Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fiesta Roll-Ups

           "Keep Calm and Picnic On.."
    Here, I'm back with some awesome bits which are great for summer picnic or even great for Kid's school lunch box. Packing a picnic is kind of like packing lunch. Sure, you could make a meal out of baby carrots and chips, but that's no fun.;) For some of us, eating outdoor is rare treat, so why not make it even more special by packing a rear recipe.? - Fiesta Roll-Ups: portable, best served cold or at room temperature, and easy-peasy to make ahead in no time..

   Let's go on picnic with #foodiemonday #bloghop. Fiesta roll-ups bite for #picnictheme challenge. Enjoy the great picnic with us..

4 large flour tortillas (Burrito sized tortilla)
8 oz cream cheese (room temp.)
1/2 cup cheddar and american mix shredded cheese or Mexican cheese
2 tablespoon chopped bell-peppers(any color)
2 tablespoon chopped onion
2 tablespoon chopped lettuce
2 tablespoon chopped cucumber
2 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 tablespoon chopped tomatoes(no seeds)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon pickle jalapeƱo
1 teaspoon crushed garlic or garlic powder
pinch of Salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1 teaspoon Taco seasoning
* Mix all the ingredients (except Flour Tortillas) in a big mixing bowl.
* Take one flour tortilla and spread this cream cheese mixture evenly all over on tortilla.
* Roll up tortilla tightly.
* Chill in the refrigerator for half and hour. (optional)
* Slice the chilled, rolled tortillas into 3/4' in slices and arrange on a large serving platter.
* Perfect bites for Picnic.:)

Variation Notes:
* Use bread slices instead of Tortillas.(roll the bread slice and spread the mixture and roll)
* Use tomato or spinach tortillas for color roll-ups.
* Use your choice of vegetables with cream-cheese, like olives, carrots, cabbage.
* Great for Kid's school lunch box.
Happy Picnicking!!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sabudana Thalipeeth (Pearl Tapioca & Potato Pancake)

    There are 5 Navratri but commonly 2 Navratri are celebrated. Chaitra Navtarti is the very first one. Chaitra Navratri, also known as Ram Navratri, Vasant navratri and some people(like me) also refer it as Spring Navratras. There is a popular belief that the fasting during Chaitra Navratri is to prepare the body for the ensuing summer season. In these 9 days of carnival, nine forms of Durga Maa are worshiped. Whatever form anyone worship, whatever ritual anyone follows, the ultimate goal is to seek blessing and pay reverence to Maa Durga. During these 9 days of fasing, devotees follow strick vegetarian diet and consume Phalahari food. Whenever we have a fasting day coming up, the most commonly used ingredients is Sabudana or Sago Pearls or Pearl Tapioca. Why not try my following recipe,"Sabudana Thalipeeth" this Chaitra Navratri and make it a healthy and happy Navratri.!! Jai Mata Di! 

Back with 35th #foodiemonday #bloghop event. And the challenge is #navratrispecial.
Serving for: 2
1 cup Sabudana or Pearl Tapioca
2 large boiled and grated Potatoes
1/2 cup slightly roasted crushed Peanuts
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
1-2 tablespoon Green chili-ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon chopped Cilantro
Rock salt or Sindhav Salt to taste
Some oil or ghee.
* Wash and drain Sabudana, sprinkle a little water and keep it covered for about 40-60 minutes.
* Transfer soaked Sabudana into a mixing bowl.
* Add grated potatoes, green chili-ginger paste, cilantro, cumin seeds, lemon juice, crushed peanuts and Sindhav salt.
* Mix well and knead well.
* Heat a pan or tawa.
* With wet hands take a portion of the sabudana mixture and spread it on some plastic or on wax-paper.(try as thin as you can)
* Make a hole in a middle or make a few holes all over.
* Place it on hot tawa.
* Put some ghee or oil in the holes and also apply all around on the Thalipeeth.
* Flip over when the underside is light golden and cook till the other side is cooked golden too.
* Serve hot with Yogurt or chutney of your choice.
* Enjoy!!

                 Hope you are looking for some fasting recipe, then you may like this one.. Happy and Healthy Navratri to all my precious readers.!!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Detox Blueberry Salad

        This Detox Blueberry Salad recipe, helps you lose weight, increase your energy, and the most importantly, reset your frame of mind, end craving and flush out the toxins in your system so it is easier to eat healthy and live better... So when I saw gorgeous & fresh Blueberries at the farmer's market in my town, I couldn't help but imagine them  pairing perfectly with some yogurt,nuts and greens. And So, this Detox Blueberry Salad was born..:)Look at the color! Swoon....
   A healthy and interesting salad recipe for #foodiemonday #bloghop #nocooknobake challenge.

     I think you guys are going to love this salad. It's Summery, Healthy, Crisp, Fruity, Savory-sweet, Satisfying, Quick, Plant-based & Seriously delicious...
For salad::
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
3/4 cup finely diced Kale, Spinach & Chard mix
 1/2 cup finely diced red cabbage
1/4 cup finely diced cucumber
1/4 cup finely diced avocado
1/4 cup finely diced lettus
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1 tablespoon any color diced bell-pepper
2 tablespoon finely diced beetroot
For dressing::
3-4 tablespoon yogurt(prefer low fat)
1 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt or salt to taste
Some freshly ground black pepper
For garnish::
1 tablespoon toasted diced almonds
1/2 tablespoon flax seeds
For dressing;
* Place all dressing ingredients in a bowl and mix very well.
* You may place all ingredients in a blender and pulse to obtain a smooth liquid.
For Salad;
* Place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.
* Pour the dressing over the salad and mix to combine.
* Top with toasted almonds and flax seeds.
* Serve it and enjoy it.
    Detox Blueberry Salad--The ultimate cleansing salad, filled with detoxifying red cabbage, blueberries, red onionspinac-kale-card mix and avocado, as well as a tart dressing made from EVOO and lemon juice. If I could eat only ONE salad for the rest of my life, this would be it..:) End craving, lose weight and reset your body chemistry, so it is easier to eat and drink healthier and live better.
        If you try this salad, let me know! Leave a comment, or tag a picture on FB or on Instagram !! Cheers!! Take good care of yourself..