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Rainy Day Comfort Meal-Wok Tossed Ginger-Soy-Honey Mushrooms.

This recipe is perfect for a rainy day, when you’re craving for a good warm homemade meal, that can be made in minutes. Ginger, with its numerous health benefits, is an excellent ingredient to include in your diet, especially during monsoons when you need to boost your immunity. 

This easy recipe uses just a few ingredients, & can be rustled up within minutes. Enjoy these mushrooms with noodles, or a bowl of warm steamed rice, or simply toss the rice in the wok & make a quick fried rice. 

*Wok Tossed Ginger-Soy-Honey Mushrooms, on a bed of flat rice noodles*

 ~ In a wok, heat a little sesame oil, add minced/julienne ginger, soy sauce, black pepper (you can add red chilli flakes/minced green chillies too if you want it spicy), a pinch of salt (soy sauce is very salty, so be careful). 

Add chopped mushrooms to the wok & stir fry on high heat for a minute. 

Add honey & cook further  for a minute, till the sauce thickens & coats the mushrooms with a sticky glaze. 

In the meanwhile boil & drain noodles, to serve on the side. Garnish with spring onion/coriander. Serve hot. 

If you want to use up leftover cooked rice, then you can toss it into the wok & mix with the mushrooms to make a fried rice, & skip those noodles. ๐Ÿฝ

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I tossed up a delish salad in 5 mins ! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

โ€‹I’m just a girl, standing in front of a #salad , asking it to be a #doughnut ๐Ÿ˜’

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚) 

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

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 ๐Ÿ˜ 

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. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Chickpea, Spring Onion & Cheese Saladย 

โ€‹Some days you eat salad & go to the gym. Some days you eat cupcakes & refuse to move an inch. It’s called Balance ๐Ÿ˜ 

I made this green chickpea salad (soaked green chickpeas overnight, drained out water & let them sprout for a day. You can eat them raw or boil them for couple of minutes if you like) tossed in fresh spring onion from my kitchengarden, some grated cheese (you can use #paneer  *cottage cheese* /Feta as well) A generous splash of lemon juice, a sprinkle of Salt & Pepper. Quite good actually. 

Ok …but tomorrow is going to be cupcake day ! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Smoothie in minutesย 

โ€‹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  –

 โ— half cup Granola 

 โ— 10-15 black grapes 

 โ— 1 banana 

 โ— half cup yogurt 

Done ! 

You’ll never have to skip breakfast again ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 

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New Year -New Menu @212 All Day Bar & Cafeย 

This new year 212 introduces a new menu which is going to make all those sticking to their resolution of eating healthy, very happy indeed.

212 has come up with a wide variety of delights for patrons who want to eat out, and still eat healthy. 

Lots of options for the non vegetarians, such as Tea Smoked Shrimp, Cajun Spiced Chicken Pizza, Grilled Norwegian Salmon to name a few.

There are Vegan friendly dishes like the Quinoa Bowl, Coconut and Corn Bisque, Savoury Baklava with kale, leek, potato and caramelized onion. 

Also some gluten free and low/no Carb recipes like Golden Corn & Zucchini Fritters, or the No Carb Spaghetti. 

The tasting started of with a small portion of Coconut and Corn Bisque with burnt garlic and cilantro. It was a bowl of sheer comfort on a cool winter evening. Forget a tasting portion, I could literally have a bucketful of that heavenly stuff and eat nothing after ! 

But I knew Chef Paul Kinny had lots of new dishes planned for the evening, so I had to stop at that tasting portion and give everything else a try.

I’m not really a fan of Quinoa, but this salad bowl had my favourite ingredients like cranberries, mixed greens, pomegranate and roasted almonds. So the Quinoa Bowl wasn’t really disappointing as I earlier thought. Its infact quite a good option for a light lunch /dinner on a summer day. 

Tea Smoked Shrimps with frisse, key lime, olive oil and chia seeds, all with a subtle smokey tea aroma was next. Tender, just cooked right prawns, subtle flavours, nothing overpowering the other. Good stuff. 

212 does a nice rendition of Caprese, with an almost mousse like mozzarella, oven roasted tomato, basil pesto and balsamic. Clearly some good effort gone into making an otherwise boring and lazy salad. 

Cajun Spiced Chicken Pizza with chilli oil drizzle, chipotle spiced pineapple, onion and capers was a perfect medley of sweet, spicy, tangy flavours on a thin crisp crust. 

Next up was Savoury Baklava. Yummm! Unlike the sweet sinful sugary dessert we all know, this savoury treat is actually just as healthy as it is pretty. Crisp sheets of phyllo pastry, layered with kale, leek, potato and caramelized onion. I’d happily eat Kale if someone serves it like this !

The few let down dishes for me that evening were – 

Golden Corn and Zucchini Fritters. The tangy raspberry sauce with a mild hit of pepper, served with the fritters was nice. But the main dish failed to impress. The fritters were not really big on flavour, and had turned limp and soggy rather quickly. 

Beetroot & Ricotta Ravioli with sage brown butter and red onions was another dish that I don’t think I would be ordering again. 

However the No Carb Spaghetti with crunchy zucchini, squash, almonds and carrot is a nice, light, yet filling meal for those on a gluten free/low Carb diet. 

I wish my favourite grilled Norwegian Salmon had entered the scene much earlier, coz it was D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S. Think, perfectly cooked flaky salmon with a side of potato and scallion confit and caper vinaigrette.

Dessert had the most sinful, decadent Baked Peach Cheesecake, and Baileys Brownie Cheesecake with Strawberry Peppercorn Compote. (Ok…after eating so much of low carb….no carb…salad and quinoa, you’re allowed to cheat a little ! ๐Ÿ˜œ Hehehe) 

Couldn’t really decide which one was better….so ended up finishing both ! ๐Ÿ˜‚  

*Review conducted on Invite* 

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My Favourite Stir Fried Chicken, Super Healthy, Super Quick !

‘Stir Frying’ is a cooking technique in which ingredients are fried in a small amount of very hot oil, while being stirred continuously in a wok.
This quick stir fry is not just super delish but also extremely healthy, and can be made in a matter of minutes !

Ingredients –

Boneless Chicken (bite sized pcs)- 250 gms
Garlic (finely chopped) – 5 cloves (approx)
Green Chilli (finely chopped) – as required
Soy sauce – 2 tsps
Honey – 2 tsps
Sesame Oil – 2 tsps
Flax Seeds – 2 tsps
Sesame Seeds – 2 tsps
Sunflower Seeds – 2 tsps
Onion (bite sized pcs) – as required
Bell Pepper (bite sized pcs) – as required
Salt – to taste

Method –
* In a wok, add sesame oil and heat it well.
* Add finely chopped garlic & green chilli and saute till garlic is light golden in colour.
* Add Soy Sauce and Salt to taste (be careful while adding salt, as soy sauce already has enough salt in it)
* Now add bite sized chunks of boneless chicken and stir continuously on high flame.
* Once chicken is Half cooked (which takes about 2 – 3 mins) add Honey, Onion, and Bell Pepper/Capsicum.
* Add Sesame, Sunflower & Flax Seeds and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes till the honey and soy sauce coats all Ingredients and the chicken has a shiny glaze on it.
* Do not overcook the chicken. This dish does not need more than 10 minutes of cooking time.
* Garnish with Parsley/SpringOnion/Corriander and serve hot.

# For Vegetarian/Vegan options-
You can Use Paneer (Cottage Cheese), Tofu, Oyster Mushrooms, Portobello Mushrooms, Button Mushrooms, Soy Nuggets, Broccoli,  Baby Corn, or any other vegetables of your choice.

This can be eaten as a one dish meal, or you can have it with steamed rice as well.

Packed full of flavour and nutrition, ready in 10 minutes, and super tasty! This dish is perfect for people who have very little time to cook, but want to have healthy, delicious meals.
Bon appetit ๐Ÿ™‚


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