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[ WINE 101 ]
Bordeaux blend does not only refer to the wines of Bordeaux. Most Bordeaux wines are blends that include one or more noble grape varieties. A "noble grape" is a grape variety that can produce great wine, without blending. The only requirement to make a Bordeaux blend is to include at least two of the main Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Acidity allows the wine to feel fresh and uplifting instead of flabby. Flabby wines can be too sweet, with...
You can add any of your fav taco seasonings
Avoid jalapeno if you don't like spice
Spice eaters can use more spice
Use yellow onion for the better taste
Use salsa, sour cream, guacamole, cilantro, and shredded cheese (as per taste) to accompany the bowl
You can add fresh corn
You can add lime or lemon juice
You can rinse the rice with water before cooking
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[ Diet Orange ]
Coconut oil has ~90% saturated oil, which is difficult to digest and can cause heart disease, compared to olive oil (~15%) and butter (~50%). Coconut oil is high in calories (168 cal/tbsp.) compared to butter (102 cal/tbsp.). Other known beneficial ingredients such as antioxidant, omega-3, green chlorophyll are also absent in coco-oil! So, coco-oil craze is based on myth or fact? We definitely need more scientific evidences!
Homemade Mexican Chicken Rice Bowl
Healthy fresh Mexican chicken rice bowl for lunch and dinner
Minutes to Prepare: 20
Minutes to Cook: 60
Number of Servings: 4-6
Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts: 6-10oz
White Rice (jasmine/long grain): 1 cup
Green Bell Pepper: ½ cup
Yellow Bell Pepper: ½ cup
Red bell pepper: ½ cup
Onion: 1 large
Taco Seasoning: 3 tsps
Canola Oil: 3 tbsps
Tomato Paste:1 tbsps
Garlic: 8 cloves
Jalapeno Peppers (optional): 2 small
Knorr Caldo de Pollo: 1cube
Chipotle Chili Powder(optional): 1tsp
Lemon Juice: 2 tbsps
Yellow Sweet Corn: 1 can
Black Beans: 1 can
Salt as per taste
Chopped Cilantro: 1 cup for garnishing
Shredded cheese (any of your fav kind) for garnishing
Sour cream for garnishing
Salsa (fresh or store bought) for garnishing
Guacamole (fresh or store-bought) for garnishing
For Mexican Rice
Garlic: 5 cloves
Onion: ½ cup
Oil: 1 tbsp
Rice: 1 cup
Tomato paste: 1 tbsp
Taco seasoning: 1 tsp
Knorr Chicken bouillon: 1 cube
Water: 2 cups
1. Make a fine paste of garlic and onion
2. Heat a pan add 1 tbsp of oil and add the paste and saute for 2 mins on medium flame
3. Add one cup rice and saute well for 2-3 mins on medium flame
4. Add tomato paste and mix well with the rice for 1-2 mins on medium flame
5. Add taco seasoning and knorr chicken bouillon cube. Mix well with the rice and add two cups of water.
6. Check salt at the end and add salt if needed as per your taste
You can cook the rice in the stove but we cook the rice in the microwave. We transfer the rice in a microwave-safe bowl and let it cook for 17 mins. You can check the rice in between and, if needed you can add little more water and cook for another 2-3 mins. Keep it aside.
For Mexican Chicken
Cut Boneless/Skinless Chicken (6-10 ozs) into thin slices
Cut Bell peppers (red, green and yellow) into strips
Cut the rest of the onion into slices
Chop the rest of the garlic
Salt as per taste
Chipotle chili powder:1 tsp
Taco seasoning: 1 tsp
Lemon/Lime juice:1 tbsp
1. Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp of oil
2. Add chopped garlic and onion and saute for 1 min on medium flame
3. Add the chicken slices and saute well for 4-5 mins on high flame. Stir continuously.
4. Add salt per taste, chipotle chili powder, and taco seasoning. Mix well for 2-3 mins on medium flame.
5. Add jalapeno(optional)
6. Add the bell peppers and mix well with chicken for another 4-5 mins on medium flame.
7. Add lime or lemon juice at the end. Mix well and keep aside
For Mexican Corn and Bean
Corn: 1 can (rinse it well with water)
Black Bean: 1 can (rinse it well with water)
Salt as per taste
Taco seasoning:1 tsp
Lemon/lime Juice:1 tbsp
1. Heat a pan and add oil
2. Add the corn and beans. Then add salt as per taste, taco seasoning, and lime/lemon juice.
3. Mix well on medium flame for 1-2 mins
NOW Let’s assemble the bowl
Fresh Guacamole or store-bought
Fresh salsa or store-bought
Shredded Cheese of your choice
Lime or lemon slices(optional)
Take a Bowl, add rice, spread some chicken, then add the corn and beans, add salsa, add Cheese, and on the side put guacamole, fresh cream, and lime/lemon slice ( or you can assemble the bowl as per your choice)
[ Lemon Mint Soda ]
Do you care to think about our common soda drinks before bottoms up? Well, they contain food coloring, Ammonium sulfate known to increase asthma attacks, E952 a sugar substitute 200 times sweeter than sugar and can cause glycemic levels to sky-rocket leading to diabetes and obesity, Acesulfame Potassium, which aggravates heart, vascular and nervous system, a must avoid for children and pregnant women, Aspartame, once banned for health hazard. Let’s make our own refreshing and healthy soda!
[ Science Diet ]
Cortisol: a stress hormone produced by adrenal gland that regulates the blood pressure, blood sugar, metabolism and inflammation. While too much of it creates depression, anxiety and weight gain; too little of it creates fatigue, mood swing and weight loss. Maintain healthy diet with proteins, yogurt and fresh fruit. A small piece of chocolate, which contain serotonin, can boost you up for a while!
Add the dressing right before you serve
You can Add fresh corn instead of canned corn
You can use lemon or lime or white vinegar
You can use yellow or red onion
Jalapeno is optional.
This fresh mouth watering vegan Mexican salad will make you happy during this summer. Try this salad for movie night or outdoor parties
Minutes to Prepare: 10
Minutes to Cook: 5
Number of Servings: 4
English cucumber - 1 whole
Red Bell pepper: 1/2 cup
Green Bell pepper: 1/2 cup
Yellow Bell pepper: 1/2 cup
Green Apple: 1 small
Chopped Onion(Red or Yellow): 1 cup
Cherry Tomatoes: 1 cup
Chop coriander leaf: 4 tbsps
Sweet Corn(canned): 1 cup
Black Beans(canned): 1 cup
Jalapeno (optional): 1
Olive Oil: 2 tbsps
Lemon Juice (lime or lemon) or white vinegar: 2 tbsps
Taco Seasoning: 2 tbsps
Brown Sugar: 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
For the salad
1) Dice English cucumber
2) Dice bell pepper (green, yellow and red)
3) Dice green apple
4) Chop Onion
5) Cut cherry tomatoes into small pcs
6) Chop coriander leaves
7) Take out the corn from the can and rinse properly with water
8) Take out the black bean from the can and rinse properly with water
9) Now take a big bowl and place all the ingredients side by side.
For the Dressings
1) Take a bowl
2) Add 2 tbsp of olive oil
3) Add 2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice or white vinegar
4) Add chop jalapeno (optional)
5) Add 2 tbsp Taco seasoning
6) Add 1 tsp of brown sugar
7) Add Salt to taste
8) Mix it well and pour it on the salad mixture and enjoy with chips. YUM!!
[ Stuffed Bitter Gourd ]
Although Bitter gourd’s taste turns some of us away, it contains a wealth of disease preventing and health promoting phytochemical compounds; a rich source of phytonutrients like dietary fiber, minerals (iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium), vitamins (A, B-3, B-5, B-6, C), and anti-oxidants. Bitter melon notably contains polypeptide-P, a plant insulin and hypoglycemic agent Charantin to lower blood sugar levels. How about a delicious side-dish made from Bitter gourd!
Out of the 1000 ways to make an omelet, a healthy one can be easily made by adding only a tbsp of vegetable oil and toppings with your choice of veggies, such as 2-3 mints microwaved green and red peppers.
As Mom said "breakfast is the most important meal of the day"
You can add more vegetables of your choice.
Adding more garlic gives you more flavor and this
soup is very high in protein and fiber.
Pork Belly with Chinese Mustard
Pork belly is popular in East Asian, European and North American cuisine.
Pork belly yields beautiful soft flesh and crisp crackling when prepared right. Slow cooked pork belly meat with proper leaf vegetable yields a rich and delicious dish.
Healthy and tasty vegan soup in instapot
Minutes to Prepare: 5
Minutes to Cook: 20
Number of Servings: 4
whole red lentils: 1 cup
chopped carrots: 1 cup
diced celery, raw: 1 cup
chopped onion(red/yellow): ½ cup
chopped green Onion: ½ cup
fresh spinach & cilantro: 1 cup
cloves of chopped garlic: 3 pcs
cumin seed: 1 tsp
any cooking oil or butter: 1-2 tbspn.
salt or as per taste: 1 tsp
Take out your instant pot and set it to sauté mode 7-10 mins
Once the pot is hot, add butter or oil
Once the oil is hot add cumin seed and cook until brown
Add chopped garlic and cook for one min
Add chopped onion and cook until is soft and translucent
Add salt and mix well
Add chopped green onion
Add chopped carrot & celery and sauté for 2 mins
Add the raw lentil and mix it well
Add 4 cups of water and mix properly. Adjust the salt and cover the lid
Seal it and change the setting to soup mode, high pressure for 10 min
Once it done let it set for 5 mins then release the pressure
Open the lid then add the chopped spinach and cilantro and mix it well.
Serve hot and enjoy the healthy soup with your choice of bread