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Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

I love snacking!! Well, who doesn’t? Without fail I need a cup of chai at 4pm and some snacks to go with it especially something crunchy and spicy. I usually would end up eating about 8-10 kettle potato chips but of late I have been sticking to Snapea Crisp thinking it is slightly better than potato chips. However, I am not completely convinced they are healthy and so I decided to google recipes for Kale chips. Kale is nutrient dense and a very versatile food. Simply steam them, add it to your stir-fry or make a kale pesto the options are endless 🙂 There are plenty of health benefits one can get by including kale in one’s diet which you can find out here . For now, here is my recipe for kale chips Ingredients: 1 bunch of Kale 2 tsp olive oil (as needed) 1 tsp of Tajin seasoning Method: 1. Wash kale and pat them dry completely. There should be no water on kale leaves. Next, remove the hard and fibrous stem. Tear the Kale leaves in 3″ pieces 2. In a mixing bowl, add torn kale leaves , olive oil and tajin seasoning. Rub the seasoning on to each leaf. Lay the leaves on lined cookie sheet in a single layer 3. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Bake the chips for 12-15 mins until they are done. Keep a watch while baking so they don’t get burnt! 4. Once done, allow the chips to cool down for a few mins before you take them off the cookie sheet. Enjoy!! Variations: Try to season them with plain salt, pepper or grated Parmesan...

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Culinary experiments

Culinary experiments

Ever since I graduated in November 2014, I have been spending more time in kitchen not because I enjoy cooking but because I like experimenting on my husband. Here are a few things I have tried my hands on the past few months

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Day 19: 5 favorite recipes..

People who know me, also know that I am not very fond of cooking. But, at the same time, I am someone who likes to eat home cooked food as much as possible. As I often juggle the role of a good student and a housewife, I like to cook one-pot meals. Easy, quick and healthy! Iwill provide links a little later…but here are my favorite recipes… Besan chilla Veggie Oats Dosa Vegetable Dalia Dudhi Muthiyas Pasta Dal Dhokli   Recipes coming soon!!!!...

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Day 2: Educate..

Here I am on day 2 of my blog post challenge. I am going to educate you on something I know a lot about or something I am good at. Why? because that’s what the prompt for today is. Well, undoubtedly I am going to talk to you about  nutrition!! I have met countless health conscious people in my life ever-since I took up nutrition. Some well read and some not so well read. The problem with both sect of people is that, those who are well read overdo it in the name of health and fitness, and the not so well read blindly follow advice that appears in magazines, mails, newsletter, TV, ads and other social media. So, whichever sect you belong too here are few things about nutrition I would like to educate you on… 1. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on buying food, neither does it mean your food is going to taste bad nor does it mean you can’t enjoy occasional treats. But, please do not make occasional treats daily food items. Cookies, cakes, pastries, chips, juices, sodas are only to be served and had in birthday parties, get together etc. It should not be your daily breakfast, snack or a dessert! 2. Eating healthy means eating local foods, foods that you have grown up eating, freshly cooked simple home-made food. For example: Dal chawal with a dollop of ghee. Surprised, I call it a healthy meal? Don’t be! I know, I know you are thinking white rice is high in glycemic index and ghee is high in saturated fat. The only good thing is the dal. But, no you are wrong. This meal is absolutely healthy and here’s why. Both dal and rice have some amount of protein, but dal lacks essential amino acid called methionine and rice lacks essential amino acid called lysine, so when eaten together they make up for each other’s deficiencies and give us a complete source of protein. Ghee on the other aids in absorption of fat soluble vitamin such as A,D,E, and K important for vital functions of life! Ghee also blunts the blood glucose response that occurs after eating white rice. This is because the high fat content coats the rice particles and your body takes longer to digest the rice,  releasing the sugar slowly and hence the blood sugar rises slowly instead of spiking! Other reasons why it is healthy is because rice and dal is available locally, your food did not travel to you from china unlike many foods. You have grown up eating dal and rice ever since you were an infant, so how can  it suddenly...

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What’s cooking?

When there is no school, my project keeps me busy! Being a nutritionist my project involves designing healthy reipces. It doesn’t just stop at designing or creating, I have to cook them, standardize them, determine appropriate portion size and finally taste test! Before finalizing the recipes they have to pass a specific criteria – they should be low in saturated fats, high in fiber, low in simple sugars, high in complex carbohydrates, low in sodium, taste good and look good, yes a bit of food styling to make it look mouthwatering… Here’s a sneak peak into what’s cooking in my healthy...

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A special day!!!

I haven’t been able to post for the longest time. Not that I haven’t written anything, but my assignments surely wouldn’t make interesting topics for a blog post! My school schedule has been crazy. It keeps me busy all day week long, leaving me no time for leisure activities. I have to keep reminding myself that “All work no play makes Jack a dull boy”. It’s been the same with exercising, sleeping, eating etc.Life has been mundane… I am usually not very excited about celebrating Valentine’s Day. But I guess sometimes it necessary to break the monotony of life and do something special for the person you love! So, I decided to bake Eggless ChocĂł-Vanilla cupcakes for my husband. Little did I know, my husband was thinking along the same lines! A beautiful card and cute box of chocolates was hidden under my pillow. It truly made me feel special… Oven fresh cup cakes Some icing and dairymilk shavings! Card and box of chocolates Orchids were gifted on my birthday Did my husband like the cupcakes? Yes, he loved them!! But to be honest, there was an error, I added a bit too much of cooking soda and they tasted soapy.Ewwww!!!! that was my reaction, when I took a bite! I guess he didnt say anything becuase he appreciated the effort more than the taste!        ...

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