Thursday, 27 July 2017

What’s The Deal With Microgreens?

Word on the gourmet street is microgreens are all the rage! So, what are microgreens exactly? Microgreens are nothing but essential seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs like basil, kale and cilantro. Read on to get a total breakdown on these flavorful, nutrient packed, leafy little buddies.



The 411 About Microgreens



They are young vegetable greens, usually harvested after around one to two weeks when they are just about one to two inches long. Consider microgreens as a super healthy version of their grown counterparts.  They are best consumed quickly after they are cut before they lose their freshness and colour.

Flavorful Greens Packed With Nutrients


Don’t go by their size. Tiny as they may be, microgreens are powerhouses of nutrients and vitamins such as Vitamin C, E and K, Lutein and beta-carotene. Red cabbage leaves contains vitamin C and K while cilantro has lutein and beta-carotene. If you aren’t convinced yet by microgreens you should know that they are absolutely delicious! Get ready for some intense zesty blast of flavor!

How To Use Them



Microgreens are very vibrant and can make your dishes pop.  Use them to garnish savory’s like your pizzas, pasta and salads or even sweets like your  pies, soufflés and open tarts or simply blend them to make beautiful dressings and sauces. Microgreens are also a great way to add a crunchy element to your soup.

How To Pair Them With Your Dishes



 A peppery mustard cress and arugula are great for salads while pungent radish greens go well with fish vegetables. Try some basil to add some mild flavor to your desserts.  Add a bit of mustard or a rocket green to your soup as a delightful seasoning. Young broccoli has a spicy taste whereas amaranth has a mild taste and a lovely red hue, perfect to top off a salad.
Indulge in their delectable taste and dig in to some microgreens now!

5 Must Try Hot Soups To Brighten Your Monsoon

Beat the monsoon blues with some hot soup and a good book by your side. Warm your soul with lip smacking flavours that will give your palate a taste of the season. Indulge in these 5 hot soups that are easy to whip up with the freshest ingredients.

1.Ginger Goodness
Enjoy a delicious bowl of ginger soup while you enjoy the weather.Ginger is a powerful ingredient that helps soothe all your digestive and nausea problems. To relish the soup in the right way, make sure you add a pinch of salt and black pepper.



This Ginger Carrot soup is like a warm hug in a bowl, perfect to sip on a rainy day.

Ingredients:
•2 Tablespoons of Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil
•1 medium onion, chopped
•4 cloves of garlic ,minced
•1 teaspoon of ginger, grated
•900 grams of Carrot, peeled and diced finely
•6 cups of vegetable broth
•Fresh Exotic Flat/ Curled Parsley to garnish

Instructions:
•In a large stockpot or a saucepan with a big bottom, heat olive oil and sauté the onions. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1- 2 minutes until the garlic becomes tender.
•Add the carrots and the broth and bring to boil. Reduce to low heat and cover. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
•Continue to cook until carrots can be easily pierced with a fork and are tender enough to eat.
•Blend soup with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender and blend till it gets a smooth texture like a puree.
•Garnish with some fresh parsley on top and serve with a side dish of bread.

2.Mushroom Marvel
Add a twist to the classic creamy mushroom soup with mouth-watering toppings. Complement your tasty mushroom soup with truffle oil, fresh chives and a ton of parmesan cheese shavings. What’s more? Indulge in a beautiful warm baguette to give your soup company!



Ingredients:

•2 tablespoons of  onions, diced
•2 Shoots of  fresh Exotic Thyme
•225 grams of fresh Box Mushrooms - chopped
•945 ml of  chicken/ Vegetable Stock
•1 cup of heavy cream or Whipping Cream
•8 teaspoons of White Truffle Oil 

Instructions:
1.In a heavy bottomed soup pot or a saucepan, sauté the onions and the thyme in the olive oil for 1 or 2 minutes.
2.Add the mushrooms; season with salt & pepper and cook till they soften up for about 3 to 5 minutes.
3.Add the stock, bring to a boil, skim, then reduce to low heat and cover the sauce pan. Let it simmer for 45 minutes.
4.Add the cream, bring to boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Then remove from heat.
5.When the soup cools, puree it either in a blender or with a hand mixer.

To Serve
1.Warm the soup over medium high heat.
2.Pour in the white truffle oil in the serving bowl.
3.Pour the soup into individual cups and garnish for adding extra flavour.

3.Avocado Appeal
For the avocado addict in you, this hot soup is sure to cheer you up this season! The creamy consistency and delectable taste will leave you wanting more. To make your soup intensely flavorful add broccoli stems to it. Garnish a pinch of salt and devour it with a dollop of cream.

This creamy broccoli and avocado soup will warm you up instantly! Garnish with the broccoli florets to add a refined touch to your soup.



Ingredients:

•1 tablespoon of Healthy Alternative Olive Oil
•1 medium onion, diced
•2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
•3 stalks of Exotic Celery, diced
•4 cups of Exotic Broccoli, peeled and chopped
•1 teaspoon of Exotic Thyme
•½-1 teaspoon curry powder
•½ teaspoon of Sea Salt
•4 cups of water
•1  medium sized Indian/ Imported avocado
•3 teaspoons lime or lemon juice
•1 ½ tablespoons of Healthy Alternatives Roasted Pumpkin seeds for garnishing

Instructions:
•Heat some olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
•Add the diced onion, stir and cook until they soften up for about 4 minutes then add the garlic and cook until the garlic has browned a little.
•Add the diced stalks of celery and cook for another 3 minutes. Add broccoli and cook for 2 minutes.
•While stirring the broccoli mixture, add thyme, curry powder and the sea salt. Mix well.
•Add water and bring to boil and cover the saucepan and continue to cook until the soup turns bright green and tender for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and let it cool slightly.
•Transfer the soup to blend in a blender and puree while adding the avocado and 3 teaspoons of lime or lemon juice.
•Pour the blended soup into serving bowls and add the garnish.

4.Tomato Temptation
If tomato soup is your all-time favourite, we know just the thing to add a refreshing twist to it. Churn up a tantalizing tomato and basil soup. The tinge of spice will bring out the flavor of the fresh tomatoes. Some crunchy cheese toasts accompany the smooth, creamy soup well.



Ingredients:

•450 grams of  Exotic Cherry Red Tomatoes
•1 kg Roma tomatoes cut in half
•1 medium onion, cut into chunks
•7 cloves of garlic
•3 large carrots, cut in half
•⅓ cup  Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil
Organic Rock Salt and Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole, grounded
•4 cups of vegetable/ chicken broth
•2 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
•½ teaspoon of Red Chili Flakes
•2-3 tablespoons of Wingreens Farms Basil Pesto

Instructions:
1.Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375ºF. Place the cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, onions, garlic, and carrots on a large baking sheet.
2.Drizzle some olive oil over them and sprinkle salt and pepper, toss to mix. Place the baking tray in the oven and allow the ingredients to bake for 1 hour.
3.Check on the ingredients every 30 minutes and give them a gentle toss.
4.Transfer the ingredients along with any tomato secretions from the baking tray to a blender and blend the vegetables until they are completely smooth. For a smooth texture strain run the puree.
5.Transfer the puree into a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chicken broth and allow the soup to heat all the way through for about 5-7 minutes.
6.Add the balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes. Add two tablespoons of the basil pesto for an extra punch of basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with some cheese toasts.


5.Pumpkin Paradise
There’s nothing better than the lingering scent of fresh thai ingredients! Mix up your pumpkin soup with thai ingredients to deliver a soup that is one notch higher to the classic pumpkin soup. A few chucks of tofu or peas will be the perfect twist to your soup.



Ingredients:

•2 tablespoons of Red Curry Paste
•4 cups  of chicken or vegetable broth
•850 grams of  pumpkin puree
•1¾ cup of Coconut milk
•1 large red chili pepper, sliced
•cilantro for garnish (Optional)

Instructions:
•In a large saucepan cook the red curry paste over medium heat for about one minute. Add the broth and the pumpkin puree while stirring.
•Cook for about 3 minutes or until the soup starts to bubble. Add the coconut milk and cook for about 3 minutes.
•Serve in individual bowls and garnish with a drizzle of the reserved coconut milk and sliced red chili with additional cilantro leaves.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

5 DIY Healthy Salads You Must Try

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and bland. If you are sick and tired of chewing on celery sticks then we have got some savory greens to rejuvenate your diet menu.  With these lip-smacking crunchy DIY salads, you can beat the calories and the carbs with a scrumptious twist!

1.Shrimp And Avocado Salad



All you seafood lovers out there, you are going to devour this fresh, flavorful shrimp and avocado salad drizzled with some cilantro lime vinaigrette. Garnish the shrimps with your favorite seasoning and add jalapenos to the vinaigrette dressing for a spicy kick in each bite.

Ingredients:
•1 large fresh Exotic Romaine Green/Red Lettuce, chopped
•2 pounds boiled or steamed shrimp, peeled and deveined
•2 Indian/Imported avocados, chopped into large pieces
•2 cups sliced tomatoes
•2 tablespoons diced onion

For the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Dressing
•¼ cup Virgin Olive Oil
•¼ cup lemon juice
•1 clove garlic, minced
•1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
•1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Rock Salt and Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole to taste

Instructions
1.Add chopped romaine lettuce as a base in a large bowl. Top with some shrimp, avocado, tomatoes and onion.
2.Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to evenly distribute the dressing and serve.

2. A Fruity Delight / Quinoa Fruit Salad



A tangy yet sweet salad packed with proteins. Try this quinoa fruit salad loaded with fresh fruits like mangoes, cherries, strawberries, bananas, etc. Drizzle some honey lime dressing on top and garnish with some salt and pepper. A perfect nourishing meal to start your day with.

Ingredients:

For the Quinoa:
•1 cup Healthy Alternatives Peruvian Red Quinoa, rinsed
•2 cups of water
•A pinch of Rock Salt

For The Honey Lime Dressing
•Juice of 1 large lime/lemon
•3 tablespoons Healthy Alternatives Floral Blend Honey
•2 tablespoons freshly chopped mint

For The Salad:
•1 & ½ Cups of Blueberries
•1 & ½ Cups of Sliced Strawberries
•1 & ½ Cups of Chopped Organic Alphonso Mangoes
•Extra chopped mint for garnishing

Instructions:
1.Add quinoa, water, and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let the quinoa cool to room temperature.
2.To make the Honey Lime Dressing, whisk the lime juice, honey, and mint together until combined.
3.In a large bowl, combine quinoa, strawberries, and mango. Pour honey lime dressing over the fruit salad and mix until it is combined well. Garnish with additional mint. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

3.A Lebanese Spread / Fattoush Salad


Craving for an exotic platter for your palate? Try this Fattoush Salad made of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley and more seasoned with Zatar- A traditional Middle Eastern spice blend. Serve it with some pita bread and voila! Salad has never been so exciting.

Ingredients:
2 medium cucumbers, with skin
3 cups chopped tomatoes (Grape, plum and Exotic Cherry Red Tomatoes)
2 Exotic Red Capsicums
1 large onion
3 spring onions
1 cup chopped Exotic Flat Parsley
¾ cup chopped mint 
Flatbread or toasted pita

For Fattoush Salad Dressing
¼ cup Virgin Olive Oil
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon 
1 tsp. Healthy Alternatives Floral Blend Honey 
2 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
2 pinches of Sea Salt
A pinch of grounded Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole

Instructions:
For the dressing:
Put all ingredients in a jar with a light-fitting lid and shake.
For the Salad:
Wash, prepare, and chop all the vegetables. Wash and dry herbs and chop. Place everything in a large bowl.
Pour the dressing over the salad, stir, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes at room temperature to allow the flavours to blend.
Right before serving, sprinkle generously with Nature Smith’s Zatar Powder, add the flatbread or pita bread crumbles to the salad.

4.A Cobb Crunch / Cobb Salad


A healthier version of the American dish, this Cobb salad is loaded with chicken, eggs, bacon and avocados lovingly spread on a base of fresh green lettuce leaves. Top off this colorful salad with a dash of some tangy dressing and if you are willing to indulge a little, add a sprinkle of blue cheese.

Ingredients:
For the dressing:
•3 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
•2 tablespoons finely minced Spring Onions
•1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
•1 teaspoon freshly ground Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole
•¼ teaspoon Rock Salt 
•3 tablespoons Virgin Olive Oil

For The Salad:
•10 cups mixed salad greens
•225 grams shredded cooked Boneless Chicken Breast
•2 large eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and chopped
•2 medium tomatoes, diced
•1 large cucumber, seeded and sliced
•1 Indian/Imported avocado, diced
•2 slices cooked Pork Bacon, crumbled
•½ cup crumbled Danish Blue Cheese

Instructions:
1.Whisk vinegar, spring onions, mustard, pepper and salt in a small bowl. Whisk in oil until combined. Place salad greens in a large bowl. Add half of the dressing and toss.
2.Divide the greens among 4 plates. Arrange equal portions of chicken, egg, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, bacon and blue cheese on top of the lettuce. Drizzle the salad with the dressing.

5.An Asparagus Feast / Argula Egg And Asparagus Salad


This arugula, egg and charred asparagus salad is a delicious way to fill up on your greens. The charred medium stalks of asparagus blend well with the slightly runny yolks. Get some whole milk Greek yogurt to add to your lemony dressing for a mild tang. Spice up with some herbs and you are good to go!

Ingredients:
•4 large eggs, boiled and peeled
•3/4 teaspoon Rock salt
•1/2 teaspoon grounded Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole
•1 tablespoon Virgin Olive Oil
•340 grams medium green asparagus, trimmed
•1/4 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
•1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
•1 tablespoon water
•250 grams Exotic Arugula Lettuce

Instructions:
1.Combine some olive oil, salt, pepper and asparagus on a baking sheet and spread on a single layer in the pan. Boil for 3 minutes or until lightly charred. Remove asparagus mixture from pan and cut into 2-inch stalks.
2.Combine some salt, pepper, yogurt, juice, and 1 tablespoon water in a medium bowl, and start stirring. Add arugula and toss. Arrange arugula mixture on a platter with asparagus mixture and the eggs on top.

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Know your rice



Whether it’s an aroma rich chicken biryani or a Goan fish curry and rice, it’s the one must have staple food in every Indian’s home cooked entrée. But let’s face it, not all of us can gobble up carbs like free candies on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are many more healthy variants of rice out there that we can feast on without feeling guilty. What’s your bowl of rice? Let’s find out!

Black Rice



An odd variant when it comes to rice, black rice is considered a rarity in the food world. It has a deep, dark purplish color due to high levels of Anthocyanin, a very powerful antioxidant. Which is why black rice is revered as an extremely healthy staple food.

It has a subtle, nutty flavor and its texture is akin to white rice. For a pop of colour and flavor in your dishes, go for a black rice bowl or pilaf. Black rice has scores of health benefits and is absolutely heavenly as a pudding. Don’t believe us? Read all about it here.

Brown Rice



Brown rice is considered as a healthier alternative for white rice because it still has its side hull and bran.  The side hull and bran provide an element of natural wholeness to the grain and are enriched with proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium.

With a slightly chewy texture and a nutty flavor, brown rice comes in short and long grained variants and can be substituted for white rice in any dish but you simply must try the brown rice Chinese stir fry or the Mexican brown rice and beans.
We also have a decadent Buddha bowl recipe that’s simply mouth watering. Read the recipe here.

Red Rice



Red rice has a more distinctive nutty taste which makes a red rice pilaf with mushroom, a scrumptious hearty delicacy.

Red rice has a high fibre content and a low glycemic load while the manganese helps your metabolism. So, in all, red rice can make quite a difference in your diet as compared to the polished white version. Or better yet make yourself a healthy bowl of some Chinese red rice.

Cooking Ratios



Brown, red, or black rice fairly have the same cooking ratios that is two cups of water for one cup of rice. And one cup of dried rice should yield about three cups of cooked rice or three serving portions.
The cooking time may vary a bit but on a low simmer, brown rice takes about 50 minutes while red and black rice take about 30 minutes to cook.

There’s more to rice than just colour. Indulge in the fluffy home cooked goodness and find your bowl of rice at a Nature’s Basket near you or click on bit.ly/1OBMkoE

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

How To Cook Tender Pork Ribs


When it comes to pork ribs, we like ours to be soft, juicy and oh so, tender. But cooking such slide off the bone, tender pork ribs can be quite a task. Having a hard time hitting that sweet spot where your ribs are succulent and juicy and not dry and chewy? Don’t fret, we have just the thing for you. Read on to learn how to make the perfect barbecued pork ribs.
 
Oven-Baked Goodness



To get those deliciously, mouth-watering tender ribs, you need to cook them slow and steady for a long time. This is because the meat on them is quite tough and takes a long time to break down which is why baking them in the oven is your best bet.  Keep the ribs on a rack above the baking sheet so that the heat circulates evenly through all sides. Time to get ribbed!

Glaze And Rub



This oven-roasting technique can be adapted to any kind of barbecued ribs recipe so you can get that moist, luscious texture right every time. Sprinkle on some mustard paste on them along with your favorite spice rub. To get a hint of that spectacular smoky barbecue flavor, add some smoked paprika to your spice rub.  Paprika your way to barbecued ribs!

Remove The Membrane



Have you ever noticed the thin membrane that coats the rack? If you want to bake the most tender ribs ever that membrane needs to be gone! Slide a knife gently under the membrane and pull it off with your fingers from the bones. Use a kitchen towel to get a hold of it if you find it too slippery. You can even buy spare ribs without the membrane to make your job easier.

Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs Recipe



Make your very own lip smacking pork ribs in a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.

Ingredients:
For The Ribs:
•2 to 2 1/2 pounds of pork ribs
Salt and Healthy Alternatives Organic Whole Black Pepper

For The Barbecue Sauce:
•1 tablespoon of Healthy Alternatives olive oil
•1/4 cup of onion, finely diced
•1/2 teaspoon of ground Healthy Alternatives Organic Cumin Whole
•1/2 cup of ketchup
•1 tablespoon of sriracha extra hot chili sauce
•2 tablespoons of Organic Brown Sugar
•1 tablespoon of Healthy Alternatives Apple Cider Vinegar
•Salt and Healthy Alternatives Organic Whole Black Pepper, to taste
•1 teaspoon of Smoked Paprika

Instructions:
To prepare the ribs:
•Heat the oven to 275 degrees F.
•Season both the sides of the ribs with salt and pepper then place them, meat-side up, into a large roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet.
•Cover tightly with some aluminum foil, and then bake until the meat falls easily off the bones, for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
To make the barbecue sauce:
•While the ribs bake, make the barbecue sauce. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they turn translucent. Add the cumin and stir.
•Next, add the ketchup, the hot chili sauce, the brown sugar, and the apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine, season with some salt, pepper, and smoked paprika and then cook for another 2 minutes.
To Finish:
•Remove the ribs from the oven, discard the aluminum foil and generously brush both the sides with the barbecue sauce.
•Turn the broiler to high and broil the ribs for 3-4 minutes, just until the barbecue sauce begins to caramelize.

There you have it, your very own home-cooked perfectly tender, sweet, and spicy barbecued ribs. Be a pro at ribs and get your ingredients from the nearest Nature’s Basket or click on: bit.ly/1OBMkoE


3 Ways To Enjoy Ham


Every ham lover knows that instant spark of happiness when you cut through a piece of beautifully smoked ham and catch a glimpse of that delicious pink meat on the inside. A ham that’s roasted to perfection, served with some piping hot scalloped potatoes with onion and cheese can make any foodie’s mouth water instantly.

Hungry for some ham? Then we have just the thing for you! Check out these ultimate ham delicacies to be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

1.Ham And Mushroom Quesadillas



Buenos días! Time to wake up and shine. One bite of these cheesy ham and mushroom quesadillas will make your taste buds scream ‘gracias’! Put a Mexican spin on your day by serving these stuffed babies for breakfast with some salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.

Ingredients:

Cooking spray
•1 cup of chopped ham
•2 tablespoons of chopped green chilies
•1 packet of sliced mushrooms
•4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
•1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

•Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the ham, green chilies, and mushrooms; and sauté for 5 minutes. Set them aside and wipe the pan clean.
•Place 1 tortilla in the pan. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of cheese over one half of the tortilla; arrange ½ a cup of the ham mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle over them with 2 tablespoons cheese and fold the tortilla in half. Cook for 1 minute on each side or until the cheese melts. Repeat procedure to make more quesadillas.


2.Ham And Arugula Salad



This fresh, light salad is the perfect meal to devour at lunchtime. Tossed in red wine vinegar, the sweet, tangy oranges balance the salty, crisp ham creating some lip-smacking flavor combinations. The arugula adds a pop of green to this tender, juicy afternoon snack.

Ingredients:
•¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of Healthy Alternatives olive oil
•¼ kg of baked ham, sliced and cut into 2-inch pieces
•1 orange, separated into slices, with its juice
•2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
Sea salt and Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole
•2 bunches of arugula, thick stems removed (about 8 cups)
•1 small onion, thinly sliced

Instructions:
•Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ham and cook until it crisps, for about 5 to 7 minutes.
•In a large bowl, toss the orange segments with the orange juice, vinegar and the remaining oil, with ¾ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Add the arugula, onion, and ham and toss to coat.
 
3.Honey Mustard Glazed Ham



This shiny, crisp-edged ham will make a luscious centerpiece for your dinner table. Serve with a side dish of herb garden potatoes with fresh spinach and lemon and woe your dinner guests with your scrumptious culinary skills.
Be sure to leave just enough fat on the ham to get that perfect balance of sweet, crunchy crust on the outside and soft, juicy meat on the inside.

Instructions:
•1 smoked ham
•1 cup of Healthy Alternatives Floral Blend Honey
•1/4 cup of L’exclusif whole-grain mustard
•1/4 cup of brown sugar
•4 tablespoons of unsalted butter

Instructions:
•Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the lower third section. Trim away any excess fat from the ham, leaving about a 1/4-inch layer of fat all over. Set the ham aside to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
•Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the ham on the baking sheet and cover it with a piece of parchment paper. Tightly cover the ham and parchment paper with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
•Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the brown sugar has completely dissolved, for about 3 minutes. Set aside and let cool to lukewarm temperature.
•When the ham is ready, remove it from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425°F. Discard the foil and parchment paper and, using a sharp knife, carve a 1-inch-wide diamond pattern (don’t cut more than 1/4-inch-deep) over the entire ham.
•Brush the ham with a quarter of the glaze (about a generous 1/3 cup), return it to the oven, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush with another quarter of the glaze, and repeat every 15 minutes until all the glaze has been used and a dark golden-brown crust has formed, about 55 to 60 minutes total. Let the ham rest 20 to 30 minutes before slicing.

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Add some veggies to your ham mania for a rich, wholesome meal. Check out these 5 DIY Healthy Salads You Must Try

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

All About The Tea Cleanse

We all know the struggle when we get out of bed, bleary-eyed, and immediately reach out for our daily dose of caffeine to kick-start the day. But your morning cup of tea is good for more than just jolting you awake from a half-asleep daze.


Certain teas have high amounts of antioxidant cleansing powders that help flush out toxins, aid digestion and keep you hydrated as well. Put a healthy spin on your lifestyle with a DIY cleanse by sipping on aroma-rich and flavorful teas throughout the day and by indulging in a nutrient-rich diet and regular exercise. So without further ado, let’s find your cup of tea.

Japanese Matcha Tea



We all know how effective and beneficial green tea can be. But did you know that drinking just one cup of matcha tea is equal to drinking ten cups of green tea? Now, that’s what we call a nutritional overload! This famous beverage from Japan can help prevent heart disease, cancer and burn fat, too. It’s time to matcha your way to health!
Traditionally, matcha tea is made in a tea bowl using a bamboo whisk. Sift one or two teaspoons of matcha in the bowl, add hot water and whisk vigorously in a zigzag motion until the tea is frothy. And there you have it, enjoy your cup of matcha tea straight from the bowl.

Fenugreek Tea



For all the tea-lovers out there who are burdened down by bloating or indigestion, your knight in a cup and saucer is here! Fenugreek tea can help you keep these irritable problems at bay and also reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and support your livers ability to flush out toxins.
Keep in mind, that fenugreek tea is also a powerful laxative, so you don’t want to go overboard on this tea. To make a rich cup of fenugreek tea, lightly crush the seeds and add to a pot of boiling water while making black tea.

Cilantro Tea



This herb is not just for garnishing or whipping up a fresh salad dressing or guacamole. Cilantro is rich in phytonutrients, flavonoids as well as active phenolic compounds. The linoleic acid and cineole found in this fresh green herb contain powerful anti-arthritic and antirheumatic compounds. It also helps to remove heavy metals from your body. Just another reason to get your dose of caffeine with a cilantro twist!
To make a cup of steaming hot cilantro tea, fill a tea infuser with fresh chopped cilantro leaves and place it in a teacup. Next, add boiling water and steep for 5-10 minutes. Add honey or sugar to sweeten the tea. For a flavorful twist, try adding some mint leaves or orange peels to the tea infuser.

Ginger Tea



An existing staple in loads of Indian tea concoctions, ginger is one of the world’s best detoxifying herbs and a superior cleansing root that stimulates digestion and improves circulation. Ginger can be a bit too strong for your taste buds but is quite gentle on your body, so you can sip several cups of ginger tea in a day.

For a delicious blend of ginger in your tea, add some grated ginger stalks to a pot of boiling water and make your tea as usual.

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