Chia brekkie bowl with fresh seasonal fruits


It's been a while since I shared any recipe. This has obviously been a very long pause from blogging. All those who are wondering if I have stopped blogging, I have not. Manish and I have been blessed with a beautiful baby girl. We have named her Hridanshi(part of our heart). Our lives have been pretty much about her since the time she has been born. Between changing diapers,feeding her and putting her to sleep, I haven't been able to find time to hold camera in my hand.


I honestly don't know when my day starts and when it ends! I might be little inconsistent with my posts in the beginning but will try to post as often as possible.

So, coming back to this post. Being an Indian, you tend to eat a lot of ghee laden food during your resting period after delivery. Since I have just started to make an effort to loose weight, this chia bowl is a fab and healthy start to the day. It comes together easily and has my favourite seasonal fruits- strawberries and figs. If you know me, you also know how much I love strawberries and mangoes. Considering strawberries are in season right now, I had to share this easy breakfast recipe. This recipe is amazing for working people too coz it gets ready in minutes,hardly requires any preparation.



Start your day on a healthy note with this breakfast recipe.

Type: Breakfast
Diet: Vegan
Serving: 1

Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk
pinch of cinnamon
2 Tsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp chia seeds
4-5 strawberries(pureed)
7-8 sliced strawberries
1 sliced banana
2-3 sliced figs
1/4th cup pomegranate kernels

Method

Mix honey and cinnamon in coconut milk.

Soak chia seeds in coconut milk overnight and refrigerate.

Next day morning before breakfast, puree 4-5 strawberries in a blender and mix through in chia pudding with a spoon.

Pour pudding in a serving plate.

Garnish with sliced strawberries,banana,pomegranate and fresh figs and serve.

Notes:

You can add other fruits like pineapple,kiwi,apple,papaya,grapes and oranges too.

Throw in some dried fruits like almonds,raisins,pistachios and walnuts for added benefit.


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Strawberry,beetroot and feta cheese salad with candied walnuts


The thing about salads are they make you feel so good. You can put tons of vegetables and fruits and mix them with exciting dressings. Its all about the dressing. Ingredients like mustard, apple cider, balsamic,extra virgin olive oil do wonders and take salads to another level. Herbs also play an important part and get that extra freshness throughout the salad.

Honey and mustard dressing is one of the most popular dressing and I reckon its popular for a reason. Its mustardy,tangy,sweet and so delicious! Strong flavour of mustard packs an amazing punch even in your least favourite vegetable. This all purpose dressing makes for a great marinade too for barbecuing vegetables,meat or fish.


This is one of those salads which has all kind of textures running through it. Sweet and juicy strawberries, crisp lettuce, crunchy onion and soft boiled beetroot lightly tossed in honey-mustard dressing. I must say that my most favourite part about this salad is spicy candied walnuts which just crackle in mouth making you wanting them more. And they go so well with feta cheese!


Delicious and refreshing strawberry and beetroot salad tossed in honey-mustard dressing

Type: Salad
Diet: vegetarian/gluten free
Serving -1

Ingredients

1 boiled beetroot-sliced
1 cup Strawberries -sliced
1 thinly sliced onion
1 cup torn lettuce
feta cheese
Salty and spicy candied walnuts

Dressing
1/2 Tsp mustard sauce
2 Tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tsp honey
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4th tsp black pepper powder
salt

Candied walnuts

5 Tbsp sugar
8-10 walnuts
Small non stick pan
pinch of salt
pinch of salt red chilli powder

Method

Spread lettuce leaves on a salad platter.

Arrange beetroot, strawberries and onions over it.

Heat 5 Tbsp sugar in a small pan and turn into caramel till it looks amber in colour.

Dip walnut in caramel and take out with the help of fork. Spread on an oiled tray.

Immediately sprinkle salt and red chilli powder over walnuts.

Crush candied walnuts over salad. Crumble feta cheese too.

To make the dressing, add all the ingredients in a small air-tight jar and give a good shake. Pour dressing over the salad and serve.




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Eggless Strawberry and almond meal cake with orange glaze and more strawberries


Blog has completed 1,00,000 pageviews! I am so elated and proud. Feels amazing when your work is recognized and chosen by sites like Huffington Post and Buzzfeed for feature. My recipe of Vegan Chocolate and banana chia seed pudding was featured on both these sites. My blog also got nominated in in FBAI 2015 awards under two categories Best Recipe blog and Best Vegetarian blog. This year has been amazing and I want to thank all my readers who constantly try my recipes, support me and show their love :)

Coming back to this cake,its been a while since I shared recipe of a cake. That is because most of the birthdays and anniversarys, my Dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache sits atop the table. It is so moist, chocolaty and decadent! Its my family's favourite-both Parents and In-laws side!



Its almost Christmas and if you are looking for a new recipe of cake to bake for your family and friends then you must try this fresh and fruity cake made with bright red strawberries and seasonal oranges.




This Strawberry and almond meal cake is eggless,moist,buttery and just melts in mouth. Strawberries make this cake super moist and orange juice lends citrusy freshness throughout. Ground almonds enhance the taste and gives this rich cake crumbly texture. Icing is done with simple orange glaze which is made by mixing icing sugar and orange juice together. I love how it drizzles down the edges and then sets on its own making this cake even more delish!




This cake is a perfect example of how cakes do not have to be extravagant and time consuming. A good cake can be made in the simplest of way using basic ingredients. Its an ideal cake to enjoy with your evening tea/coffee or making for Christmas celebrations. With strawberries in season, its a perfect time to make this simple and delicious cake.


Egg-less, moist, buttery and melt in your mouth Strawberry and almond meal cake with orange glaze- perfect for Christmas

Type: Dessert
Diet: vegetarian/eggless
Serving :10-12

Ingredients

125 gms flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
1+1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp icing sugar
1 Tsp vanilla essence
5 Tbsp semi soft butter
1/2 tin milkmaid
1/4th cup orange juice
sliced strawberries

Orange syrup to moisten the cake
1 Tbsp sugar
juice of 1 orange

Orange glaze
3/4th cup icing sugar
1 Tbsp orange juice

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes

Grease and dust a spring form cake mould.

Strain flour,baking soda, baking soda and icing sugar together. Then add ground almonds and mix through.

Pour milkmaid into a bowl and cream it with an electric beater. Once milkmaid is aerated, add butter and beat further till mixture is fluffy and light in colour.

Slowly combine dry ingredients in batter in three equal parts along with orange juice. Add vanilla essence while adding the last part.

Pour batter in the greased cake mould, flatten it out by tapping on kitchen counter.

Arrange sliced strawberries over the batter and press lightly.

Cover with an aluminium foil and bake in a preheated oven at 175 degrees for 30-40 minutes or till its cooked through.

Once cake has cooled for 10 minutes, release from cake mould.

Make orange syrup by heating orange juice and sugar together for 5 minutes.

Drizzle it lightly over the cake especially the edges.(Don't drizzle too much)

Orange glaze

Mix icing sugar with 1 Tbsp orange juice and dissolve properly. 

Drizzle icing over the cake once cake has come to room temperature.

Decorate with sliced strawberries and serve with hot cup of black coffee.

Notes:

Strawberries might sink to the bottom but that is alright.

Fruit based cakes take time to bake. Its better to cover the mould with foil and bake at low temperature like 160 degrees for longer time.

Don't keep opening the oven. Check after 30 minutes by touching lightly with your finger.

This is a moist cake on its own so drizzle orange syrup very lightly.



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Strawberry and Pineapple layered smoothie


This smoothie! Oh this smoothie! Look at the gorgeous pink color!

Naturally sweet,vegan and gluten free too!!

Winter season has officially started and strawberries can be spotted in abundance in every lane of Mumbai. I remember tasting these rubies first time when we made a family trip to Mahabaleshwar back in 5th grade. I was so fascinated with fresh and luscious strawberry milkshakes, ice-creams and strawberry cream that I thought it was the most amazing fruit ever!


Since then every winters, I gorge on them in pretty much every form. They are great in salads, milkshakes, ice creams, cake and smoothies which is my favorite way of eating them. Last year, I had shared four amazing recipes using strawberries- Strawberry and grape salad, Strawberry yoghurt smoothie, Strawberry brownie trifle and Strawberry  Rabdi. I am sharing a new recipe of Strawberry smoothie today which is ultra creamy and so so delicious.

I love starting my day with healthy smoothies. Knowing that you have already put seasonal fruits in your system by 10 am, you feel so proud and don't even have to worry about eating fruits for the rest of the day. In summers, I turn to my Tropical Mango-Spinach layered smoothie, Peach breakfast bowl and in winters Strawberry smoothie. Not to mention, my Papaya smoothie which can be made all year. They are all so amazing.


Smoothies are a great way to put fruits and greens in your system. There are so many variations you can try. Be innovative but don't forget to put atleast one of your favorite fruit.

This two layered smoothie is creamy, healthy, delicious and packed with goodness of seasonal winter fruits like strawberries, oranges and pineapple. I have used banana as a base which offers creamy texture and sweetness in smoothies. Orange juice thins down smoothie and gives it a nice fresh citrusy punch. Chia seeds give it a fun wobbly texture and packs the smoothie with iron,Omega-3 acid and additional fiber.

This amazing strawberry and pineapple smoothie is

Creamy
Citrusy
Healthy
Full of fiber
Naturally sweet
Vegan
Gluten free



Creamy, healthy and naturally sweet layered smoothie made with seasonal fruits- perfect for breakfast or snack at any time of the day!

Type:  Beverage/Drink
Diet: Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten free
Serving: 1

Ingredients

Strawberry smoothie

1+1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 Banana
1/4th cup orange juice
2 tsp chia seeds

Pineapple smoothie

1 cup Pineapple
1/2 Banana
1/4th cup orange juice

Method

Add all the ingredients for making strawberry smoothie in a blender and blend till creamy.

Pour it into smoothie mug or a big glass.

Now place ingredients for pineapple smoothie in blender and blend.

Pour pineapple smoothie over strawberry smoothie.

Consume immediately.



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