-)
  • Beetroot is hard to peel and chop so i prefer to boil in pressure cooker first and then skin comes off easily and easy to chop too.
  • Find a way to include beet root in your diet. You can always invent your own recipes and copy right it. :-)
  • Have fun with beetroot !

How To Reap Ginger Benefits

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  • Ginger is widely used for upset stomach and nausea. There are other benefits too we keep reading now a days.
  • Ginger is used in India for everyday cooking but you don’t need to cook indian food just to use ginger.
  • Use fresh ginger root to reap benefits. It stays good for at least a month in fridge.
  • Here’s few of my ideas to use:
  • If you make soup, add some shredded ginger into it while soup is boiling. Start with 1/2 tsp and then adjust depending on your taste. It will help with digestion and will give a good flavour too.
  • If you cook your beans at home, add a little piece of ginger while cooking it. Same benefits as above.
  • If you saute vegetable or anything else, then you can saute shredded ginger in oil for 15-20 seconds. It will flavour your oil.
  • Ginger Tea: Boil a cup of water  with shredded ginger. Strain and you can add little good quality honey if you like.
  • In india, when someone is  suffering from indigestion, this is what they do. Cut small pieces of ginger, add some salt and fresh lemon juice. Eat one piece 3o mins before meal. It will help with digestion. Store rest in fridge. Will stay good for few days.
  • There are many more…but i will stop here. Hope you got the idea.
  • You can buy small shredder at dollar store to shredd ginger. I have one to make ginger tea.
  • Enjoy ginger and you will not have digestion problem.

Yogurt With Local Honey

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  • I found local honey at farmer’s stand. Local honey from within 100 miles is really good and has a lot of benefits. It helps in allergy too.
  • If you keep your eyes open,  you find all treasures on the way, right?
  • Homemade yogurt is another good thing. It is full of good bacteria. If you don’t know how to make yogurt at home, ask indians around you. We always make at home. It’s very simple.
  • Combine this 2 and you end up with yummy greek dessert. Yogurt with honey and walnut is popular greek dessert. 
  • If you remove whey/water from yogurt, it’s greek yogurt. I didn’t do that extra step but you can do if you like. It will be like “Shrikhand”.
  • Simple yet yummy and you can have for breakfast too.
  • Warning: Never give honey to infant less than a year old.