Kale Ginger Margarita

Kale and ginger margarita

I love ginger, I love kale but know nothing about making alcoholic drinks. It is my husband’s domain and this is his recipe.
Since, many of you are preparing to host annual Christmas or New year party or planning to make healthy eating and drinking resolutions, I thought someone must be interested in a healthy cocktail. Margaritas are generally high calorie cocktail, however with a few swaps and tweaks one can still craft a healthy version. My husband says that when one can have kale in salads, smoothies, stir-fries, then why not in cocktails?

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Chicken Karahi, dhaba style

Chicken Kadahi

Named after the wok shaped pot it is cooked in, chicken kadahi / karahi is a quick and easy dish you will find everywhere in India. Literally everywhere from dhabas to fine restaurants.

‘Dhabas’ are the popular eateries situated on almost all Indian highways, serving wholesome fresh food on 24/7 basis. The food cooked in these is mostly hot authentic Punjabi food, because dhabas were initially started by Punjabis to feed the travelers and truckers who travel from one region to another. In the matter of hygiene these eateries are not upto the mark and the ambiance is rustic but the menu is extensive, food is simply finger licking good and you will be served large portion for less price.

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Fresh Ginger Cake

ginger cake

I’ve had this recipe in the works for months, but I wanted to wait and share it when its cold and chilly outside, because its a spice cake! And this past week was the perfect week to go for it. We had a bit of snow and it was time to retreat indoors to the warmth of fireplace and bake a spice cake. I mean, when else are you going to enjoy a cake that’s infused with a blend of warm spices, if not in this weather.

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Herbed Broccoli Soup with Cheesy Polenta Croutons

Broccoli Soup with cheesy polenta croutons

When we think about broccoli, it’s the shape of the florets that come to our mind and we picture it in salad or crudites, but it can also be used to make soups that are delicious and pretty to look at. Broccoli is the most nutrient rich of all the vegetables and belong to ‘cruciferous vegetables group’. Low in calories and high in vitamins and nutrients, it’s a perfect diet or health food. This herbed broccoli soup is a wonderful way to get your cruciferous veggie intake.

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Vegan Meat Masala

Vegetarian masala meat

I know what you are thinking right now, “How can a vegan dish have meat?” ‘Well, it can”. Jack fruit or ‘kathal’ is one of those unique fruits that is used as a meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans. When young and green, the fruit has a mild flavor and meaty texture. When ripe, it has a strong fruity flavor that can be eaten raw as a fruit or used in desserts. In India people don’t wait for the fruit to ripen and consume it while it is still very tender. I grew up eating it in curries, pickles, semi dry dishes, and rice preparations like biryani. The fruit is rich in energy, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals and free from saturated fats or cholesterol making it more nutritious than many starchy staples. When cooked well, using heavier spices like black cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaf in the preparation, it is indeed a satisfying meat alternative.

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