Baked Parmesan Wedges

I love Potatoes! For me potato is comfort food. And yes – it is Healthy too! (Like any other food, as long as you eat it in moderation, Potato is good for you too)

“Power-Packed” Potato-ey Parmesan Wedges, made a perfect side to my dinner last night.

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Here comes the Recipe:

BAKED PARMESAN WEDGES

INGREDIENTS-

  • 2-3 boiled potatoes, sliced into wedges. (You can leave the skin on – tastes way better!)
  • Finely chopped Parsley – handful
  • 1 pod garlic – finely grated
  • 1tsp Oregano
  • 1tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Chilly flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 2-3 tbsp shredded Parmesan Cheese

METHOD-

  1. Preheat the oven to about 200* C or about 375*F
  2. Lightly grease the baking tray and set it aside
  3. Place the boiled potato wedges in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil and add all the spices and seasonings.
  4. Toss to coat.
  5. Place these spiced potatoes on to the baking tray. Let it bake, till they are roasted golden, say about 10 minutes
  6. Sprinkle with some parsley and Parmesan
  7.  Then ATTACK!

VARIANTS-

  1. You can have these yummies as is, or with some sauce, or some cheesy dips.
  2. Sweet Potato variant – this is something I intend to try soon.
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Moong Sprout – the Italian Way!

Dreaming of foods and then actually cooking them, is what I have been doing the last few days. Yes, I am absolutely in love with Food and I totally believe ‘Who Says Healthy Food Ain’t Fun’.

So keeping up with this here’s one of my recipes – that I made this morning and was fairly yummy and Nutritious.

So, here we go –

Moong Sprout – the Italian Way!

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup – Moong sprouts – boiled
  • 1 big Sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup Sliced capsicums – Red, Yellow, Green
  • 1/4 cup Sliced & Boiled French beans
  • 1/4 cup Sliced & Boiled Carrots
  • Finely chopped Parsley – handful
  • 1tsp Oregano
  • 1tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Chilly flakes
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Method –

  1. Heat the oil in a casserole or large, wide pan and add all the spices, let it cook for 30 seconds
  2. Add all the vegetables, season with salt and pepper and gently stir it for a few minutes.
  3. Share it & EAT it 😉 It’s a perfectly yummy & healthy snack

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(This picture is from the pan)

‘Yummy in My Tummy’ Addition –

Eat with a hung curd dip – not only does it add up to a yummy dressing, it is also very nutritious.

 

New Year.. but..Not so New Resolutions

IT’S going to be New Year’s Eve soon. Most of you already have plans while some are still are clueless! But we all know one thing for certain – on New Year’s Eve – We will celebrate.. And our celebrations always include – FOOD & DRINKS (both alcoholic & non-alcoholic). And that evening you will still be heavy on tum ‘again’.. (well haven’t you been  partying since Christmas 😉 )

BUT you try to justify and resolve it all with a New Year’s resolution to ‘lose weight’, like you did the year before this, and the year before that!

Going on a diet – more often than not is the most popular New Year’s resolution and as we know it does more harm than good, as we are always setting ourselves up to fail.

How is it possible, to be one kind of a person till Dec 31st and then suddenly as the clock strikes 12, become a super conscious health nut – immediately in the very next moment! So do you just drop all your lifestyle habits and adopt to a newer life – in that one moment?

We have  unrealistic expectations when it comes to dieting after the festive season. We equate a diet to a punishment, post all the merry making of Christmas & New Year – just to find ourselves repeat this pattern the following year. So did the punishment actually work?

NOTHING CHANGES, TILL YOU CHANGE

I have always said – there is much more to weight loss than just diet and exercise. Here comes Jan and so many will skimp on food and slog at the gym. The more fun your New Year party was, the more you torture yourself

Thankfully, our body and brain are way more sensible than we are. Your body’s primary function is survival and if you deprive yourself of nutrients and lots of energy your body isn’t going to quickly let you into that bikini or that LBD or raise your metabolism or give you the abs. Instead, it  will slow down the metabolism and hold onto energy so you can actually survive, the self-inflicted torture

Before you start to work on your body – it is better to work on your mind. Don’t we all already know how important it is to exercise or how beneficial it is to eat at regular intervals is or any other nutrition or health related fact – yet we do the exact opposite.

How often have you experienced or heard from someone who had a stressful day at work and didn’t know the best way to deal with it, so just went home and binged on their favorite food or just had a few glasses of wine to calm themselves down. Then obviously you don’t sleep so well that night and the next day are a bit groggy so instead of starting their day with a fruit, they reach for a coffee. And in turn, increase the stress levels, within the body, leading to more cortisol and leading to more fat storage. Was your solution actually a solution?

So its not that we are not aware – we have just become slaves to our habits, we need to re-wire our mind first, to re-wire our habits, and then will the diet actually work for you.

It’s been a busy year, you are looking forward to have a good time at your New Year Party, then do just that. If your New Year Resolution has a list of 10 things you intend to change, cut it down to 1 or 2 things and if you achieve it give yourself a high five. Be realistic in your expectations and let go of the extra pressure you put on yourself to achieve the impossible. Give your self a gift of your own kindness this New Year

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LOOK YOUR BEST THIS WEDDING SEASON

The Winter Wedding Season is here and you want to look your best; losing weight is definitely a part of that and not lose that enthralling glow.

Here are the top 5 MUST HAVES (ideally if you start this 2 months before the wedding it works the best, but now is a good time too)

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The Perfect Protein solution. Proteins are important for repairing and building the cells. The amino acids are the basis of all the cell in our body. In fact structural proteins like collagen, elastin, and keratin create the connective tissues to keep our skin, hair and nails healthy. So this way you get your daily dose of protein whether you are vegetarian or non-vegetarian. This will ensure that your cells stay healthy ad collagen firm for a supple skin.

Also being a good source of minerals like calcium, it helps strengthen bone density and gives you a good, toned look.

Tip:

  • A cup of milk at bed time, gives you that beauty sleep and helps your mind and body recover from the stresses of the day
  • Have a small bowl of curd/ glass of buttermilk before you step out for that party, it will not only keep you calmer and happy, it will also make your tummy look flatter

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The Metabolizer. (Though this is another milk product, but this one definitely needs a special mention.)

Ghee contains conjugated linolenic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid, which leads to weight loss. It helps mobilize fats from those stubborn fat areas of the body.

It is the perfect solution for bloating, which is a common side effect with late night eating and sleepless nights

Also the essential fatty acids in ghee lead to good assimilation of fat soluble vitamins, more specifically Vitamin A & E and add that touch of glow to your face.

Tip: 3-4 tsps a day, preferably with your meals – and will give your tummy the flat look!

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The complete detox solution. Sugarcane juice clears skin imperfections. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) which are part of the natural constituents of sugarcane juice, fight acne, reduce blemishes, prevent ageing and help in keeping the skin hydrated.

Tip: Just 1 glass at day mid-afternoon will make your skin will look radiant and clean.

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The anti-aging solution. Coconut water contains anti-microbial powerhouse called lauric acid that helps protect against skin infections. It also contains protein called cytokines that is responsible for encouraging cell growth and cell activation.

They regulate signals in response to inflammation caused by acne and also have an anti-ageing effect on the skin. Both external and internal use can improve wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots.

Tip: Have it as a mid day meal, by itself, definitely add the malai to it – to give you the added glow

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The Powerhouse. It is rich in powerful vitamins, anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, nutrients and moisture making it the perfect snack for instant energy.

This fruit will nourish and revitalize dry skin as well as smoothen rough and aging skin. If you have acne-prone oily skin, you can use it topically for oil control and to reduce further breakouts.

Rich in fibre and pre-biotic by nature, this fruit is your solution to building good gut friendly bacteria and can give you a flatter looking tummy!

Tip: Eat it first thing in the morning, and see your energy levels soar throughout the day.