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.
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For the second day of mini bakes, I chose to do mini bread rolls. Usually kids like rolls that are buttery and soft, and it is rare that kids like those artisan breads which is so crusty. My daughter loves those crusty breads. When I first made the crusty bread, I was not sure whether I need to serve it for hubby and Sruti. Hubby didn’t like it as I predicted, but Sruti loved it so much. I don’t know how she likes these types of rolls, but she loves to have it with nutella/ peanut butter/ jam. When I saw the recipe I didn’t even think twice as I have a huge fan at home.
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.
For the final day of Chinese recipes, here is a delicious veg manchow soup for you. I am not a huge fan of soups. The only soup I make often is made with drumstick leaves and is often taken a a medicine than for fun. But after I shifted to paleo, I have been making soups daily and I am also enjoying it thoroughly. Most of my time in kitchen is spent in cutting vegetables. I use lots of cabbage, carrots and mushrooms daily and this soup uses all these veggies and makes a great filling meal. Yes, you heard it right, this is what I made for dinner. If you are serving it as an appetizer, then thicken the soup with corn flour. The amount will serve minimum six persons, but if you are having this as your whole dinner, then the given amount will serve only two persons.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am on Paleo diet, which is a low carb, high fat diet. Usually meat is the main food for paleo dieters, but being a vegetarian, it is very hard to get proteins from vegetarian options. In a strict paleo diet, milk and cheese are in gray zone, they need to be either avoided or had by minimal quantities. But for a vegetarian paleo diet, milk makes a good part of the diet. 100 gm of paneer has 23 gm of protein (information collected from the web). So it is a good source of protein and can make up the protein deficiency in a vegetarian diet. There is a paleo dieters group from India who give these vegetarian options. As it is a tried and trusted ingredient, I didn’t even think twice while planning my menu.
I know the name of the dish is weird. But let me explain. I have started with paleo diet and am finding it difficult to find filling meals. This is a meat based diet but being a vegetarian, it is tough to find sources of protein. It is R & D daily in my kitchen and this dish is one of our success dishes. When I found about the cauliflower rice, I was so happy. And now we get cauliflower in abundance. So I have two to three cauliflowers in my fridge always. This rice can be used as a regular rice and can be made into variety of flavours. With the need to incorporate as many vegetables as possible, I am learning the art of variety cooking. I use this rice atleast once in a day and try to vary the flavours. Till now I have tried biryani, fried rice, mushroom rice and vegetable pulao. All the recipes turned wonderful and hubby is so happy with my cooking. I think all these years in blogging is helping me so much with this diet.