Friday, August 27, 2010

Laddoos for my Laddoo :)

so I am talking to a fellow cake decorator and he was asking about Indian deserts.During this conversation I send him a few links to some videos of indian desert recipes...and one of them was of laddoos...Waaiz immediately started craving laddoos :) haha....what a cutie...I call him my laddoo sometimes! Laddoos are sweet,moist,comforting and yummy.
laddoos are little truffles made with different kinds of flours,basic procedure is the same for all sorts of laddoos...first you dry roast the flour,then you introduce sugar in it and then continue roasting....add cardamom continue roasting...and yada yada! lets get to the recipe...
You will need,1 1/4 cup Gram flour,
2 Tbsp of Semolina flour,
Take these two guys and throw them in a heavy bottom skillet on medium low heat.It is very important to continuously stir it other wise it will burn in seconds and will taste yucky.
In about 6 minutes you should be admiring the aroma and the flour should be looking like this.
Turn the hear off and now it is time to add some more ingredients.
Add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar or white sugar,if you don't like brown sugar,
add 4 tablespoons of olive oil,if you like you can add 1/8 cup of shredded coconut,
2 Tablespoons of Earth Balance and about 3 table spoons of honey or maple syrup.
and about 3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup.
Mix it all together and let it sit and come to a warm temperature.Roll your sleeves and get in there with your hands and mix it real good.
Once everything is all in perfect harmony this is how it should look like.
Now start making little balls.Or just get yourself some banana slices and sprinkle this on top of it and sit back and enjoy spoonfuls of this yummy goodness :)
See how yummy they are! LOVE THEM!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Workday/Workout Bars.Crunchy,Yummy and Healthy.

Since some of my health nut friends asked for this here it is.
I LOVE LOVE these filling,so yummy and perfectly healthy! I must add these are a great Preworkout fuel source.Try them.Plus they make a perfect On the Go snack!
These are very forgiving bars.You can add any kinds of nuts and seeds you like, add wheat bran,dried apples anything healthy you want to add to your diet :) Make sure it is dried and is meant to be in a health bar.You can also adjust the quantities according to your likes.
First you need to gather these supplies and ingredients.
Non Stick cooking spray:

A nice rectangular baking dish.
Parchment paper cut to the size of the bottom of your baking dish.Spray some PAM in the dish and make sure to coat the sides of your pan with spray.Set the parchment paper nicely in the dish and spray some PAM on it as well.

About 1/4 cup or less Olive Oil
5 Tbsp of Flax meal...
This is the brand I used.
5 1/2 cups of Oats
1/4 cup of organic Honey/maple syrup (I used a little less...because I didn't want them to be too sweet) But the more honey you add,the stronger the "bars" will hold their shape.
2 cups of Textured Vegetable Protein(this will add a delicious crunch to your bars,plus everyone can use a little more protein in their diets.See the picture below, this is what TVP looks like,you can find it at Whole Foods.
1/4 cup of Sunflower seeds.
1/4 cup each of almonds,walnuts, raisins,dried cherries,dried cranberries,dried blueberries or even some some chocolate chips(I use 70% Coco bar.chopped)

Throw everything together in a big bowl and mix it really well.Dump this mish mash in your parchment ready baking dish...and flatten it with your palms.This is what it should be looking like by now.

Stick in a 200'F oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes.It will smell delicious!!! Turn the oven off 20 minutes,and LEAVE THE TRAY ALONE!!! I know you will be tempted to take a bite and "try it out" ...come back in about 30 minutes when everything is nice and cool to touch,carefully take the tray out of the oven and cut the bars with a sharp serrated knife.
Store in an air tight container or a zip bag in the refrigerator the colder these bars get the crunchy they are :) EAT AWAY MY FRIENDS!!! don't forget a cup of green tea or a big mug if black coffee.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

my version of Thai Stir Fry I want you to try...

Looks delicious eh! Wanna try...well here is what you need :)

Onions,Broccoli,Spring Onions,Bell peppers(any or all colors),mushrooms (fresh,not frozen),and green peas(frozen are fine),some boneless chicken cut into thin strips and about 2 large garlic cloves(chopped)
Now for the spices you will only need, 1/4 tsp White or black pepper,salt to taste,1/2 crushed red pepper flakes and some olive oil and soy sauce(1 tablespoon).
Wanna get started? OK, so heat up the oil in a nice pan, add freshly chopped garlic in it...mmmm it will smell oh so good! Add chicken pieces.Cook for a few minutes...keep stirring occasionally so your chicken won't fall in love with the bottom of the pan :)
When all the liquid evaporates from the chicken,add crushed red peppers,white pepper and salt.Cook for another few minutes...
This is what it will look like
Boil your favorite healthy pasta...or brown rice if you wish.
Add your sliced vegetables to the chicken,through the soy sauce in and mix everything up real good.Cook for 1 minute and turn the stove off.
oh it looks soooooo yummy! well it actually is very yummy :) You can skip the pasta/rice part and serve the veggie/chicken stir fry with egg white omelet,pizza topping,make a chicken wrap in pita bread...yada yada...the possibilities are endless...tell me if you come up with a fun way to enjoy this stir fry...I am not a big pasta fan :)