MACCOLI (LUNCH/DINNER)

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Hello wonderful people! May I say I am pleased to meet you in 2017 🙂

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? 🙂

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

MACCOLI. It is a quirky name, I know. 😀 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!  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

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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  )

no worries practice makes a woman perfect 😉 )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 😀 ). 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 and 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 🙂

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  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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DAL CHAAT(Snack)

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Hello World.

Today’s post is going to banish your Monday blues away!

I love spicy food.Period.Being an Indian and eating spicy food since childhood does have something to do with it  🙂 and you also know my love for snacks.So food such as CHAAT my friends is the perfect mixture of them both.

Chaat is a MAGICAL blend of savory, tangy,sweet,spicy flavors bursting in your mouth and just waking you up with happiness and energy.

However, the chaat available in restaurants/food stalls/street vendors is filled with excess salt and excess carbs and mind you is also expensive if you, like me,have regular cravings of it.

Which leads us to my DAL CHAAT, a crazy, yummy snack filled with nutrition and pure deliciousness.

Serves 2

TIME:20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Haldirams Chana Dal (You can use any brand you like or which is available to you)

1 cup Corn-boiled

1 cup Pomegranate (richer color is always better)

3/4 cup Onions-chopped in long slices

3 Lettuce leaves-chopped in bite sized chunks

2 tbsp Lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala(available at Indian stores or online markets)

1 Green Chili-chopped(Optional)

2 tbsp Fresh Coriander/Cilantro for garnish

Salt (optional, as the chana dal already has salt in it, so it balances the rest of the dish)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take a big deep bowl, add in the chana dal, corn, pomegranate, onions.

Just before serving, add in the rest of the ingredients.Mix and serve.

Enjoy your snack just as it is or something to munch on just before your evening tea.

You can also pack it to go for summer picnics with your loved ones or even for quick lunches.

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Source credit-http://www.itadka.com/haldiram-chana-dal-200g.html

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. 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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