BLACK CHICKPEA FUSION SALAD(Lunch/Dinner)

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Hello world! I have something amazing to share with you today.

Today’s post is about my super yummy Black Chickpea Fusion Salad. Black chickpeas also known as Kaala Channas( in Hindi) are absolutely delicious and are a great source for protein.They are versatile hence you can add them in your curries/pastas/hummus/salads etc. A small bowl of these keeps you satiated and energetic and beats those hunger pangs right away!

TIME: 15-20 minutes

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of pre-boiled black chickpeas-Soak the chickpeas overnight or for minimum 6-8 hours and boil in pressure cooker till cooked.

1/2 cup broccoli-chopped(I prefer mine raw but you can steam/cook)

1/2 cup mushrooms-chopped(you can use the mushrooms of your choice)

1 tbsp white sesame seeds

1/2 cup tomatoes-chopped

2 tbsp lime juice

Salt(optional)

1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano/mixed herb seasoning

HOW TO PREPARE:

In a bowl mix all ingredients, except salt and lime juice. Put in fridge to chill for 1 hour. Add in the salt and lime juice and toss well. Serve chilled.

Perfect for hot summer lunches and dinners.You can pack these in jars and take for work or picnics. Try it and share it with your loved ones.

Enjoy

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DATE RUSKS (SNACK)

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Hey everyone. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

I love dates.I am always looking at ways to incorporate them in my diet.Β They are packed with vitamins and minerals that are great for the body and they taste absolutely delicious.This takes me to the recipe of the day: DATE RUSKS. Perfect for a light breakfast before your workout, a snack to-go or just to enjoy it with a cup of tea in the evening.It’s crunchy, sweet and yummy!

TIME: 1/2 hr to 35 mins

INGREDIENTS:

5 whole wheat/Rye rusks-I used store bought ones which I got from India. You can use any brand available to you.

1/2 cup dates-I used dried khudri dates, you can use any dried variety that you have.

1 dried red chilli-chopped

1 tbsp sesame seeds-white

8 cashew nuts-roughly chopped

2 tbsp peanuts-salted

1/2 tsp asafoetida

1/2 tsp brown sugar-Optional

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup water

HOW TO PREPARE:

Soak the dates in water for 15 minutes.

Take a non-stick pan, heat oil on medium flame. Add the asafoetida and the red chilli.

Add the sesame seeds, cashew nuts and the peanuts. Cook till they leave their fragrant aroma, so about 4 minutes.

Deseed the dates and add in the mixture.Add in the sugar. Mix well and saute till dates are mashed and mixed well. Add water and bring to boil.

Take the pan off the gas and let the mixture cool. In a grinder, blend the mixture to a thick and creamy spread-like consistency, adding water when needed.

Spread some on rusks and enjoy .Store the rest in an air-tight container to eat later. Yummy!

Try it and share it with your loved ones.Would love to know more ideas and suggestions down below.

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BAKED PEPPER BEANS(BREAKFAST)

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HELLO FOLKS. How’s it going ? Hope my recipes are making a change in your life πŸ˜‰

I particularly like my breakfasts sweet though occasionally I do like to change things up by opting for white bread sandwiches or baked beans on toast. So earlier I used to eat the ready made baked beans tin, which was filled with preservatives and was high on salt and sugar.This made me feel bloated, which ended up making me hate myself. I needed a better option!

This leads us to our recipe of the week BAKED PEPPER BEANS. This is a fresh, preservative-freeΒ and delicious way to enjoy the classic baked beans on toast for breakfast, which gives you the nutrition needed to start your day.It is a simple, quick and wholesome recipe. Great for you and your family.

TIME: 15 minutes

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cup pre-boiled Red Kidney Beans

2 Garlic Cloves- chopped

2 medium-sized Tomatoes-pureed

1 tsp Black pepper powder

1 tsp Dried Parsley

1 tsp Olive Oil

Salt (as required)

Water (a sprinkle)

HOW TO PREPARE:

In a pan add the olive oil on medium heat. Add in the chopped garlic, saute till the smell goes away.

Add in the pureed tomatoes , mix and cover the pan with a lid to cook the tomatoes for 3-4 minutes. Remove the lid, add in the salt, black pepper and beans.

Put on slow for a few minutes , add water to adjust consistency. Switch off the gas and garnish with parsley.

Serve with your choice of toast, i.e- Rye/whole wheat/Protein bread etc.

Personally I like it just as it is or maybe with some warm multi-grain bread.

Try it and share your love.

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SPROUTED RIBBON SALAD(LUNCH/DINNER)

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Good evening world πŸ™‚ How art thou?

Summers in Dubai are pretty intense, people often fall sick because of the heat plus food available outside at restaurants/cafes is usually heavy on the body to digest hence making matters worse.

I needed to eat something light and refreshing to combat the heat and its side effects on my body and mind, which takes us to the recipe of the day which is my super crunchy Sprouted Ribbon Salad. Easy to prepare and perfect for summer lunches and dinners πŸ™‚

TIME: 20 minutes

Serves 1 (Double the quantity for more)

INGREDIENTS:

1 Carrot- cut in slivers (use a potato peeler, it helps:) )

1 Cucumber-chopped in bite sized chunks

1 tbsp Black Olives- sliced

3 tbsp Mung/Moong Bean/Green Gram Sprouts-these are available in supermarkets, you just need to cook them for a few minutes if you want to remove the raw flavor or you can wash them and just toss them in the salad, tastes great anyway OR if you want to make them at home from scratch, check this outΒ How to get Moong/Mung/Green Gram Sprouts

1 tsp Mixed Herbs Seasoning

Salt (according to taste)

1 tsp Lemon/Lime juice

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take a deep bowl and toss all the ingredients except the seasoning, lemon and salt.

Keep to chill in the fridge. Just before serving add in the seasoning, lemon juice and salt. Mix well and serve. It is easy to pack therefore you can take these for work, picnics etc.

Colorful, nutritious and delicious.Yum!

Try it and do share it with your loved ones.

Would love to know your comments down below.

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SPICY RYE TOAST (SNACK/MUNCHIE TIME)

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Nutritious and healthy

 

Good afternoon to the world πŸ™‚Β Thank you so much for your wonderful likes, even if a single person’s life has improved through me, it would be pretty awesome πŸ™‚

I absolutely love snacks, so that included big bags of Cheetos, Lays, Cheez-its, you get the picture :D. These made me feel bloated also even after finishing bags of these, I used to still feel hungry. I couldn’t just give up on snacks to live healthier, which takes usΒ to the recipe of the day which is my Spicy Rye Toast. It is specifically created for those snack or just munchin’ times, when we need something easy, healthy and damn delicious πŸ™‚

TIME:5 minutes

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

2 slices of Rye Multi grain bread-I used RYVITA’s multi grain Rye crispbread, it has the crunchy and savory flavor that we need for this recipe, plus its nutritious.

1 tbsp Mustard sauce

2 tbsp Black Olives- washed and sliced

2 tbsp Jalapenos- chopped (you need not be brand specific, hence I used the regular store bought ones, which have a spicy and zesty flavor)

1 1/2 tsp Mixed Herb Seasoning

1 1/2 tsp Spring onions- chopped (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take the slices of the bread, lightly warm them on a pan or even in the microwave, not very hot.

Spread the mustard sauce evenly on both the slices. Add in the jalapenos, top up the olives and generously sprinkle in the herb seasoning. You can add in the spring onions before the seasoning, if you’d like to bring in the color and texture. Enjoy and kiss the munchie cravings buh-bye!

You can take these with you for work, you can also make small canapes out of these for kids to enjoy. It goes great with your afternoon tea or even some yogurt.

Try it and do share it with your loved ones.

Would love to know your comments down below.

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Lunch/Dinner: ‘DEVILLED’ EGGS!

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Goodmorning! So today I am going to share with you,

my version of Devilled eggs. Simple, spicy and delicious πŸ™‚

Eggs are a good source of protein, hence adding them in your diet is truly beneficial.Β I personally like hard-boiled eggs,

as they are very satisfying, whether you may like them for Lunch or Dinner.

Did I mention how EASY they are to prepare πŸ™‚

Also being a lover of spicy food, makes it a little difficult for me to just eat eggs plain or just with pepper and salt. Hence, I ‘Devilled’ things up a little it.

Time: 20 mins.

Ingredients:

Eggs- 2 hard-boiled and their shells removed to cool down.

Jalapenos- 7-8 slices, roughly chopped.

Dried Oregano- 1/4 teaspoon

Black Pepper- a pinch

Salt- optional

How to prepare:

Slice both the eggs into bite-sized pieces (so around 4-6 pieces).

Add the oregano.

Sprinkle the black pepper.

Finally, add the chopped jalapenos and serve.

Enjoy the crunchiness and zestiness of the jalapenos, with the extra kick of the black pepper.

Hope you like it.

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Hello world!

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I have always been curious and excited about advertising, so much that I went forward and completed my Diploma in it.

I love analyzing advertisements. may they be print, TV or radio or any other Below the Line form. If there is a profession where you get to analyze adverts of any category, I would love to be a part of it.

Analyzing in terms of who the target audience might be for this particular advert, whether it is engaging/interactive. The impact or the curiosity it generates to the viewer of that ad, regardless of whether they are the target audience or not. The simplicity of the idea or the clarity of the message, is what really intrigues me.

The ads that have made me look twice, flip the page or have had my attention for more than 10 seconds, are the ones that I would mention here.

If there are any suggestions or maybe you might have a different perception to that ad, please do share. I would be happy to know.

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