Category: Low Calorie

Pearl Barley Snack

Nutritious, light on the stomach and filling: the barley upma
Nutritious, light on the stomach and filling: the barley mid day snack. In India it would be called Barley Upma

It’s been a crazy two weeks. I’ve been attempting to pack all my belongings into cartons to move home. Though I’ve moved less than a kilometer away from where I stayed earlier on, the process has been cumbersome, fatiguing and has washed me out of every ounce of energy. So when we did move and I started cooking in the new kitchen, instead of the traditional sweetmeat that is supposed to be cooked, I made this super healthy Barley Upma! It brought back some spring to my steps.

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Seven-Bean Five-Layer Salad with a Tangy Lime Dressing

7 Bean 5 Layer Salad
7 Bean 5 Layer Salad

I’ve often been told that beans are fabulous for health and I must include it in my diet as often as I can. So my mornings start with sprouted green gram and in the evening’s I try to make myself a hummus, (have you heard of black bean hummus? It tastes quite yum when served with rye crackers) or at times even use it as a base for my meats and gravies or even just stir fried in a dollop of butter with garlic. But this is the first time I’ve used 7 different beans together in a salad and it is quite a treat.

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Potato and Spinach Frittata

Spinach, Potato and Feta Frittata
Spinach, Potato and Feta Frittata

How do you like your eggs done? For me it always depends on my mood. When I’m in a hurry it’s a quick sunny side up, if I’m bored out of my bones, it’s a savoury French Toast and when I want to make something exotic it’s either a Shakshuka or Eggs Benedict. But this Italian dish is quite a hit too. I load it up with so much cheese, that the end product is gooey and soft.

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Cobb Salad with a Coriander and Parsley Dressing

Cobb Salad with a parsley and coriander dressing
Cobb Salad with a parsley and coriander dressing

This is one the simplest salads to put together, if you have good knife skills. The first time I ate a Cobb salad was at Hard Rock Cafe. When the plate came to our table it was the amazing array of colours that threw me off guard, each ingredient forming a perfect line as it lay against each other, beckoning me to throw in the dressings and mix it all up. Food can’t be linear, at least not for me!

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Baked Mushrooms

Crispy Baked Mushrooms
Crispy baked mushrooms

I am not a mushroom fan, and yet due to its nutritional qualities, especially the Vitamin D content, I try and incorporate the fungus into my meals at least once a week. Most often it’s just thrown into a gravy or stir fried with some onions and bell peppers, this is the first time I’ve made it a hero and am I glad!

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Dyed Devilled Eggs Stuffed with Sausage

Drama queen: Dyed devilled eggs stuffed with sausage, cheese and capers
Dyed devilled eggs stuffed with sausage, cheese and capers

I love drama on a plate which is probably why I love Masterchef with Gordon Ramsay. And when I manage to create a plate that doles of oodles of love and gets the camera snapping, I am beside myself with pride. Cooking at home is so easy, if you just let your imagination run wild. Boiled eggs can never be boring, but they are just ingredients, convert them into a stunner by using this simple process. Boil. Crack. Dip. Boil. Peel! Viola! You have a stunner.

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Green Gram Crepe with a Cottage Cheese Filling

Super nutritious dosa with a cottage cheese and red bell pepper filling
Super nutritious dosa with a cottage cheese and red bell pepper filling

Some days you just want a quick nutritious meal, without spending too much time in the kitchen. This is the kind of recipe you need in your cookbook for those times. What’s more it works for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even in between meals!

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Marinated Cottage Cheese

Marinated Cottage Cheese
Marinated Cottage Cheese

I must thank Pinterest for this recipe…the pictures of this gorgeously colourful recipe made me delirious with the need to just bite into these juicy bits of cheese. Sadly, it had no recipe. However, I now realise it doesn’t need one..its a simple assembly process that can be put together in 10 minutes! But it does need a bit of planning as the cheese needs to sit in those gorgeous liquids and flavours for at least 24 hours. (more…)

Grilled Tomato and Celery Soup

Smooth, refreshing and herby: a grilled tomato and celery soup
Smooth, refreshing and herby: a grilled tomato and celery soup

There can be nothing as pure in taste as this concoction. It’s a perfect pick-me snack in the evening, a lazy day’s supper or even dinner when combined with a Cobb Salad or any other salad of your choice and–now here’s where I go a little crazy–a cocktail! Yup you heard me right, chill it, add a largish dash of red pepper tabasco, a bit of Worcestershire sauce, a squeeze of lime, a salt rimmed glass and top it up with Vodka, your Herby Bloody Mary is ready.

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