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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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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  –

 ● half cup Granola 

 ● 10-15 black grapes 

 ● 1 banana 

 ● half cup yogurt 

Done ! 

You’ll never have to skip breakfast again 😃 

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HealthyTiffins Workshop, by Avanti Deshpande

Facing a constant dilemma of what to pack in your kid’s tiffin? Something that has to be tasty, healthy & also easy to cook.

I’m sure atleast 80% of the kids these days would refuse, or atleast throw a tantrum if you give them the same ‘boring’ Chapati and Sabji for every meal.
But what if you could just twist the recipe a bit and turn the same Chapati-Sabji into a yummy Quesadilla? Now who would refuse to eat that ?!
I was recently invited to a workshop conducted by city based Nutritionist & Dietician, Avanti Deshpande.
She demonstrated some of her tried and tested tiffin recipes, which are not only tasty and healthy, but also very quick and easy to make.
We all know how much our lifestyle and eating habits have changed over the years. Pasta, pizzas, burgers, cakes have become a part of daily diet for most people now.
Unfortunately these unhealthy eating habits have become a part of our kids lives too, and parents are worried that its too late to change these habits now.
However, if you try and think of new ways and innovative ideas to incorporate healthy ingredients into these same dishes, then you’ll realize that they are not so harmful afterall.
Avanti explained simple and practical tips on how to use healthy ingredients like Soya granules, Green Leafy Vegetables, Salads, Dry Fruits into everyday meals.
So, using Spinach puree´ into a Pesto Pasta, means your child not only gets to enjoy his favourite dish, but also eats healthy.
Adding Chickpeas, or Sprouts to Fruit Chaat, ensures that they get their daily quota of fruits as well as proteins.
How about using Dates, Almonds, Walnuts and Oats to make delicious and healthy Laddus? I’m sure we’ll all agree that its definitely a better alternative to the suagr laden Cream Biscuits and Chocolate bars that kids keep munching on these days.
And not just for the kids, but these recipes are so tasty and wholesome, even the grownups would enjoy them just as much. How about carrying a couple of those Oats and Dry Fruit laddus in your bag, for that mid morning snack? Much better than reaching for that pack of biscuits or chips, right?

The best thing about this workshop, I realized, was that you dont really have to go out of the way to buy fancy or expensive ingredients, you dont need to spend hours in the kitchen making all these things. These are all the everyday food items and ingredients we use in our home, just twisted with innovative ideas and presentation to make them more interesting.
Avanti, not only conducts such food workshops regularly, but is also a consultant who would be happy to help you and your kids with a nutritious diet plan and advice depending on your specific needs.
You can get in touch with her for appointments, through the contact details given in this article. (plz refer to attached pics)
I’m definitely looking forward to many more interesting workshops with Avanti. Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming workshops.



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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 🙂


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Savoury Rice Pancakes

This simple and nutritious breakfast is so tasty, you’ll want to make it again & again :mrgreen:
This savoury pancake / dosa is very easy to make and can be eaten any time of the day.

All you need is a little planning in advance, to soak the Rice & Dal overnight. Once you have the batter ready, making breakfast/dinner is just a matter of minutes.

Rice – 1 cup
Moong Dal – 1/2 cup
Whole Moong beans (with green outer skin)- 1/2 cup
Ginger – 1 inch pc
Green Chillies – 2 nos (or as required)
Salt – to taste
Ghee / Oil – few tsps.

Method –
* Wash and soak Rice, Moong Dal and Whole Moong in water, overnight. (You could also use only whole Moong Beans with green skin which are more nutritious than skinless Dal.
* After soaking overnight, drain out excess water and coarsely grind the mixture into a thick paste.
* Add Ginger, Green Chillies and Salt to taste while grinding the mixture.
* Add little water if necessary, to adjust consistency. The mixture should have a thick but pouring consistency like Dosa batter.
* Cover and keep aside for few hours, so the mixture ferments slightly.
* With a ladle, spoon out and spread the mixture evenly like a dosa, on a non stick pan.
* Spread few drops of Ghee/Oil on the sides, and cook on medium heat, with a lid on for 2-3 mins.
* Flip the dosa and cook further for 2-3 mins till lighlty golden and crisp on the edges.
* Serve hot with Coriander Chutney/Ketchup

# You can also add any other Dal or Beans of your choice.


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