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Healthy, No Cook Breakfast Ideas. Banana-Peanut Butter-Granola. 

Imagine the saltiness of generously slathered creamy peanut butter against the sweetness of banana and the crunchy texture of homemade granola packed with Almonds, Walnuts & Cranberries !

That was my breakfast today 😍 

You don’t need to slave in the kitchen for hours, neither skip breakfast bcoz you don’t have time to cook.

I just slit a banana lengthwise,  slathered some creamy peanut butter on it, & genrously sprinkled my favourite homemade granola packed full of the goodness of Oats, Almonds, Walnuts, & Cranberries. 

There you have it, a complete breakfast full of all the essential nutrients to start your day, ready in under 5 minutes, without any cooking at all ! 

Can anything be easier than that ? 

 Just use a little imagination ! Experiment a little. 

Stock up your groceries smartly. 😎

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Smoothie in minutes 

​Morning rush, no time to cook, but don’t wanna skip breakfast ?
This quick, healthy & delish smoothie is good enough to keep you satiated till lunchtime. 

Just blend together  –

 â— half cup Granola 

 â— 10-15 black grapes 

 â— 1 banana 

 â— half cup yogurt 

Done ! 

You’ll never have to skip breakfast again 😃 

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Party Platters 

Nothing brings people together like good food ! 

I always follow the golden rule –

*Keep things Simple* 

Party Platters are my favourite. I always create  generous platters of nibbles, ahead of time – A stressed host is never fun ! 

These platters are easy to assemble. Easy to serve. Require little cooking time. And there’s always something for everyone. 

You can have a mix of different cheeses, crackers, olives, fresh/dry fruits, chorizo, cold cuts, vegetable crudites, variety of dips, finger sandwiches, sliders…the options are endless! 

Except for frying up some chicken nuggets, making some dips and sandwiches, all other snacks are pretty much just assembly/arrangement work, that takes a few minutes. 

Simple Cucumber Sandwiches, Chicken and Cole Slaw Sandwiches, are great for warm summer evenings. Ham sandwiches, cut in bite sized pieces, or mini pulled pork sliders are a great snack with your drinks. 

 Have an assortment of cheeses, some soft enough to spread on crackers, some hard, some mild and some sharp. 

Plenty of Fruits like Strawberries,  Grapes, Pears or Apple, to cut through the saltiness and richness of the Cheese. 

Cold Cuts are always a good idea. Some spicy Chorizo works well too, and Olives ofcourse. 

Add few munchies like assorted Nuts , Chips, and Vegetable Crudites with a variety of Dips. You could either make these dips, if you have the time, or you could even serve a couple of good store bought dips. 

The main aim is to have a variety of food, so that there’s something interesting for every guest. 

Just a little planning, a proper shopping list, and 1 trip to the grocery store is all it takes to make a perfect, stress free party platter which you can enjoy with your friends, without spending hours in the kitchen ! 

Home Cooking

Makhane ki Kheer

IMG_20150831_132158Popped Lotus seeds ( also known as Makhana or Fox nut) are not only rich in Protein and Calcium, but also a good source of Carbohydrates, Fibre, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron and Zinc.

Makahana is low in Sodium, which makes it useful for those suffering from heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

These popped lotus seeds, lightly roasted with a spoonful of ghee, and a pinch of salt, taste similar to popcorn, and are an excellent alternative to oily, fried snacks.

Since Makhana is very neutral in flavour it can be used in sweet as well as savoury dishes.

Makhana combines beautifully with milk to make a creamy and delicious Kheer.

# The recipe for Makhana kheer is as follows –

Makhana – 1 cup

Ghee – 1 tea spoon

Milk – 3 cups

Sugar – 1 table spoon

Saffron – few strands

Nutmeg powder – a big pinch

Pistachio – for garnish

  • In  pan, heat a spoonful of ghee, and roast the lotus seeds on a medium flame, till golden brown and crunchy. Set aside to cool.
  • Once the roasted Makhana cools down to room temperature, grind it to a coarse powder, in the mixer.
  • In a saucepan, heat 3 cups of milk, and add sugar. Mix well, till the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the powdered Makhana to this milk and sugar mixture, and stir well to avoid lumps.
  • Adjust the consistency of the kheer as per your liking (increase / decrease the quantity of milk and sugar as per your taste)
  • Add a big pinch of powdered Nutmeg, and few strands of Saffron. Mix well.
  • Garnish with Pistachio slivers. This kheer can be served warm, or chilled as per your preference.
  • Quick and easy dessert for all occasions, and an excellent option for elderly people suffering from diabetes, or high BP. or for babies, who are on soft, semi solid diet.