NUTTER BUTTER NICE-CREAM (SUMMER DESSERT)

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Hello, lovely people.

Ramadan Kareem to everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well, even in this heat (The Summers in Dubai are on another level altogether)

With Ramadan going on, it is going to be really hard to maintain the weight (I hear ya!) Delicious and scrumptious iftar dinners and parties, inclusive of succulent biryanis and divine baklava cheesecakes and puddings and more, much more. Then there is Eid coming up- Need I say more πŸ˜€

So making a few small changes here and there could really Β make a huge difference to our health and well-being and not put us in the negative spiral of food guilt.

This brings us to our RECIPE OF THE WEEK. NUTTER BUTTER NICE-CREAM. This quick and extremely easy dessert, satisfies the sweet tooth as well as the heart and you can eat it everyday without any guilt! Awesome or awesome? πŸ™‚

So let’s Β begin.

TOTAL TIME TO PREPARE: 1 1/2 hr.

Makes 1 box.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Frozen Banana

1 Frozen Pear-chopped

2 tbsp Organic Peanut Butter( You can make them at home, before hand, like the way I did in the images above, or you can also use the organic store bought variety, still tastes great)

2tbsp Organic Almond Butter

1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Handful of Golden raisins

2 tsp Yoghurt

A medium sized rectangle box to store in.

HOW TO PREPARE:

Add in all the ingredients in a blender, except the raisins. Add only a handful of chocolate chips not all.

Blend really well, it would take some time. When you see a good creamy texture, that’s when its ready.

Pour the nice-cream in the box, add in the chocolate chips and raisins. Put it in the freezer.

Just before serving, remove it out for a few minutes for it to soften a bit. Enjoy with family and friends.

You can add in some creamy wafer biscuits or chocolate biscuit rolls for some crunch or even some nuts like walnuts or almonds.

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MACCOLI (LUNCH/DINNER)

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Hello wonderful people! May I say I am pleased to meet you in 2017 πŸ™‚

A new year filled with new possibilities, new chances and new outcomes. How many of you have made new year’s resolutions ? How many of you are STILL being able to follow them? If you are, kudos to you, you are very strong ! Me on the other hand, just like the others, gave up on the last day of the first week. (I am guilty but not charged -_-)

All is not lost my friends! Let us not give up, let us get stronger. The fact that we realise that maybe we are falling back to our old self,is a great start to something different. We just have to take a step back, look at our actions and distractions and make the necessary changes accordingly.

Trust me I am at that stage myself, fighting every second to make the better choice. For me it involves, eating healthier, fighting fear and anxiety , motivating myself to make choices that scream self-love and self-respect. What does it involve for you? πŸ™‚

On that exciting note, let me present to you our first food post of 2017 YAY!!Β 

MACCOLI. It is a quirky name, I know. πŸ˜€ It is whole wheat delicious macaroni with spicy broccoli and garlic sauce on the side. Yummy, comfort food for the sort-of cold weather we have here in Dubai, with a little fiery kick. So here we go.

Serves 1

TIME TO PREPARE:

15 mins.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Whole Wheat Macaroni-cooked (You can use the brand that is easily available to you)

3/4 cup Broccoli-chopped into small florets (You can eat them raw or steamed- I used raw for a good crunch).

1 tbsp Dried Parsley

1/2 cup Jalapeno Chili-chopped

3/4 cup Black Olives-sliced

1 big tbsp Fresh Garlic Sauce-I bought it fresh from Spinneys’ supermarket. Point is it needs to be fresh, not the pre-packaged ones.

Salt(Optional)

A squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice(Optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Once the macaroni is cooked. Strain it and keep aside. Let it cool for a few moments.

Take a bowl, add in all the ingredients including the macaroni.

Mix well and serve. Enjoy!

Great for lunches and dinners with family. Absolutely perfect for work.Just prepare it a night before or even in the morning and take it with you in a pretty lunch box or a grown-up bento box.Love those! Β Happy 2017 once again!

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P.S-Credit for second image-http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/images/i-pasta-elbow.jpg

CHICK BITES (Snack)

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Good afternoon everyone! Hope everyone is doing wonderful, if not then don’t worry it will get better πŸ™‚

As the weather is FINALLY changing a little bit here in Dubai, I am sure you will understand my cravings for some hot comfort food.Cooler weather means hotter food. Nothing better than some deep-fried pakoras or chicken popcorn or just the good old jalapeno poppers, right? I know I understand.

However we all know the harm that does to our body inside and out. Transfatty oil clogging up our arteries.You know, most of the deep-fried vegetarian food that I come across has potato as its base and there is no nutrition in that. That is why I let my creative juices on intense mode and came up with our recipe of the week, my CHICK BITES (quirky name I know πŸ˜€ )

They are mildly spiced chickpea & veggie fritters. Nutrition check, Craving check, absolute deliciousness check check.It is deep-fried but you can also bake them. Still great and yummy. You can add these to salads or sides to your main meals or just snack on them when those ‘munchie cravings‘ arise.

Makes 10-12 pieces.

TIME: 1 hr

INGREDIENTS:

1 can Chickpeas-wash them thoroughly

1/2 cup Carrots-grated

1 big tsp Garlic powder

1 big tsp Cayenne Pepper powder

1 tbsp Dried Parsley- you can use fresh if you have

2 tbsp Cornflour

1 clove Garlic-chopped

Coconut Oil for deep-frying

Salt(optional)

Indian Chaat Masala(optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take a deep bowl and add in all the ingredients, except the chaat masala and oil.

Mash and mix well. Heat the oil for deep-frying on the side.

Take a little oil in hands and make balls, keep aside.(See image reference)

Make sure the oil is hot enough by adding a piece of the batter and see if it cooks. Deep-fry the chickpea bites till golden brown in color. Soak excess oil on tissue paper.

If you want to bake them, pre-heat the oven for 15 mins. Add in a little oil on the tray, add in the balls. Bake at 180 deg. for 30 mins. or till it turns golden brown. Once you start seeing the top getting colored, flip them on the bottom, so even that gets cooked.*Every oven is different.

For an Indian twist, sprinkle a little chaat masala before serving.

Serve with sauce of your choice. I love garlic so I ate it with some garlic mayo, you could also try sweet chili sauce.

You can add these Chick Bites to your salads,add them to wholewheat bread sandwiches, serve them as sides to your mains or just munch on them as tea-time snacks. You can take them to work, get-togethers or even for school as tiffin treats. Enjoy them with your family and friends.

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BABY LETTUCE WRAPS

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Hey everybody! Happy Halloween!

I have never celebrated it, though I would love to someday. Till then cheers to some trick or treating happening around the world πŸ˜€

Hope everyone is doing great.

So todays’ food post is our BABY LETTUCE WRAPS. It is this incredibly healthy and extremely delicious finger food or party food as they call it πŸ˜‰ . Considering it is still summer, here in Dubai, it is Β a light and refreshing appetizer. Did I mention that it is also really easy to make ? Well.. Yeah it is! πŸ™‚ So let us begin.

Serves 1( 5 pieces)

TIME: 10 mins.

INGREDIENTS:

Green Lettuce: washed and cut to 1 1/2 inch pieces

1/4 cup Red Kidney Beans: (you can use the ones available in tins, you just need to wash them thoroughly)

1/4 cup Broccoli: cut into tiny florets

1/2 cup Tandoori sauce

Salt (optional)

Ingredients for Tandoori sauce:

1 big tsp Ginger:finely chopped

1 big tsp Garlic: finely crushed and chopped

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

1 tsp Red Chili Powder

1 cup Fresh Yoghurt: well beaten to remove any lumps

3 tsp Tandoori Masala Powder: (you should have this as a staple in your kitchen as you can make many dishes with this, i.e fish, vegetables, meat etc.)

Salt (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take a big bowl, mix in all the ingredients of the tandoori sauce. Adjust flavors according to taste buds. Add in the red kidney beans and mix.

Take a serving plate, place the crisp lettuce leaves on it.

At the time of serving, take a spoon of the tandoori mix with beans and add to the lettuce. Do it for the rest of the lettuce leaves.

Garnish the broccoli florets on the baby lettuce wraps.

Serve.Enjoy.

Share with your family and friends. Great for snacking on something refreshing and crunchy!

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MONKEY BREAKFAST

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Hola lovely folks! Como Estas?

(yes i know, that’s as far as I could go with speaking a different language Β )

no worries practice makes a woman perfect πŸ˜‰ )Hope you are 1 step further into good health and nutrition.If not, well you can start today!

As I am sure all of you know,it is vital to have a good breakfast to start your day, its mentioned ample number of times in all kinds of media. However, in my personal experience, I used to end up skipping it or eat food that has no nutrition whatsoever, making me feel hungry again and again.

At the end of the day, I used to feel guilty because I had promised myself to try those delicious looking breakfast recipes I had saved on my desktop, only to feel lazy or just out of time to prepare something fancy in the morning.

So one day I just forced myself to wake up a few minutes earlier, went to the kitchen and found whatever I could put my hands on and came up with our recipe of the day, which is *drum roll, the MONKEY BREAKFAST (maybe add an echo too!)

It’s nutritious as it’s filled with nuts, seeds, fruits, healthy carbs and lots of fibre. It’s insanely filling so you won’t feel hungry for junk. Most Importantly it’s EASY TO PREPARE, one quick bowl of this and you are good to go. It’s incredibly delicious, which puts you in a good mood to start your day with.

As it’s a hearty and satiating breakfast, you have the energy needed to jump around your busy schedule, just like a monkey (not suggesting you will turn into one πŸ˜€Β ). So here we go.

TIME:5-10 min.

Serves 1 (Double quantity to share for whole family)

INGREDIENTS:

1 Banana-chopped into coins(see image for reference)

5 Pecans

Big Handful of Medium Black Raisins-(doesn’t necessarily have to be black, choose what is easily available to you)

2 Big Tbsp of Dorset Cereals in Fruit, Nut & Fibre Muesli- (I like Dorset, you can chose the muesli that is easily available to you, as long as it has seeds and nuts)

1 Cup Low-Fat Milk-chilled (It’s hot in Dubai that’s why I prefer chilled, you can opt for warm milk)

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Cinnamon-a big pinch

HOW TO PREPARE:

In a bowl, add in all the ingredients, one by one except milk.

Add in the milk and mix. If you feel you need more milk to get a better consistency do so, but not too much, you should get a nice bite of everything when you eat.

Serve and Enjoy with family.

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P.S-Credit for second image and emoji: Google Images andΒ http://www.dorsetcereals.com/recipes/fruit-nut-fiber-muesli/

 

BERRY BANANA BREAKFAST(3B)

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Hola everybody!

How is everyone? I have missed sharing my posts with you guys. Yes, I know you must be wondering why was I MIA for all this time. The reason is, I was in India for the past 2 weeks.I had gone to this nature care institute, where they use natural treatments to detoxify your body as well as cure certain ailments.

A lot of people would probably shy away from it, but I’d like to admit that I have chronic lower back pain.I have taken a lot of medicines/western ointments to cure it, but its just a temporary fix.It was good to know that there are natural methods to gradually make your back strong, yoga being one of them.

It was a great break from online and offline stress and just to rejuvenate and come back much stronger and healthier.It was a great trip, I am blessed to have gone to it.

The most essential thing I bring back from that trip is that, the natural organic food that mother nature has to offer us, really does cure most of your problems. This inspired me for our Berry Banana Breakfast, the first ever 3B dish, you get it ? not 3D (3B) :D. Wholesome, nutritious, organic and insanely delicious! Yum Yum πŸ™‚

TIME: 8 mins

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

1 Fresh Coconut Water

1 Ripe Banana-chopped

3 big Strawberries-chopped

1/2 cup Oats

5 Walnuts

A big pinch of Cinnamon

A handful of Blueberries

5 Pecans

5 Macadamia Nuts

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take a bowl. Add in the coconut water, it could be chilled or at room temperature.

Add in the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and serve. Enjoy.

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WHITE GARBANZO SALAD(Lunch/Dinner)

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Everybody! How art thou?

Hope everyone is doing amazing in their lives.I am just boiling away in the heat right now :P. As it is really hot in Dubai,standing in the hot kitchen,deciding what to eat is the last thing I want to do or if I could just sit in the freezer with decadent chocolate ice cream keeping me company. This dilemma has led me to make the food post of the week, White Garbanzo Salad.

Nutritious, light on the body and Β ridiculously easy to prepare, I mean I am talking about wash wash, toss toss and eat eat!That simple, here we go.

Serves 2

TIME TO PREPARE:10-15 mins.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups White Garbanzo Beans-boiled

(Tip: Pre-boil beans (any kind) and keep them in the fridge, they always come in handy, when you can’t decide what to eat)

1 cup Spring Onions-greens and whites washed and chopped

1 cup Black Olives-sliced

1 Cucumber-chopped

4 Lettuce leaves-roughly chopped

1 big tsp Dried Oregano

1/4 cup Lime Juice

Salt (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take a big bowl. Add in all the ingredients.

Mix well and Serve.

Great for summer lunches/dinners. Packet it for work/picnics/at home cozy dinners.Share it with your friends and family.

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