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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Healthy Soup Recipes

Herbs and Spices Oat Soup

What you need:

  • 5 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 3 tbsps. olive oil
  • 3 tsps. chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups water, divided

Heat the olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oats and cook until toasted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside. Mix together tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro and 1 cup water in a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour the tomato mixture over the pan of toasted oats and add remaining water. Bring to a boil then stir in bouillon granules and salt. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Basil and Tomato Soup

What you need:

  • 3 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 20 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato-vegetable juice cocktail
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter

Mix together crushed tomatoes, chicken broth and vegetable juice in a large saucepan. Cook and bring to a boil, about 30 minutes. Pour the mixture into a blender and add basil leaves. Puree until smooth. Return the mixture to the pan then add heavy cream and butter. Cook over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Serve immediately.

Chilled Mint Peach Soup

What you need:

  • 10 peaches, sliced
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup peach schnapps
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

In a medium bowl, combine cream, peach schnapps, sugar, white wine, mint leaves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix until well-blended and sugar has dissolved. Add peach slices to the bowl and transfer the mixture to a medium saucepan. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until peaches are tender. Remove from heat and pour mixture into a blender. Puree until smooth. Allow to cool for a few minutes then refrigerate. Serve chilled.

Cold Soup Recipes

Beet the Heat

What you need:

  • 2 cups sliced beets
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 4 cups fat-free buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

Combine beets, cucumber, onions, buttermilk, vinegar, dill and salt in a large bowl. Stir to mix ingredients well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

Coco Citrus Cold Carrot Soup

What you need:

  • 6 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 7 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil then cook 1 tablespoon cilantro, chili paste and cumin for 1 minute. Stir in onion, garlic and ginger and cook until onion is tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes to the pot and cook for 5 minutes more. Add coconut milk and vegetable broth to the pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Lower heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 45 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are tender. Remove soup from heat then stir in lime juice. Puree the mixture in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer soup to a bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with remaining cilantro before serving.

All about Triple Orange Cake

The recipe produced a moist, not too sweet cake with an almost custard consistency. Heavenly scented with orange and floral notes it made the house smell incredible. But the best part was that it lived up to its siren song aroma. Intensely oranges with a slight, pleasant bitterness, it seems to bloom in the mouth, leaving behind a glorious lingering flavor of almonds. Rich and dense it is best in small pieces, powdered with a dusting of sugar and garnished with something just a little sour like raspberry coulis or a lively lemon curd.

Was it worth all that trouble? Absolutely. Though next time I might use a larger pan to change the ratio of custard center to chewy crust. Or perhaps, bake it in two round cake pans.

Triple Orange Cake

Ingredients:

2 oranges
1 lemon
1 cup all-purpose flour (unbleached)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon orange flower water (optional) [1]
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 Carton Firm Silken Tofu [2]
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups sugar [3]
1.5 cups toasted and finely ground almonds or almond meal
2/3 cup olive oil (I used half-blood orange infused and half regular) [4]
Powdered sugar for dusting on top when cooled
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Grease a 13×9 inch pan or two 8 inch cake pans.

Place oranges and lemon in a saucepan with enough water to cover most of the way. Bring to a boil and cook for half an hour or until the fruit is very tender. Drain and cool.

Seed the citrus fruit and cut into quarters. Place citrus into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add tofu and process until well blended. Empty into a large bowl and add sugar, vanilla, salt, and orange flower water (if using). Stir to combine.

Sift the flour and baking powder together in a small bowl and combine with the ground almonds. Mix well.

Starting and ending with the flour alternatively add the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until mixed (add 1/3 of the flour and mix, add 1/3 cup of olive oil and mix, third flour, rest of olive oil, and rest of flour mixture). Do not over mix.

Pour into your baking pan(s) and bake until an inserted toothpick produces only moist crumbs not liquid. For the 13×9 inch pan this will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes [5]. For the 8 inch pans, probably 45 minutes to 1 hour.

When cool, cut into small pieces and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with raspberry coulis or lemon curd.

[1] Available in Middle Eastern grocery stores this is what gives the cake its perfumed scent. This is optional but highly recommended. It adds a subtle, flowery scent and an indescribable flavor. Quite good.

[2] I ended up using soft by mistake but I don’t think it made much of a difference.

[3] I used vanilla sugar, but then again I make my own and it’s easy for me to do so.

[4] I used the blood orange infused olive oil to give it extra zing but half way through pouring realized that using 2/3 cup of the infused oil would be WAY too much so I cut it with a light olive oil that I use for cooking. A regular olive oil could be used instead but it should be extra virgin.

[5] The top got quite dark in my convection oven; I will probably lower the temperature to 325 F next time though this should not be necessary for a regular oven. But even though the top was dark the tester never came out completely clean, however it ceased to be liquid and the crumb became very moist. This is what turns into the custard like texture of the finished cake.

Healthy Recipes for Kids

Ingredients

Almonds (roasted) – 200gms

Milk -500ml

Sugar -100gms

Egg yolk – 6no

Vanilla essence – 3ml

Corn flour – 25gms

Method

Blanch almonds and make a smooth paste, keep aside. Mix egg yolk and corn flour in a bowl, keep aside.

Boil sugar and milk. Then, add some warm milk to the egg yolks and whisk, keep aside. Keep milk at simmer, add the tempered yolk mixture and cook for 5 mins.

Keep stirring and pour the almond paste and set in a fridge. Serve cold.

Nutrient Analysis

Calories

2530

Protein

76.8 gms

Total fat

174.7 gms

Saturated

28.6 gms

Monounsaturated

81.2 gms

Polyunsaturated

29.3 gms

Carbohydrates

163 gms

Fibre

21.4 gms

Cholesterol

1674 mg

Sodium

138.2 mg

Calcium

1216 mg

Magnesium

805.4 mg

Potassium

2255 mg

Vitamin E

53.1 mg

Almond Cookies

This quick and easy recipe not only gives you delicious cookies but will also leave your kids asking for more.

Ingredients

Flour – 1kg

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Lemon zest -2 tblspn

Salt – a pinch

Butter (unsalted)-700 gms

Powdered sugar – 300 gms

Almonds (finely crushed) – 200gms

Method

Mix cream, butter and icing sugar thoroughly. Fold in all the dry ingredients.

Shape it in small balls and roll it in crushed almonds.

On a greased baking tray, bake the cookies at 170 degree Celsius for 20mins. Serve.

Nutrient Analysis

Calories

11093

Protein

151.6 gms

Total fat

693.8 gms

Saturated

252.2 gms

Monounsaturated

179.7 gms

Polyunsaturated

44.7 gms

Carbohydrates

1060 gms

Fibre

24 gms

Cholesterol

756 mg

Sodium

822 mg

Calcium

690 mg

Magnesium

1286 mg

Potassium

2700 mg

Vitamin E

49.8 mg

Badam Elaichi Shake

This is one of the easy recipes to make which gives you a whole of lot of goodness from ingredients like elaichi, badam, honey and cardamom.