Monday, May 19, 2014

Purple Noodles!

Noodles are easy to make lunch dishes.  I never buy sauce for my pasta/pizza.   We will have so much of control on the quantity and quality of ingredients when we make it at home.  They are not so hard to make as well.

I love colors, yes on veggies too.  Purple cabbage is one such fantasy.   Thy are not like their green counterparts, it never shrinks when you cook.  If you overcook, it turns greyish and does'nt look good.  So, there is a small trick in cooking them.  More to that, if you add lemon juice at the end, it turns pinkish purple which adds more beauty to it.

Coming to the recipe!

What you need?

Noodles of your choice
italian seasoning-1/2 tsp
purple cabbage finely shredded-2 cups
carrot finely shredded-1/2 cup (optional)
Ginger/gr chillies shredded-2 tsp
pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Oil-1 Tbsp
Lemon juice-1 Tbsp

How to make?

1. Boil sufficient water with water, once it bubbles, add the noodles, cook till they are soft.

2. Drain in a colander and cover with a lid so that they do not over dry.  Save the water.

3.  Heat Oil in the pan, add italian seasoning, pepper powder, once they sizzle, add purple cabbage, fry on high heat for 3-4 mins, mix in the noodles, give a thorough mix.  Add 1/2 cup of the water that you saved.

4. Add shredded carrot and lemon juice. Mix well and switch off the heat.


Purple cabbage has to be finely shredded, I use my cuisinart veggie stand.  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Strawberry Avocado popsicle

What does hot weather remind?  Popsicles and icecreams are top selling items.   I had never known about popsicles before coming to US.   First, I saw my neighbour giving their kids colorful bars!  Wondering what they are,  I did a google search and found an healthy alternate.  I bought moulds first and have made a variety of popsicles.  Infact, I have never attempted to buy popsicle from store.  Most of the store bought popsicles has low quality sugar either from high fructose corn syrup or other sources with vibrant artificial colors.  

Avocado has a silky texture and it tastes pretty good on Smoothies and Popsicle.   I make Popsicle with smoothies or home made juices.

I do not mix milk or yogurt with strawberries since body does'nt absorb the nutrients of berries with protein rich milk products.  Also, berries are rich in Vit-C and hence do not go well with milk.

What you need?

Strawberries- 1 box (15-20 berries)
Avocado- 1 medium
soaked dates-15

How to make?

1. Soak dates in just enough hot water.  Once cooled, check for seeds and remove.
2. Blend everything into puree
3. Pour into BPA free moulds and let it freeze for 5 hrs or more

To use:

Rest the popsicle in warm water for few mins to loosen them lil bit from the mould.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Small Grains - Conscious Replacement of Rice

Rice was not part of everyday meal till 2 generations back.   People used a variety of grains out of necessity or just by usage.   I am very surprised with the way Rice dominates our day to day lives.   In today's world, it is up to you to choose what you want to eat.  It is a conscious decision though.  Remind yourself that they are also palatable if you are hesitant about the taste.  

Last week I made pongal with a millet (pani-varagu in tamil) and it tasted awesome.  No one could make a difference if it was made with rice or pongal.  Some millets needs to be roasted before you cook them.   Those tactics has to be learnt.

We dont need to run behind expensive grains like Quinoa.   I was shocked with the price raise of this grain. Compare the nutrition and taste of Quinoa vs other millets.  It is quite comparable.   Price is one tenth.

Welcome small grains into your pantry for a healthier cooking!  I m just being a motivator here.  I cook small grains quite often and make rice quite occasionally.