Goji Berries


The new Health food available in grocery stores and super markets in the health aisle.


I found this rare Goji berries while browsing the aisles of whole food market. I have tried couple of recipes with them and they turned out to be quite delicious.  I love its red color in a dried form and it is tangy in taste. My daughter likes to pop them in her mouth like raisins. This rare fruit interested me so much that I decided to explore it further.
Goji berries are native to China and are grown in abundance in Asian countries. In United States, I found it in the dried form but I would love to see and taste the fresh form of Goji berries. In Asian countries Goji berries is commonly used in tea and juices. It is said to increase the life expectancy and improve the health of heart.
Goji berries are good source of amino acids and minerals. They have a very high content of antioxidants and Vitamin C & E. They contain anti- inflammatory, anti – bacterial and anti – fungal compounds.


Health Benefits of Goji Berries:


1)    Helps in eye sight improvement

2)    Promotes stronger immune system

3)    Lowering cholesterol

4)    Helps in weight loss

5)    Controls the blood pressure and blood sugar levels

6)    Fights insomnia.


Recipes with Goji Berries:

Velvet Apricot Oatmeal Smoothie

Persimmons Tofu Parfait


Health Tip of the Week

“Adapt to a healthy Eating pattern for a healthy lifestyle”


Other sources:
WebMD.com
Huffingtonpost.com
BodyBuilding.com

Baked Paneer in Pumpkin Sauce

Last weekend we went for a trip to pumpkin farm which is 1 hour drive from our house. It was so much fun seeing my little one enjoying the pumpkins. She was trying to select the pumpkins for me and was super excited with the concept of decorating pumpkins in our patio for Halloween. We carved couple of pumpkins and she could not control her excitement. I was amazed with her participation in the activity which encouraged me to come up with Baked Paneer in Pumpkin Sauce recipe.


baked paneer in pumpkin sauce (pumpkin)



Now that I have so many pumpkins, I had to use them so I first digged my knife into one of the pumpkins without any thoughts in my mind. I decided to soften it and eventually made a puree out it. I was still unsure as to what should I do with this pumpkin puree. I opened my refrigerator and saw panner/cottage cheese sitting in my refrigerator shelf. I started cutting the paneer into triangle pieces.


With no thoughts in my mind I added some spices to the pumpkin puree, marinated paneer and baked them. I was not sure about the outcome and was skeptical. I did not even have the guts to taste it though it looked quite beautiful. I offered the Baked Paneer in Pumpkin Sauce appetizer to my husband without telling him any details. He was super happy with the taste and complimented me for my innovative creation. I was delighted and tasted it myself. The dish turned out to be not only rich in taste but also full of flavor. I could not stop smiling at my creation :).


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Baked Paneer in Pumpkin Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 15

Per Serving 33 calories

Fat 1 g

Carbs 2 g

Protein 3 g

15

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz. pack Paneer
  • 1 cup heaped pumpkin puree
  • 5/8 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 ½ tsp lemon juice

Directions:

1. Preheat oven at 375 degree Fahrenheit. Prepare a cookie sheet with a parchment paper and lightly grease it with cooking spray.

2. Cut Paneer into slightly thick triangles and keep it aside.

3. In a bowl combine rest of the ingredients.

4. Add Paneer to the pumpkin mix and mix gently.


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5. Let it marinate for 15 minutes.

6. Transfer the Paneer pieces to the prepared cookie sheet and put it in the middle rack of the oven.

7. Bake it for 30 minutes.

8. Take it out, garnish with some cilantro and serve hot.


Note: You may cut Paneer into any desired shape and size.


You can either get a can of pumpkin puree or make your own pumpkin puree at home.


For pumpkin puree: Cut the pumpkin into big chunks, bake it or blanch it until soft. Grind it in the food processor until a smooth paste consistency is formed.

Broccoli Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole


Fresh broccoli with oatmeal and eggs, I could not have asked for a healthier breakfast.


I am trying to introduce broccoli to my little one and in my endeavor I decided to experiment by grinding the broccoli. It looked quite good and I knew that my sweetheart won’t be able to figure out the green ingredient. This thought made me happy and excited. I then combined dry oats, eggs and some milk to make it a complete breakfast meal because Breakfast is an Important Meal of the Day.  Since I did not have any time or patience to baby sit I put the dish in the oven.
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One Pot Veggie Quinoa


One Pot Veggie Quinoa with herbs and creamy Burrata after a long tiring day. That was the thought that came to mind last week when I was out for some work, came home late and my hungry family was waiting for me.

I was exhausted and wanted to cook something healthy and just one dish and I was in no mood to baby sit any dish. I was in a hurry to feed my family. I added all the vegetables that I had in my refrigerator. I then wanted a creamy texture to it and yet low calorie so I decided to add burrata. I love the creamy texture of burrata. It gives a certain different flavor to any dish. I quickly added quinoa and water and cooked until done.
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Does Healthy mean to be Skinny?

I have always envied those skinny people who could wear anything and everything and yet look pretty. I kept dreaming of achieving a skinny figure. But I was under the impression that to achieve a skinny body I not only have to give up my favorite foods but also regular meals. In other words I thought I needed to eat very little, and basically starve. I thought this is “dieting” and the very thought of dieting depresses me. I am a foodie and giving up food is so tough!
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