Monday, August 18, 2014

Nectarine Smoothie Recipe - Nectarine Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are the just the perfect breakfast recipes for a quick, healthy and delicious way to kick-start your mornings. For today's post its the Nectarine Banana Smoothie recipe. If you like the combination of tart and sweet then you are going to love this smoothie. For this recipe, I have used ripe nectarine (which looks very much like a peach but just with a smoother outer skin) but you can also use peach too. Banana is optional but I like to use it as it provides the bulk and creaminess to the drink along with the boost of energy needed to kick start my mornings.  I have used whole fat milk and homemade curd but you can use low fat variations or even almond milk, soy milk or any kind of choice. Also low fat or greek yogurt can be used too. My banana was nice and ripe and gave me the right amount of sweetness so I skipped adding honey/sugar. Would recommend tasting your smoothie before adding any sweetness. Last but not the least trying to get my Omega-3 in so a tbsp of milled flaxseeds and my yummy breakfast/snack is ready.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mooli Paratha - Radish Paratha - Radish Stuffed Flatbread

Mooli Paratha is a popular North Indian Flat bread stuffed with grated mooli (radish) which is flavored with Indian spices. Like always there are variations of this paratha. Some like to cook the mooli and then add that as the stuffing to the paratha but for this recipe I am adding raw grated mooli like my MIL does. Although this paratha is common in the breakfast category, it makes a great brunch/lunch option too.  Serve it with some Curd/Raita, Pickle Or Green Chutney and top it off with glass of  Sweet LassiYumm!! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

A batch of freshly baked homemade cookies is a life saver for those rushed mornings. Baking for me is therapeutic so love to bake over the weekends and have a snack/breakfast ready for the week. For this weekend, I baked these crunchy and chewy Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies. Absolutely love these cookies. They have oats, walnuts, raisins which are the good/healthy ingredients along with the bad ones like like sugar and butter. But not so bad as these will get distributed in 20 to 24 cookies. Much better than buying the store bought ones as we know whats gone in making them. Love to sit by the porch with my tea and these cookies to dip in it and enjoy the morning sun. Quick and lovely way to start a day. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Baked Roasted Vegetable Pasta Recipe - Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables - Baked Vegetable Pasta

Baked Roasted Vegetable Pasta is a flavorful blend of oven roasted veggies tossed with cooked pasta and tangy tomato basil/marinara sauce. These are then layered with cheese and baked until cheese melts and is golden brown. Baking provides this dish a nice crusty top layer which takes the taste and texture of this dish to the next level and so highly recommend it. I prefer to roast the veggies in the oven as that way when am cooking my sauce and boiling my pasta my veggies are cooking too. But you could also roast them on a pan over a stove-top. I like using dry herbs with the veggies as the chances of these burning (in the oven) are less. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars are crunchy,chewy and gooey bars made with chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts topped over layer of sweetened condensed milk and graham cracker crumbs. Traditionally these bars are made by layering all the ingredients in a single layer like the butter & crumbs mixture topped with condensed milk (which holds everything in place) followed by chocolate chips, nuts and then coconut. But I prefer to mix the coconut, nuts and chocolate chips together and sprinkle that as a layer. But you could totally do the single layer option too. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Green Roti - Spinach Broccoli Pistachio Roti - Green Chapati - Green Indian Flatbread

A very staple menu in most Indian household is Roti Sabji or Dal Chawal or combination of  both. Green Roti is a very healthy and nutritious twist to the the regular Indian roti/chapati. Instead of using only wheat flour and water to make rotis this one contains tons of green goodness like Spinach, broccoli and some pistachios, mint and coriander too. Spinach, broccoli and pistachios are all super rich in minerals and vitamins. Thus addition of these to roti's is a great way to ensure the intake of greens in your diet.  The recipe is as easy as puree,knead, roll, roast and you have these healthy yet tasty rotis ready. You can even make a thepla/paratha out of these by adding some chopped green onions while kneading the dough. You can serve these like regular chapati/roti as a side with any Indian Sabji (vegetable dish) or dal (lentil curry). I even love eating these with a side of pickle that my granny sent me. Yumm!!