Pesto Chicken

Another healthy recipe from our kitchen.  You can eat it as a Salad or a Starter as you prefer. It is a good dinner idea for people like us on diet . It will help you keep full and low on calories.

If you have been following this blog you must have noticed we are quite a fan of pesto sauce, I love the fresh smell of basil which makes anything I put it in so desirable with its fresh aroma and taste.

 

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Preparation time : 15 mins                                                              Cooking time: 10 mins

Serves 2

Ingredients:

200 gm chicken filets.

1 big tomato.

2 tablespoon pesto sauce.

Salt, pepper as per your taste.

20 gm mozzarella  grated cheese

1 bay leaf.

Directions:

Boil the chicken with bay leaf and some salt. You can  use the water from chicken as chicken stock later.

Cut the tomatoes into round thin slices.

Spread some pesto sauce on each boiled chicken piece and put the tomato slice on it.

Sprinkle salt and pepper. Top it with some grated cheese.

Bake in oven for 10 mins till the cheese melts and you see brown cheesy crust on top.

Serve it with salad .

Here the pictures that will help you get better idea how we did it.

 

The inside view 🙂

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THE BEST CHOCOLATE MOUSSE EVER

A healthy chocolate mousse for the weight watchers!! Will try this weekend 🙂

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This chocolate mousse is so freakin’ delicious that I could not stop licking my fingers/the spoon/the insides of the food processor whilst making it! Before I give you the recipe though, I want to put in context just how HEALTHY and NUTRITIOUS this recipe actually is by comparing it to celebrity chef, Jaime Oliver’s. FYI, I have nothing whatsoever against Oliver; undoubtedly he’s an excellent Chef . However; I believe his “Delicious Chocolate Mousse” recipe contains some pretty naughty/”unhealthy” ingredients: (chocolate pieces, sea salt, eggs, caster sugar, full-fat cream, amaretto liqueur, cocoa powder, sesame snaps and sour cherries ) whilst in comparison, my recipe is:

1 small banana
1 ripe avocado
4 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp honey 
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
berries to decorate

Need I say more?

Anyone that knows me at all knows that I have a HUGE sweet tooth and I LOVE chocolate. I assure you…

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Green Smoothie

Looks great! Need to give it a try! For all my friends who are on Diet, Would be a nice drink to add to the diet.

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I love green smoothies and have been drinking one daily for the past 6 years! I rarely miss a day because I don’t feel my best if I do. Green smoothies help me to feel energized and clean, and how many people do you know that get this many greens in a day, let alone just at breakfast:

2016-01-08 08.38.34Yeah, not many…probably just the crazy people :), like me. Even when I travel, I try and drink green smoothies…if a blender isn’t available for me to borrow then I’ll usually find a local health food store and buy premade green smoothies.

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I posted another green smoothie recipe on this blog about 4 years ago which you can find by clicking here.  I change my recipes up regularly, using different greens and fruit that are in season, but the outline is the same:  water, greens, fruit and ice or frozen fruit. Sometimes I’ll…

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Pumpkin Puree ( Indian Style Sweet Savoury )

Pumpkins are great for health . Mashed pumpkin has only 50 calories per cup and 3 grams of fiber. “Fiber helps keep you fuller longer, which keeps your appetite at bay so you eat less overall,” says nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet.

Consuming one cup of cooked, canned pumpkin would provide well over 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A, 20% of the daily value for vitamin C, 10% or more for vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese at least 5% for thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.

 

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Preparation Time: 10 mins         Cooking time: 30 minutes

                    Serves – 2                        

Ingredients:

300 gm peeled pumpkin cut into cubes.

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon sugar

pinch of asafoetida powder

Salt -1/2 teaspoon

crushed Pepper-1/4 teaspoon

chili powder-1/2 teaspoon

1 tablespoon lemon juice or dry mango powder.

1 tablespoon Olive oil

Directions :

Add oil to cooker and once heated , all the cumin seeds and let them splutter.

Sprinkle asafoetida powder in oil and add pumpkin pieces.

Saute for a min and add spices (salt, pepper,turmeric, chili powder)

Add 1 cup of water , Cover and cook on low flame til pumpkin pieces are soft . ( If cooking in a pressure cooker, put the lid and cook until 3-4 whistles on medium flame)

Check if pumpkin is completely cooked, mash in until you see a puree. Add teaspoon of sugar and dry mango powder. Cook for another 5 mins on low flame till you see oil separates from puree.

Eat it with paratha or puri ( both are indian bread) you can enjoy it with boiled rice as well.

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Diet Plan and Weight Watching-Week 6 update

 

I am back with my diet update for week 5. Last week  , I was indeed a bad student, I couldn’t control much on my calories this week. I will blame the cold weather for my binging 😉  I ate outside one time and  mostly cooked at home . The calories target of 1400 cal was missed  few times .Sometimes it was less and sometimes more than 1400 cal , but good news is I still managed to shed a pound in spite of my carelessness , my body is now getting active and increasing its metabolism.

Tips :

  • Maintaining a diary for calories intake helps a lot to keep a check of food consumed.
  • Adding some spices makes boring food interesting. Try out your cooking this week.

Some  pictures of the cooking done this week except the donuts .

 

A good idea for lighter dinner, 3 pieces of  medium sized vol au vent with homemade vegetable sauce makes 400 calories.

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Recipe : https://fromworldskitchen.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/dinner-ideas-vol-au-vent-with-red-sauce/

You cannot indulge much into pizza except for a while it was a month already without pizza so we baked at home, 3 slices of homemade pizza are enough for  reaching 450 calories.

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Pizza Recipe : https://fromworldskitchen.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/some-paneer-pizza-tonight/

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Okra  Recipe : https://fromworldskitchen.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/bhindi-masala-do-pyaza-okra-indian-style/

fourth pic is pumpkin puree indian style with indian bread ( Recipe  coming soon )

fifth pic: minced meat with grated cauliflower cooked in indian spices ( Recipe  coming soon )

One donut  for a sunday breakfast doesn’t hurt, you can eat it guilt free 🙂

My last week’s goals ( the ones marked red are missed goals) , this week’s goals are same as well :

  1. Calorie intake 1400 calories .
  2. Cutting carbs from Dinner and lunch.
  3. Handful of nuts everyday.
  4. Adding more greens to my dinner  plate.
  5. My dinner calories target is 400 calories.
  6. Continuing my daily and weekly walks of 10 km.
  7. 15 mins stretching exercise every morning.

apart from above goals I am also doing following as my routine:

Stopped taking sugar in my tea and coffee everyday.

no soda and colas and junk food

Replaced my morning sandwich  with boiled or scrambled eggs.

Dinner latest by 7 pm .

Eating more vegetables .

3 fruits daily.

no white bread , brown or whole wheat bread.

Green tea after dinner.

Drinking a cup of warm water boiled with cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey in morning .

Below is link  from Colleen on her site about  her weight loss journey and some great health tips.I am sharing my every week’s results with her to keep us  motivated.If you would like to join us  , just ping back to her post below and keep sharing your results :

(http://silverthreading.com/2016/01/11/mindful-monday-healthy-living-make-life-changes-to-help-you-achieve-your-goals/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diet Plan and Weight Watching-Week 4 and 5 update

I started my Diet from Dec 2015 , the first two weeks  were to balance my food intake and adapting my habits to cooking/eating more healthy food. The initial two weeks were no weight loss and no weight gain weeks.The last two weeks I had lost 2 pounds in total, It’s not much but it is great feeling to see the scale meter coming down rather than going up as was the case from past few months.

The last two days of Dec and first two days of January, I couldn’t help myself to stop cooking and eating outside 😀 Holiday time . I ate and slept and ate again, went shopping  and dining . Although I tried to check the calories limitation not to exceed the level of 1800 cal, at which I do not gain any weight according to my BMI . I enjoyed my break from diet and also my  favorite food.

Some pictures from long weekend ,

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My this week’s goals  :

  1. Calorie intake 1400 calories .
  2. Cutting carbs from Dinner and lunch.
  3. Handful of nuts everyday.
  4. Adding more greens to my dinner  plate.
  5. My dinner calories target is 400 calories.
  6. Continuing my daily and weekly walks.
  7. 15 mins stretching exercise every morning.

apart from above goals I am also doing following as my routine:

Stopped taking sugar in my tea and coffee everyday.

no soda and colas and junk food

Replaced my morning sandwich  with boiled or scrambled eggs.

Dinner latest by 7 pm .

Eating more vegetables .

3 fruits daily.

no white bread , brown or whole wheat bread.

Green tea after dinner.

Drinking a cup of warm water boiled with cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey in morning .

Below is link  from Colleen on her site about  her weight loss journey and some great health tips.I am sharing my every week’s results with her to keep us  motivated.If you would like to join us  , just ping back to her post below and keep sharing your results :

http://silverthreading.com/2016/01/04/mindful-monday-healthy-living-setting-realistic-goals-for-2016/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Beans with Tuna

 

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Preparation time : 10 minutes                               Cooking time : 15-20 mins

Serves :2 

Ingredients

1 small can tuna ( 100 gm)

Onion- half small, finely chopped

Green beans –  200 gm,cut into two piece each

Garlic -2 big cloves finely chopped

Salt -1 teaspoon

Pepper powder-1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon

chili powder-1/2 teaspoon

Asafoetida powder- to sprinkle

Persil  (for dressing)

1 spoon lemon juice (dressing)

 

Directions:

In a wok/pan  heat oil  and  sprinkle some asafoetida into oil, add chopped onion,garlic and fry them for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
Add the spices ,salt pepper and now fry for a minute.
 Add the beans ,saute for 3-4 mins.
Cover the wok for 5 mins on low flame till beans become soft.
Now add tuna, mix  and fry them all for a minute on low flame until it all look cooked.
Top it with some persil and lemon juice and enjoy with bread . I added some Pomme Duchesse as starters at my plate ( duchess potatoes).