Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Avocado Mango Salad Recipe - Avocado Salsa

avocado salad

Avocado salad or avocado mango salsa is a quick salad which I make when avocados are in season.  This is a great filling salad and the mangoes gives an nice flavour along with the crunch of the onions. A must try recipe if you have the ingredients at hand.

This salad is a great luch option and if you are on the go and want to take it to work; just put in a mason jar and give it a shake before you have it.

You can check this salad in a jar recipe if you are looking for more filling salad recipes for lunch, the video recipe is down below.

Avocados are fruits and not vegetable and they have the most healthiest fat and they are high in fiber, potassium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, and they have a high concentration of mono-saturated fatty acids.

Avocados have healthy fats and cancer fighting anti-oxidants, 11 different carotenoids in avocado helps to fight heart diseases.

The highest concentration of these above mentioned compoounds are found just under the skin, the dark green portion and hence for this reason the portion just below the peel/skin is the most healthiest.

Avocados keeps you fuller for longer time and its a great option to have when you are trying to lose weight and need any more reason not to include it in your diet when they are in season?


Monday, September 26, 2016

Beetroot Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

beetroot breakfast smoothie

Healthy beetroot breakfast smoothie is another favourite breakfast option which I love these days and beets are the best option to beat fat!

Beetroot helps to burn fat ad helps in weight loss. They are low in calories and fat and a power house of vitamins and minerals. Beets are high in fibre and may help to lower cholesterol. Eating food with low calorie density will make you feel fuller for a long time.

The betacyanin in beets helps to remove toxins from your liver, decrease the risk of heart disease etc

Regular consumption of beet juice can help to lower your blood pressure levels.

Beetroot is also rich in folic acid which make it an excellent food to eat during pregnancy, but if you are pregnant you need to avoid the pineapple in this drink.

This smoothie is an excellent way to reduce post and pre pregnancy weight..

Its an excellent post work out drink and it boots metabolic rate.

Having this smoothie for breakfast not only helps to keep you fuller for a long time but will also help to lose weight and gives you a glowing and radiant skin.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Apple Chia Seeds Smoothie Recipe

Apple chia seeds smoothie with flaxseeds, cinnamon, and turmeric is a power packed anti-oxidant and protein rich breakfast smoothie and it will keep you fuller till lunch time. No snacking till lunch time means, you lose weight! and yes, this protein shake will help you to knock of those extra pounds especially the belly area.

So, I like to call this an instant belly fat burning smoothie and you got to try this for sure.

Chia seeds are one of the healthiest food on the planet and they are tiny seeds which provides sustainable energy. The best thing about them is that they are loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidents, and various micro nutrients.

Chia seeds and basil seeds (sabja seeds) are different.

Starting your day with a meal that contain chia seeds will help you to maintain a healthy weight as it will keep you fuller for a long time and thus prevents any snacking or binge eating.

Chia seeds absorbs water and they expand 10-12 times their original size...and become jelly like balls, so if you soak them in water they will expand and absorb the water. They do not have much flavor on their own and they have a slight crunch when you bite.

Now, I personally do not like whole chia seeds in my drink or smoothie and I do not fancy that light crunch also. So, what I do is I add this into my blender along with the other ingredients and blend it up. The result is that the drink will be come slightly thicker and I wont get to taste the chia seeds. But again, this is a personal choice. If you do like it, simply soak in water or orange juice and mix up with the apple smoothie - and Homey likes this way.

Apples are low in calories and full of fiber and nutrients they help to maintain blood sugar level and the low sodium content in apples can help prevent excess water re-tention.

Oranges are low in calorie sna is nutrient rich and they are extremely high in vitamin c, vitamin B1...did you know that this vitamin helps your body deal with stress? Orange are rich in antioxidents and gives a healthy & glowing skin.

Cinnamon suppress your appetite and keeps you feeling full.

Turmeric is a natural detoxifier and helps to clean your liver. It reduces inflammation and helps to lose weight too. To know more about turmeric pls check this post on TURMERIC.

Flaxseeds, these are my addiction, I just cannot do without them, they are full of fiber and helps in weight management.

Some Flax Seed Recipes:

Okay, now back to the apple chia seed smoothie, it is a great breakfast smoothie and it is very filling and full of fibre, nutrients and anti oxidant and the best thing is that apples are in season.

How to make apple chia seed smoothie video.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Golden Milk Recipe - How To Make Turmeric Milk - Haldi Doodh

how to make golden milk

Golden milk is popular in the West and it is nothing but our good old turmeric milk which is more commonly known as haldi doodh.  Turmeric for weight loss? Lose weight with turmeric? Turmeric is now the super food everybody is searching for. It seems starbucks starting selling it as "golden milk" and they even have golden milk latte and fraps!

Turmeric is one spice which we Indians cannot do with out and I am sure not a single Indian kitchen lives without it. We grew up on turmeric milk which our grannies used to say as "haldi doodh". And I know most of you may even have a faint memory of drinking it at one point in your childhood, especially if you live in India.

So what is the big thing about turmeric now? why is it suddenly on the health food shelves? why is turmeric the most search word on google?

Turmeric is referred as the "queen of spices" because of its many health benefits. It has been used in India for thousand of years as a remedy for cold and flus and is an active ingredient in Ayurvedic remedies.

It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is used to relieve swelling, joint pains and also has anti-bacterial properties when applied to small cuts and wounds.

Turmeric is a "natural detoxifier", it helps to detoxify the liver, helps to break down abdominal fat cells and helps in weight - loss, fights depression, prevents cancer, heart burn etc....

The main ingredient of turmeric is curcumin and it is very effective in relieving joint pain, muscle pain, swelling associated with various forms of arthritis.  Having turmeric will help to manage arthritis pain and stiffness.

Turmeric is 5-6 times stronger than vitamin C & E and hence it boost immune system.

Turmeric helps to melt stubborn belly fat by increasing the flow of bile in the stomach which helps to break down fat that cause you to gain weight.

Having said all the goodness, it is important to note that to get turmeric absorbed faster into the body you need to have a fat pinch of pepper along with it as pepper is one ingredient that helps to absorb the turmeric faster.

Check out my video on how to make golden milk a.k.a turmeric milk for more health benefits of turmeric and how to make turmeric milk at home.

If you are a regular reader, then you might have noticed that I always use turmeric in my curries and dishes and sometimes I even say that I add turmeric purely because of its health benefits.

Try to include this wonderful spice in your daily life and reap its benefits but make sure you use good quality turmeric.

Also, note that if you are making with fresh turmeric root then you need to boil it along with the milk for the curcumin to be activated. Turmeric powder gives more heat to the body than fresh ones.

So enjoy a glass of turmeric milk and sleep better and get good complexion.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Healthy Avocado Smoothie Recipe - Vegan Avocado Shake

vegan avocado smoothie
Avocado shake recipe, learn to make healthy avocado - pineapple smoothie with some super foods like tulsi (holy basil) and flaxseeds for your breakfast and it sure will keep you fuller for long and help to lose weight fast.

I like to make my breakfast smoothie packed with a variety of super foods. I like to add not only flaxseeds but turmeric, tulsi (holy basil), mint leaves, and fresh and frozen fruits. To get in some healthy greens in this smoothie, I used my garden fresh tulsi leaves and mint leaves as when it comes to greens I go strictly on the organic mode.

Pineapples and avocados are in season and I like to use seasonal fruits and veggies. Shakes with tulsi will give you the much needed antioxidants and if you are interested to know some of the health benefits of tulsi pls check the video below.

Coming to flax seeds, they are my go-to proteins for my smoothies and shakes, they are packed with omega 3 fatty acids and they make you feel fuller for long and a great addition to power up breakfast; and if by any chance you want to shed that extra pound then its high time you stock them up. If you are interested you can check the video on health benefits of flax seeds.

Turmeric: The ingredient which I am always addicted to be it in curries or smoothies or home remedies or face packs, turmeric, oh! I love thee!
I am sharing a video on the health benefits of turmeric.

Now coming back to the recipe; this smoothie is power packed with nutrients and its a must have breakfast recipe. I used frozen pineapple as it will help the smoothie get a creamy texture but thats entirely my personal preference.

Avocado is a fruit which contains more potassium than bananas and is high in heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, they are loaded with fiber and keeps you fuller and satiated for long.

Half avocado
3 dates
1 handful of fresh mint leaves
4 sprigs of tulsi/holy basil leaves
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/3 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tbsp flax seeds
Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Garnish with a sprig of mint leaves and serve.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bread Roll Recipe - How To Make Bread Potato Rolls - Kids Snacks Recipes

bread rolls

Bread roll recipe, veggies/potato stuffed bread rolls was first shared by me here on this blog, in 2011; and now after 5 years I am reposting again the same recipe with video tutorial.

5 years ago, I did not find bread rolls on the internet but now, its everywhere and on most blogs and on youtube. But, the thing I noticed on all those recipes was - bread was dipped in water! stop right there, you need to dip in milk and that makes all the difference.

As a child, I used to enjoy this as an after school snack and my kids did the same...its a kid pleaser snack and really easy and quick to make if you have some bread. So, try this easy snack recipe.

Video recipe - How to make bread rolls

Potatoes: 5
Carrots: 2
Oil: 1 tbsp
Jeera: 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
Ginger: 1 inch
Green chilli: 1
Kashmiri chilli powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric : 1/2 tsp
Garam masala: 3/4 tsp
Coriander leaves: As needed
Salt: 1 tsp
Bread: 11 slices
Milk: 1/4 cup

Pressure cook potatoes and carrots and when cooled down, mash it with a fork. Keep this aside.
Heat oil, add in jeera, curry leaves, ginger, green chilies.
Saute for a minute or two.
Add in Kashmiri chilli powder,  coriander powder, turmeric, and garam masala. Mix it well on low flame for 1 minute.
Add in the mashed carrots and potatoes, mix well for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves. Allow it to cool down.
Remove the sides of bread slices.
Dip each slice in milk and squeeze out the milk. Place one tbsp of filling in it and roll into round or oval shape.
Deep fry in oil. Serve immediately with tomato sauce.


Thursday, September 08, 2016

Dalia Pulao Recipe - Whole Wheat Veg Cheat Meal

dalia pulao recipe

Dalia pulao recipe, dailia or broken wheat pulao is something most of us grew up on. It is healthy and easy to make plus it is with whole wheat and that makes it super healthy and if you are trying to lose weight then, its a filling cheat meal for lunch or dinner.

So if you want a healthy and low calorie but filling meal try this dalia pulao. This is nothing fancy I made it just the way I make vegetable pulao which I had posted in 2012, nothing fancy! just a simple every day meal.

I have used very minimal oil and some veggies I had in hand.

Do check out my video recipe:

Dalia: 1 cupWater: 2 cupsOil: 1 1/2 tbspCarrot: 1 mediumHandful beans, choppedCapsicum: 1/2Tomato: 1Onion: 1Ginger: 1/2 inchgarlic: 4 clovesGreen chilies: 3-4------------Mustard seeds: 1/2 tspCurry leavesSalt as needed---------------Turmeric: 1/2 tspCoriander powder: 1 tspKashmiri chilli powder: 1 tspGaram masala: 1/2 tsp Coriander leaves as needed.
Wash and rinse 1 cup dalia and keep aside.
Heat oil in an iron pan and add in mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger, garlic, green chilies, and onion. Allow the onions to get transparent.
Add in the chopped veggies and mix well for 2 mins, add salt.
While that is getting ready, rinse and wash the dalia and keep it on a strainer and keep the water to boil.
Once the veggies are sauted add in the masala powders and mix well for a minute, to remove the raw flavour.
Add in the strained dalia and mix for 2-3 minutes. Add in the boiling hot water and simmer the flame and cover and cook for 5 mins. After 5 mins open the lid and mix and then cover again and switch off the flame, open the lid after 5 mins and serve hot.
More tips and suggestions on my youtube video, pls check it out.


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Cheesy Mushroom Sandwich Recipe - Kids Recipes

mushroom sandwich recipe

Cheesy mushroom sandwich is a quick and easy mushroom sandwich with cheese and believe this one is a kid pleaser and packed with the goodness of cheese and mushroom.

For the health conscious, you can use brown bread and reduce ghee. This is a great filling meal for kids school lunch box or as an after school snack. Including ghee in kids diet is a really good choice; but make sure you just do not go overboard.

Video recipe of mushroom sandwich:

Ingredients:Bread Slices: 4Mushrooms: 200gmsGhee as neededGreen chilies: 1/2 slicedCrushed pepper: 1/4 tspSalt to tasteCoriander leaves to garnishGarlic cloves: 2-3
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp Method:
Heat ghee in a kadai, add in the garlic cloves and allow it to turn light brown, add in  the chopped mushrooms and once the mushroom are heated, cover and cook the mushroom on low heat.
While the mushrooms are getting cooked, grate some cheese and keep aside. Spread ghee on bread and keep aside.
Once the mushroom is cooked add in turmeric, powder, green chilies, coriander leaves, pepper, salt. Saute this for 2 mins. Once it is done switch off the flame.
Toast the bread on an iron tawa and keep aside.
Place mushroom on the toasted bread and top it with some cheese and then toast it on both sides by pressing it down with a spatula as that helps the cheese to melt into the mushroom.
Remove to a plate and repeat the same.
Watch my video for more tips.

Other mushroom recipes:


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Smoothie Bowl Recipe - How To Make a Healthy Smoothie Bowl

tropical smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowl recipe - learn how to make a smoothie bowl. Never heard of them? then its high time you try this smoothie in a bowl topped with amazing tropical fruits...or should I name this tropical smoothie bowl?

Smoothie bowls are actually, pouring a thick smoothie into a bowl and topping it with fruits, nuts, protein powders. Smoothie bowls are amazing to look at and that makes healthy eating option more fun. This is definitely a show stopper and a great way to include healthy food in your family's diet.

I actually posted this smoothie bowl video on my youtube channel 2 months back and I am a little late in posting here. Smoothie bowl is something which is not seen or posted by bloggers from my country but since these days, "copying or inspiring" has become a fashion; I promise you will see more versions of this smoothie bowls in some of the popular blogs around; like it happened to my overnight oats recipe. If you haven't checked out my overnight oats, then you should right away!

Smoothie bowl video recipe

Note: This is a great breakfast smoothie and will keep you full and satiated till lunch time and a great way to lose some stubborn pounds :)
I used seasonal fruits.
I used 2 superfoods - matcha green tea & flax seeds.

Frozen mango: 1/2 cup
Frozen pineapple: 1/2 cup
Frozen banana: 1/2
Curd: 1/2 cup, low fat
Turmeric powder: 1/3 tsp (check video below for health benefits of turmeric)
Pomegranate, chopped jackfruit, chopped mango, macha green tea, flax seeds powder, and sliced almonds....
Blend all the ingredients under to blend.
Pour into a bowl and top it with 1 - 2 tbsp of chopped fruits and 1/2 tsp macha powder, 1 tbsp flax seeds powder.

Check out this video to know why I used turmeric in this smoothie bowl.

Health benefits of flaxseeds;


Monday, August 15, 2016

Mushroom Fried Rice Recipe - Kids Lunch Box Recipes

Mushroom fried rice is a power packed meal for kids lunch box and easy to make if you have some left over cooked rice. Kids love restaurant style food and this mushroom fried rice is a perfect homemade "restaurant style" mushroom fried rice.

I added veggies that were available in my fridge but you can add in green peas, cabbage, corn, broccoli etc. I mean try to make it as healthy as possible and protein packed.

Video recipe of mushroom fried rice.

Rice: 2 cups
Water: As needed
Salt: As needed.
Oil: 3 tbsp
Mushrooms: 200 gms
Soy sauce: 2 tsp
Green Chilli Sauce: 1 tbsp
White Vinegar: 1 tsp
Pepper: 1 1/2 tsp or as needed
Garlic: 6 cloves
Chopped Onion: 2 tbsp
Chopped Celery Stalks: 2 tbsp
Chopped Carrots: 3 tbsp
Chopped Beans: 3 tbsp
Chopped Capsicum: 2 tbsp
Spring Onion: 1 tbsp

Soak rice for 10 mins and wash and strain. Add it into a boiling pot of water, add salt. Once the rice is 3/4 cooked strain it and keep aside.
Heat another kadai or a pan with oil and add in the chopped mushrooms and salt and give it a stir. Once the mushroom starts to cook water will release out, cook until the water is completely dry. Add in soya sauce and crushed pepper and stir well. Remove this to a plate.
In the same kadai heat oil and add in chopped garlic. Once the garlic browns add in chopped onions and once it is light pale add in celery, chopped carrots, chopped beans and give it a mix. Add salt, pepper and milk well. 
Add in mushroom, stir well.
Add in soy sauce, white vinegar, and chopped capsicum. Mix Well.
Add in the cooked rice, mix well and serve.


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