All posts tagged: Vegetarian

Vegan Pesto pasta with mushrooms, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and paprika

Healthy Meal Ideas: Vegan Pesto Pasta

I am not vegan. However, I prefer this vegan version of pesto pasta. It tastes fantastic and is packed with good nutrition.
This is a quick and healthy lunch idea for when you want something to satisfy your carb cravings but also somethings that’s healthy and quick to whip up.

blue plates with a millet salad set on a table with colourful runner and plants

Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas: Millet with Veggies and Cheese

Quick and easy meals are a saviour, with the Indian summer lingering over our heads. You don’t need to spend hours slaving over a stove to make a delicious and healthy meal.
Millets are nutrition dense and an excellent substitute for your regular wheat and rice grains. They are gluten-free and contain high protein, fibre, and antioxidants. These properties also make them easier to digest.
Lunches like these are light on the stomach but pack a punch in nutritional value are also great to pack for the school or office. They don’t need to be re-heated either.

Pearl Barley salad with BBQ spiced cottage cheese

Quick and Healthy Lunch Options: Barley salad with BBQ Cottage Cheese

Try out this healthy lunch option with pearl barley. With so many meals being cooked at home in the last two years of quarantine, it can be pretty challenging to keep coming up with exciting meal ideas. I mean, how many ways can you cook rice? Healthy meal options that are not too heavy on the tummy can be difficult to plan when you don’t have access to exotic ingredients.

Easy Recipe Ideas: 3 Ingredient Diwali Laddoos

The school our son goes to has one day of the week dedicated to cooking and kitchen skills. From peeling and cutting to making something edible, with minimal help, these kids are learning some basic life skills and absolutely loving it. Recently, they made coconut laddoos with just three ingredients. They look and taste delicious, and best of all, kids can do this all by themselves. Ingredients: Makes about 10 pieces 2 cups desiccated coconut (plus 3 tbsp more for top coating) 1 cup condensed milk 2 tbsp Rooh Afza syrup Method: Combine all ingredients, making sure the syrup is well blended. Divide this mixture into 10 parts and roll each into a ball between your palms. Coat this with the extra coconut. This will stay outside at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or in the fridge for a week. The blush pink colour looks gorgeous. Note: Some links are part of an affiliate program, which means that if you click on a link and buy something, I might receive a percentage of …

Easy Healthy Meal Ideas: Pumpkin and Lentil Soup

October is a time for pumpkins. I am not a big fan of pumpkin pies or lattes, but I do love a good soup. This lentil soup is healthy and filling. It also tastes great and is easy to make. Ingredients: Makes 4 servings 2 cups boiled and mashed pumpkin (or squash) ½ cup boiled and mashed orange carrots 2 cups cooked yellow lentils (toor or mung dal) 2 cups vegetable stock (or water) Salt to taste 2 tbsp butter or oil for tempering 1 tsp grated ginger Coarsely ground pepper Roasted and ground cumin seeds Drizzle of cream to garnish (optional) Roasted pumpkin seeds for garnish (optional) Method: Sieve the boiled pumpkin and carrot to remove seeds and fibre.  I usually take out as many seeds as I can before boiling the pumpkin. Then rinse it and roast it to use as a crunchy topping for the soup. Cook the pumpkin, carrots, lentils, and stock on medium heat till it comes to a boil. Add salt to taste. In a small pan, heat the …

colourful salad ingredients in a wooden bowl

Easy Meal Ideas: Black-eyed Beans Salad

We try to have salads as often as possible, but it’s a pain to wash and dry the salad leaves. This bean salad is filling and full of protein and other awesome things. It can be had as a meal in itself or with some garlic bread and soup on the side. Ingredients: For a meal for one ½ cup boiled black-eyed peas ¼ cup roasted peanuts  1 small tomato, cubed 1 cucumber, diced 1 small carrot, diced Few pieces of pickled radish or onion A few olives ¼ cup of semi-ripe mango, diced (or Totapuri mango), optional  2 prunes, cut into small pieces Coriander and Mint leaves to garnish Salad dressing I like the store-bought Sweet onion dressing for this one  You can also quickly make your own dressing with 3 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon (or vinegar). Add a teaspoon of honey or sugar. Mix well and pour over the salad. Enjoy your health boost for the day! Note: Some links are part of an affiliate program, which means that if …

colouful bowl with scoops of frozen yoghurt with fresh strawberries

Quick and Healthy Recipe Ideas: Frozen Strawberry Yoghurt Treat

Strawberry season is almost upon us. And even though the summer’s almost over, there’s no reason to skip on the frozen treats. This also lasts well in the freezer, so you can also save it for next summer. Ingredients 8-10 pieces of fresh strawberries (stalks removed) 200gm Greek yoghurt ¼ cup honey Method: Blend all ingredients in a mixer. If you like your frozen yoghurt a little chunky, then don’t blend too long. Transfer to a flat tray or dish and freeze for a few hours. You can also freeze them in popsicle moulds. Scoop and enjoy. Top with more honey, strawberries, or sprinkles. This sorbet is super easy to make and a much healthier option than store-bought varieties.

a Buddha Bowl of quinoa, roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, with hummus on the side

What’s in your Buddha Bowl

There was a time when all food blogs were filled with pictures of Buddha Bowls of various kinds. They looked so lovely and fulfilling that I wanted to try something too. I don’t prefer the oatmeal or smoothie in a bowl kind, so I opted for something savoury. A Buddha Bowl is a dish that has five main ingredients:  Whole grains like rice or quinoa Protein like tofu or meat Vegetables Dressing Garnish such as nuts, seeds, or microgreens Here’s what went into my bowl: Quinoa cooked as per instructions Crispy chickpeas for protein Baked cauliflower Hummus Mixed seeds and mint leaves Instead of quinoa, any millet or grains like barley will do. Just rinse and cook in the pressure cooker. I also like to add a little salt and garlic for more flavour. You can make crispy chickpeas by seasoning boiled chickpeas and baking them in the oven or the air fryer. I also like some of the packaged ones available when I don’t want to put in a lot of effort. Baked cauliflower …

plate of 3 sesame and jaggery squares

Easy Healthy Recipes: Sesame and Jaggery Squares (Tilgud)

Sesame and jaggery squares, or Tilgud as it is better known across India, is usually made in January when the harvest season begins in the region. I always look forward to eating it during this time. I’m not sure why I don’t make it at any other time of the year, but I guess the rarity also makes it more special. Ingredients: Makes about 8-10 square bites 1 cup white sesame seeds 1 cup jaggery 1 tbsp ghee ¼ cup roasted peanuts (skin removed) Method: In a flat-bottomed pan on medium heat, roast the sesame seeds. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. As soon as it starts to brown a little, turn off the heat and let it cool. You could use black sesame seeds or a mix of both. Just be aware that they have a stronger flavour. Grind the roasted peanuts coarsely. I find it a big chore to roast and remove the peels from raw peanuts, so I buy roasted unsalted peanuts and keep in the freezer to …