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Quick n Healthy Wok Tossed Chicken for a busy day. 

​Next up in the series of #healthymeals is this quick wok tossed chicken & bell pepper, with flat rice noodles. 

If I have a busy day, & I know I’ll be too tired to cook dinner, this one dish meal is my go to. 

Before leaving for work I marinate boneless chunks of chicken in a mix of soy sauce, chilli sauce, black pepper, salt, ketchup & honey. 

Pack it in an airtight container & store it in the fridge. 

In another box I store chopped bell peppers (broccoli, carrot, beans, baby corn….basically whatever is available.)

 In the evening, all you have to do is toss the marinated chicken in a work, with a teaspoon of oil, on high heat. 

Once the chicken is half cooked, add in the veggies & stir till the marinade coats the veggies too. 

You can boil noodles simultaneously, while the chicken is still cooking, & then serve on the side (or you can have just the wok tossed chicken & veggies as a full meal, without any noodles/rice too) 

Just a few mins of basic prep in the morning, and then just 10 mins of cooking time in the evening, that’s all it takes to make this delicious healthy meal. 

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Thai inspired Summer Salad 

This Thai inspired Summer Salad is my absolute favourite one dish meal on a hot summer afternoon. 

A healthy mix of seafood, veggies, fresh herbs and spices. 

I scored couple of squids, & chargrilled them for 2-3 minutes, till they’re cooked just right. 

Slice the squids, and then add in bite sized chunks of cucumber, tomato, & crushed salted peanuts. 

Now add some torn fresh mint leaves, coriander & spring onion greens. 

For the Dressing – mix some lemon juice, sugar, birds eye chilli (or chilli flakes) & fish sauce (taste the dressing and decide if you need more salt, as the fish sauce is already very salty) Drizzle this dressing on the salad and toss just till all ingredients are mixed well. 

Serve at room temperature or slightly cold. 

* You can add grilled prawns/chicken, if you don’t like squid * 

This is the picture of scored grilled squid for reference – 

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I tossed up a delish salad in 5 mins ! 😃

​I’m just a girl, standing in front of a #salad , asking it to be a #doughnut 😒

Anyway, this quick 5 min salad I made for #lunch today was quite good ! 

Grilled #mushrooms & #cottagecheese tossed with some #rocketleaves with a generous sprinkling of Keya all purpose seasoning. That’s it ! (all purpose seasoning was a mix of garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, salt , oregano) 

Mushrooms added a meaty texture to the salad, while the creamy sweetness of #paneer (indian cottage cheese) balanced the peppery flavour of the #arugulasalad ….& it literally took 5 mins to prepare this dish 

(I still want a doughnut though 😂) 

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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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Bharli Vangi (Stuffed Eggplant/Aubergine in a spicy thick gravy 

​Couldn’t resist the temptation of making Bharli Vangi, after seeing those stunning pics posted by a blogger friend @priyanka_coffeebreak the other day.

I used a mortar & pestle to make a coarse fresh hand pounded masala using – toasted dry coconut, garlic, groundnuts, sesame seeds, red chilli powder, turmeric, ‘goda masala’ & salt. Stuffed this dry spice mix into the slit aubergines. Sauted the aubergines with a tsp of oil, and then added water to the pan. Some tamarind pulp and jaggery to balance the flavour and then simmered on medium heat with a lid on, till the ubergines were cooked through, and the gravy thickened &  released oil on the edges. 

Tastes fabulous with fresh steamed rice/ hot jowar bhakri 😍 (Indian millet flatbread) 

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Quick & Easy Paneer- Capsicum Curry 

​The fastest & simplest way to make a Paneer-Capsicum-Onion dish, that tastes fabulous with steamed rice/laccha parathas/hot phulka. 

I used my favourite ‘Feel Good’ brand of #paneer that I bought from Dorabjee’s 

Here’s what you need to do – 

■ In a pan take a spoonful of Ghee, and add Kalonji (nigella seeds/onion seeds) to it. 

■ Once the seeds start to sizzle a bit, add diced onion, and capsicum, pinch of turmeric, salt, ‘Kitchen King’ masala & red chilli powder to taste, and toss on high flame for just a minute (the vegetables should remain crunchy) 

■ Add a little whisked yogurt, and stir in till combined well. Lower the heat at this point. 

■ Add cubes of Paneer, and stir gently till combined. Do not overcook Paneer, as it becomes chewy. Add water/milk/cream, as per your choice, to adjust the consistency. 
Serve the dish with fresh steamed rice/paratha/phulka. 

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Didn’t know Over-Ripe Bananas would make such wonderful Parathas ☺👏(flatbreads) 

​Few days ago I made a  banana walnut loaf using over-ripe bananas, that I somehow wanted to finish off. Thats when a friend gave me a recipe for this sweet paratha. Now honestly, I had never thought of using bananas to make parathas, so I was quite curious about the taste. 

And guess what…. I never thought overripe bananas would make such wonderful easy recipes ! I loved it ! 

I modified the recipe slightly, as I didn’t want to use sugar, or make the paratha too sweet. 

So this is my version of the banana paratha – • 2 over-ripe bananas • big pinch of Cardamom powder

• big pinch of Salt

• 1 tsp Jaggery (I just wanted a hint of sweetness, but you can add more if you want your paratha Sweeter) • 1 tsp Ghee • Wheat Flour (as much as the banana paste can hold, and make a soft yet firm ‘chapati’ like dough) ● Blend cardamom powder , jaggery and bananas to a fine paste.

● Knead a soft yet firm dough by adding little wheat flour at a time, to the banana mixture. Add Salt and Ghee while kneading. ● Roll out Parathas, and cook on a griddle till golden and crisp on the edges. Use few drops of ghee on the sides while cooking. Serve hot

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