This week’s theme on BM is so interesting. Two of the bloggers send ingredients to each other and the other person has to cook with the ingredients received. I was paired with PJ of Seduce Your Tastebuds. She is such a sweet person and a very good friend of mine. When we meet, we both talk a lot. We are the most talkative persons of the BM group. She is so good at making healthy recipes and I usually envy her for that. As you know whatever I make, they are not at all healthy and I couldn’t stop myself from doing it. So when I was paired with PJ, I was expecting healthy ingredients from her so that I too get an opportunity to make something healthy. And yes, I guessed it right. She sent me three beautiful ingredients. The first one of the batch is these beautiful pumpkin seeds.
I am so happy that many of you are so much inspired by my recent posts on paleo diet. Those who are friends with me on FB also know how much I have changed in these past 27 days. I am also getting private messages for a diet chart I have been following these days. This post is for all of those who were asking me yesterday. So why didn’t I just post my diet chart on FB instead of writing a post? I feel that my blog will serve as an online recipe book for whoever want to read about it whenever they find time. But in FB the post will be lost in two days. I hope I have made myself clear.
I am sure many of you are getting inspired with my paleo recipes. Here is one more which makes a great ingredient in your dishes. I was so used to rice in dishes and when I changed to paleo, I found it tough to eat the veggies roasted. That is when I came across this cauliflower rice. This looks like rice and you can adapt it to any rice recipe like pulao, fried rice and biryani.
Paleo diet also known as the cave man diet is not a fad diet but a life style change as far as I know. Our diet is so much dependent on carbohydrates. I could never let a day pass by without having rice. When I was a kid I would happily eat rice for all the three meals a day. But then when I started doing yoga for weight reduction, I decreased my rice intake and added more vegetables in my diet. I nearly lost 15 kg during a period of 6 months. It was such a great achievement for me. And then marriage, kid and Food blogging happened and everything was back to where it started. I was struggling hard to get rid of my weight but my life style didn’t help me. Three months back when hubby came home, he brought with him a book named as Paleo Diet by Neander Selvan. It is a Tamil book which explains paleo in detail. When hubby told me about the diet, I didn’t take it seriously. Nearly after a month, hubby was thinking of following it, but without my enthusiasm, he couldn’t start. I don’t know how it happened, but on Jan 4th we decided to change our food habit and follow Paleo.
Almonds is an important part of vegetarian paleo diet. So how come high fat almonds are considered diet food? In paleo we try to reduce carb intake and increase fat intake. The energy needed are got from the fat consumed and do not worry, it will not increase your weight. I have been on paleo for the past 24 days and I am so happy with my weight reduction. I haven’t checked my weight for now, but the dress which was in my cupboard for more than a year is fitting me nicely. I will be sharing more recipes here. If you are interested, make sure to subscribe to my blog to receive updates.
I will be sharing the recipes for vegetarian paleo diet and meal plans so that those who follow vegetarian paleo find it easy to cook. When I started paleo, I didn’t even know what to make. But after 16 days of cooking, I have already got the hang of it. Using only vegetables and paneer, now I create new dishes everyday so that it doesn’t become a boring affair. Let us start with a basic recipe.
Milk or yogurt can be used as the base of any smoothie. I have already tried with milk but have never done with yogurt. So for today’s post I tried adding yogurt in my smoothie. This is also part of my diet and I loved having this. But let me share with you the experience I had with today’s smoothie. As I can’t add sugar, I thought the apple’s sweetness would be enough for the smoothie. But when I made it, I felt it very bland. I have never felt this way with milk based smoothies. My daughter tried a sip and gave me back the glass.
Smoothies are so easy to make. Add whatever fruit you have it at hand with milk or yogurt and run it in a mixer. Your smoothie is ready in a minute. If you are following normal diet, add sugar as per your taste. But as I have mentioned earlier, I am on paleo diet and sugar is a great no no. Even fruits and milk has to be had in moderation . That is why we divided the amount given in the recipe into three portions and had it in the evening.
I love the taste of musk melon and we used to cube it, add sugar and serve it chilled. When I saw this at the fruit shop, I bought home one to make the above preparation. But then I started paleo diet and I didn’t want to add sugar to it. I was also not sure whether my daughter would like it as she is the only person who is having sugar at home. So I decided to make a smoothie instead. When I sliced the musk melon, I was surprised that it was not at all sweet.
Wishing You All A Very Happy Pongal
Harvest Festival is celebrated in different parts of India with different names but it is such a great part of our people. Fresh produce is used to make festive dishes and people take part in various games, they visit temples, visit relatives and friends and this is such a joyous occasion. I remember celebrating Sankranti in Mysore. We used to dress up so nicely and take ellu bella packs to all the neighbours and friends and it used to be so amazing. But nowadays, the getting together is missing so much. I myself confine myself to our home. Without mom, there is no one to talk to and it is becoming so boring nowadays. Guess, this is the side effect of getting old!!