When the salad is the Main Dish

What’s summer without a salad?

I love salads especially the ones that aren’t just appetisers but actually fill you up. Here’s a protein rich chickpeas salad that I ate for lunch today. With the perfect balance of sweet and savoury & creamy and crunchy, it tasted fantastic.

Recipe:

Dressing –

Veeba low cal garlic mayonnaise+ veeba southwest/thousand island dressing + lemon + juice + olive oil+ salt + white pepper powder.

Mix together-

Chickpeas, diced veggies (onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes) and torn salad leaves. Pour the dressing and mix well. Top with fresh parsley.

Healthy Weekend Binge

 

When you have kids and friends with kids, the weekend soirées have to have the perfect balance of healthy and yummy.

This scrumptious raw papaya and carrots salad that I made last night is exceedingly popular amongst each one of family members. While kids love to munch on it because of the tangy flavour, it is also a great accompaniment for the adults’ drinks.

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A must try + a super healthy alternative to binging on nachos or fried snacks.

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Recipe:

 

Dressing –

Mix together

Light soy sauce – 2 tbsp

Honey – 2 tbsp

Lemon juice – 2 lemons

Salt

Pepper

 

Toss together julienned raw papaya and carrots. Add peanuts. Pour in the dressing when you’re about to serve.

 

 

Couscous Salad

I don’t always eat salads, but when I do, I make sure they look like a garden with flowers of all colours 😍.

Never have I ever made a wimpy+boring salad. For me to eat a salad, it has to be aesthetically very pleasing and extremely satisfying for my taste buds.

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Loved today’s lunch – super delish, Couscous Salad. Such a feasty looking bowl with just about the right balance of healthy carbs+proteins+vitamins and most importantly, amazingly palatable.

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What’s even more important is that my mini man loved gorging on sucha a colourful bowl of food.

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How I made it – tossed in cooked couscous, cherry tomatoes, english cucumber, red onions, red and yellow bell pepper, avocado, beets and chickpeas. Tossed salt and pepper and garnished with lemon and parsley 👉🏼👉🏼good to go!

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Try out this amazingly fulfilling and power packed salad and let me know if you love it.

Healthy mornings

Mornings done right for this little guy, who’s abundantly in love with coconut water.

Coconut water is by far his mummy’s fave drink too, mainly because of the lovely health benefits it offers. Extremely hydrating and a wonderful source of nutrients and antioxidants, we love to make it a part of our diets everyday.

Healthy Sunday

Keeping my Sunday healthy, after all that binge I’ve done during the wedding season; gone up on the scale so bad 🤷🏼‍♀️.

Summers and vacays don’t allow you to cover-up the over eating done during the winter wedding season.

Clean eating is the key. I try my best to incorporate veggies and fresh fruits and thankfully the kiddo is fond of them too.

These stir fry veggies are the perfect munch for my junk cravings. They fulfil my appetite and detoxify my body. Also, eating clean definitely feels great too.

How I make stir fry veggies-

Just toss any veggies you love to eat in half spoon of olive oil (you can use butter but I prefer olive oil). Add salt and black pepper and mixed herbs. Sprinkle lemon juice. Good to eat.

Foxnuts- our favourite superfood

Ever since the little one entered the world, I have never stopped thinking about the right ways to provide nutrition to his body. For the first 6 months life was easy because he was exclusively breastfed and there were no worries about thinking of and cooking balanced meals every day. It was after he turned 6 mo that the mommy mind had to work continuously to bring up a healthy child.

Giving kids the right balance of nutrition is essential to fuel their growing bodies. It is absolutely compulsory to maintain balanced nutrition on daily basis and some foods, what we rightly call ‘Superfoods’ make this task a lot easier than it is.

Superfoods are foods packed with a variety of essential nutrients or a particular nutrient in abundance to make up for our dietary requirements. One such superfood that baby K and I absolutely love munching on, during our snack times is FOXNUTS which are basically the seeds of the lotus flower.

We prefer to roast this otherwise bland and chewy snack, in butter along with salt and pepper, to make it turn crisp and savoury.

As much as it tastes delish it is power packed with abundant healthiness.

  • They’re considered to be very high in antioxidants hence they’re great for detoxification of kidneys.
  • They have a great amount of fibre which is great to relieve constipation and promotes weight loss.
  • Being high on calcium, they prevent arthritis and joint pains and make bones stronger. They’re also known to reduce any inflammations in the body.
  • They’re rich in protein hence promote muscle buildup.
  • They’re low on saturated fats and high on fibre thus a great snacking option for heart patients and diabetics.

Hence we try making such an amazingly beneficial food a part of our daily diets.

Afternoons done right

Sneaking in some ‘me-time’ while the baby is napping and I have no errands to run, somehow.

There is no time I spend like the one where I read. Books are the most amazing company one can have but I have been spending less time with them ever since I became a mother. A new year resolution I made in 2018 is to read as much as I can. I think I’m definitely making that possible with the kid starting pre-school in few months. I aim to inculcate the habit of reading into him and that’s one of the best contributions I have, to offer him, as a mother.