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Healthier – Moist – 100% Whole Wheat Banana Bread

So I’ve been trying to cut off refined white sugar completely from my diet, which meant avoiding the traditional banana bread recipe only until I stumbled upon this recipe on a random YouTube food channel.. This one is my adaptation of the recipe 🙂

We always have a bunch of bananas at home and ripe bananas work best for this!! After multiple trials, I decided to stick to this recipe as it turned out super delicious, moist and fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness.

This is the only banana bread recipe you will need. Try it, cuz you’ll love it ❤

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Preheat oven to 370 F .

Start off by mushing the ripe bananas – about one heaped cup. Don’t worry if you got some lumps left in it as it will cook right up & turn out to be absolutely lovely!

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Mix in all the wet ingredients at this stage.

1 Egg

1/3 Cup Honey (I used some Maple Syrup too)

3/4 Cup Almond Milk

1 Sp Vanilla extract

Mix well.

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Now, combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl

1.5 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

3/4 Tsp Baking Soda

Pinch of Salt

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Lightly mix it together

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Combine the dry & wet ingredients together

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Scoop all the mixture onto a well greased loaf tin. You could use cooking spray / butter / oil to grease the pan.

You could add Oats..Linseeds..Walnuts… go crazy with the toppings. I added some raisins, oats & drizzled some chocolate syrup just to make it more attractive 🙂

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Put it in the oven for about 60-70 mins **Loved how my kitchen smelled while the bread was baking**

The cold rain slamming against the windows, a mug of tea in your hands and the waiting for the cake to be ready! For me, its the ultimate weekend feeling!

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When the timer has gone off, make sure the cake is well cooked by inserting a knife. If the knife comes out clean, the cake is ready. Let it cool off for a bit and then try not to eat it all at once!!
Hope you’ll love the recipe!

Until next time,

Stay Happy & Healthy!

Love,

Sam

 

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Quick Egg Muffins for crazy mornings!!

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High Protein – Low Carb and Surprisingly filling too…. Watcha waiting for ?? 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F , lightly  grease the muffin pan / use muffin liners to enjoy a mess free day ahead 😉
  • Beat egg whites in a large bowl, add in finely chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and seasoning
  • Optionally, add in some hot sauce, Cheese gratings, chilli flakes..just about anything! Hot sauce taste great!!
  • Fill the muffin cup 1/3 with the egg mixture
  • Bake for 25 – 30 mins until knife comes out clean. The muffins will puff up but deflate as it gets into room temperature. ALL DONE!

Bon Appetit 😀

Feel free to play around with the add – ons and ratios, just don’t flood the muffin cups 🙂

Can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days (Every busy person needs this!!)

It’d be great if you could invest in a non – stick muffin tray if liners are not available ( Who likes to scrape around after baking 😛 ) ( Easily available for less than 10$ )

 

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Tofu & Broccoli Stir-Fry

Back with another Broccoli delight 🙂 We absolutely love this dish when we are looking for some light and healthy meal. Stir fry has always been the time tested way to cook with less fat.  This can be easily recreated at your home kitchen with ur favorite veggies in case ur facing picky eaters 😛 Mushrooms, carrots, shrimp and Bell peppers make excellent additions to this…I mean, who doesn’t love a meal as colorful as this would turn out 🙂

You Will Need

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Firstly, fry thinly sliced onions in 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil along with minced garlic for 2 mins in a large pan. I added some jeera too 🙂

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The extra firm Tofu works best for this.

**Look for the ” EXTRA FIRM TOFU ” on the package**

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I used the all natural Extra Firm Tofu available at all major supermarkets

My experiment with the regular Tofu  was all scrambled  by the end of it 😀 haha… *lesson learnt*

*Make sure you press the water out of the tofu block before you start cooking. Keep the block between paper towels and place a bowl on top of it. This will drain out the water from it.*

Prep the Tofu by cutting into evenly shaped cubes.

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Once the Onions are slightly fried, throw in the Tofu cubes. Cook Tofu until brown on all sides. I used up some left over BellPeppers here .. Let it cook for 10-15 mins before adding in the Broccoli florets. Fry well until the florets are cooked. Add 2 Tbsp of water to help the florets cook well.

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At this stage, add a dash of Soy sauce and stir until the Broccoli is coated well…Sprinkle some Chilli flakes, Salt and Pepper. Feel free to go creative with the seasoning here. Mix well and cook for a few minutes.

 

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VOILA !! Serve and Enjoy!

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If you liked this recipe, don’t forget to check out my other Broccoli recipes Easy Peasy Broccoli Tots

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Source : Cornell University, Food Psychology

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Tri Color Spicy Egg Rice

Here I was, craving for something spicy this lazy chilly Friday evening.  That’s when  I made this fabulously flavourful spicy rice . Perfect meal to use up some leftovers!!  Feel free to add in chicken, Prawns, veggies, or any other proteins you like as well. This meal comes together very quickly once you start cooking, so make sure that your ingredients are prepped and ready before you turn on the heat!
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Step 1 : Heat Oil in a pan and fry garlic until golden brown. Add in chopped Spring Onions and fry for 2 mins. [ Reserve green portion of Spring Onions for garnish ]

Step 2 : Add tri Colored squarely chopped  BellPeppers and fry . Do not fry for too long as it tastes best when crunchy! Some other veggies which go well with this would be thinly sliced beans and cabbage. Note that these would take longer to cook 🙂

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Step 3 : At this stage, lower the flame and add 3-4 Tbsp of Schezwan sauce. This sauce can be made at home too.However, I used store bought Ching’s Secret Schezwan Sauce . Mix and cook on low flame for just a few mins. Can pour a teeny weeny  drizzle of Soya sauce as well ( Again, optional )

 

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Step 4 : Break open eggs onto a separate heated pan smeared with oil , sprinkle some seasoning (Optional) 😉 I have added some Oregano, Salt and Pepper powder. Scramble and add along with the Bellpeppers.

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Step 5: To this, add cooked Rice + Salt and mix carefully. **USE COLD RICE ** 

Lastly, Garnish with some spring Onions aaaaaand you are good to gooo! 

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This spicy rice can turn out to be addictive!! There is just soo much flavour going around here…. Gotto taste this a couple of times to adjust the flavour!! Perfect for chilly winter evenings.

Oh yeah!! Did I mention, this took me just 15 mins to make?! It’s gonna be ready in no time!! Enjoy!

Until next post,

Stay Happy, Eat Healthy!!

Love,

Sam

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Nutritious Green Gram pancakes

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1 : Grind together – soaked Green gram and Rice, along with Ginger, Chilli, Asafoetida, Onion and Turmeric + some Water.

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Step 2: Transfer the contents to a large bowl . Add in cumin and salt, mix well. Add more water if needed. The mixture needs to be of just the right consistency!

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Step 3 : Heat half a spoon of oil in a non stick pan and pour a ladle of this mixture to form thick pancakes. I sprinkled some onions and chilli flakes on top just to make it more attractive 😉 Switch sides until evenly cooked on both sides.

Slightly press the onions with the back of ladle so your toppings don’t fall off :P.

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Serve with chutney or ketchup!!

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Recipe inspired from Pesarattu, a popular breakfast dosa variety from AndraPradesh 🙂 Came across this on my Aerobics instructor’s fitness blog  and decided to give it a try! This has made its way into our breakfast menu quite often now 🙂 

Quick. Easy and Guilt Free 🙂

P.S : Tastes best when freshly made. Recommend using the entire batter mixture for the same day 😉

Green gram is considered to be this superfood which keeps you feeling full for longer! Trust me! This works!!  If you’re having trouble losing weight because you feel too hungry whenever you cut back on calories, consider adding green gram to your diet. A 1-cup serving has 15 grams of fiber. Fiber in food fills you up and makes you feel satisfied.

 

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Creamy Dry Fruit Popsicles

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1:  Boil milk until it reduces to  almost half. Keep stirring so that the milk does not burn.

Step 2:  Pulse the dry fruits in a grinder to make a coarse powder. Do not make a fine powder of it.

Step 3 :  Add dry fruit mixture, Stevia powder ( more on this at the end of this post ) , Cardamom powder, Saffron strands and cook until creamy texture.

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This is how creamy it turned out at this stage. You can also see the colors infused by Saffron and the little chunks of dry fruits.

 

Step 4: Cool the mixture and transfer into Popsicle molds / Cute lil’ mud pots. If you do not have these, any shaped closed container will do 😉 Freeze for 8 hours or overnight. I kept it in the freezer overnight and it turned out just perfect without sticking to the sides!

  •  Run the molds under warm water for easy removal of the Popsicle. 
  • Soak Saffron in little quantity of milk, this way the saffron strands expand,  releasing more flavor and color.
  • Do not try to demold much ahead of freezing time 😀 

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Why this works as a Great low calorie dessert 

Stevia is perhaps the only sweetener that is not just “not harmful” but has actual health benefits. It has no calories, is 100% natural, and if you choose the the right one then it also tastes like a million bucks 😉 Tadaaah !!! 

 

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Go nuts for nuts

  • Want beautiful, healthy skin ?
  • Nuts can be your anticancer militants …Hahah
  • Pack your body with needed vitamins and minerals
  • Give your heart the heart beat

Reap in the nutty goodness of Walnuts,  Almonds and Pistachios 

 

Curious to know your go-to snack time desserts 😀 Send me a snap. I would love to see 😉

Until next time,

Stay happy, eat healthy!!

Keep visiting for more.

Love,

Sam

 

 

Guilt Free Date Walnut Cake

This  sugarless walnuts and dates cake recipe is easy, quick and out of the world!!  I used sugarless maple syrup as a topping! Dates being great energy boosters with natural sugars, hop on to hog on this without the guilt to burn off those extra calories at the gym 😉 

 

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Puree dates and banana with some milk in a mixer bowl.

Step 2: Add the puree in a big bowl + Flax seed powder and mix well.

Step 3: Add in all the dry ingredients with slowly adding in vanilla essence , lemon juice and the baking soda. Mix well.

Step 4: Bake in an oven preheated at 200 C/ 390 F for 30-35 mins or until done.

  

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Top it with a drizzle of sugar-free maple syrup

 

 

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Whether you serve it hot out of the oven or refrigerate it for a later time, I hope you enjoy this Dates Walnut slice cake recipe which my grandpa shared with me, considering the numerous health benefits 😀

Let me know how it turned out for you 🙂

Until next time,

Stay happy , healthy and guilt free!!

Keep visiting for more.

Love,

Sam

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Easy Peasy Broccoli Tots

Did I share my recent love for broccoli ?!! Yeahhh… It’s been Broccoli all through this month…Broccoli soups, Broccoli Stir Fry, Broccoli pepper dry . . . .This baby sized baked broccoli tots recipe I stumbled upon, turned out to be a super-hit!! 🙂  If you are a Broccoli addict or looking for ways to make this good for you veggie, this is a MUST TRY!

Ohh wait, there is also an Indian twist to the actual recipe my husband came up with…Read on to find out 🙂

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INSTRUCTIONS :

Step 1 : Blanch Broccoli florets in hot water for few mins and chop finely. Alternatively, you can just pulse them in a blender just for a few seconds. Do not make a fine paste of it.

Step 2 : To the broccoli mixture, add in rest of the ingredients. Take about 1 Tbsp of the mixture and roll into tiny cylindrical shaped tots.

Step 3: Grease an Oven tray and place the tots. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 20-25 mins, flipping until done. Relish with ketchup 🙂

  • Be aware to remove all the water from the Broccoli, you cannot make them into baby tots if it still has some water content in it.
  • Increase the amount of breadcrumbs/add some all purpose flour for binding if you find it getting soggy.
  • Place the tots on a well greased aluminium foil to avoid it from getting stuck to the bottom of the pan and save yourself some cleaning time!

Here comes the twist as promised!:)

We used some leftover mixture shaped into small round balls and cooked them in a traditional Indian Paddu maker. Served as a great appetizer!! Sorry about not clicking many pictures at this stage. Got too excited and finished it all in one go!!!

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For all of you not familiar, this is how a traditional Indian Paddu / Appam maker looks like!

Promise to upload more pictures next time I make this!

What more ?

Broccoli has just 30 Calories in a 1/2 Cup serving!! 

Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

Need more reasons to try this ? 😉

Until next time,

Stay happy,  healthy and guilt free!!

Keep visiting for more.

Love,

Sam

 

 

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