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August 31, 2011

EVENT - WWC - "Cornmeal For Breakfast" - September


Hello Friends,
Here is another Event that I am guest hosting for the month of September. This event was started by "Lite Bite" as "Wholesome Wholegrain Cooking" theme. I am very thankful to her for letting me guest host this event and I am choosing WWC- "Cornmeal For Breakfast" for this months event.

Cornmeal is flour ground from dried maize or corn. It is a common staple food, and is ground to fine, medium, and coarse consistencies. 
You can use any kind or cornmeal, white yellow or blue or multicolored and it can be any recipe for breakfast. I choose cornmeal for breakfast as I thought that cornmeal is a very healthy and heavy ingredient, which one needs to eat during his fist meal of the day that will keep him fresh and energetic all through out the day.
We all should eat a healthy and wholesome breakfast and never skip one, as the first meal of the day will keep you bright and with loads of energy all through the day.


You can use any logo you want...

Now the Event Rules:
1. Bloggers and Non-Bloggers can participate in this event.
2. Non-bloggers can send me email recipe and picture to anu (DOT) healthykitchen (AT) gmail (DOT) com.
3. Post your recipe on your blog during the event schedule dates.
4. Old/ archived entries which are re-posted during this event schedule are allowed.
5. Link back your recipes new and archived to this announcement page and to original anouncement page - "Lite Bite"
5. Only Vegetarian recipes, eggs are ok.
6. No deep fried recipes please.
7. Use of logo is mandatory.
8. Please send in your recipes to anu (DOT) healthykitchen (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

For more information on the event rules go to the original announce page of "Lite Bite".

Hope to see lot of entries!!.........:)

Raspberry Mint Lemonade


I thought of this recipe for Radhika's - "Blog Hop Wednesday" as I was going through my 3rd week partner - Madhusmita's blog  "RedSpice.in" and found this lemonade very interesting. I basically love lemonade and always keep in the fridge. It's so refreshing and cool during the summer and lot better than coke or pepsi.
The other reason for me to choose this recipe is because it is very easy and simple to make. Tomorrow I am busy most of the day because if "Vinayaka Chaturthi" and I have to take my son to a play date with kids, where I need to stay with him. But I am absolutely happy for trying some refreshing, healthy, homemade and simple yet colorful drink.
Now lets head back to the recipe....

Ingredients:
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1/2 cup fresh or frozen Raspberries
3 cups Lemonade
1/2 freshly squeezed Lime Juice
3 tbsp Sugar/ Honey
5-6 Mint Leaves

Method:
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1. In a blender add raspberries, sugar/honey, mint leaves and blend to a paste, then add enough lemonade and stir it well and strain it.




2. Add crushed ice or ice cubes and serve it cold with raspberry, lime and mint as garnish.

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August 30, 2011

Lemon Parsley Rice


I always eat lemon cilantro rice when I go to Chipotle restaurant. I love the aromatic rice and the tangy lemon flavor, so I wanted to try that once at home. I know it is simple, but sometimes you feel like eating simple food which is so aromatic, refreshing and light. My mind started thinking something different, so when I opened the fridge I didn't see cilantro but parsley. I love the flavor of parsley and and use it more in Italian recipes and I know that Shoj and Anush will also like it. So I made this with lot of parsley and it was a great hit. I can say, it's the best dish for lazy days, it will surely lighten up your mind and feel fresh. Now lets go back to the recipe... :)

Ingredients:
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2 cups Cooked Rice ( I used Basmati Rice - cooked it with 3 1/2 cups of water and salt)
1 cup Parsley chopped
1 Juice of Lemon

Method:
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1. In a large mixing bowl, add the cooked rice when it's hot, mix with lemon juice so that each rice is well coated with the lemon tangy taste. (You can add less or more lemon juice according to your taste).


2. Allow the rice to come to a warm temperature and then add the chopped parsley and mix well again gently, making sure not to break the rice.


Note: Adding herbs at the very end of cooking or when the food is warm or cold will make the herbs retain it's color and release their aroma better and also will retain it's nutrients.

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August 29, 2011

ALMONDS - September EVENT & GIVEAWAY

I would like to thank Raven for letting me guest host this beautiful event on "Almonds" for the September month.

Life without Desserts is no life at all! Desserts create smiles, laughter, and sweet aromas that fill the house with deliciousness.
This month I am hosting the Monthly Food Blog Event & Giveaway, “Cook.Eat.Delicious-Desserts!” This month’s theme is Almonds.
The event runs from September 1st – 30th
A random recipe will be chosen to win the Giveaway.
Round-up & Winner announcement will be posted on October 5th.
Raven from CookEatDelicious.com is the founder of this event.
Here are the RULES:
1. Cook up any dessert your heart desires, with Almonds being the star.
2. Link back to this announcement and to Raven’s Blog: CookEatDelicious.com in your blog post  (Use of logo is optional but appreciated)
3. New entries are preferred, with archived ones being re-posted.
4. Multiple entries accepted with only one going towards the Giveaway.
5. Non-bloggers are welcome to send in their entry. Please attach a photo & full recipe.
6. Post a comment in this post after emailing me!
Please email your submission by September 30th, 2011 to anu (DOT) healthykitchen (AT) gmail (DOT) com with “CEDD 2″ in the subject line and the following information:

Your Name:
Your Location:
Blog Name:
Recipe Name:
Recipe URL:
1 Dessert Photo

Now the GIVEAWAY:


 “Nuts in the Kitchen” by Susan Herrmann Loomis.
This cookbook is full of recipes showcasing all of your favorite nuts…including the wonderful Almond!

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Chickpeas is also known as cecibean, garbanzo beans, chana (North India), Indian pea, bengal gram, is an edible legume. Chickpeas are high in protein and one of the earliest cultivated vegetables; 7,500 year-old remains have been found in the Middle East.

Nutrition
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Chickpeas are a helpful source of zinc, folate and protein. They are also very high in dietary fiber and hence a healthy source of carbohydrates for persons with insulin sensitivity or diabetes. Chickpeas are low in fat and most of this is polyunsaturated. Nutrient profile of desi chana (the smaller version - one shown in the picture) is different, especially the fiber content which is much higher than the light colored variety.
100gms of mature boiled chickpeas contains 164 calories, 2.6gms of fat (of which only 0.27gms is saturated), 7.6gms of dietary fiber and 8.9gms of protein.
Chickpeas also provides dietary phosphorous (49-53 mg/100 g), with some sources citing the garbanzo's content as about the same as yogurt and close to milk.

  • 23% Protein
  • 64% total  Carbohydrates (47% Starch, 6% soluble  sugar)
  • 5% Fat
  • 6% Crude Fiber
  • 2% Unknown
There is also a high reported mineral content:

  • Phosphorous (340 mg/100 g)
  • Calcium 
  • Magnesium (140 mg/100 g)
  • Iron (7 mg/100 g)
  • Zinc  (3 mg/100 g)
Recent studies have also shown that they can assist in lowering of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

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Awards

I am really sorry for being so so late in accepting the awards....as you all know that I was a lot busy with so many things right from and after my birthday.
I appreciate everyone for giving me so many awards.

I thank Sobha of "Good Food" for giving me so many awards....







Award from Julie of "Tasty Treat" - Thank you dear! - Julie has a beautiful space with lots of yummy recipes with a healthy touch. She has shared 3 awards with me...here they go!!



I really like to thank Shirley of "Welcome to Shirley's Luxury Haven" for sharing this award with me....


I would like to thank Wan of "COOKING VARIETIES" for sharing this beautiful award with me...


and finally would also like to thank Chandrani of "Cuisine Delights" for sharing this award with me....


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Award from Veronica of "Veronica's Kitchen" has shared this award with me...Thank you dear! - she has a very beautiful space which is filled with awesome and unique recipes 


I am forwarding this award to 10 other friends:
1. Parveen of "Blooming Train" for being my first follower.
2. Vardhini - Zesty Pallete for being my helping me a throughout and encouraging me.
3. Reva - Kaarasaaram for being my inspiration with a beautiful space and awesome recipes with the perfect pictorials.
4. Radhika - Tickling Palates for hosting new and interesting events which will help to know and spread the web of food blogs.
5. Krithi of Krithi's Ktichen for doing this wonderful series of events called Serve It and for her comments.
6. Aruna of "Veggie Paradise" for being my early friend blogger who used to inspire me with her comments.
7. Biny of "Biny's Recipes" who used to shower me with beautiful comments and words of appreciation.
8. Melange of "Melange" for her encouraging and appreciation.
9. Jay of "Tasty Appetite" for her nice comments.
10. Priya of "Now serving" for hosting so many events and leaving nice comments.

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28th August 2011
Little surprises bring lot of fun and happiness to us....Don't you all agree upon this?
Very happy to receive two more awards from one of my blogger friend "Kaveri" of  "Palakkad Chamayal".
I would like to thank her for showering me with these lovely awards and for being so generous.



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18th August 2011
Winner of Tarla Dalal's "Healthy Breakfast" recipe Contest! (click on the link to read more about this....), receiving a personally signed COOK BOOK from her. :-))

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Last week was a very happy week, as I received many awards from the event that I sent recipe for the month of July 2011. These words of appreciation was too encouraging, thanks for all of them for being so generous.

The first award for this week, I got it on Aug 3rd from "Good food - cook it healthy" roundup hosted by Sobha. I submitted my "Barley Mint Stoup" and the award was for creative most innovative recipe and for participation.



The second award I got was on the 4th of Aug, for the event "Serve it - Grilled" hosted by Krithi and the award was given for me for sending 5 entries and for participation



Today , July 24th 2011....it's already 11.30 in the night and I was about to close my blog, I just checked the comments section and to my surprise I saw this beautiful comment saying that I was one of the three members selected in the Event "Any one Can Cook: Series 27"  for my recipe "Strawberry Swirl Cones"


I am so happy to win this event for the first time. I will sleep so happily today!.
I would like to thank Umm Mymoonah for selecting my recipe.
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Today the 13th of July 2011 received another bunch of awards from Sangee from Typical Indian Cooking. I would like to thank her very much for sharing these awards with me and her fellow bloggers for my recipes and crafts. I was so glad, happy and excited to see these awards. These words of appreciation will make me more motivated to cook healthy food and follow my passion in baking and decorating cakes and also in painting and crafts. 
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I would like to thank Silpi Bose from "It Is Tasty Ma!" and Deepa of "Hanaree Rasoi" for giving me these awards.

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