breakfast

Homemade Sugarless Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Is peanut butter an acquired taste?I remember trying it as a child and not liking it at all.Maybe it was too new a texture and taste back then but now I am obsessed with it.I love my homemade sugarless peanut butter with apples and bananas, adding it to my oat bowl and baking with it. Have you tried homemade peanut butter with chocolate?Though I am a recent fan of strawberries dipped in chocolate but there is no comparison(in my book) with the awesome combination that is peanut butter and chocolate. I feel miffed at myself for missing out on this amazing creation for 25 years of my life though if I hadn’t ,I cant imagine the number of jars of …

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Chocolate & Banana Bread Pudding

Chocolate and Banana Bread Pudding

This recipe was more of an aberration, a departure from my usual norm on several levels.It’s a mix of french toast and a bread pudding.I usually prefer the Indian version of savory french toast with a generous sprinkling of  chat masala.This dish was born out of a necessity to use my over ripe bananas and few days old bread.And I am so happy that I made it! It’s a simple dish which has layers of flavors and textures.You can replace chocolate chips with chocolate chunks or strawberries or mangos. You can serve it as a dessert at your dinner party or a great breakfast dish for the family. I ate this as a snack cause I was craving chocolate and sugar.I usually …

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Cherry & Blueberry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis was never the one indulgence I thought would end up eating before starting my second journey of whole 30.In hidsight, the choice was taken out of my hands the instant I saw these succulent looking cherries in Namdhari & the cherry on top(huh?) were the fresh blueberries I ended up paying double the amount for(hmmpp).. Clafoutis is a french dessert served warm with a dust of powdered sugar.Apparently if you use anything other than Cherries it’s called a Flaugnarde instead.So semantically I have made two desserts but by adding one ingredient! I went with the ever right Julia Child’s Recipe and kicked the ass of Clafotie!Her recipe is the simplest available online.No heavy cream or butter in it.You have to give some and take …

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Going Crazy with Smoothie Bowls

My smoothie Bowls

There are days I dream about the fruits which I will put in my smoothie bowl when i get up.My husband doesn’t know but the real reason  I am pushing for a vacation in Thailand is not for the beaches but to eat the fruits!I salivate imagining how a white and pink dragon fruit smoothie bowl with pink guava and coconut chips. I have made these smoothies for breakfast/brunch and sometimes lunch in these past few days and i thought i will share them with you. The thing with a smoothie bowl is that it is a thicker prettier version of a smoothie.All you need to do it gather the ingredients throw them in the juicer and decorate it with …

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My Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Smoothie bowl

It’s weird having so much sugar after the whole 30 regime early in the morning.It’s almost like I am rebelling against it.I know most of you want to punch my face and say rebelling is if you eat a full batch of brownie! I unofficially not on paper agree..:D So other than avocado rose smoothie bowls are the new instagram fad.More exotic the fruit more like you get.Though its amazingly tasty and fulfilling its crazy high on natural sugar so I won’t suggest people on diabetes watch to eat this.But if you are eating pancakes or chole batoore or cheese sandwich everyday then this is a healthier indulgence! Its almost a smoothie but a little thicker and in a bowl …

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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Do you think coffee unblocks worlds and boundaries and ammm…content?I think i could overlook a lot of otherwise non negotiable stuff for a good cup of coffee! Ever since I bought the magic coffe making equipment from café coffee day along with their medium roast coffee I have overdosed on it.It doesn’t help that I am drinking it with water and at times, to beat the heat on the rocks(ice cubes).I am an inch away from being snobbish about it cause I have contemplated taking my decoction when I go over for coffee at friend’s house. Yes snobbish. This post I will introduce you to my quick,easy and healthy breakfasts recipes.The first thing you guys think of is bread right?Hmm..that’s not a …

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Egg Baked in Portobello Mushroom

Egg Baked in Portobello Mushroom

When you find an oversized Portobello mushroom it deserves to be baked with an egg inside.Do not overcomplicate the flavours with indian spices or Cajun mixes. Keep it as simple as possible! My egg obsession continued after my breakfast number one with breakfast Two. Same passenger different vehicle! My egg discovery has led me to understand that there is very little egg doesn’t work with! The only complication in this dish is that you need to own a oven.If that’s ticked off then the dish in itself is so simple that a five-year old could make it! Its simple—Break egg in mushroom–>Bake Mushroom! For all its simplicity the flavours are very different from the Egg Avocado Tower I ate before this.At the time of baking the …

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Egg Avocado Breakfast Tower

Egg Avocado Tower

You are consciously not aware of it but your mind has associated smells with certain events and locations.Its deeply entrenched in your memories.Today morning when I was making my coffee(thankyou Arvind Shanker!) I was almost instantly transported back to this small library in R A Puram,Chennai which used to be my frequent haunt in 10 th std. I used to borrow and eat 5 books a week and that’s when my school was crazy strict and gave not buckets but tub full of homework! There was a coffee beans grinding shop right next to it and even before I really started appreciating coffee this smell was a part of my history with Chennai. Old romance novels and coffee smell is …

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Chia Pudding with Tropical Fruits and Walnuts

Chia Pudding

Have you heard of chia?and wondered what it was? I came across this while on my whole 30 diet as a healthy substitute to grains.These are seeds which when soaked in a liquid change from opaque little balls to plump jelly bomb like balls.They soak up the liquid they are soaked in. Remember those kulfi Faloodas you gorged down as a kid?Most resident indians would have tasted the famous ice cream- “Kulfi falooda” at least once in their lives.I have had the good fortune of eating way too many of those as a kid.There are so many very nostalgic memories attached to this one Indian dessert. Those little balls in the falooda are Chia Seeds. But I didn’t make the …

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Spinach Avocado Salad with Poached Egg

I am not much of a salad person.I just have never liked them by themselves as much.It feels too extreme to just eat just salad.Even after eating a whole Caesar salad from Big Chill in Delhi I would feel like I was on a diet!It was definitely not diet food, it was at least 800 calories with all that cheese !I prefer sautéed veggies more. I decided to brave it and make an Avocado Spinach salad and cause it seemed too little I added a poached egg! Poached egg has been my nemesis for way too long for comfort. I have heard that any self-respecting cook knows how to poach an egg and I want to be self-respecting too!!! Well ,I watched Jamie …

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Indian Scrambled Eggs

I love eggs..I love them cause they are easily available.There are a million things you can do with them.They can charm any leftovers into over performing. They are healthy and filling.You can bake them,boil them,nuke them,fry them..ah the list is endless.For the sheer convenience these are the best food for people with limited time or skills in kitchen! There is a speciality egg restaurant here in Bangalore called The EGG Factory. They have the most mindblowing unheard of egg options!!!Its the best place you can go to for a Sunday Afternoon Brunch which serves you good quality healthy food. From Egg and Toast to Egg Filled Cannelloni in tomato sauce to my all time favorite French Toast with Blueberry and …

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Boiled Egg & Mayonnaise Lettuce Wraps

Our breakfasts are usually heavy-duty carbs.Every State in India has a different speciality breakfast.Despite all the differences they all have one thing in common which is almost zero protein,no vitamins and loads of processed grains. Some popular “health” books in india advocate that we should eat what we have eaten growing up as a child.So if you have grown up eating 2 parathas with potato fry and one large glass of whole milk then that’s what you should be eating even when you are 40.The logic is that your body gets used to eating a certain type of food and is able to digest that the best.So does this mean we get to have Stuffed parathas and puris everyday? It’s an …

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Alu Tikki Taco with Salsa and Mint chutney

For the indian that I am I haven’t experimented with too many indian whole30 compliant recipes. There are a few reasons why indian food is not going to work for me.The first being that the food combinations are too deeply entrenched in my mind that It won’t feel like a novelty but a compromise and secondly the spices don’t support eating just the curry or meat and third everything indian contains yoghurt or lentils. This is what I told myself for the past 20 days while on my whole30 program. But how the proverbial light bulb switches on with an idea, I realised that my assumption is just that, an assumption.Indian food can be customised to be whole30 compliant.My craving …

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Baked Egg in Avocado

I have never really caught on with the avocado obsession till date. I remember on our visit to Sri Lanka one of my friends stopped our entire caravan on a sinuous bend to get some avocados from the roadside ,which turned out to be raw by the way. How in London one of my friends went oooh ahhing on avocado butter and I thought to myself how can a fruit replace good old butter?! On the whole30 community I saw people eating avocado with almost anything..Salads with avacado,eggs and avacado,grilled avacado,cauliflower and avocado! So it was almost peer pressure which made me give one more opportunity to avocado to prove itself yummy! I decided to try the combination of egg …

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Eggs baked in Tomato Sauce

Perfect breakfast is eggs..But you can’t make bulls eye even on a Sunday morning!!Those things are reserved for the mornings when all you can do is break the eggs on a skillet and run!!On Sundays you need to make something more fancy…Which says hey this is a Sunday healthy breakfast…eat up..:D… I had some smoked cheese, tomato puree and eggs…and the obvious thing to make was baked eggs in tomato sauce…yummm…i know!! Just whip up some red sauce…drop two eggs in the sauce and bake for 15-20 minutes…the voila!! Ingredients Eggs-2 Tomato puree-1 cup 1 red onion Cheese-anything would do…i used smoked cheese Sugar-half teaspoon Salt-to taste Mixed herbs Butter-1 tsp Directions Heat some butter and add the chopped onion …

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Banana & Dried Black Grapes Bread

Till now there was only one way that I liked bananas…Kerala Banana chips…I like them so much that I buy a pack from the supermarket..Eat half of it on the way home…and ask my hubby to hide the other half so that I don’t gobble the rest of it!!! That’s the reason why I sometimes find them in the weirdest of places!!!!..:D… But now…I have just succeeded in making banana bread with dried black grapes which I just can’t resist!! I am a biggg fan of black grapes!!That’s my most favorite fruit ever!!!!Sometime back I chanced upon dried black grapes…and I bought 250 gms of it…which in hindsight I realize is absolutely not enough!!!They turn juicy and mushy in the banana …

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