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Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls

Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls

It’s okay if you want to call me out on my nonsense. These are ladoos which we Indians have been making for only a dozen centuries.But the undeniable fact is that these have chocolate and I don’t know a lot of healthy chocolate ladoos!These are made without any added sugar(of any kind),any oil or fat and has no grain in it.Like Really! I am obviously very late to the bliss ball party but you don’t have to be! The original recipe is from chocolate covered Kate blog and I can’t tell you how amazing her blog is! It’s full of unbelievable healthy treats which I swear I can’t stop making!  If you own a food processor then it will be …

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Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore translates to “Hunter Style Chicken” in Italian. It’s a rustic, earthy braise of chicken with vegetables and tomatoes.The chicken is first browned and then slowly braised in a chunky sauce made with tomatoes and vegetables. There are a lot of fables around the stew.It’s believed “Hunter style Chicken” is made right after hunting that bird or rabbit, in the middle of a jungle, with vegetables plucked off the foliage but we don’t live in a jungle and neither do we hunt our own food so this is a compromise at best! Another story is that when the men returned empty handed after a hunt their women folk made chicken cacciatore like we Indians probably make khichadi at home. …

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Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

In indian context what is a salad? In the most down trodden, bare minimum, stripped form it’s the green salad made with one sad little cucumber, one tomato and one onion cut and artfully(not!) placed on a plate ,served as a dish which in my opinion no one who isn’t a heart or a diabetes patient ever touches. Though we Indian consume a lot of veggies ,most of it is cooked.This salad is sort of an Indian cousin of the actual Lebanese Tabouleh,also called Tabouli, uses Bulgar Wheat.But my version uses broken wheat aka our humble Dalia instead which saves us the time and space to forage another new ingredient. A Lebanese Tabouleh Salad is made with lots of parsley,some finely …

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Moist Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Genius Quinoa Chocolate Cake

If you are expecting anything less than a perfect chocolate cake then let me disappoint you. If you are expecting a trade off ,gummy, weird Chocolate Cake,then again this recipe will disappoint you. If you are expecting anything other than a magical,chocolatey,fudgy,gooey cake then you are on the wrong post.Seriously! I am listing all these disclaimers because this chocolate cake is not a trade off cake.It’s not something you are forced to eat in the name of chocolate cake because of all the allergies and diets you have adopted. Don’t make it cause you want something gluten free..make it cause you want something super Chocolatey and fudgy. The recipe is adapted very minimally from Paula Shoyer’s Quinoa Cake posted on Food52.The first …

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Avocado & Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Loaded,Gluten Free Avocado & Quinoa Healthy Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Shallots Dressing.

I am a very intuitive cook..The first time I attempt making something,I usually throw things together purely on instinct..Which works well, if I am making something familiar but when making dishes which I haven’t really tasted before or attempting a new cuisine ,I need to follow recipes..Though truthfully,I look at recipes more as a guideline than the absolute truth and I feel doing that gives me the artistic freedom needed to make the recipe my own. There are other perils of following recipes blindly too.Every region produces different flavour,size and quality of ingredients and it’s not possible to replicate a recipe 100% using natural locally available ingredients.That said, an onion is an onion in India,in the USA or in New …

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Summer Melon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

Watermelon and MuskMelon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

The first time I expanded my melon horizons was in Rome.We had one free evening in Rome and we decided to explore the beach a few kms away from the city cause we are suckers for any waterbody.The beach was blah but we stumbled upon an eatery where they served us melon wrapped in prochitto.It was a simple dish with just two ingredients but it gave me something to ponder about. This dish is simple in its thought but it’s power packed with textures and flavour variations.The minute you have a mouthful of this you will be hit with sweet, tangy,salty and fresh flavours with a textural variations of crunchy melons and soft creamy  ricotta cheese. What I liked most …

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Healthy Whole Wheat Tea Cake

100 % Whole Wheat Jaggery Tea Cake with strawberry

I wanted a basic 100% Whole Wheat and a 100% Jaggery Cake which tastes great,which doesn’t feel heavy or lumpy and also which doesn’t have the characteristic raw whole wheat taste.I definately didn’t want a cake which I am forced to eat in the name of health.I would rather just eat a cucumber for that.I basically wanted a Utopian 100% whole wheat and 100% Jaggery Cake. Most whole wheat cakes I have had are weirdly sunken in the middle or are way too dry.If they are good they usually contain corn flour ,which I have nothing against,infact this cake was suppose to contain it but I couldn’t find the box in time and I am not the most patient person on …

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Healthy Oats and Raisin Cookies

Healthy Oats and Raisin Cookies

Once you become a mom, cookies become essential to life…or at-least you now have a reason for baking so many of them.:D..As much work motherhood is ,it’s also a nice smoke screen for gorging on desserts and those extra love handles…As a rule of thumb..you can blame pregnancy for everything.(ah such perks!) I stumbled upon this Oatmeal raisin cookie recipe when I was looking for ways to make some healthy cookies for the baby because I am extremely uncomfortable giving him Marie biscuits of the world.I like to know exactly what is going in that little cudly bear’s tummy.Healthy Instant Oats cookies with raisins was just the thing that I saw baby will enjoying. These are healthier cookies than the store …

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5 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Rounding up of 5 Healthy cookies your family will love! These are made with the goodness of whole grains and unrefined sugars such as jaggery and dates.   1. Healthy Buckwheat Cookies I have made this recipe only about 20 times in just the past 1 month..for friends,family and as return gifts for my baby’s first birthday. The buckwheat flour gives these cookies a nutty taste but if you can’t find buckwheat flour(also called as Kuttu Ka Aata in India) feel free to replace with normal Wheat flour used to make rotis instead.   Stay in touch with me on Instagram and Facebook 2. Double Chocolate Chip Ragi Cookies Did you ever think Ragi(Finger Millet) and chocolate could come together?Well, …

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Kolrabhi and Apple Salad

Kolrabhi and Apple Salad with yogurt fennel dressing

This salad showcases the under achievers of the vegetable and herb world.If you aren’t already a fan let me introduce you to this vegetable called Kolrabhi. Chances are if your mom didn’t cook with it you probably don’t either,atleast I didn’t till I read somewhere that it’s the vegetable of the year 2018!I was intrigued…cause first it’s so easily available in india that it didn’t seem like a vegetable worthy enough for that kind of stature and second cause it looked so..lets say plain Jane sorts. The more I read about it the more it the more I was sold on it especially cause I am not a big fan of cruciferous vegetables.I find broccoli a chore and cauliflower seems …

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Black Quinoa Pumpkin Salad

Black Quinoa Pumpkin Salad

Those of you follow me on Instagram know that I have taken up a #30daysofsalad challenge.I find that easier to do this than cut out bad food from my diet-aka sugar, carbs etc.It’s especially difficult when I am testing cookie recipes and running behind a suddenly mobile baby.Oh those days when he used to be exactly where I left him 5 minutes back! This salad is Salad#5 of the challenge.It’s very minimalistic in its ingredients but the multiple textures make this salad a tantalising affair. What is Quinoa / Kinwa Quinoa is an ancient South American grain which has recently gained popularity in the health food circuit because of its high nutrient density.Its been hailed as a super grain though its not …

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Easy Hummus

Easy Homemade Hummus

If my grandmother was here today she would have really smirked at this recipe and said whats so fancy about this channe ki chutney that you eat with papad.Well however you name it is essentially chickpea chutney. Some Channa or Chickpeas(as everybody outside of Bharat desh calls it) and a few olives here and a couple garlic cloves there and voila here is your hummus.If you are applauding my amazing writing skills then let me tell you that they are inspired from the barrage of nursery rhymes which have now entered my sacred erstwhile childfree house because I am a good mother and thus I must teach my baby about cows and spiders and spouts.Why spouts though?Whats the point? Bleh! …

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Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade

Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade

You know how everybody keeps preaching that you should eat beans but don’t really tell you how to really cook them..Well I am here to fill that lacuna. This recipe has chicken but you can easily replace it with paneer or Soy.On a sidenote-the soy in the market is amazing now.Not like the hard pieces of cardboards that were sold around 10-15 years back but actually soft silky soy so definitely give it a try! Coming back to this dish..Its a milieu of too many thoughts…I wanted to eat something healthy yet filling..hence the protein-Chicken.I wanted to use up the beans in my fridge and I wanted to make a tapenade. Tapenade is usually made with olives and capers but …

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Healthy Yogurt Fruit Popsicle

Healthy Yogurt Popsickles

This is not really a recipe but more epiphany.We Indians love our yogurt with our khichadi, as curd rice, as tenderising agent in most non vegetarian curries, in Kadhis, as Mishti Doi but this is something we didn’t think off. I remember as a kid we used to make popsicles out of Rasna…well this is that but with yogurt. There are two ways you can do it. For the Lazy Buy flavoured yogurt and freeze it in Popsicle molds.Stick some fruits in and wait for 12 hours. Next day you can enjoy your own popsickle! For the Enterprising Puree your favourite fruit..mix with yogurt and put it in Popsicle molds and freeze.I like to also put some chunks of fruit as …

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Cottage Cheese and Tomato Salad

Paneer and Tomato Salad

I want to say that everyday is a struggle with gestational diabetes but it looks like I was preparing for it for a long time. My dad has  had diabetes since he was 35 so my parents are the biggest source of knowledge for me. Knowingly or unknowingly they have imparted knowledge and inculcated habits which don’t make this as difficult it would be for normal folks. The biggest example being that we have never had milk with sugar or any other additives so my morning glass of milk or the occasional coffee I allow myself is not an ordeal it would be for normal folks. If there was one rule for folks with GDM(with insulin) is to feed your …

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Lemon Jalapeño Chicken

Lemon Jalapeño Chicken

My search for quick and easy protein elements to my lunch and dinner led me to this chicken. I need to keep on reinventing chicken with different flavors and textures otherwise I get bored.Due the recent guest in my household aka Gestational Diabetes , I have to make sure I include plenty of protein in my diet so that I maintain my blood sugar between meals. This recipe is especially for people who appreciate subtle flavors. A simple combination of 4 ingredients lends it its beauty. It’s basically chicken breast marinated overnight in generous amounts of Jalapeños, lemon and coriander or parsley and pan fried to a juicy perfection. If you are on your whole30 or paleo this makes a good meal …

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Foxtail Millet Salad

Foxtail Millet Salad

It’s been so long since I posted but believe me when I say ,things have been action packed and full of surprises! Life seems to have come a full circle and I find myself back at my whole30 program.(almost) Life threw us a curveball , which was expected but also unexpected.I should have suspected something when I couldn’t stomach coffee anymore! Appearance of a faint second line was not enough confirmation for somebody as paranoid as us so an unnecessary blood test proved that we were indeed expecting! Looks like the whole30 program created the best possible environment for this to happen and we couldn’t be less ecstatic about it. What we didn’t expect was the all time sickness (there …

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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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