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By Priya Kathpal

Simple Healthy Cookies/Biscuits

People at home are big biscuits fan…Typical morning begins with Tea and biscuits :P. Ive been contemplating making a healthier version of these baked goods since a while now. You ask me why??? There are many healthy options available now and I can choose from them right. Most healthy options have this

Small or large portion of refined flour

Artificial sweetener or white sugar

Preservatives, emulsifiers and raising agents (baking soda or soda bi carbonate)

None of these are healthy on daily basis

My version has none of these so lets see what it does have.

This recipe will give about 25-30 biscuits

Whole wheat flour (what you use at home to make chapatis or phulkas ) – 2 cups

Powdered Organic Jaggery – 3/4 cup (you can use non organic one too)

Clarified butter or Ghee – 1/2 cup (at room temperature)

Chopped nuts – 1/4 cup (I used almonds, chironji and some pumpkin seeds) you can choose whatever you like 🙂

Salt – 1/4 tsp

I also added a tsp of non sweet cocoa powder, but its totally avoidable (it was lying in the refrigerator so I used 😛 )

Mix all these with light hands and make it into a soft dough. If you feel its a bit dry add some cold milk or curds to make soft.

Make small balls and place on greased tray.

Pre heat the oven at 180 degree for 5 mins and then bake these at same temperature for about 15-20 mins or till they turn light brown

I baked them in 2 batches and was lost in the aroma for a while, taste them while they are warm and you won’t be able to stop. Ideally let them cool down and store in an airtight container to make sure others at home get them too. LOL.

Try and let me know about your experience. 🙂

 

 

By Priya Kathpal

To Pizza or Not? ;)

A slice of pizza can go upto 285 calories or even more depending on if you’ve caved in for that extra cheese bit 😀 or a little less if the toppings are only veg. But lets be honest who doesn’t like a pizza ?? Though the guilt of having the refined flour base and so much cheese hardly lets one enjoy a piece at ‘peace’. This exactly is the issue with a usual pizza – refined flour and not so healthy toppings not the calories per se. If the same calories come from healthy sources they will hardly do any harm to you.

Here’s something that everyone at home can enjoy not just 1 piece but a complete meal along with this tempting summer drink. This will need a bit of effort and time but the results are yumm yum yummm and guilt free 😛

What I used – Earthspired Healthy High Protein Flour

1 cup of flour

1 1/2 tsp of yeast

2 tsp oil

1 tsp sugar

a pinch of salt

water as required

  1. Combine 2 tsp warm water and 1/4 tsp sugar. Add yeast and mix well. Keep aside for 2 minutes

2. Make dough with flour, sugar, salt, oil and the yeast mixture. Prove it for 20 minutes in a warm place by keeping it covered with a moist cloth.

3. Press the dough and divide into 2 portions. Roll each into rounds, prick each circle evenly using a fork. Place them on greased baking tray and bake in preheated oven at 180*C for 8 minutes.

4. Remove and spread desired sauce and toppings and cheese. Bake again till cheese melts. Serve hot.

Suggested SauceHome made Pumpkin sauce (All you need to do is take some chopped pumpkin, garlic and onion. Saute them in some olive oil, blend with some milk, add seasoning and voila!!! Done 🙂

Suggested toppings – Tomatoes, onions, red, yellow, green bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, cottage cheese, precooked chicken or meat

Suggested Cheese – Use only mozzarella, don’t use a blend. This will keep your pizza relatively healthy

You can use a variety of veggies to make sauce more healthy. Like adding some spinach puree, adding carrots etc.

Now ditch that soda and make an awesome watermelon summer drink to go along with this pizza

  • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon , chilled (2 lbs after peeling)*
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 3/4 cup fresh strained lemon juice , chilled
  • Honey if you need extra sweet ( I avoid this too, especially if the watermelon is sweet enough)
  • Ice and fresh mint for serving

Instructions

  1. Add watermelon to a blender and pulse until well pureed (there should be about 4 cups).
  2. In a large pitcher whisk together water, lemon juice and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Stir in pureed watermelon. Stir in ice and mint (alternately add ice and mint directly to individual cups and pour lemonade over). Store in refrigerator.

This meal combo is a total winner over a weekend when you don’t want to spend time in kitchen but enjoy the meal with family. Absolutely healthy for kids too…What more could you ask for?? Enjoy and tell me how it was.

 

By Priya Kathpal

Season of Carrots!!

Winter is my favourite season especially because the vegetables and fruits look so so beautiful. The colour, the taste everything is different and refreshing. Season brings along with it the one of the most versatile vegetable carrots, the deep red ones which are not so easy to find otherwise.

You wonder why I say versatile?? Well if you belong to a punjabi household like me you’d know that we use it in almost any form. Carrot in salads, cooked vegetables, soups, carrot parathas, carrot halwa, pickles and kanji and my list can go on and on. No wonder they are the second most popular vegetable after potatoes. Did I mention we hate the orange ones (aah, hate is a bit of a strong word but well yaaa we don’t really enjoy those) because it doesn’t give the same taste to so these many options. Not that they are nutritionally any inferior, coming to nutrition, here are some reasons why you should load them up in your diet this season.

  • Seasonal vegetables and fruits are higher on nutrition content, hence these red carrots would give you so much more around this season.
  • The deep red colour in them comes from a substance lycopene which can help the body protect from heart diseases and cancer.
  • Vitamin C and other antioxidants in carrots are excellent to keep your skin healthy. You can not just consume but also apply the carrots as an easy face mask. They actually help in reducing blemishes.
  • They aid the collagen production in the body thus working as an anti ageing tool.
  • One of the highest source of beta carotene that gets converted to Vitamin A in the body. Reduces the macular degeneration and improves eye health.
  • Regular consumption helps building immunity and protects the body from loads of common infections.
  • They help aid digestion, keep you full for longer time and adds up minimum calories. Perfect snack for someone watching out on waistlines.

I like my carrots like this during the cold windy days

Carrot Ginger Soup

100 gms of chopped carrots

1 tsp grated ginger

1 tbsp chopped onions

1 tsp olive oil or butter

Water, salt, black pepper and mixed herbs like parsley, thyme, mint, coriander etc as per your taste.

  1. In a deep bottom pan, heat the oil on medium flame. Saute onions till translucent. Then add ginger keep sautéing till it gives out the aroma.
  2. Now add carrots mix well, add some water and cover for few minutes.
  3. Switch off, let this cool a bit and then blend in a smooth puree. Switch on the flame again, add some more water depending on the kind of consistency you need.
  4. Add salt, pepper and mix well while it cooks on slow flame. Once you are happy with the consistency garnish it with herbs. Taste and serve!!!

Fun Fact –

Cooking the carrots in fat or oils, pureeing or juicing them increases the availability of carotenoids by 600 percent.

Fats also help the absorption of carotenoids into the blood by 1,000 percent, as carotenoids are fat soluble

 

Simple Healthy Cookies/Biscuits
To Pizza or Not? ;)
Season of Carrots!!