Friday, August 24, 2012

Green Smoothie

 Green smoothies are refreshingly delicious, flavorful  healthy blend of fruits, veggies and greens. This can be a breakfast substitution drink. These smoothies are very creamy and  loaded with nutrition and tastes great. Got into the habit of making these smoothies after reading the book 'Eat to Live' by Dr. Joel Furhman. In fact, you don't need a powerful blending machine to blend this as I use the juicer jar of the 'Preethi Platinum Mixie'.

1/2 cup- pomegranates,blueberries,strawberries,cherries
(Antioxidant blend available at Costco)
1/2 cup- Mangoes,papayas,pineapple
(Festival blend from Costco)
2 inch piece of banana
1/2 Avocado
2-3 Broccoli stalks
2-3 baby carrots
1 celery stalk
2 dates
1 tbsp-freshly grounded flax seeds
1/2-1 cup- kale leaves chopped
1/2 cup- Mustard leaves,Collard greens chopped
2 cups baby spinach
1 scoop of power max protein powder
1 large cup of cold water
1 tsp- Chia seeds

Except Chia seeds blend all the ingredients in the juicer jar with water for 1-2 minutes and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and top it with Chia seed. Mix Chia seed with a spoon and eat/drink away your fresh green, crunchy smoothie.

P.S. If you blend chia seeds in your smoothie it becomes gelatinous.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer  is one of my favorite dish. Here in this recipe I have substituted Paneer with  Organic firm Tofu.

1- Tofu packet
1- green bell pepper
1- red bell pepper
2- tomatoes
2-3 green chillies
1 tsp ginger grated
1 tsp-lemon juice

2 tsp- oil
1 tsp- Jeera
11/2 tsp Dhania powder
1 tsp- red chilli powder
1 tsp- kasoori methi
1/2 tsp- turmeric
1/2 tsp- sugar
salt to taste

Cut tofu into cubes. Place it on a tawa/ pan. Drizzle some oil and stir fry for a minute or two.
Cut the bell peppers and stir fry.It should be crunchy.
Blend tomatoes and ginger.
Take a pan.Add oil.Add cumin seeds.Now add the blend tomatoes,all the masalas and let it cook for 7-8 minutes.The gravy becomes thick. Now add Tofu cubes and bell peppers. Simmer and allow it to cook for 5-7 minutes on low heat.Garnish with cilantro.
This dish goes well with all types of Indian bread and Ghee rice.

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