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Cranberry Jam is sweet and sour bread spread. It has a rich and vibrant color that kids or even adults fall for it. Cranberries are in season now but are very sour and leaves a bitter taste when eaten raw. Tried this jam with fennel or saunf, to give it a very earthy aroma. Its easy to make with just 5 ingredients.

Cranberries is a popular superfood with 87% water content, 12% Carbs and moderate levels of Vitamin C and Dietary fiber. It has antioxidants which are good for immunity, reduces blood pressure. It reduces the risk of certain cancers and UTIs.

As its holiday time and families get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities, this Cranberry Fennel Jam can be a nice delish addition to the festive dinner table.

A video link to this recipe – https://youtu.be/gEZcQCkNpg4

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 Cups Cranberries
  2. 1 Cup Sugar
  3. 1 Cup Water
  4. 1 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  5. 1 Teaspoon Cornflour

PREPARATION TIME: 15 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Boil 1 Cup water and add in Fennel seeds to infuse its flavours
  • Add Sugar and let it dissolve
  • Add in the Cranberries , cover and let it cook for 5 minutes
  • Stir in between  and cook covered until the cranberries are mushy
  • Mash up the berries until a pulp like consistency is formed
  • Pour in cornflour mixed in 1/4 th cup water and  keep stirring
  • Cook until a thick consistency is achieved.
  • Pour  it in canning jars and close lid
  • Once cool refrigerate it.
  • Stays well in refrigerator for over a month.

Soups is kind of liquid food which i1s served either hot or cold. Its primarily water boiled with pureed fruits, vegetables or meat until the flavours are extracted or infused in water.

Tomato soup has tomatoes as its main ingredients. Its rich, luxurious and silky in taste. To give it another texture i added noodles this time. You can substitute noodles with rice noodles, rice or even pasta.  Its topped with dry mint to give it a nice minty flavour.

Check out other soup recipes:

Tomato and Carrot Soup

Peas and Mint Soup

Mixed Veg Lemon Soup

Chicken Clear Soup

TOMATO NOODLE SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

  1.  6 Red Tomatoes chopped
  2. 1 Onion Chopped
  3. 5 – 6 Cloves of Garlic Chopped
  4. 1 Cup Noodles
  5. 2 Teaspoon Butter/Ghee
  6. 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Black Pepper to taste
  9. 3 Cups of Water
  10. 2 Tablespoon Fresh Cream
  11. A Pinch of Dry Mint

PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Pre boil noodles to  70 %
  • Melt butter in a pan and add chopped garlic
  • Once garlic is turned brown add chopped Onions, cook until translucent
  • Add Chopped tomatoes and let it cook until water content reduces
  • Add Salt, pepper, and sugar and  keep cooking for 2 minutes
  • Take off flame and let it cool. Blend it in a puree and return it back to the pan
  • Add 3 cups water  and the pre boiled noodles to the puree and let it boil for next 5 minutes.
  • When done, serve hot topped with a spoon of Cream and a pinch of dry Mint

Pearl couscous are little edible pearls that were developed in Israel in 1950’s. Its a machine made rounded kind of pasta made from semolina or suji. It is ideally used as a base in a grain salad or risotto as it has a slightly chewiness just like any other pasta.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Cup Pearl Couscous
  2. 1/2 Cucumber
  3. 1 Tomato
  4. 1/2 Cup fresh Coriander
  5. 1/2 Lemon Juice
  6. 4-5 Garlic pods
  7. Black pepper to taste
  8. Salt to taste
  9. 1 Tablespoon Oil

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Cook pearl couscous as written on its packet. Generally its boiled in water. 1 Cup measure of Couscous takes around 1 3/4 th cup water. Boil the water and add couscous, let it cook for  10 mins until they swell up.  They should break easily between two fingers. Once done, drain excess water and keep it covered for  5 mins. Then fluff up with a fork.
  • Heat oil in a wok, add garlic pods and let it get browned or burnt to get a smokey garlicky flavour.
  • Throw in the couscous, salt and pepper and give everything a good mix
  • Take it off the flame and sprinkle lemon juice, mix well
  • Add in chopped cucumber, chopped tomatoes and fresh chopped coriander .
  • Spin well in a salad mixing bowl. Voila its ready to eat!
  • Enjoy with any meal or as a meal in itself.

 

 

This soft and spongy, little piece of art is a beauty on plate, with swirly swirls or waves of chocolate cake with the banana cake and added rich texture of  walnuts.  Well if you are craving for banana cake  and chocolate cake  both, then this delicious Banana Walnut Marble cake is the answer.

Bake this beauty to perfection with sugarfree granules or zero calorie sugar or artificial sweetener and enjoy a less calorie version of  the super moist Banana Walnut Marble cake.  Try making your own design or swirls, its pretty much fun thing to do with kids and family. When your cake turns out to be the centrepiece of the table, you are the one who is most proud.  Happy Baking!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 2/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  2. 1/3 Cup All Purpose Flour for dusting Walnuts
  3. 4 Teaspoon Cocoa Powder
  4. 1 Cup Sugar / Artifical Sweetner
  5. 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  6. 2 Eggs
  7. 2 Ripe Bananas
  8. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  9. 1/2 Cup Milk
  10. 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  11. Pinch of Salt
  12. 1/2 Cup Walnuts

PREPARATION TIME: 50 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Chop Walnuts and dust it with the flour and keep aside
  • Mash the bananas and keep aside
  • In a Bowl, blend sugar, eggs and oil till light and  fluffy.
  • Add in mashed bananas, vanilla essence and mix well
  • Add in flour, baking powder, salt and milk, mix well
  • Ensure there are no lumps, should be thick batter consistency
  • Divide the mixture into two parts
  • Add Cocoa powder to one part and mix well till the batter is dark and chocolaty
  • Fold in walnuts equally in both divided mixture parts
  • Pour little of the light coloured mixture in a greased pan
  • Next pour in little of the dark mixture on the light coloured mixture
  • Keep alternating until all batter is in the greased pan
  • Make swirls or diagonal lines to create a beautiful design with a knife
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the cake leaves the pan sides at 190 degrees centigrade.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 449.6 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34.0g 52%
Saturated Fat 3.0g 15%
Trans Fat 29.1g
Cholesterol 47.8mg 16%
Sodium 114.3mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 35.2g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
Sugars 5.2g
Protein 6.9g 14%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Rainbow Salad is one healthy way to get more vegetables in your food. Kids as well as adults love the pop of colors and is a nutritious and delicious option of healthy food.  Seeds being the superfood, add crunch and a nutty texture to the whole salad.

This low fat rainbow salad has all the food colors like, red, green, purple, orange etc. which is necessary for the body as it contains all the nutrients a body requires. Rainbow foods provides nutrients like Vitamin C, Fibre, Beta-Carotene, Lycopene and folate etc. This Salad is rich in potassium and dietary fibre.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Cup Napa Cabbage
  2. 2 Cup Iceburg Lettuce
  3. 1 Cup Red Cabbage
  4. 1 Cucumber
  5. 2 Tomatoes
  6. 1 Avacado
  7. 1/4 Cup Walnuts
  8. 1 Tablespoon Sesame seeds
  9. 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds
  10. Fresh chopped coriander
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Black Pepper to taste
  13. 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • In a bowl, throw roughly chopped Napa cabbage and Iceberg Lettuce
  • Add Shredded red cabbage and freshly chopped coriander
  • Add diced tomatoes , avacados and cucumber, mix well
  • Throw in Sesame seeds, Pumpkin seeds, and chopped Walnuts
  • Sprinkle Salt and Black pepper
  • Pour in Balsamic vinegar and mix all ingredients well.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 182.3 Calories from Fat 128.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.3g 22%
Saturated Fat 1.8g 9%
Trans Fat 11.7g
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0%
Sodium 78.0mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 12.8g 4%
Dietary Fiber 6.0g 24%
Sugars 2.5g
Protein 4.4g 9%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Chicken breasts being lean meat and easy to cook, becomes the most popular chicken cut. There are so many options or varieties in which chicken can be cooked in a simple yet healthy manner. Chicken is an excellent source of protein, B vitamins and minerals.

This continental recipe is easy to cook, low in fat, low on spices and healthy, as it comes under the balanced food category. Chicken stew  is a perfect amalgamation of chicken, rice and veggies for nourishment and health. For Keto option rice can be taken off.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 Chicken Breasts
  2. 1 Cup Basmati Rice
  3. 1 Tablespoon Butter
  4. 1 Onion
  5. 6 Garlic Cloves
  6. 2 Teaspoon All Purpose Flour
  7. 2 Cups Milk
  8. 1 Cup Broccoli florets
  9. 1/2 Cup Carrots
  10. 1/2 Cup Corn Kernels
  11. 1/2 Cup Beans
  12. 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  13. 1/4 Cup Green Onion
  14. Fresh Cilantro
  15. 1 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
  16. Salt to taste
  17. Black Pepper to taste
  18. Water as required

PREPARATION TIME: 40 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Wash and chop all Vegetables and keep aside
  • Wash and dice the Chicken breasts and keep aside
  • Heat up butter in a pan and saute finely chopped Garlic until golden brown
  • Throw in the chopped Onion and saute until a little brown
  • Add in Chicken pieces and saute for a few minutes
  • Sprinkle all purpose Flour and mix well, saute till the flour looks completely cooked
  • Add in Basmati Rice, chopped Carrots and Beans and mix well, cook for a minute
  • In a separate bowl mix Chicken stock cube in little hot water
  • Pour in Milk, soup cube water and plain water(as required),  give it a whisk, Let it cook on simmer
  • Add in Broccoli florets, Corn Kernels, Chopped Green Onions and Cilantro
  • Sprinkle Cumin powder, Black Pepper and salt. Keep on simmer till Rice is soft and done
  • Adjust Salt and Water as required.
  • Serve hot in soup bowls! Perfect for light dinner meals
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 165.4 Calories from Fat 25.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.8g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.4g 7%
Trans Fat 1.1g
Cholesterol 17.7mg 6%
Sodium 129.6mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 25.5g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
Sugars 6.4g
Protein 10.0g 20%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

This is a ‘whatever is left at home’ kind of a savory cake recipe. I stumbled on it just combining various ingredients, but love it now. Also, hey, sweet potato and beans – two on two for super foods!

INGREDIENTS:

400 gms sweet potatoes shredded or ribboned

1 (450 gms) can black beans

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup flour

1 egg

2 teaspoons oregano

1 tablespoon cumin

Salt, pepper, paprika to taste

HOW TO PREPARE:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Roast the sweet potato until tender, about 10-15 mins.

Meanwhile, combine all ingredients beans, parmesan cheese, flour, egg. Add the spices.

Let the sweet potato cool down for a few minutes.

Now mix it into the mixture above, mash everything together.

Make small patties and pan fry until golden on both sides. Serve with salsa and guacamole OR a yogurt dip!

Pizza and red wine is my fave kind of a Friday night. Here is my go-to fall/ winter pizza! Butternut Squash has a nutty, sweet taste and is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It goes well with caramelized Onions! Both on Pizza is a classic quick recipe, best for weekend comfort food!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 wheat pizza dough (store bought)

1 tub carmelized onion dip (any other white/ mayo based dip works also)

400 gms butternut squash cubed or ribboned

1 large onion

Baby spinach leaves (to taste)

1/2 packet mozarella cheese

1 packet goat cheese

Arugula leaves (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Set the oven to preheat to 450 degrees F. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the butternut squash and roast until tender, about 20 minutes.

Chop the onion into thin slices, saute in a spoonful of olive oil on low heat until it turns golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Wash the spinach leaves and set aside, slice the mozarella cheese into thin slices and set aside.

Roll out the dough on a pizza pan until it is 12″ wide. Spread the onion dip, be generous on the edges.

Take the butternut squash out of the oven, let it cool for a couple minutes.

Add spinach and the carmelized onions on the pizza, add mozarella slices, then add the butternut squash. Lastly sprinkly goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Let the pizza bake until the edges and the cheese is light golden brown. Let it rest for a couple minutes. Top with arugula, slice and serve!

The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and winter is coming – it is soup season in the house. This is one of my favorite (easy) stews. Serve with a bowl of fresh white rice!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Tablespoon Butter
  2. 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  3. ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  4. 1 ½ Cup Chopped Celery and Onion Mix
  5. 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  6. 2 Bay Leaves
  7. 1 Star Anise
  8. ½ Cup White Wine
  9. 1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes
  10. 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  11. 1 Packet Frozen Okra
  12. 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  13. 6-8 Sprigs of Thyme
  14. 1 Tablespoon Cumin Powder
  15. ½ Box Vegetable Broth
  16. 2 Links Vegetarian Sausages
  17. Salt to taste

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • In a deep bottom pan or Dutch oven, heat the butter and olive oil.
  • Add the flour and stir quickly to form a paste, cook until it changes color, think peanut butter texture and color.
  • Now add the chopped celery and onion mixture along with the garlic, bay leaves, and star anise.
  • Cook for a few minutes until tender, now add the white wine. Cook until the wine evaporates.
  • Add the Okra and all the spices. Stir and cook for a couple minutes.
  • Now add the tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, sausages, and salt to taste.
  • Close the lid and cook on high for 8-10 minutes until you get a stew like texture.
  • Top with parsley and serve hot!

 

INGREDIENTS:
1) 500 gms Salmon fillets
2) 2 Cups of Rice
3) 2 Onions
4) 250 gms Beans
5) 2 Green Chillies
6) 1 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin seeds
7) 1/4 Teaspoon Red chilly powder
8) Salt to taste
9) Black pepper to taste
10) 1/2 Lemon Juice
11) Few Roasted Peanuts
12) 2 Tablespoon oil

PREPARATION TIME : 20 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Marinate the fish in salt, pepper and lemon juice. Leave for an hour
* Wash and cook rice till done, drain water and keep aside
* In a pan, heat oil and crackle jeera seeds
* Saute chopped Onions and green Chillies
* Add Rice and mix well, saute for a minute and keep aside
* In another pan heat oil, put fish fillet skin down first
* Sprinkle red chilly powder, cook for 5 minutes on each side
* When fish is done take it out, put beans in the same pan and leftover oil
* Add salt and pepper to beans and saute till they are soft
* All three elements done, time to plate up
* Serve rice on plate with salmon fillet and beans on the side
* Sprinkle some peanuts and fresh coriander seeds