Category: recipes

First YouTube Video on Weekly Meal Planning

I’ve been meaning to shoot videos on meal planning for at least a year. As an outgoing introvert (!) I’m always hesitant to throw me out in the world, be it in the blogging world or YouTube world. After so many months I got the courage to do my first video and here I am posting it on meal planning. Guess that deserve a separate post? 🙂

Healthy Dessert: Frozen Yogurt Bark

Healthy Dessert - Frozen Yogurt BarkI hope i’m not the only one who has sweet tooth and crave something sweet after every meal. It’s definitely an effort not to go overboard on sweets. So I don’t keep any just food at home and I’m always on the hunt for healthy desserts.

Recently I came across this frozen yogurt bark and in the last couple of weeks I made it twice. The first time, I finished almost all of it in one day. The second time, rest of the family joined me. Yup!

Frozen Yogurt Bark with Kiwi Fruit

Ingredients:

  1. Vanilla yogurt (You can even use plain yogurt and mix it with Honey)
  2. Mango
  3. Walnuts
  4. Raisins

Direction:

  • Simple pour the yogurt onto the baking sheet and spread evenly
  • Top it with mango, walnuts, and raisins
  • Freeze overnight
  • Break it into barks and Enjoy!

Side notes:

  • The bark can topped with any your favorite fruits and nuts
  • It required less than 5 minutes of prep time
  • It has enough sweetness from natural sources to satisfy your craving
  • Fat free yogurt works perfectly fine
  • I got box full of bark from just 1 small cup of yogurt. So even if you eat all of it, the total calories will be less
  • You can make the bark as thin/thick as possible. The freezing time varies depends on the thickness

Veggie Pizza Cups

When the clock hits 5 PM and you crave for snack, this pizza cups will save you from becoming HANGRY 🙂 One day when I opened the refrigerators, these wanton wrappers were staring at me. The hungry me decided to try veggie pizza cup recipe that is super simple and hardly takes 20 minutes. I only used 1 tea spoon of oil and 1 cup of cheese for a recipe that satisfies 4 adults and a toddler. So can we consider it as a healthy pizza?

Ingredients:

  1. Wanton wrappers – 10 nos
  2. Frozen bell peppers – 1 cup
  3. Sharp cheddar cheese – 1 cup
  4. Pasta sauce – 1/2 cup
  5. Salt and pepper – to taste
  6. Oil – 1 tea spoon

Directions:

  1. Add a tea tea spoon of oil in a pan and sauté  the vegetables with salt, and pepper until they are half cooked
  2. Cut the wonton wrappers into 4 squares
  3. Place each square in a muffin pan hole
  4. Fill the squares with a teaspoon of pasta sauce first
  5. On top of it, fill up the sautéed veggies and cheese
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes
  7. If you have veggies burgers or chicken pieces, you can add them as well

These pizza cups are a hit in our home. I made them as snack last time. This time, my family asked me to them make as a side for soup dinners. Good idea, right?

 

Tofu Masala Burger Patties

Lately, we have been using tofu as a burger patty when making burger for dinner. I used to buy organic veggie burger patties and they are so expensive (1 patty was more than a $1). Instead, I started making burger patties using organic tofu. I typically marinate tofu with salad dressing and the end result was decent.

For the past couple of weeks, I decided to marinate with indian spices and the result is soooo good. The burger patty came out spicy and tasty that we started eating it as an appetizer.

As I mentioned earlier, not all my recipes come out well (example, my Instagram rambling here)

So, if I’m sharing a recipe here, you can assume that it tastes good. If you love Indian food and want some spicy veggie burger patty, you should give this one a try.

Ingredients:

Direction:

  1. Remove the tofu from the package and press well to drain the water
  2. Place a heavy object on top of the tofu and let it sit for 30 minutes to drain the water completely (I keep my Instantpot on top of tofu covered in cloth)
  3. Once all the water is drained, cut the tofu into 8 pieces
  4. Combine all the other ingredients above in a bowl
  5. Marinate the tofu with the mix and let it sit for 30 minutes
  6. Pan fry the tofu for 5 minutes each side and serve

My burger contains 1 piece of the tofu patty, 1 spinach omlette, and cheese. If I have more time, I serve my burgers with over baked sweet potato french fries.

Healthy Brown Rice Vegetable Risotto

Cold weather calls for warn supper meals over here. Now that the move is a bit settled, I’ve been trying different dinner recipes lately and it was the first time I’m trying Risotto at home. To make it a bit healthier, I made the risotto with brown rice and even then it came out pretty tasty.

The below measurements serve 4 adults.

Ingredients:

  • Brown Rice – 1.5 cups
  • Corn – 1 cup
  • Green peas – 1 cup
  • Carrots – 2 cups
  • Celery – 1 cup
  • Broccoli – 1 cup (you can add 2 cups of broccoli as well. I only had a small broccoli left in the fridge)
  • Cheddar cheese – 1.5 cups
  • Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ground pepper – 1 table spoon
  • Water – 5 cups

Direction:

  • In a pan, saute all the vegetables in olive oil for 2-3 minutes until they’re tender
  • Once the vegetables are a little tender, add the rest of the ingredients
  • Close the pan with lit and cook for 30 minutes until the brown rice is well cooked
  • Switch off the flame, add cheese and mix until the cheese is well combined
  • Serve

Instantpot Version:

  • Turn on “Saute” mode, add olive oil, and Saute all the vegetables for 2-3 minutes until they’re tender
  • Once the vegetables are a little tender, add the rest of the ingredients
  • Switch off “Saute” mode and turn on “manual” for 18 minutes NR
  • Once it’s ready and the whistle is down, add cheese and combine well until the cheese is mixed well
  • Serve