Chicken in Black Pepper

Chicken cooked with bell peppers and black pepper
Chicken cooked with bell peppers and black pepper

For a change, i decided to cook up the chicken breasts Indian style, and am I pleased! The chicken breasts that were supposed to be stuffed with cheese and spinach and cooked in a tomato gravy were instead cooked with black pepper and capsicum! And I teamed it up with a spinach lentil. :) the god of small green things was definitely going to fall in love with me.:)

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Spinach Lentils

Loaded with nutrients, the Spinach Dal
Don’t go by the picture, it’s a rainy day and the cloud cover has eaten away all my light. Try cooking this dal that’s loaded with nutrients instead–the Spinach Dal

Indian food is essentially all about combining a veggie dish, with a nutritious dal and a bread or rice. A yoghurt based raita is thrown in for good measure and some families even insist on a kachumber–if you look at it from a nutrition point of view, a good mix of carbs, proteins and fats!

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Green Apple and Feta Tossed Salad

Kale with Roasted Almonds and Golden Raisins

Sweet Chilli Garlic Grilled Paneer

Yummilicious:  Sweet, crisp, soft, a riot on the tongue. The Sweet Chilli Grilled Paneer
Yummilicious: Sweet, crisp, soft, a riot on the tongue. The Sweet Chilli Grilled Paneer

When you think of vegetarian protein source the first thing the pops up is tofu and cottage cheese. I have grown up in a family that loves its food, and each weekend was a gourmet challenge to create something new. When my friends turned vegetarian for health reasons, I literally needed to go back to the roots and unearth new flavours.

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5 Greens, Smoked Almonds and Feta Salad

Nothing tastes better than feta and almonds in a salad
Nothing tastes better than feta and almonds in a salad

I am the food I eat. And the days I eat just greens I feel like a mountain goat…light on my feet and ready to run at the sight of an open road, with music plugged to my ears! I’ve done a million combinations of this one basic salad and each one ends up yummy!

The base of a good salad is the quality of the ingredients you use, the combination of crunch, sweet, salty, spicy, nutty and eye candy appeal. Most salads are served cold and that’s what we in India love to eat given the crazy temperatures we live in. Its perfect when paired with a sandwich or a soup. This one has my favourite ingredient: feta.

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Glazed Steak Roll Ups

Glazed Steak Roll Ups: You could use chicken instead of the red meat
Glazed Steak Roll Ups: You could use chicken instead of the red meat

Whilst surfing for things to do with my water buffalo meat–yeah beef is banned in my part of India–I came across gorgeous looking dish. I didn’t bother to read the recipe or to figure out how complex it would be, or how many hours of back-breaking labour it would involve before I’d set me mind and heart and stomach on it. The  plans for a Sunday dinner were fixed, at least in my mind.

A steak definitely calls for sides of mashed potato, so the pots went into the oven, unsalted butter was called for and the stage was set. Wait…my favourite butcher had no meat :(  That was surely not going to dampen my spirits..my entire weekend depends on the food I cook! A quick trip to Godrej’s Natures Basket and I managed to lay my hands on Prasuna’s steaks. That would have to do.

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Chilli Pretzel Sugarfree Brownie

Chilli Pretzel Sugarfree Brownie
Chilli Pretzel Sugar-free Brownie

I love brownies, actually I love anything and everything that has chocolate in it. A slab of delicious dark chocolate is the best pick me up there ever can be, especially when that dark chocolate has a soft liqueur center and it calls for your attention around midnight…that’s the only time I raid the fridge. But this post is not about me, it’s about the soft, fudgy sugar-free brownie that was baked only because I laid my hands on mini chilli pretzels! Yup, you heard it right. Chilli and chocolate are an amazing combination. I’ve cooked chocolate with chicken and even with Goan pork sausages and has it been a delightful feast!
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Peach Banana SuperSeed Smoothie

Power packed peach and banana smoothie
Power packed peach and banana, almonds, oats smoothie

This week I plan to skip my dinner and chug smoothies and soups instead, not to tough considering I love fruits and have put on weight :(  This smoothie is power packed with 5 super seeds, to ensure my energy levels stay well above average after a hard day’s work. You can choose a combination of seeds to tickle your taste buds and needs, i like this one: Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, black and white sesame seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds.

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