Novak Djokovic and his Gluten Free Journey

These are hard times for all the health conscious people, including me. I say hard times because almost everything can be harmful for health, so what should we go for or not go for? I won’t answer for ‘what should we go for’ as I’ll end up a mentioning a lot of recipes, ironically making the whole meal “NOT” so very healthy. As far as ‘what should we NOT go for’ is concerned, a diet containing Gluten should be avoided. I haven’t implemented this yet but was simply thinking why not including gluten free diet twice or thrice in a week (whenever I can), so that even if I or you have to turn on to a complete gluten free diet, it can be done hassle free. This world number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, suffered a lot before going for a gluten free diet. Gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye was affecting his metabolism. Eventually he was diagnosed as gluten intolerant and shifted to gluten free diet.

Gluten-free Curry Noodles Soup

Gluten-free Curry Noodles Soup

Consider someone whose parents own a pizza restaurant but son is sensitive to gluten. Sad! But his hard work and results after going gluten free are evident enough to make me think twice. I was going through a book, Serve Serve to Win, wherein Djokovic says – “What amazed me the most was how simple these changes were to make, and how dramatic the results were. All I did was eliminate gluten – the protein found in wheat – for a few days, and my body instantly felt better. I was lighter, quicker, clearer in mind and spirit. After two weeks, I knew that my life had changed. I sprang out of bed, ready to tear into the day ahead. And I realized that I had to share what I’d learned with others.” I can’t recall when was the last time I sprang out of bed, but let me try this healthy gluten-free recipe. Anyone, anytime may require turning to a gluten-free diet. Let’s practice now onwards.

Gluten-free Curry Noodles Soup

Ingredients:-

1 fresh Red Chilli,

200 ml Coconut Milk,

3.5 cm sliced Ginger,

1 teaspoon Turmeric,

1 litre Chicken Stock,

150 grams Rice Noodles,

1 teaspoon Brown Sugar,

2 tablespoons Lime juice,

1 teaspoon Tamarind paste,

2 tablespoons Thai Fish Sauce,

250 grams stir fry mix Vegetables,

150 grams cooked diced Chicken.

For Garnishing:-

2 Curry Leaves,

1 chopped Red Chilli,

1 piece chopped lemongrass.

Preparation Method:-

1. Take a pan and heat the chicken stock.

2. Boil the noodles in another pan. Drain water and set aside.

3. Add the remaining ingredients, except the vegetables, to the pan and bring to a boil.

4. When the chicken is hot, add the vegetables. When they are tender, add the drained noodles.

5. Divide the noodles between bowls. Pour the soup over them.

6. Serve sprinkled with curry leaves, red chili and lemongrass.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

The Gluten-free diet can be so yummilicious!

Diabetic Friendly Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

The food craving for a diabetic and a non-diabetic person is the same. It is human nature to crave for the things, he needs to avoid. The scenario very well matches to that of a diabetic person. His desire for having desserts is doubled instead. I can well understand this coz my father has diabetes. This does not mean that low-sugar meals have to be tasteless. He has a sweet tooth. I am sure you loved my Diabetic Friendly Pecan Ice Cream.

Diabetic Friendly Cookies

Diabetic Friendly Cookies

Oats are significant source of dietary fiber. Oats have earned reputation as widely used healthy breakfast ingredient. There is nothing more fulfilling than to wake up and have a bowl full of steaming hot oats. So healthy and so tasty. Today we have different ways of using oats to give you a satisfactory yet tasty meal. If you have diabetes, you must know that a small square of dark chocolate is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Did you know that snacking on unprocessed dark chocolate will help in controlling obesity and diabetes? If no then surely try this recipe to quench your craving.

Ingredients:-

1/4 teaspoon salt,

1/4 cup nonfat milk,

2 teaspoons vanilla,

1/2 cup low-fat butter,

1/2 cup dried cherries,

1 teaspoon baking soda,

Cooking spray as required,

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour,

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger,

1/3 cup whipped egg whites,

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon,

2-1/4 cups uncooked quick oats,

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate,

1 cup Diabetic friendly sweetner,

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce.

Preparation Method:-

1. Combine the sweetner, butter, brown sugar, egg whites, applesauce, milk and vanilla in a bowl.
2. Mix with electric mixer until well blended. Stir in combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
3. Slowly mix in oats, cherries and chocolate. Combine well.
4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the lightly sprayed baking sheets. You can use an ice-cream stick as shown.
5. Bake in a preheated 350 D. F oven for 10 minutes or until light golden in color.
6. Remove from baking sheet and cool. Serve!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Healthy and Spicy Thai Fish Curry

A delectable Malaysian fish curry is cooked with goodness of your fav veggies, infused with lemony fragrance. This curry makes a perfect dinner for the chilly weather. It is spiced enough to prompt a dizzy drowsy appetite and keep you warm. The best part is that the curry not only works with all kinda fish such as snapper, warehou, ling but also with seafood, from crabs to prawns, lobsters etc. For now, I have tried the fish recipe using my fav tuna fish.

Spicy Thai fish Curry

Spicy Thai fish Curry

Fish sauce provides the essential savory flavor that is typically found in traditional Thai cuisine. I just love the aromatic amber-coloured liquid. I have also used homemade orange sauce. Believe it or not, it can be made in a jiffy using few ingredients. I’m sharing my homemade sauce recipe too. Coconut cream is similar to coconut milk. It contains less water. It has a thicker and paste-like consistency. This is a lite recipe with very low calories. I have therefore chosen it to get rid of heavy meals, that we had in abundant on Christmas and New Year holidays.

Ingredients for Fish Curry:-

3/4 cup Water,

1/2 teaspoon Salt,

Handful Curry Leaves,

1 teaspoon Fish Sauce,

3/4 cup Coconut Cream,

3 chopped Garlic Cloves,

500 grams firm Fish Fillets,

1 teaspoon Orange Sauce,

Handful Coriander Leaves,

1 tablespoon Tomato Paste,

2 tablespoon Grated Ginger,

3 tablespoon Extra-virgin Olive Oil,

Red pepper and Mushrooms (Optional).

Preparation Method:-

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add onion, garlic and cook over a high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to brown. Stir in grated ginger and cook for 2 minutes.

  2. Add the fish sauce and orange sauce. Cook, stirring for another minute. Add tomato paste, 1/2 cup of water, the coconut cream and salt to taste. Mix well. Allow the sauce to come to the boil.

  3. Stir in the fish cubes into the sauce. Then cover the pan and cook for 3 minutes, or until the fish is just cooked through, adding the extra 1/4 cup of water. Remove from heat.

  4. Take another pan and add oil. Add curry leaves. Sprinkle them over the curry just before serving. Also add coriander leaves. Enjoy with steamed rice or tortillas. 

Tangy Orange Sauce

Tangy Orange Sauce

Ingredients for Orange Sauce:-

3/4 cup orange juice,

2 tablespoons sugar,

1 teaspoons olive oil,

1 teaspoons cornflour,

1/4 teaspoons lemon juice,

2 teaspoons orange squash.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Take a pan. Add oil. Add orange juice, squash, sugar and cornflour. Cook until thick, by stirring continuously. Allow it to cool.

  2. Add the lemon juice. Now mix gently.

  3. Taste the sauce before you use. Enjoy!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Healthy Turkey Treat on Thanksgiving

Of all the symbols, relating to Thanksgiving, turkey is the one we associate the most. There are several reasons behind it. The majestic appearance with sharp features and bright hues are really attractive. Turkey is also a native of United States and Mexico. Juz 15 days left for Thanksgiving, and we are all set with a variety of turkey recipes, isn’t it? Since  turkey is the most common main dish of Thanksgiving dinner, I decided to try Healthy Veggie Turkey Crock Pot. Hope you liked my recipe Mexican Chocolate Turkey.

Healthy Veggie Turkey Crock Pot

Healthy Veggie Turkey Crock Pot

Everyone, ranging from diabetic person to fitness freaks can enjoy the dish to the fullest. The best part about this recipe is that you can add in the veggies of your choice and make a real yummy treat. You can also add in extra chillies for a spicy treat if you wish to. I wanted the recipe to be very spicy, so I have added in good amount of chillies. The flexible recipe will really add on to the mood.

Healthy Veggie Turkey Crock Pot

Ingredients:-

2 cups Water,

1.25 lbs Turkey,

1 diced Carrot,

1 chopped Onion,

1 chopped Jalapeno,

1 tablespoon Olive Oil,

3 minced Garlic Cloves,

1 cup chopped Spinach,

2 chopped Bell Peppers,

1/4 cup Taco Seasoning,

15 oz diced fire roasted Tomatoes with Green Chillies.

Preparation Method:-

1. In a large pan sprayed with nonstick spray, brown the turkey pieces.  Drain off any water and pour the turkey into your slow cooker.

2. In a wok, add oil. Put in onions, jalapeno and minced garlic, stir-fry till golden brown. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, cover and cook on high heat for 4 hours along with water.

3. Serve in a large bowl, with mashed potatoes and steamed rice. Sprinkle seasoning over the curry.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy healthy turkey treat!

Commonwealth Games 2014 Speciality – Recipes for Athletes

If anyone asks me where would I like to go this season, my answer would certainly be either Brazil for FIFA 2014 or Scotland for the largest multi-sport event, 2014 Commonwealth Games. With 4,950 athletes, belonging to 71 countries, participating in 17 different events, would be worth watching. Isn’t it? I’m sure we all will be very busy enjoying the wonderful games from 23 July to 3 August, 2014. An athlete is judged by his wellness and fitness, the exercises involved and the food that he/she eats. So why don’t we have a look on some healthy athletes recipe, it will be fun and you can also add-on to your list of food. Here are 3 healthy breakfast or brunch recipes.

Nut Berry Oatmeal

Nut Berry Oatmeal

Nut Berry Oatmeal – It is a common saying, “Eat breakfast like a king”. I completely agree with this statement. We must begin our day with something healthy. What could be a better option other than nut berry oatmeal? This is a quick and easy recipe, it is loaded with nutrients as well. The simple breakfast requires skim milk, oatmeal, flaxseed meal, berries of your choice, nuts of your choice and brown sugar or honey. Go for it if you are a real fitness freak. You just require to boil the milk first, add oatmeal and flaxseed meal and keep stirring on low heat till the desired consistency is reached. Pour into the breakfast bowl and top up with berries and nuts. For more nutritious burst, you can also add seasonal fruits to it. Enjoy the healthy treat!

Avocado Kiwi Green Smoothie

Avocado Kiwi Green Smoothie

Kiwi-Avocado Smoothie with Lime and Honey:– Breakfast is incomplete without smoothie. The first thing that comes to our mind while thinking about health is smoothie. Isn’t it? Smoothy is a great way of including seasonal fruits/vegetables in your diet as it’s very nutritious. Kiwi-avocado smoothie is a healthy way out. The combination not only boosts up the nutritional value but it’s tasty as well, when accompanied by honey and lime. Yummzz!! All you need to do is, blending ripe avocado, kiwi, lime juice, honey and milk of your choice (Almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk). Add two-three ice cubes, though I consume it in purest form. This combination is very popular among fitness freaks, I personally love it. 🙂

Chard and Bacon Quiche

Chard and Bacon Quiche

Chard and Bacon Quiche Whether, it’s breakfast or brunch, quiche is something I love to relish. All you require is purple onion, Swiss chard, bacon slices, lowest calorie cheese or vegan cheese and eggs. Infact, you can use spinach plus chard. There are variety of vegan cheese available in the market. You can combine all the ingredients and bake them. And here you are with the yummy delight. This can be served with low-fat dip of your choice, salads and toasts. You can add variant of this also by adding boiled peas, I do this. A drink along with it drives me crazy! 😛

Commonwealth Games 2014

Commonwealth Games 2014

Enjoy Commonwealth Games 2014!

Vegan Recipes – Summer Soups

Oh! It’s summer time. I’m almost through writing my experience about grill recipes, appetizers plus salads. Now it’s time for some soupy affair. Apart from Red Borscht and Hearty Croutons Broccoli Soup, that I had mentioned in the post My Heart RecipesI prefer having following Vegan soups. If you are vegetarian then additional cream cheese, cottage cheese, milk can also be added. I have presented my recipes in both forms, vegans or vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup– Butternut squash soup is made purely from the rich puree of butternut squash. The thick puree is blended with broth or stock. We can use broth/stock of our own choice. Incase we prefer vegan soup, vegetable stalk can be added to the puree. If we are fond of non-vegetarian flavors, then chicken stock is recommended. Thick cream adds to the richness of the soups. I prefer vegan soups over the non-vegetarian ones. Serve with a nice loaf of crusty bread with vegan cream cheese on it. You’ll relish it, I’m sure.

Cold Cucumber Soup

Cold Cucumber Soup

Cold Cucumber Soup– There is a special reason behind the saying as cool as cucumber. This fresh and crisp vegetable makes so many lovely recipes for this hot summer eg. cucumber bites with feta, yogurt, dips, subs, sandwiches, salads, juice etc. Let’s have a look at cold cucumber soup. This soup is a low calorie soup. It is loaded with goodness of capsicum and low fat milk. It is flavored with mint and dill for freshness. It makes a cool and refreshing lunch. Vegan cucumber soup can be made from smooth avocado cream. A fine mixture of fresh dill, onions and garlic may also give it a smooth texture. Hence there are many ways to have cucumber soup.

Summer Vegetable Curry Soup

Summer Vegetable Curry Soup

Summer Vegetable Curry Soup– I love incorporating seasonal vegetables in my recipes. It makes the food very nutritious. I make it a point to use fresh ginger as it not only adds taste but also improves digestion. Pumpkin is one of my favorites. Hence, I include onion, tomatoes, corns, tomatoes, baby spinach, coriander and cottage cheese. Vegans can opt for tofu. Infact, I love tofu. This makes an excellent supper. This soups can be made in two ways, either boil all the vegetables, blend them and then add tofu or cottage cheese cubes at the end or keep the vegetables as such and do not blend. It is quite filling. When I opt for lite dinner, I prefer this soup with steamed rice or plain bread.

Happy Summer

Happy Summer

Happy Summer 🙂

FIFA World Cup 2014 Special – Secret behind Neymar’s Built

Hey fitness freaks, how are you? I know you all are over-excited about FIFA World Cup 2014. Isn’t it? I am desperately waiting for the same. I’m sure you are in love with Neymar Jr. the 22 year old Brazilian forward/winger, who came out with flying colors in FC Barcelona. Neymar, also known as Joia,  is now inspiration for many regarding agility, jaw-dropping dribbling skills, unbelievable crosses plus clear overhead shots. Today I’ll be writing about the secret diet behind his fit and fine body plus a healthy recipe.

Pasta with Basil and Clam Recipe

Pasta with Basil and Clam Recipe

Even I am very fond of Italian delights, especially pasta and lasagna, hope you liked my recipe Spinach and Cheese Lasagna. Let’s check out what keeps Neymar fit and fine. Neymar loves to eat lentils and whole grains. Among the vegetables, spinach and beet is what he likes to consume. He is fond of clams among the seafood. He is fond of pasta as well to consume right amount of carbohydrates. So lets try a brand new ‘Pasta with Basil and Clam Recipe’. Well I made it yesterday for dinner and everyone simply loved it.

Neymar's Love For Football

Neymar’s Love For Football

Pasta with Basil and Clam Recipe

Ingredients:-

Sea salt,

1 pound pasta,

1⁄3 cup olive oil,

1⁄2 cup dry white wine,

8 minced garlic cloves,

4 dozen littleneck clams,

4 tablespoons basil pesto,

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper,

1 teaspoon minced red hot pepper,

3 tablespoons minced basil leaves,

3 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley.

Preparation Method:-

1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan on medium heat. Add garlic and cook until light brown, for 1 minute.

2. Add wine and clams to it. Cover tightly. Cook until clams open-up, for 8 minutes. Shake the saute pan occasionally.

3. Remove clams as they open, setting them aside in a bowl. Throw away any clams that are chipped or fail to open.

4. In the mean time, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until tender. Drain pasta and add to clam sauce in a pan.

5. Add parsley and basil. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper, red pepper and toss with pesto.

6. Now transfer to a large serving bowl. Arrange the clams on top, sprinkle with fried garlic slices if desired.

FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil..

FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil..

It is extremely sad to hear that Brazilian star, Neymar is out of World Cup due to the injury. Neymar’s injury has left the Brazilians in a state of shock. They are worried about what would happen in the upcoming matches, though the team is headstrong. Will Brazil make it to the Finals and win the match? What do you think?

Crispy Kale Chips – The Vegan Recipe

Usually one has misconception that healthy food is not tasty. This is a myth. Kale denotes unsurpassed health benefits. Crispy Kale Chips will clear this doubt. Kale contains vitamins A, C, and K. In addition to this, kale has lutein and iron in abundance. On the other hand tahini is rich in vitamin E and B, calcium, protein and essential fatty acid. Nutritional yeast boosts up Vitamin B especially B12, zinc and folic acid. The recipe is easy to make and perfectly blends with the healthy lifestyle. This is a perfect vegan dream food for our vegan and vegetarian friends, you will definitely love to make its double batch!

Crispy Kale Chips - The Vegan Recipe

Crispy Kale Chips – The Vegan Recipe

Ingredients:-

2 big bunches of kale,

1/2 cup raw tahini,

1/4 cup olive oil,

1/4 cup wheat free tamari,

1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar,

1/4 cup nutritional yeast,

2 cloves garlic,

1 teaspoon onion powder,

1 tablespoon maple syrup,

1 tsp of chilli flakes.

Preparation Method:-

1. Rinse, de-rib, and roughly tear the kale into a giant bowl.

2. Put all of the other ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix until smooth or use a hand blender.

3. Pour the mixture over the kale, and use your hands to toss it all together. Cover it.

4. Spread the kale out evenly on oiled sheets. Bake on 250 D.F for 45 minutes.

5. Serve with potato chips and your favorite dip!

Complete vegan diet

Complete vegan diet

Enjoy the cool veggie recipe!!!

Vegetables Stir-Fry with Tofu

Vegetables are often paired with the word ‘boring’. But this is not the case always. We have the very savory veggie and tofu blend to cheer up the vegetarians. Non vegetarians can add diced chicken instead of tofu. The vegetables have rich nutritional value. Seasonal vegetables boost up the fitness freaks. Tofu has low fat, low cholesterol and complements variety of curries and salads. It is easy to digest as well. The soya sauce adds mood to the food. Both fitness person and foodaholics can relish the dish. So say hello to taste and health with Vegetables Stir-Fry with Tofu.

Vegetables Stir-Fry with Tofu

Vegetables Stir-Fry with Tofu

Ingredients:-

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil,

3 Cups seasonal vegetables diced,

1/2 Medium sliced onion,

2 Cloves chopped garlic,

1 Tablespoon chopped ginger root,

16 Ounce diced tofu,

1/2 Cup water,

4 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar,

2 Tablespoons honey,

2 Tablespoons soy sauce,

2 Teaspoons dissolved cornstarch,

2 Tablespoons water

Girl enjoying the rich food..

Girl enjoying the rich food..

Preparation method:-

1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Stir in onions and cook for one minute.

2. Stir in garlic and ginger, and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tofu, and cook until golden brown.

3. Stir in carrots, bell pepper and baby corn, cooking for 2 minutes. Stir in bok choy, mushrooms, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and crushed red pepper, and heat through.

4. Remove from heat. In a small saucepan, combine water, rice wine vinegar, honey, and soy sauce, and bring to a simmer.

5. Cook for two minutes, then stir in cornstarch and water mixture. Simmer until sauce thickens.

6. Pour sauce over vegetables and tofu. Garnish with scallions.

7. Serve hot with steamed rice.

 

Chicken Caesar Salad – A Blend Of Taste And Health

We have discussed about the benefits of Gluten-free diets and related recipes in the blogs titled “A Gluten-Free Smoothie To Beat Summers“, respectively. Now giving that discussion a more delicious shape, I present a true treat for your taste buds in the guise of Caesar Salad. It’s a lip-smacking continental dish that has croutons and romaine lettuce dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, eggs, black pepper, and Parmesan cheese.   

The salad actually got its name from its creator Caesar Cardini, an immigrant from Italy who set up restaurants in the USA and Mexico. The dish actually came into being as a result of depletion in kitchen supplies caused by fourth of July rush in the year 1924. It became hip since then. Though the original dish went through several iterations based on regions and taste preferences, while the juiciness and feel remained more or less same. Let’s talk about the popular Chicken variation of the salad.

Chicken Ceaser Salad

Chicken Ceaser Salad

Ingredients:-

3 Tablespoon Olive Oil,

4 loafs of white bread,

2 chicken boneless breasts,

1 romaine lettuce.

For the Dressing:-

1 block Parmesan Cheese,

1 Tablespoon White wine Vinegar,

5 Tablespoon Mayonnaise,

A Garlic Clove.

Preparation Method:-

1. Cut the Bread with knife and put it over a baking tray and splash a 1 tbsp olive oil on it. Make sure that the oil seeps in breads.

2. Bake it for around 10 minutes. Keep turning the croutons from time to time so that the bread attains even brown texture.

3. Now sprinkle the rest of the oil on chicken breasts. Put them in a pre-heated pan and heat both sides for about 4-5 minutes each.

4. Now take some part of the cheese, and grate it with all the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Season it to taste. Add yogurt and keep stirring to the achieve the desired level of thickness.

5. Now peel the cheese. Cut chicken strips and put it all over the lettuce leaves. Now sprinkle croutons all over it.

6. Add the mixture you made in the above step and the remaining dressing by scattering it all over the chicken and croutons. It’s ready to serve now.

Stay Fit with Salad

Stay Fit with Salad

Stay fit with Salad!!