Monday, November 30, 2015

Berrylicious smoothie :-)

We are on a smoothie trip, me and my hubby. He has bought a powerful mixer , called Nutri bullet and it is perfect for making different types of smoothie. 
Packed with protein and nutrients, smoothie is ideal for on the run drink, or take along while going for work.
These mouth watering smoothies are prepared using fresh fruits  and vegetables , not to forget to add some nuts and sunflower/ chia seeds , berries and carrots and oranges  also make a great smoothie. Another interesting ingredient is Almond milk, that is flavorful and light to drink.
My son like most of the kids is not a vegetable eater (though he does eat some veggies) so this is the best way to feed kids , make it tasty and colorful and you have the perfect formula to excite kids to have this smoothie!!
I like to experiment using different fruits , veggies and the result is a power packed drink, so you'll too try some and make your family feel healthy too!!





Ingredients

1/4 cup washed blue berries
1/2 cup washed strawberries
1 cup Almond milk
1/4 cup sunflower seeds ( or chia seeds is fine too)
1/2 cup washed cleaned carrots
2 tsp Whey protein powder
3 to 4 ice cubes 
This makes one jar of smoothie, approx 2 glasses !!

Method:
I like to use the blender jar ( Nutribullet jar, as a measure cup)
Basically simplest thing to prepare,  add  berries, carrots,and some seeds into the nutribullet jar.
Now add the liquid part ( either juice or almond milk, coconut water-your choice)
 Next add whey protein powder and then ice cubes, about 3 to 4 and put the lid on and  let Nutribullet do the needful, churning out the juice and its powerful motor and blades extract all the juices and blend all the seeds, result is smooth smoothie, ready to drink with all its goodness.
Pour into tall glass and drink cool smoothie.
As mentioned I have prepared using Kale and avocado smoothie, you can similarly add your choice of ingredients and make it to your taste.
Do share your thoughts and ideas about other ingredients!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Oatmeal butterscotch cookies

Holidays are almost here!! and the crisp cold air calls for some freshly baked warm cookies. Previously  having baked chocolate chip cookies, I decided to try out something different and so tried out a recipe that uses old fashioned oats with butterscotch chips.  Oatmeal butterscotch cookies, are crisp outside, and soft, chewy on the inside. 
I tried these at my friends place and just wanted to try make them, so here is a  recipe. Do try some yourself they taste delicious and fills the house with sweet freshly baked cookies aroma!!

Ingredients   
1 1/2 cup All purpose flour
2 eggs
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 pack butterscotch chips



Ingredients

Stir and cream both butters and sugar 

Sieve dry ingredients 
                                                            
Add oats and butterscotch chips to cookie dough



Baking till the cookies appear crisp and baked ! at 350 F

Oatmeal and butterscotch cookies are ready to eat !

Method:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Using an electric hand beater or wooden spoon, and a large bowl cream butter and both sugars till light and fluffy.
2.Add vanilla essence ,and eggs and mix well.
3.Sieve flour, add baking soda, cinnamon and add stir the dry ingredients, stir together and add in oats and butterscotch chips and mix well.
4.Using an tablespoon, scoop out approx 2 inch dough and place onto the cookie sheet ( Lined with parchment paper) and bake for 10 minutes or until they appear light golden in color.  
  After they are  baked continue to cool them for few minutes, on a wire rack. Enjoy and they store well in a sealed container.  
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