Posts Tagged ‘healthy’

Breakfast and smoothie goes hand in hand in my house. When I am tired of eating regular bowl of cereals and want some exciting and nutritious breakfast, I go for smoothies. I love smoothies…they are so versatile and incredibly easy to make.

I make my smoothie with all the fresh fruits in season but you can definitely go with the frozen ones, its doesn’t make any difference.  And let me tell you, this is the best way to include fruits in your diet. If you have kids, you know how difficult it is to feed them fruits and veggies. So, you can sneak in some veggies in their smoothie and they don’t even know what is in there…believe me it works! As I said, smoothies are so versatile and easy to make that you don’t have to go with an exact recipe – just little bit of this and that.

I keep thinking of all kinds of fruit combos to try , seriously the flavor combos are endless, so be creative.

Ingredients:

  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled and broken into pieces
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into segments
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 4 tbsp greek plan yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2% milk)

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. And serve! Doesn’t get easier and healthier than this…Cheers!!

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After my homemade granola success, I was in a mood to try my hands on some chewy, nutritious granola bars. I often want a breakfast that’s healthy and filling. But these are not just for breakfast or for a brunch , I enjoyed many of these bars with a cup of tea for my evening snack. These granola bars are perfect treat to take along when going for a bike riding or for a long walk. No doubt this is delicious and healthy treat to devour without even feeling guilty.

Hubby and I are OBSESSED like, a box a week obsessed with Kashi Cherry Dark Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars.  So, I wanted to have a homemade alternative. Again, like homemade granola this recipe is so easy to make. Plus you can customize it according to your liking. And homemade is the best way, right? So, go ahead and try this tasty, healthy treat for yourself…

Ingredients:

Recipe Adapted from: http://www.joyfulabode.com/

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2  cup honey
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • pinch of cinnamon

Method:

  • Start with 1/2 cup of almonds, walnuts and old-fashioned oats and dump everything into a food processor and process the ingredients until they are coarsely ground. Be careful not to powdered the ingredients, we need small bite sizes pieces which make the bars more dense and help them stick together.
  • Roughly chop the remaining nuts, then mix all these with the above mixture.
  • Add remaining old-fashioned oats, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, then mix well and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine coconut oil, honey, salt, vanilla & almond extracts, and cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour over nut mixture and stir well.
  • Transfer the granola mixture to a greased 9 by 9-inch baking dish lined with plastic wrap (cling foil) hanging to the sides and press firmly to evenly fill. Gently press the chocolate chips onto the top of the granola. Let the granola mixture set in the refrigerator until firm, about 2 to 3 hours minimum, or a day before cutting into squares(or desired shapes).
  • Wrap individual granola bars in cling foil and store in refrigerator. Have this for breakfast with a glass of smoothie or as a snack. Enjoy!

Mini Pizza

Posted: February 16, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Pizza, Sandwiches
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Recently while shopping our weekly groceries I came across this new Pepperidge Farm deli flat thin rolls. These are perfect to make sandwiches, burgers and  pizzas in a more healthy way without compromising the taste.

This pizza is simple,easy and quick to make with very less ingredients . So, here I am sharing our pizza recipe which we have tried over the weekend with this bread and it was the best pizza I have ever had without consuming much calories…:).

Pepperidge Farm deli flat roll pizza

Pepperidge Farm deli flat roll pizza

Ingredients:

For toppings:

  • 4 Pepperidge Farm deli flat rolls (I use the 100% whole wheat)
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper,thinly sliced
  • 1 small purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 garlic, roughly crushed
  • 3 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Heat oven to 350 deg fahrenheit.
  • Split each roll into layers. Place on a sheet and toast the slices until they’re lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile prepare the toppings, start with peppers. Heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in a pan, add peppers, onions, salt and cook for 2-3 minutes. In between add Worcestershire sauce for flavouring the veggies. Once done keep it aside.
  • In the same pan add the rest 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, red chilli flakes and garlic. Cook for a couple of seconds without burning the garlic and then add the spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they are slightly wilted. Take out the garlic clove before topping on the bread.
  • Spread tomato sauce on each slice of bread, top the bread slices with pepper mixture, spinach and cheese.
  • Bake the slices in oven for just until the cheese is melted.
  • And serve!
Pepperidge Farm deli flat roll pizza

Pepperidge Farm deli flat roll pizza

Recipes Yields: 12 Cupcakes

Ginger , Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes

I had some zucchini lying in my fridge for some days and I was wondering what else I can do with this veggies except the regular addition to pasta or noodles.  Fortunately I saw this recipe of the healthiest cupcakes on the wall of wordpress.

So I look it into the recipe and thought of giving this a try. I am not a big fan of frosting or should I say I don’t like to eat the frosting. But this light frosting works very well with this cupcake and it turned out so cute and beautiful.

So, heres goes the recipe.

Ginger, Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes

Ginger, Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Preparation:

  • Combine all the dry ingredients together and keep it aside.
  • Preheat a oven to 350 deg farhenheit. Prepare a muffins tin by placing liners and brush the outer part of the tray with butter and keep it aside.
  • Take a large bowl, whisk in olive oil, honey, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon,grated ginger and lemon zest. Slowly with the help of saptula mix in the grated zucchini with the wet ingredients.
  • Working in batches add the dry ingredients to wet  ingredients and incorporate well.
  • Spoon the batter in the prepared muffins tins with liners and bake .
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes on 350 deg fahrenheit or until a tooth pick inserted come out clean.
  • Cool it on wire rack and meanwhile prepare the frosting.

For frosting:

  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest, some for garnishing
  • 1 Tbsp butter, at room temperature

In a electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat all the ingredients under frosting until light and fluffy about 3-4 minutes.

Frost the cupcake and garnish with some lemon zest to serve.

Ginger, Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes

Ginger, Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes