Two-way Vegan and Gluten-free Oatmeal Recipes

How about trying a vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free recipe? I’m sure at this moment just one thing strikes your mind. Will this vegan recipe be boring or tasty? Well, it simply depends on the cooking method and the ingredients you use to either kick a recipe or make a recipe yet bland. Let’s try both the sweet and spicy versions of healthy oatmeal. This breakfast recipe is definitely going to add some sweet and spice to your life keeping the health factor in consideration.

Sweet Vegan Oatmeal Recipe

Vegan Sweet Oatmeal for Breakfast

Vegan Sweet Oatmeal for Breakfast

Ingredients:-

1/3 cup Water,

1/3 cup rolled Oats,

2/3 cup Almond Milk,

1/2 sliced ripe Banana,

1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon,

Strawberry as Required,

1 tablespoon Ground flax,

2 tablespoons Chia seeds.

Preparation Method:-

    1. The night before: Grab a medium bowl and mash the banana until smooth. Now stir in the chia, oats, cinnamon, milk, and water until combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    2. In the morning: Scoop the oat mixture into a medium pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat immediately to medium-low, and stir frequently until heated throughout and thickened. At the end of cooking, stir in flax.
    3. Pour oats into bowl. Garnish with your desired toppings!

Vegetable Oatmeal Recipe

Vegan Spicy Oatmeal for Breakfast

Vegan Spicy Oatmeal for Breakfast

Ingredients:-

2 cups Oatmeal,

Salt as Required,

150 gms Carrots,

Water as required,

1 large size Onions,

50 gms Green peas,

1/4 tsp Black Pepper,

150 gms Runner beans,

1/2 teaspoon Garlic paste,

3 tablespoons Cooking Oil,

1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste,

1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds,

Quarter tsp Turmeric powder,

Coriander leaves for garnishing,

1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder.

 

Preparation Method:-

  1. Boil vegetables, except onions with half tsp of salt and bit of black pepper. Keep it aside and let it cool.
  2. Cook oatmeal in two cups of water in a non-stick saucepan. Bring it down till the desired consistency is achieved. Heat three tbsp of cooking oil in a frying pan.
    Once the oil is heated add mustard seeds. Allow it to crackle. Add ginger and garlic paste to it and stir fry until it turns light brown. Then add diced onions to it, till it turns golden brown.
  3. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder to the sauteed onions. Cook for one minute and then add the boiled vegetables and oatmeal into it. Add salt as per taste. Stir for 1 minute. Remove from flame.
    Serve hot!

Enjoy healthy diet!

 

 

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Buddhism and Thukpa – Keep it Simple

The fundamental precept of Buddhism is Interdependence or the Law of Cause and Effect. This simply states that everything which an individual being experiences is derived through action and experience. From this understanding are derived the Buddhist theories of consciousness and rebirth”. That’s how the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso explains Buddhism in his autobiographical book “Freedom in Exile”. If I were to simply decipher those lines written above, it’d be – whatever you do, its consequences will follow you. If you do good, then you’ll meet good and if you do something bad, then of course you know what. It’s Karma. Since this blog is about food – well I should say since I am a foodie – we’ll diverge slowly towards food.

Thukpa Recipe

Thukpa Recipe

The way he described Tibet and its beauty is exceptional. Though I have never been to Tibet but I can somehow get a feel of that place – Mountains, snow, people still living that simple life contrary to their neighbor. Though Tibet has changed, thanks to China. I won’t get into political things. Tibet’s temperature – which is quite cold – gives it a unique cuisine. It’s mainly meat and butter – you need calories, a lot of calories and heat. Being Dalai Lama is about being simple, keeping simple and at times eating simple and healthy recipes. As a kid, the 14th Dalai Lama loved the visits from her mother to the Potala Palace. This is a palace where he was kept separated from his family to become a spiritual leader in the future. Apart from motherly love, there is one more reason he loved such visits – Thukpa. Best part is that you can add in veggies of your choice. Let’s make this Tibetan noodle soup and try to make it good else Karma will haunt us!

Ingredients:

For Thukpa:-

Salt as required,

Pepper as required,

Coriander as required,

300 gms Rice Noodles,

100 gms sliced Carrots,

½ sliced Red Capsicum,

1.5 litres Chicken Stock,

300 gms diced Chicken,

2 pieces Green Onions,

1 tablespoon Lemon Juice,

1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil.

For Spice Paste:-

1 chopped green chilli,

1 chopped small onion,

2 chopped garlic cloves,

1 teaspoon ground cumin,

1 pinch asafoetida powder,

1 teaspoon chopped ginger,

½ teaspoon ground turmeric,

200 gms chopped tomatoes,

¼ teaspoon ground timur powder.

Preparation Method:-

  1. First of all make spice paste. Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add spice paste and cook, stir for 7 minutes. Pour in chicken stock. Bring to boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add chicken thigh and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from stock and shred roughly.

  3. In the mean time bring 2 litres of water to boil in a large saucepan. Add rice noodles. Cook for 2 minutes. Place in huge strainer and pour cold water over it such that noodles don’t stick to each other. Drain water and set noodles aside.

  4. Add carrot and capsicum to stock. Simmer for 3 minutes until vegetables are a bit tender. Add lemon juice and season to taste.

  5. Divide the noodles in bowls. Top with chicken. Ladle stock and vegetables over the noodles. Serve!

Kathmandu Temple

Kathmandu Temple

Healthy and Happy Eating!

Healthy Recipes for Kids Birthday Party

Angela is my neighbor and we spend a lot of quality time together, especially on weekends. Yesterday was her son’s birthday party. Kids await for their birthday party throughout the year. The joy on their face for this special day, makes us forget all the pain and stress in life. Tom turned 11 this year and just as all the birthdays, Angela wanted to make it special for him and so I. Since on weekdays we hardly have anytime, we have to go for quick and easy recipes keeping health into consideration as we all love our children.

Yummy Burrito!

Yummy Burrito!

Burrito – Kids love to pick this Mexican and Tex-Mex food. Whole wheat rolls with tempting filling such as diced grilled chicken, tomatoes, grated carrots and greens make an excellent healthy snack loved by people of all age groups. You can also stir-fry these veggies. Serve it with your favorite sauce. I usually pair burrito with my fav dip recipe, Vegan Walnut and Red Pepper Dip. You must give it a try as well.

Ice Cream Salad

Ice Cream Salad

Fruit Salad with Ice cream – Fruit salad with Ice cream is a good way to make your kids eat seasonal fruits. The recipe is quite flexible. Add in diced fruits (seasonal fruits) like watermelon, mango, grapes, bananas, cantaloupe etc. Take scoops of ice-cream and top on the salad. I usually use strawberry and butterscotch flavor. Serve in ice-cream bowls as shown. The bowls will be empty in no time. Kids will go bonkers over it!

Baked Meatball Curry!

Baked Meatball Curry!

Sweet and sour Meatballs – Ah! Here it comes. I love meat recipes. Do not make this recipe too spicy. You can prepare the meatballs in advance. Prefer baking the balls rather than deep frying them. Also you can fry the paste a day before birthday party. I prefer Italian style of preparing the sauce for meatballs. It consists of onions, carrot, celery, parsley, garlic, tomatoes, basil, black pepper. Enjoy the yummzz!

Vanilla Strawberry Cake!

Vanilla Strawberry Cake!

Strawberry Cake – The classic combination of plain vanilla cake, fresh strawberry and smooth cream never fails. I love bakery products, especially when they are homemade. The aroma of the bake is simply irresistible. Nevertheless, cake can be prepared a day before the birthday to save time, it all depends on our resisting power that we don’t eat it the moment it is cool. Kids love it.

Vegetable Rice Noodles!

Vegetable Rice Noodles!

Vegetable Rice Noodles – Rice noodles is a good way to treat yourself instead of the refined flour noodles. It’s an excellent meal for birthday party. It is gluten-free recipe as well. Mix in the seasonal veggies with bit of Vinegar, soya sauce, sweet chili sauce (kids will avoid chili sauce) and tomato sauce. The bowl of noodles will be over in no time for sure.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Happy Birthday!


Homemade Gluten-free Vegan Carrot Cake

Holidays are over but the spirit of the festive season is still on. Though I am not a gluten-free or vegan by nature, I wanted to try a recipe for my friends. So I tried Gluten-free Vegan Carrot Cake. I chose a beautiful cake tin to flaunt my recipe to the fullest, though the cake making procedure is extremely simple. Any celebration is incomplete without dessert, especially cake.

Gluten-free Carrot Cake

Gluten-free Carrot Cake

Hope you liked the dessert that I had recently prepared, Low Calorie Lattice Christmas Cherry Coffee cake recipe. Yesterday, I invited my newly married neighbors for evening tea. I prepared very lite snacks coz everyone was tired of fritters and other heavy snacks that we had during the Christmas and New Year holidays. This carrot cake is very lite. I never allow desserts to finish at my home, as I’m very fond of them, my blog trail must have told you by now. So let’s go ahead with the recipe.

For the Cake:-

2 cups Sugar,

4 grated Carrots,

1/2 cup Cashews,

14 oz. Coconut milk,

1/4 teaspoon Ginger,

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg,

1 teaspoon Cinnamon,

1/2 cup White Rice Flour,

1 tablespoon Molasses,

1/3 cup ground Flax seed,

1 teaspoon Baking soda,

1/2 cup Buckwheat flour,

2 teaspoons Vanilla extract,

2 teaspoons Baking powder,

3/4 cup Garbanzo Bean Flour,

1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar,

1/2 cup unsweetened Coconut Flakes.

For the Frosting:-

60 grams Honey,

2 tablespoons Lemon Juice,

1 tablespoon Vanilla Bean Paste,

200 grams Thick Coconut Cream.

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat oven to 350 D.F. In a bowl sift flours, baking soda and baking powder. Now take a large measuring cup and combine coconut milk, vinegar, molasses and vanilla. Pour this liquid into the dry mixture. Add sugar and flax seed. Blend until smooth.

2. Now add grated carrots, chopped cashews and shredded coconut. Mix well. Pour into greased cake pan. Bake for 45 minutes.

3. Cool for 15 minutes. While cake is cooling, make the frosting. Blend the ingredients under frosting.

4. Add frosting on the cake when cool. Sprinkle with additional shredded coconut or nuts of your choice.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

New Year Begins with a Healthy Breakfast

First of all wish you a very Happy New Year. Thank you so much for loving my yummy and mushy dessert recipes. After a grand dinner on New Year’s Eve, it’s better to munch on something healthy on the brand new day of the year. Isn’t it? A great year begins with a filling, healthy as well as yummy breakfast. Eating healthy throughout the year may not be our New Year resolution but a healthy beginning on 1st January, 2015 is always welcomed. These are some of the yummy recipes, this time not prepared by me but mom. But they are pretty simple and even a novice can prepare them. Eating the food cooked by your mom has its own charm and I hope everyone agrees with it.

Healthy Stuffed Wheat Tortillas

Healthy Stuffed Wheat Tortillas

Healthy Tortillas (Whole Wheat or Rice Tortilla with Grilled Chicken Guacamole) – Though my mom prepared wheat tortillas, people allergic to gluten can go for rice tortilla as well. Grilled chicken breasts with chunky guacamole is a great option. Guacamole is an avocado-based dip. Cilantro, lemon juice and pepper give this guacamole a tangy and spicy kick. Nevertheless the hotness quotient can be managed accordingly. This rich filling if baked for a minute, gives an ultimate crispy and crunchy treat.

Low Calorie Lychee Shake

Low Calorie Lychee Shake

Lite Shake (Lychee and Coconut Shake) – Breakfast is incomplete without a shake. A low-calorie shake adds smile on everyone’s face. Low-calorie lychee and coconut shake sounds amazing. A blend of my favorite fruit, lychee with coconut water really made my day. This fruit contains flavonoids in the pulp that helps in preventing some fatal and lethal diseases such as cancer. Coconut water is itself a very refreshing health drink. It helps you in reducing weight and gives you glowing skin. It is also a remedy for hangover. I’m sure everyone must have had lot of drink on New Year’s Eve.

Fruit Treat

Fruit Treat

Fruity Kick (Split Banana Fruit Treat) – Including fruits in your breakfast is always a healthy option. Banana is my favorite fruit. This yummy fruitful kick was a real surprise. A salsa of orange, strawberries, kiwi and ginger to serve with a banana split along with strawberry yogurt as a topping on it, is a brilliant idea. Well now I can say that the breakfast was not only an excellent beginning for the day but the entire year. So thumbs up for my mom’s yummy treat.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!


Gala with Gluten-free Chocolate Christmas Muffins

Christmas is here and as I promised, I have something for everyone, so here are special muffins for the people allergic to gluten. Hope you liked my Strawberry Marshmallow Cake. I’m trying something out with cherry now. Cherries are wonderfully delicious and a full fledged package of health nutrients and unique antioxidants. These are low in calories and ultra rich source of vitamins and minerals. Cherries heal fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition), gout arthritis and sports injuries. 

Gluten-free Chocolate Muffins

Gluten-free Chocolate Muffins

A person on paleo diet prefers lean proteins that support strong muscles, healthy bones and improves immune function. Quinoa flour, coconut flour, amaranth flour, teff flour and chia flour are very friendly for paleo diet. These flours can be used in bakery products especially muffins and cake and that is what I have done here. You can also use the mixture of four flours in equal quantity. You will definitely not mind baking the bakery-worthy muffins for the people of all age group in your family. Will you?

Ingredients:-

150 ml Yogurt,

2 beaten Eggs,

1 teaspoon Soda,

100 grams melted Butter,

250 grams Gluten-free Flour,

140 grams dried sour Cherries,

100 grams chopped Dark Chocolate,

100 grams chopped White Chocolate.

Preparation Method:-

1. Heat oven to 200 D.C and place a 12 hole muffin tin, with some paper cases. Sift the flour and soda bicarb in a large bowl. Add in the thawed cherries, chocolate and sugar.

2. Then add beaten eggs, yogurt and butter. Stir to combine. Don’t over-mix as the muffins will turn out tough.

3. Fill the paper cases and bake for 20 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Cool them. Garnish with chocolate and cherries as shown. Enjoy!

Santa Wishing You

Santa Wishing You

Merry Christmas!

Crazy Currants Christmas Pudding Recipe

Glutan free christmas puddingGluten free diet is full of challenges. A gluten-free diet is the one that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale. This must be avoided by the people allergic to it. Celiac disease can be treated by intake of gluten-free diet. This diet is composed of eggs, beans, seeds, nuts, meats, fish and poultry, fruits and vegetables. We can definitely have a healthy and delicious gluten-free diet. There are many creative ways to enhance the taste and make gluten free diet really interesting.

The best way to finish your Christmas meal is savoring upon a traditional Christmas pudding. Although pudding is associated with the Christmas, it has significance on Easter as well. The decorative sprig of holly on top of the pudding reminds us of Lord Jesus crown of thorns worn by him, when he was crucified. Here we have the ‘Crazy Currants Christmas Pudding’ which is absolutely gluten free. It has taste buds and health as prime components.

Ingredients:-

125 grams Raisins,

125 grams Sultanas,

75   grams Currants,

50   grams Mixed Peel,

50   grams Prunes,

50   grams Apricots,

50   grams Oil,

100 grams Gluten Free White Blend,

100 grams Sugar,

2     teaspoons Mixed Spice,

1     Orange Rind Grated & Juice,

1     Lemon Rind Grated & Juice

Preparation method :-

1. Mix together the raisins, sultanas, currants, mixed peel, flour, sugar and mixed spice. Chop the prunes and apricots and stir these into the bowl.

2. Mix in the oil, grated lemon and orange rinds and juices. Stir well and leave to stand for at least 2 hours or overnight.

3. Grease the sides of a pudding basin then cut two circles of greaseproof paper and reserve these.

4. Stir the mixture again then press the mixture into the pudding basin. Cover the top of the puddings with the greaseproof paper circles.

5. Spread tin foil over the top of the pudding basin tucking it in well around the outer rim.

6. Place the pudding basin in saucepan. Then fill with water until it is half way up basin. Put the lid on the saucepan and boil for 5 hours.

7. Carefully remove the pudding and cool without removing the foil or greaseproof. Store the pudding until required.

8. Before eating, remove and refresh the greaseproof and foil layers. Place the pudding basin in saucepan then fill with water until it is half way up basin.

9. Steam for a further two hours. Put a plate on top of the pudding bowl and carefully invert the pudding.

10. Serve warm!!

Yummy Christmas

Taste and health should go hand in hand. Enjoy the Gluten-free Pudding on the auspicious festival of Christmas with your loved ones and stay fit!

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie – A Gluten-Free Smoothie To Beat Summers

In my last post, titled Gluten-Free Diet: The Five-Pronged Strategy For A Healthy Stomach, I discussed about 5 very useful tips that can help you deal with Gluten intolerance. Regulation of diet is indeed the most important part of the whole exercise. There are some mammoth changes you have to make in your diet for it. You’ll need to shun the food habits formed over the years. Take on the challenge with an iron-will. However, with all those good words, you must be wondering what it would be like to stop eating something that I’ve been eating for years. It must be feeling like living out of your skin.

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

Or a life of a monk who assumed a plain lifestyle with minimal food options. However, such is not the case as you can find food items that are equally delicious, if not more, in the Gluten-Free zone too. You can switch to a healthy life without compromising on your taste. Here I’ll present one such scrumptious yet gluten-free drink for you. This is one fine smoothie that can help you beat the scorching heat this summers, while keeping your stomach free from Gluten attack. It’s damn easy to make, but scores high on the taste and health quotients. Have a look at Strawberry Coconut Smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 Cups of frozen strawberries

1 Cup Coconut Milk

4 Tablespoons of Honey

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

Preparation Method:

1. Making this smoothie actually depicts the easier said than done phrase.

2. In order to make this, you need to put all the ingredients in a blender and cover its lid.

3. Blend the mixture well and serve with ice cubes in it.

Beat the Summer with Smoothie

Beat the Summer with Smoothie

Enjoy to the fullest like me!!