Friday, January 31, 2014

Protein packed bars

We all like to eat things that  give us  energy we need , but many times we forget that its important to balance  the proportion  of carbohydrates, proteins and fibre which together can give us  the health benefits of what we are eating . It is exactly what this recipe does and this recipe I got from my uncle.
These bars have used whey powder as the main ingredient, whey is full protein. You can add what ever nuts, you like to this recipe. I like home made bars because you can make them fresh and also we know what we add in them, and make them to our liking.
It is very economical too as these bars are expensive to buy.

1 cup Rolled oats its important to use the right kind of ingredient to get optimal results, so use steel cut or rolled oats.
1/4 cup Whey powder , this is available in health food or grocery store too. It is the protein content
1/4 cup mixed nuts
1/4 cup flax seeds for the fibre
1/4 cup  golden raisin
1/2 cup skim milk or Almond milk is good too.
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter 


Soaked Oats


Ready mixture in foil

Ready protein bars

Protein bars 

1.Soak rolled oats in 1/2 cup water ,overnight or for at least 6 to 8 hours.
Next day, add skim milk to the soaked oats, and microwave for  2 to 3 minutes, till the appear soft. Next follow step 3.
This will make the bars  soft and chewy, if you want the uncooked type go to step 2 directly.
2. In a medium bowl add in almond/skim milk, add whey powder ,stir with a spoon and add in oats, honey,nuts and  flax seeds, and peanut butter. Stir this mixture together and pour into a flat container, lined with parchment or silver foil and refrigerate overnight or 4 to 6 hours. Remove from foil and cut into bars.
3. Add in whey powder,nuts, and honey. Mix in flax seeds and raisins and mix  it all together, store in a container. Have a tablespoon full of this mixture  and get protein and  energy before   your workouts. You can form them into bars or  round balls.
Whey is nothing else but liquid that is obtained from curdling milk, It  is complete protein, like meat ,eggs ,dairy , and vegetables.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite of many of us and when they are home made they get even better.
This recipe is from the original basic recipe by Nestle for making chocolate chip cookies, with a slight variation, that we have omitted nuts and used semisweet chocolate morsels, that is the main ingredient of a chocolate chip cookie.
Another advantage of making these cookies at home is the whole house gets perfumed with the fragrance of chocolate and you know they are ready . My daughter makes the best Chocolate cakes and cookies, they are so good, that there aren't any left overs :)))
So dig in the recipe and make some of these for your self and for your loved ones and watch their smiles light up..

2 cups All purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks butter
1 tspn vanilla essence
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tspn whole milk
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate morsels(I like to use Toll house Nestle brand)
Chocolate chip cookies 

Home baked cookies

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F and grease and line with parchment paper the cookie sheet.
1. In a mixing bowl , cream the butter and sugars together , using a wooden spoon or electric  hand mixer until smooth. Next add in the eggs, one by one and continue to mix to incorporate the eggs.
2. Combine sieved flour , salt and baking powder and ad this to the creamed mixture gradually. Add in 1 tblsp warmed  milk and vanilla essence.
Next stir in the chocolate morsels. Using a spoonful drop little rounds of dough onto un greased cookie sheet, making sure to keep an inch of distance between them. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until they appear crisp on the edges and slight golden colour.
After they are done remove from oven and allow to cool on the wire rack or on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes. Chocolate chip cookies go great with milk or just by themselves.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

French crepes

When we think of France it just captures our imagination and makes  us imagine of petite beautiful things, well crepes is also among those things. They not only are great to look at but are great tasting and a treat for our taste buds!!
The other day we got this treat from our sweetie pie daughter who made them at home and what a pretty display that I just couldn't resist sharing this  recipe and pictures of these crepes and its perfect for a holiday morning breakfast or brunch, also as a desert.
Crepes are like very thin pancakes and made from flour batter, that has flour, milk, eggs and we like to add vanilla essence . Crepes are eaten sweet or savoury.
This recipe are sweet crepes. 


1 cup Flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4  tspn vanilla essence
1 tspn sugar
1/4 tspn salt
1 tbsp white butter melted
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries or raspberries
1/2 cup jelly of your choice
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup store bought whipped cream


1.In  a medium bowl milk together, flour, with salt, gradually add in the eggs and  milk.
Next add sugar ,salt and vanilla essence,continue to mix to form a smooth batter.
Finally add in  melted butter and stir together.
2.Heat a flat 8 inch non stick griddle over medium heat. Pour 1/4 th of batter into the pan tilting to  to cover the base of the pan. Cook for 2 minutes and flip once until it turns golden.Repeat with remaining batter till all crepes are ready.
For filling , you can fill with ingredients of your choice, like some like nutella spread onto  warm crepes and some like jelly spread Add berries and whipped cream.Enjoy the smoothness of crepes and the goodness of fruits to make it the perfect sweet treat.


Making Individual crepes  


French Crepes

Paani Poori Chaat

Paani  poori is a popular chaat (snack food) . Paani is a Hindi word for water and poori is the term used for little round discs of Indian dough deep fried. Also known as gol gappas, they are sure to win the interests of your friends and guests , and will have them wanting for some more:)))

Ingredients (This quantity is for good for 5 to 6 persons)
3 bunches of fresh mint leaves
2 bunches of fresh coriander leaves 
2 inch fresh ginger
2 tspn salt
2 tspn Black salt (also called Kala Namak)
1 tsp Chaat masala powder 
3 to 4 small green chillies 
2 tspn cumin seeds 
1 lemon 
4 to 5 cups  cold water
1/4 cup tamarind paste  
2 tbsp sugar 
2 pack of store bought ready pooris

Grind in the mixer

Strain the ready paani 

Paani poori

Method (preparing paani poori water)
1.Clean the leaves of mint and coriander and wash thoroughly  to remove any  dirt from  leaves.
2.Using a blender, grind the leaves, together with cumin seeds, chopped ginger, green chillies, lemon juice, salt, tamarind paste and 3 to 4 cups of cold water. Next, add black salt and chaat powder and check for taste. Keep this mixture back in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. After that , strain the water and taste for salt, and if it is less add some black salt or chaat masala. This is the paani poor water,s tore it back in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 hours and enjoy with store bought pooris and potato mixture.

For Potato filling
2 medium size potatoes boiled and peeled

1 cup Tamarind chutney ( ready available in Indian store) or you can look up my blog for a recipe of home made tamarind chutney.

1. Boil the potatoes fully, cool them and peel the skin of the potatoes, mix them with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp chaat powder, 1/4 tsp red chilli powder and keep aside.

Assembling the dish 
1. Pooris are very delicate and crisp, using a spoon, crack the top of the poori to make a little opening. Now fill each  poori with like 1/4 tsp  potato filling. To this stir and add in paani poori water and then about 1/4 tsp tamarind chutney (for the sweetness) Continue the same way , with the other pooris and serve immediately.

Other fillings:
If you don't fancy potatoes you can alternately add sprouted moong, or boiled garbanzo beans, instead. 

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