Energy bars

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Quick, easy, nutritious; only 3 ingredients energy bars! Just finely ground a cup of dates, raisins and dry fruits(I used a combination of almonds, pistachios, cashews and walnuts) each. Cool and cut in desired shape. Voila! A coupla everyday keeps the doctor away! #yumm

Nut loaded Chocolate banana bread

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I deviated from my usual no butter, no all purpose flour type of recipe. Followed my friends recipe to the T (no flax seed meal or apple sauce substitutions ;)) Topping the bread with slightly roasted nuts was my idea though!This one is truly sinful !

Dry ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour,1 1/2 tsp baking soda,1 tsp baking powder,1/2 tsp salt,3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder,3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Wet ingredients:
6 medium size ripe bananas,1/2 cup melted butter,1/2 cup heavy whipping cream,1 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs,2 tps pure vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl blend wet ingredients. It is usually recommended that one mixes the dry ingredients in the wet mixture. I simply hand mix everthing at once! Bake for 40-45 minutes in a 9″ parchment paper lined pan, at 400F. Spread some crumbled nuts on the top at 20 minute mark. Most scrumptious bread/cake is ready! Yumm

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Some words of wisdom written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words…

I’ve learned …That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned …. That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned …. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

I’ve learned …. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned …. That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned …. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned …. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned …. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned …. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned …. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned …. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned …. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned …. That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned …. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned …. That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned …. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned …. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned …. That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned …. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned …. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile..

I’ve learned …. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned …. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned …. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned …. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I’ve learned …. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned ….. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I’ve learned ….. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned …. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned …. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

Instant butter chicken

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This is the fastest recipe to making lip smacking butter chicken!
Heat oil in a wok, add one chopped onion and two tomatoes,an inch of ginger, 4-5 garlic pods and a single Thai chilli(add more if you want this dish to be hot and spicy!). Once cooked, blend this mixture adding about 2 tbps of kasuri methi and 4-5 tbsp of heavy whipping cream. In the meanwhile, separate the meat(boneless) from a medium sized Rotisserie chicken! Yes! Didnt I tell you we were making instant butter chicken?! Heat some oil or butter in the same wok, add a couple of cinnamon sticks, a few black pepper pods and the blended creamy mixture. Add salt, sugar, corriander powder and simmer for a few minutes. Add chicken, close the lid and simmer on medium heat for a few more minutes. Garnish with finely chopped corriander/cilantro and serve with a hot Tandoori roti, naan or a kulcha! Tadaa! Instant butter chicken is ready! #YUMM
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Of Veg Cutlets & Pudina/Mint Puris…

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Been a while since my last post. Blame it on sheer lethargy when it comes to sitting a place and penning things down! Better, procrastination!lol!

I was in the mood of trying something quick and easy(as always), flavourfull yet healthy.
1/2 a cup of shredded carrots,peas,sweet corn, and beans each, mixed with mashed boiled potatoes and some cheese(1/4th cup or more; just dont overdo as it will ooze out while cooking) for extra flavourfull binding resulted in these palm sized oval cutlets. Finely chopped garlic pods(about 4), a tsp of garam masala & fennel seeds,chopped corriander/cilantro and mint leaves, dash of cayenne or finely chopped green chillies, black pepper, salt and sugar per taste. For the top coating, I followed vahChef’s tips to double dipping(repeating the same wet and dry coating twice or more to get a thick final layer/coating) the cutlets, first in a flowy, seasoned, AP(all purpose) flour batter – the wet coat and then dry coating in a mixture of semolina, rice and AP flour. The un-healthy part. Instead of deep frying or baking, I shallow fried them. The kind-of healthy part! #Yumm!

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Who knew, my Pudina puris(an unleavened deep-fried Indian bread)would be such a hit!

Grind 2 cup mint leaves,a cup of cilantro, green chilies(per taste),1/2 tsp cumin seeds, and a few inches of ginger,few tsp water. Now saute this wet mixture over medium heat with some fennel seeds and add a few tsps of besan(whole gram flour) to make it dry and pliable or until everything comes together and forms a soft ball. Keep aside and let it cool.
Knead a dough of AP or whole wheat or flour seasoned with salt, some sugar,black pepper(optional). Make tennis ball sized dough balls and roll them out,thick. Fill each with a tsp or more of the mint-cilantro mixture, close the edges and roll them again to form a puri or a disc of about 4-5″. Deep fry in oil that has a high smoke point to avoid trans-fat, pref rice bran,avocado or high-Oleic Sunflower Oil. Enjoy with tomato ketchup or tangy tamarind chutney! #Yumm
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Cheap Way to Avoid Chemicals in Your Food

“The Dirty Dozen (which numbers 14 when you count kale and chiles, which don’t quite make the cut but aren’t exactly clean) does more than tell concerned consumers what to avoid—there’s the Clean Fifteen too, the fruits and vegetables that carry little residue. If buying all organic all of the time is too expensive, you can pick up conventional avocados, sweet corn, and more without putting your health at risk.”

Clean Fifteen

Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapple
Cabbage
Sweet peas (frozen)
Onions
Asparagus
Mangoes
Papaya
Kiwi
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower

Dirty Dozen

Apples
Strawberries
Grapes
Celery
Peaches
Spinach
Bell peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Cucumbers
Cherry tomatoes
Snap peas (imported)
Potatoes

via:http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/04/30/dirty-dozen-pesticides