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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Diabetic Friendly Chocolate Trifle

It was my grandma’s birthday and I decided to prepare a sweet treat for her. She is diabetic, but who says not to consume chocolate while we are watching our sugar intake. She is very fond of desserts just like me. Last time I prepared Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe to cheer her up on this special day. I have something yet special for her this time. She loves cake recipes. Enjoy making rich and moist trifle for your loved ones and bring a huge smile on their face. Whatever ingredients I am using are diabetic friendly. Chocolate lowers cholesterol level. It prevents memory decline. It reduces heart disease risk and also prevents stroke. Cherries on the other hand is booster of Vitamin C and antioxidants. It also helps in reducing bad cholesterol. So let’s bake the cake.

Yummy Chocolate Trifle

Yummy Chocolate Trifle Cups

Ingredients:-

3/4 cup Water;

2 cups fat-free Milk;

1 package pitted Cherries;

2 drops of Red Food Coloring;

Sugar-free Chocolate curls to taste;

2 cups thawed Fat-free frozen Whipped Topping;

1 package Chocolate Sugar-free, Low-fat Cake Mix;

1 package Chocolate Sugar-free, Fat-free Instant Pudding Mix.

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat oven to 375 D.F.

2. Mix cake mix using 3/4 cup water. Bake till cake is done, use knife to check this.

3. The cake mixture should not stick to the knife. Let the cake cool in pan. Remove from pan. Cut into small cubes.

4. Prepare pudding mix using 2 cups of fat-free milk. Chill for at least 40 minutes.

5. Thaw cherries reserving 1/4 cup juice. Mix cherries, food coloring and juice together.

6. Place half of cake cubes in a 3-quart trifle bowl. Spoon half of cherries over cake. Spread 1 cup pudding over cherries, and top with half of whipped topping.

7. Repeat layers. Garnish with chocolate curls. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. You can also serve in glasses as I have, in the same manner with feasible proportion. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Celebrate the chocolate treat!

Know What you Eat with Ingredients Handbook

Go for meditation and try your hands at healthy food” said my niece when I told her about my stressful routine. I guess everybody has this routine which is an add on to the already full plate of issues.

Ingredients Handbook Homepage

Ingredients Handbook Homepage

Taking her advice, I started with it. She showed me an app named Ingredients Handbook (Available on both Appstore and Playstore). I suggest you guys must check it out. It is all about ingredients and their values. I realized that cooking is a way to channelize my energy. Looking at the hot steam of rice is more meditating to me than a proper meditation. It is the perfect way to use that extra energy in cooking rather than acting weird with your family. Cooking doesn’t mean that you have to use all the spices and cook something great, it’s about knowing the value of each ingredient you use. Simple dishes are a therapy for you.  You should go for something healthy like herbs, oil and roots, which are plenty in this app.  I’ll let you all know the ones I have used.

Broadly Categorized Ingredients

Broadly Categorized Ingredients

The ingredients in the app have been effectively categorized for the ease of the user. Lemon balm is one such herb which I use regularly. Chop the leaves and add them to the salad. These leaves help in reducing the stress level. Then comes Basil which is a sacred plant in India. Pasta seasoning with basil will give it a strong and a different flavor. Rich in antioxidants, basil prevents a lot of diseases. What if your someone helps you boost your blood pressure? Well, parsley can be of help. Rich in a lot of vitamins parsley can be used in tea or green sauce with nachos.

Nutritional Values in a Sorted Manner

Nutritional Values in a Sorted Manner

In addition to this, Nutrient Chart checks the nutritional values of all Ingredients. Sitting on the chair at work place for long hours can result in digestion issues like heartburn or upset stomach which will result in irritation. So don’t pour out your irritation on others and go for peppermint based mocktails. Getting up early, leaving for work and then driving back home – when do you work out? Actually you don’t, even I don’t get time on weekdays. Muscle pain is inevitable under such circumstances. Rosemary can relieve you with that. You can either add it to marinated chicken or olive oil.

Description, Excess and Deficiency Hazards for Each Ingredient

Description, Excess and Deficiency Hazards for Each Ingredient

This is not all, check the benefits, excessive hazards, deficiency hazards and much more relating to 1000 such ingredients. Traveling comes with pollution. Pollution enhances acne. Thyme oil can help you reduce this. You can stuff your turkey with thyme leaves and enjoy health. Losing appetite is one of the reasons why people take stress. Have something, that might calm you down. Fennel seed soup can help you in getting hold of your appetite. Must have seen “Olaf” (the snowman type character in the movie “Frozen”) playing with dandelion seeds while dreaming of summers. You wouldn’t have imagined how useful those dandelions could be. Go for sauteed dandelion greens which will result in a cleansed system and improved digestion. Beat the boredom and explore your knowledge with QUIZ.

Interesting QUIZ!

Interesting QUIZ!

There is much more to learn about the food you eat. Try this Ingredients Handbook app and say yes to a “Healthy Life”. It really works!

AppStore Link:- Ingredients Handbook

PlayStore Link:- Ingredients Handbook

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!

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!


Diabetic Friendly Pecan Ice Cream

X-Men series has always been my all time favorite. Halle Berry is known for her magnificent role in X-Mean, Catwoman, Die Another Day etc. I am a huge fan of her, especially after knowing about her battle with diabetes. She says regular exercise and healthy diet are good ways of tackling with Diabetes. The first step taken by her was to consume diet that’s low in fat, not processed and low in carbohydrates as well as sugar. She cut down the desserts, processed or junk food and adopted a whole new way of eating.

Pecan Ice Cream

Pecan Ice Cream

Halle Berry started with lots of fresh veggies, chicken, fish and pasta. She stopped intake of red meat and eliminated consuming various fruits because of the sugar content. She loves having grilled fish and garlic mashed potato plus vinegar and salt crisps. Though Halle prefers salty to sweet, butter pecan ice cream is something she loves. Christmas is here and I have something for everyone. Let’s start with Diabetic friendly Butter Pecan Ice Cream.

Ingredients:-

3/4 cup Pecans,

3 large Egg Yolks,

½ cup low-fat Milk,

2 cups low-fat Cream,

1/8 teaspoon Sea salt,

¾ cup Sugar Free Syrup,

1/3 cup Artificial Sweetener,

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract,

1 ½ tablespoons low-fat Butter.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Chop pecans. In a skillet, melt butter over moderate heat, until foam subsides. Toast pecans in butter, stir occasionally, until golden and fragrant for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

  2. Cool pecans and chill in a plastic bag. Buttered pecans may be made 3-4 days ahead and chilled.

  1. In a heavy saucepan, mix cream, artificial sweetener, milk, sugar free syrup, and salt. Bring just to a boil, stir occasionally.

  2. In a bowl beat yolks until smooth. Add hot cream mixture to yolks in a slow stream, whisking, and pour into pan. Cook custard over moderately low heat, stirring constantly at 170 D. F.

  3. Pour custard through a sieve into a clean bowl and cool. Stir in extract. Chill custard, its surface covered with plastic wrap, at least 3 hours, or until cold, and up to 1 day.

  4. Freeze custard in an ice-cream maker. Transfer ice cream to a bowl and fold in chilled pecans. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden. Ice cream may be made 1 week ahead. Enjoy!

    Halle Berry Enjoying Ice-cream

    Halle Berry Enjoying Ice-cream

Enjoy Thanksgiving with Healthy Turkey Mushroom Burgers

The turk turk festival is here, yes Thanksgiving with grand Thanksgiving recipes. I would love to spend minimum time in the kitchen on that auspicious occasion. My sister and her hubby will be here along with the kids. So I thought of preparing a quick and easy recipe, that is healthy too. Kids are gonna love it. This is called Healthy Turkey Mushroom Burgers. The best part is that you can include the veggies of your choice and low fat cheese if you are a fitness freak.

Turkey & Mushroom Burger

Turkey & Mushroom Burger

I love the recipes that are tasty as well as healthy. Low-sodium cheese will help you in finding among healthier cheese and that is what I opt for. Turkey breast is a good choice for a healthy diet. It is an excellent low fat and high protein food. This white and lean meat also helps in reducing cholesterol levels. It also boosts up the immune system. And as far as the taste is concerned,  Worcestershire sauce adds flavor to the recipe along with the garlicky touch of garlic salt. So here we go with the servings for 2.

Ingredients:-

A pinch Garlic salt,

4 slices Swiss Cheese,

1/2 tablespoon Olive oil,

2 split Hamburger Buns,

1/4 teaspoon Onion Salt,

1 cup sliced Mushrooms,

A handful chopped fresh Parsley,

1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce,

1/2 pound lean spiced Turkey breast (2 slices).

Preparation Method:-

1. Stir fry in olive oil, mushrooms, parsley, worcestershire sauce, and onion salt. Pan-fry the spiced lean turkey breasts.

2. Place the base of burgers. Add cheese slice, turkey slice, again a cheese slice and mushrooms. You can add on greens if you want to.

3. Enjoy with French fries and roasted veggies. Yummzz..

Happy Thanksgiving..

Happy Thanksgiving..

Happy Thanksgiving!