Re: Turmeric Tea Recipe

I’ve been sick for about 4 days now but it wasn’t until yesterday evening that I finally gave in to drinking turmeric teas. My mom has been telling me to drink it since she was so impressed with how fast she recovered from a sore throat. After telling me the ingredients in the tea I decided to add raw garlic into the mix since it’s going to taste a little funky anyway.

IMG_7894Ingredients:

  • turmeric powder
  • raw honey (or any kind of honey you have)
  • lemon juice
  • black pepper corns
  • cinnamon (I used sticks but you can use ground)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ginger
  • water

In a small saucepan, put all of the ingredients one by one before adding the water. I bruised the ginger and garlic before putting it in the saucepan to help release the oils. Then pour in about 3-4 cups of water and let it simmer. Stir the mixture a few times then turn off the stove once the water reaches its boiling point. I mixed in the honey individually every I poured in some of the mixture in my mug.

Just to warn you guys, it’s quite pungent BUT it was a great immune system booster and sore throat healer! After drinking a couple of mugs of the tea, I went to bed and woke up feeling much better. Also, I was a little concerned at first that the turmeric would stain my teeth but it hasn’t.

Do you have a secret recipe for fighting colds, flus and sore throats? Feel free to share with us by leaving a comment below! 🙂

Always,

K

P.S.

Health Food Facts about the ingredients in this tea:

  1. Garlic
  2. Turmeric
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Raw Honey
  5. Ginger

 

Re: Heart-BEET Pancakes

 

IMG_6995.pngOn my way from a long workday, my hungry self was daydreaming about a beet-apple smoothie I made the previous night. A few moments later, my imagination took over and thought of beet red heart shaped pancakes perfect for a Valentine’s Day brunch. Well, I came up with a quick recipe this morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 red beet
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Using a regular blender or a food processor, roughly grind the oatmeal (or you can buy/use ground oatmeal if you it’s available to you)
  2. Put the ground oatmeal in a medium size bowl then add the baking powder, ground cinnamon and all purpose flour
  3. Peel and dice the red beet then put it in the blender/food processor
  4. In the same blender/food processor, add the banana, vanilla extract, eggs, raw honey and water
  5. Blend away until all the ingredients are combined
  6. Gradually pour in the wet ingredients (beet mixture) with the dry (ground oatmeal mixture) ingredients
  7. Once the dry and wet ingredients are mixed together, add the melted butter
  8. To make the heart shape pancakes, I used a piping bag to make a heart shape OR you can also use a squeeze bottle OR a heart shape pancake mold
  9. Cook the pancakes in medium heat because they do tend to brown very easily
  10. Enjoy with some fresh fruits and more raw honey on the side!

A healthy and pretty brunch dish that will keep your sweetheart’s heart-beet beating! 😉 (see what I did there? Haha) Give it a try and let me know what you think! Share with us your comments and questions in the comments section below 🙂

 

Always,

K

Re: Is there room for broccoli in your Super Bowl feast?

If you haven’t been bombarded by enough ads, tweets and other Facebook statuses about the Super Bowl, you might not know that it’s happening this weekend. A much anticipated game by the ultimate football fans and the occasional half-time viewers, looking forward to performances from Queen B and Cold Play, and of course, the game. Super Bowl has also become another excuse to indulge in some not-so-healthy snacks all in the name of the game. Some chicken wings here, some chips & dips there, and some sandwiches and sliders right across. What if I told you that I came up with a fabulous AND healthier alternative to the average Super Bowl snacks using broccoli and spinach?

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For a lack of a better term, I’m calling this dish ‘Frinachos’. Why? Because if fries and nachos had a baby, it would taste like this! Hands down.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 broccoli florets
  • handful of spinach
  • lime
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 cloves chopped fresh garlic
  • dried basil
  • honey
  • mayo
  • 1 red chili pepper (or any kind of chili you want to use, e.g. jalapeño, Thai green chili, etc.)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • fries (you can by frozen)
  • dried basil
  • 2 roughly diced tomatoes
  • cheese (optional)

 

Procedure:

  1. Preheat you oven to the appropriate temperature to BAKE your fries
  2. Get some parchment paper and line your pan
  3. Add as much fries you want to use for the recipe. Spread the fries out in on the pan to make sure that you get those golden brown crispy bits
  4. Bake the fries, again, according to the time recommended on the instructions on the bag
  5. While your fries are baking away, you can start making your guacamole
  6. Start by blending the spinach, broccoli florets, red chili, minced garlic, lime juice, olive oil (~2-3 tbsp.), salt and pepper together. The consistency doesn’t have to be like a pesto, but close to it
  7. In your mortar and pestle (if it’s big enough or your can use a medium size bowl), pour in the blended broccoli-spinach mixture
  8. Open then dice the avocadoes before putting it in the mortar and pestle with the broccoli-spinach mixture
  9. Using the pestle (the thing you use to mash), mash and mix the avocado and broccoli-spinach mixture together. It’s totally cool if there are some small avocado chunks, you just want to make sure that the avocado is mixed well with the broccoli-spinach mixture
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste then you can now set aside your guacamole
  11. Check you fries in the oven and shake them a bit to get an even colour and crisp
  12. Next you need to make the honey garlic aioli by simply combining the honey, chopped fresh garlic, dried basil, mayo, salt and pepper in a small bowl (Tip: I like using the pestle when mixing because it grinds the fresh garlic at the same time, releasing more flavour into the aioli)
  13. Then take out the fries (of course lightly salt them) and place them on a plate
  14. Put all of the components together by first adding spoonful of guacamoles, sprinkling some diced tomatoes around, then finish off by drizzling some of the honey garlic aioli
  15. (Optional) You can also crumble some queso fresco or cheddar cheese on top

 

Now, I know you might be wondering if you/they would be able to taste the spinach and broccoli in there but I promise, you and whoever else is trying this dish will NOT. You can also just serve the guacamole with broccoli and spinach with some whole grain chips! Give this recipe a try and share with us your experiences J Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

 

Always,

K

 

 

Ginger Morning Muffins

Untitled design.pngGood morning! I made some ginger muffins perfect with your morning newspaper on-the-go and tea/coffee. I used fresh ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar. A flavourful muffin to add some spice to your Monday morning!

Ingredient:

  • 2 thumb size fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. all spice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp. P.C. Greek yoghurt with honey
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 eggs

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees (Fahrenheit)
  2. Start by getting a large bowl and sifting 2 cups of all-purpose flour in the bowl
  3. Add the baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, all spice, salt and brown sugar in the bowl
  4. Mix the dry ingredients well
  5. In a smaller bowl, combine the oil, eggs, water and Greek yoghurt
  6. With a micrograter, grate the fresh ginger into the bowl with wet ingredients
  7. Mix the wet ingredients well
  8. Gradually add the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients
  9. Grease your muffin tray or use muffin liners to reduce clean up time before pouring in the muffin mixture
  10. Bake the muffins for 23 minutes
  11. Let them cool before digging in and ENJOY!

This recipe yields 6 large muffins but you can probably make more if you use a smaller medium muffin tray. I love that you can taste and smell the cinnamon and ginger in this muffin. An interesting flavor combination I haven’t tried baking with before but I will now! Give my recipe a try and let me know what you think J

 

Always,

K