Archive | All Food RSS feed for this section

Rosemary and Garlic Chicken

7 Jun

Some how I have been really willing to use the flavor of rosemary in my food. So my recent trip to the grocery store demanded me to bring this new herb rosemary. It usually goes well with meat and chicken. So I decided to go with chicken. Somehow I enjoy using herbs in my cooking as it gives a very refreshing flavor.

Rosemary has some great health benefits such as it helps in cancer prevention, improving memory, pain relief,  mood elevator, digestive problems, and immune booster. Not only it is good for health but its pine-like aroma and pungent flavor goes well with chicken, lamb, pork, salmon and tuna dishes.

chicken rosemary

Ingredients:

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 lemon slices

10 garlic cloves, crushed

3 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves

2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp olive oil

1 complete bone-in chicken

2 potatoes

Method:

  1. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, rosemary leaves, salt, and black pepper. Stir it vigorously.
  2. Clean the chicken. Pat dry. Add the emulsified mixture to the chicken. Rub the mixture well with the chicken.
  3. Add cut potatoes and slices of lemon.
  4. Put a foil on a baking tray. Place the chicken, lemon and potatoes well.
  5. Grill the chicken for 30-40 minutes.

 

rosemary chicken

 

Verdict: Flavors are great with lemon and rosemary. Serve it instantly out of the grill. The flavors are great and also appreciated by young children.

 

Mango Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

5 Jun

I often love to experiment with the salads. So i thought of including MANGO, this season to my salad. Believe me, this turned out to be actually great. It was highly refreshing and the flavors in the salad really coagulated very well. This is very easy to make and also very refreshing.

We often avoid mangoes because they are high calorie fruit. But I actually found a lot of benefits for this fruit, especially for you, so that you could indulge into the fruit guilt free. I came across 10 Benefits for eating mango:

  1. Fights and Prevents Cancer – Mangoes are full of anti-oxidants which prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. It also helps in prevent leukemia.
  2. Improves Eye Sight – It contains high dosage of Vitamin A or Retinol which helps protect eye sight.
  3. High amount of Fiber and Vitamin C – It contains high amount of fibre and Vitamin C which helps to eliminate the Low Dencity Lipoprotein thereby bringing cholesterol levels down.
  4. Maintaining the Alkaline balance of the Body – This is an amazing fruit which helps to maintain the alkaline balance of the human body because it contains elements like malic acid, tartaric acid and also a very good amount of citric acid.
  5. Increases Metabolic rate – Like papayas, mangoes also help in improving digestion because it is very rich in fibres. Fibres help in good bowel movement and this inturn helps increase metabolic rate. Increased metabolic rate helps in cutting down excess stomach flab.
  6. Boost Immunity
  7. Enriched with Anti oxidants – Mangoes are enriched with antioxidants and this helps in cell rejuvenation and cell repair.It helps detoxify skin from inside and also prevents occurrence of acne.
  8. Increases Fertility – Mangoes are rich in folate or folic acid which helps in improving fertility. It is a form of Vitamin B and folic acid deficiency that can cause miscarriage in women.
  9. Trace Minerals – Mangoes contain trace elements like copper, selenium, zinc and potassium which are essential for human well being. Absence of these trace minerals can cause a lot of health problems. So start including mangoes in your regular diet.
  10. Vitamin E – Mangoes are rich in Vitamin E, which helps increase and improve the sex drive in humans. Mango fruit benefits also include reducing cholesterol and preventing diabetes. I know you would be surprised reading this, but it is true. Mangoes contain natural sugar, and each has nearly 31gms of sugar, but at the same time it is low on glycemic load, this means that it the blood sugar is not affected.

Serves: 4

Time required: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Mango finely cut

1/2 Cucumber finely chopped

1/2 Red Bell Pepper finely chopped

1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper finely chopped

Some lettuce

some sweet corns

Dressing:

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tsp chopped parsley

ingredients mango salad

Method:

  1.  Cut mango, cucumber, bell peppers and put them in the bowl.
  2. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and let it chill in refrigerator.
  4. Before serving, arrange the lettuce on the plate and place the salad on top. You can decorate with some cherries.

mango salad

 

 

 

 

Lebanese: Chicken Shawarma

2 Jun

Lebanese cuisine is one of the popular in Eastern and Western world. The most popular dish is Shawarma. The one I am sharing with you today is chicken shawarma, if you a vegetarian you can easily replace chicken with cottage cheese.

If you usually wonder what you would like to eat as a super, yet low fat. This is a great recipe to try out. I must share with you that, this is something I often make when JS and I are on a low fat diet. The dip I use with this one is very nutritious as it contains Sesame. It is easy to cook and the marinade can be prepared a day in advance too. Sometimes Lebanese spice might not be available in your nearest store, so I also suggest Chinese Five spice to use it as a replacement. The result would be the same as the components of the spices are quite similar.

When I first made this recipe, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. When I saw the final result, it was at par or even better what we usually eat at the restaurant.

 

shawarma ingredients

Serves 2

Ingredients:

250 gm boneless chicken

2 pita bread

some tahini dip

some arabic pickle

Marinade

1 tsp vinegar/ lemon juice

1 tsp lebanese spice/ chinese five spice

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 cup thick yogurt

1 well beaten egg

1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tomato-sliced

1 onion-sliced

Method:

  1. Slice the chicken into long thin pieces.
  2. Mix all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl. Add chicken and keep aside for atleast 4 hours or more in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan, add chicken along with the marinade. Stir fry for 4-5 mins till a little golden brown from some sides. Cook for 3-4 mins or till tender.
  4. Cut each piece of pita bread horizontally into half. Warm the pita bread in a pan.
  5. Spread 1 tsp of tahini paste in the pita pocket. Add the cooked chicken.
  6. Serve with Arabic Pickle.

 

shawarma

 

Refreshing Mango Punch

31 May

In the heat of summer, a refreshing drink is always welcomed. Often, I make this to beat the scorching heat. It is easy to make.

Serves: 5-6

Prep Time :5 mins

Ingredients:

1 Mango pulp

1 cup mint leaves

1/2 tsp black salt

1 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp salt

2 tsp lemon juice

Sprite/ Limca

Method:

  1. Blend the mango pulp, mint leaves in a mixer. Season it.
  2. Put 2 tsp of the mixture in a glass and top it up with sprite or limca.
  3. Serve with ice.

Mango Punch

Tahini Dip

29 May

You could serve Tahini dip with wafers, pita bread or in chicken shawarma rolls. It consists of Sesame which is very nutritious.  Not only are sesame seeds an exellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nuttrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sasamin and sasamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholestrol-lowering effect in humans, and prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
tahini dip

Ingredients

1/2 cup sesame seeds

4 tsp oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup curd

1 garlic flake

3 tbsp lemon juice

Method:

Grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste in a mixer. Serve as a dip.

 

%d bloggers like this: