Food for Thought
[ 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...
[ 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!
This Week's New Recipes...
If you are allergic to peanuts, add your fav Nuts.
You can add any of your favorite vegetables.
If you don't like orange, add lemon
Fresh vegetable and fruit salad with orange vinaigrette
Fresh salad for Summer
Minutes to Prepare: 15
Minutes to Cook: 5
Number of Servings: 4
Shredded green cabbage: 1cup
Shredded red cabbage: 1cup
Stripped or sliced Carrots: 1 cup
Shredded spinach: 1 cup
Stipped or sliced apple: 1 cup
Sliced Roma tomatoes: 1 medium
Sliced red onion: 1 cup
Dry-roasted Peanuts: 3 oz
Large orange: 1
Olive Oil: 2 tbsp
Chopped Garlic: 3 cloves
Brown Sugar: 2 tsp
Black pepper: 2 tsp
Make juliennes of Cabbage, Red cabbage, Carrots, tomato, spinach, apples and onions.
Gather the vegetables in a bowl.
Crushed some roasted peanuts for dressings
Make the Dressings:
Squeeze the orange juice in a bowl, add olive oil, chopped garlic, salt, pepper and brown sugar. Mix it well and your dressings is ready.
Now Add the dressings in the vegetables and mix it well.
Before serving add crushed peanuts.
Recent Popular Recipes
[ 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!
[ 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"
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.
You can add your favorite nuts
You can add your favorite fruit and vegetables
If you are a garlic lover, add more garlic to the dressing
Add lemon juice and salt as per taste
You can use paprika in place of cayenne pepper. If you don't have white pepper, use black pepper.
Fresh Sautéed chicken salad
Try this fresh Sautéed chicken salad at home with lemon cilantro dressing. you will definitely like this salad.
Minutes to Prepare: 20
Minutes to Cook: 10 – 12
Number of Servings: 4
Julienned 1/2 Iceberg Lettuce: 2 cup
Julienned carrot, 1 medium size: 1 cup
Julienned pickle cucumber, with peel: 1 cup
Julienned spinach, fresh: 1 cup
Julienned roma tomato: 1 medium
Julienned strawberries, fresh: 2 medium
Thinly sliced boneless skinless chicken, thigh/breast: 12 oz
Sliced red/yellow onion: 1 medium
Finely chopped garlic: 3 cloves
Chopped Cilantro: 20 gm
Black pepper: 1tsp
White pepper: 1tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Olive Oil: 2 tbsps
Lemon juice, 1/2 of lemon: 2 tbsps
Pecans, toasted or raw: 1 oz
Cayenne pepper/ paprika: 1 tsp
Canola Oil/butter: 1 tbsp
For the salad
Julienne iceberg lettuce, carrot, cucumber, spinach, tomatoes, and strawberries
Shred the chicken thigh/breast
Finely slice the onion
For the Dressings
Finely chop garlic
Now heat a pan and add oil/butter
Add sliced onion and saute for a minute
Then add the shredded chicken, mix it well, then add 1/2 tsp of salt or as per your taste, add 1 tsp of cayenne pepper/paprika and 1 tsp of white/black pepper powder.
Mix the chicken well and saute on a medium flame for 7 - 10 mins until it cooked
Remove it from the pan when it is done
Now, prepare the dressing:
Take a bowl, add chopped garlic and chopped cilantro, add 1/2 tsp of salt and black pepper powder, add olive oil and lemon juice
(You can also add 1 tsp of honey/brown sugar)
Mix it well and your dressing is ready
Assemble the salad
Take a big bowl, add all the vegetables, cooked chicken, add the dressing and sprinkle with some pecans on top.
Mix well and enjoy the fresh chicken salad with your favorite wine.
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.
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