Baked beans!

A very happy new year 2016! I had been away for a while and am back with more recipes!

baked beans

Ingredients:

Baked beans can

Tomato puree

Paprika

Dry mint powder (optional)

Garam masala or any other seasoning of your choice.

Cilantro

Olive oil

Salt

Recipe:

Add oil to a pan and add the seasonings, stir for a minute to cook the spices. Add the tomato puree and cook for a few minutes. Add the beans and salt and stir until well combined. Add cilantro to garnish. Serve warm!

Chia pudding!

Chia seeds, the Mayan superfood is packed with nutrients! They are great on smoothies, cereal bars, salads, toast, yogurt, the options are endless. Today I am sharing the basic pudding recipe which can be made with any kind of milk and flavor of your choice.

chia pudding

Ingredients:

Chia seeds – 1/4  cup

Milk of your choice – 1 cup ( I used unsweetened almond milk)

Sweetener of your choice – I used coconut palm sugar

Flavor of your choice – I used pure vanilla extract (you can use cacao powder for a chocolatey pudding)

Toppings of your choice – I used blueberries, strawberries and mango

Recipe:

Stir the sugar and vanilla in milk and add the chia seeds. Mix thoroughly and let it sit for 3-4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. The mixture will turn gelatinous once the chia soaks up all the milk, giving it a pudding like consistency.

Top with your favorite fruits and serve cold! Enjoy!

Health date & nut balls!

I just can’t wait to share this healthy recipe that also makes for a great snack or dessert for the sweet tooth!

Date nut balls

Ingredients:

Pitted dates – 1 cup

Nuts of your choice – I used cashews and almonds – 1/2 cup

Chia seeds – 1/4 cup (you can also use flax seeds)

Desiccated coconut (sweetened)

Cacao powder (optional)

Pure vanilla extract (optional)

Recipe:

Throw the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until you are able to form balls out of the mixture. If the mixture is dry, add few more dates and pulse it again. Makes about 16 balls. Refrigerate the left overs in an airtight container as we have included coconut in the recipe. Enjoy!

Raw Caribbean salad!

Very colorful and refreshing, this salad can be made in no time!

Carribean salad

Ingredients:

Onion

Tomato

Cucumber

Mini sweet peppers

Mango/pineapple

Spinach

Cilantro

Caribbean seasoning

Recipe:

Chop the veggies and toss with seasoning and herbs! Serve at room temperature or chilled! Enjoy!

Moroccan stew and quinoa!

I am a big fan of moroccan cuisine and stew is great with root vegetables!

moroccan stew

Ingredients:

Sweet potato, carrots, onion, tomato – diced

Garlic

Spices – cinnamon, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder, corriander powder

Grapefruit/Tangerine  (optional)

Almond milk (optional)

Raisins

Cilantro

Olive oil

Salt

Quinoa – cooked as per instructions

Recipe:

Add olive oil to a pan, throw in the cinnamon stick and raisins. Saute for a few seconds.

Add the onion and garlic and stir for a couple of minutes till onion softens.

Add the remaining spices and a splash of water to make sure the spices don’t burn.

Toss around and throw in the rest of the vegetables and salt.

Cover and cook until veggies are soft.

Add the grapefruit/tangerine with juice (this is purely optional). I had some in hand and I love the bittersweet taste of the grapefruit.

Add the almond milk for a creamy texture.

Cook until everything combines.

Season with cilantro.

Place the cooked quinoa on a plate and top it with the stew.

Serve hot! Enjoy!

Black bean salad!

I have been experimenting with high protein recipes and this one just comes in handy. The black bean salad is packed with nutrition and can be had as a salad or wrapped as a burrito.

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Ingredients:

Black beans boiled with salt

Silken tofu

Peppers – I used mini orange sweet peppers

Onion, tomato – diced

Avocado

Hummus (optional)

Olives

Sweet corn

Green chilly (optional)

Cilantro

juice of a lemon

Cumin powder, red chilly powder

Olive oil

Salt

Recipe:

Crumble the tofu and sauté in olive oil with the spices. Chipotle spice mix works best for this recipe but I substituted it with some cumin and red chilly powder as I did not have any chipotle spice in hand.

Mix it with the rest of the ingredients.

Top with avocado and hummus.

Serve warm or chilled! Enjoy!

Chocolate milk!

I am back with another chocolate recipe. Very easy with just 3 ingredients.

choc milk

Ingredients:

Almond milk

Raw unsweetened cacao powder

Organic coconut palm sugar

Recipe:

Blend it all and enjoy!

Tip: Almond milk is very low in calories and tastes best for this recipe.