Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Summer Dips

Your evening soiree or game night munchies are empty without a dip. These easy to make dips are a must try and will definitely hit your taste buds. Fries, chips, crackers, bread sticks, whatever it may be, these dips will go with it. When in doubt, these also make for quick and easy to serve with appetizers at your next party.

Cilantro Dip

Herbs are a great way to add a ton of flavor along with healthy Greek yogurt and no added calories. Cilantro, which you are sure to find in your home is a great source of iron, manganese, and magnesium. It’s also rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Enjoy this with a wide range of crackers, chips, or fries with your weekend evening drink.
Tip: It compliments well with rice crackers.




Ingredients:
•2 jalapenos, chopped
•1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
•1 cup Healthy Alternatives Greek yogurt
•2 cloves garlic chopped
•Juice of 1 lemon
•Pinch of salt and pepper

Instruction:
•Put Jalapenos, Cilantro, Greek yogurt, garlic and lime juice in a blender.
•Blend until smooth.
•Pour the dip into a bowl.
•Add salt and pepper as per taste.
•Garnish with cilantro leaves.



White Bean Dip

White bean dip makes an excellent accompaniment for your pita chips, crackers or vegetable sticks. The recipe is as easy as opening a jar.



 Ingredients:
•2 cups white beans, drained and rinsed
•2 cloves garlic
•2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
•1/3 cup olive oil
•1/4 cup parsley leaves
•Pinch of salt and pepper

Instruction:
•Place the beans, garlic, lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, and parsley in the blender.
•Blend until the mixture is coarsely chopped.
•Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
•Transfer the bean dip to a bowl.

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Very Berry Frozen Yogurt

A healthy substitute to your regular frozen desserts such as ice cream; these frozen treats make for delicious snacks all summer long. Yogurt has numerous health benefits as it’s packed with calcium as well as being a great source of high-quality protein and probiotics. Add a punch of fruits to the mix to make these treats tastier and healthier than ever. Try these simple yogurt based recipes at home for a refreshing twist to your summer desserts.

Strawberry Yogurt Bark

Enjoy this flavorful yogurt bark this summer, which perfectly balances the right mix of crisp, creamy and sweet. We have used fresh strawberries and chocolate chips in this recipe but you can make your own with your favorite flavours.

 

Ingredients:
•2 cups Healthy Alternatives Greek yogurt
•1/2 cup fresh strawberries, halved
•1/3 cup L'exclusif chocolate chips
•3 tablespoons Healthy Alternatives honey
•1 teaspoon vanilla syrup
•Pinch of salt

Instruction:
•Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
•Using a rubber spatula, mix yogurt, honey, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl until smooth.
•Pour into the center of prepared sheet and spread to 1/4" thick.
•Top with raspberries and chocolate chips.
•Freeze until completely firm, about 4 hours.
•Break into pieces to serve.

Chocoberry Frozen Yogurt

The flavourful blueberry, combined with smooth yogurt is a go to dessert on a sunny afternoon. This easy to make fro-yo is delicious and a healthy alternative to regular ice-cream.  What’s more, it’s loaded with the goodness of blueberries, which are great antioxidants.

 

Ingredients:
•3 cups diced blueberries
•1 1/2 cups Epigamia Greek yogurt
•2 Tbsp lemon juice
•1/2 cup sugar
•1/4 cup milk
•1/8 cup chocolate shavings

Instruction:
•Place the diced blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer.
•Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
•While the mixture is heating, mash up the berries.
•When all the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
•Place contents in a blender and blend until smooth.
•Mix blueberry puree, milk, chocolate shavings and yogurt together in a bowl.
•Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
•The longer the mixture chills the better (can chill overnight).

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Beat the heat the mango way



Mangoes are one of the most popular fruits in the World! They are rich in pre-biotic dietary fibers, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds and best of all they boost the immune system. These mouthwatering recipes will hit your taste buds this summer. Celebrate the King of Fruits, Mangoes!

MANGO PANNA COTTA

The luscious tropical flavor of ripe mangoes pairs beautifully with soft and creamy Panna Cotta.



Ingredients:
Mango puree - 1 1/2 cups
Fresh cream - 1 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Full fat milk - 3/4 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Agar agar - 2 tsps
Lemon juice - 1 tsp

Instructions:
•To prepare mango coulis. In a small vessel, add the mango puree, sugar, cardamom powder and simmer for 2 minutes.
•Turn off flame, add lemon juice and mix. Allow to cool.
•Lightly grease the insides of the bowls you are going to serve the panna cotta.
•Divide the mango coulis among the dessert bowls and cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour or two.
•In a small bowl, soak agar agar powder in hot water and keep aside for a few minutes.
•In a stainless-steel vessel, add whole milk and fresh cream and bring them to a boil on low flame.
•Add sugar and simmer till the sugar dissolves. Stir occasionally. Turn off flame.
•While the sugar is dissolving in the milk mixture, prepare the agar agar mixture.
•Place the small bowl on low flame and stir continuously till the agar agar melts and becomes a clear mixture with no lumps. Remove from heat.
•Test the milk mixture with your fingers to see if there is any undissolved sugar.
•The sugar must be completely dissolved and blended well with agar agar. Place this over an ice bath (bowl of ice water) and whisk well till luke warm.
•Add the cooled agar agar mixture, vanilla essence and cardamom powder to the milk mixture and mix well till it is well blended.
•Remove the cling wrap from the refrigerated dessert bowls with mango coulis and divide the milk-agar agar mixture among them.
•Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
•At the time of serving, remove the cling wrap, garnish with few mango cubes.

MANGO KULFI

Summer’s rising temperatures call for a dessert that cool you down. What is better than a mango Kulfi after a long and sultry day. This delicious dessert can be easily made with just 5 simple ingredients.



Ingredients:
Fresh ripe mango puree - 3/4 cup
Fresh cream - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Condensed milk - 1 can (400 grams)
Pistachios or almonds - fistful, finely chopped

Instructions:
•Place chilled cream in a bowl and beat for 4 minutes. Place in fridge till use.
•In a bowl, add condensed milk, mango puree and cardamom powder and beat for 2 minutes till well combined.
•Add the beaten chilled cream and mix well till combined.
•Fold in the nuts and pour the mixture into kulfi molds till 3/4th full.
•Seal the molds and freeze for at least 5-6 hours.
•At the time of serving, place molds under tap water for a few seconds so that it releases easily from the mold.
•Insert sticks into each kulfi and serve.

MANGO RAITA

One would definitely like the texture of mangoes blending with the velvety smooth texture of the beaten yogurt or curd. Fresh mint adds a fragrant and colorful touch to this fruity raita.



Ingredients:
Mango - 1, large, peeled and chopped into small pieces
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Black salt - large pinch
Yogurt - 1 1/4 cups
Roasted cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Chaat masala - large pinch
Mint leaves
Salt to taste

Instructions:
•In a bowl, add the fresh and thick curd and beat till smooth.
•Add 1/4 cup water and salt and mix well with a whisk.
•Add the chopped ripe sweet mango pieces and mix well.
•Sprinkle roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, chaat masala, and black salt over the raita.
•Garnish with fresh mint or coriander leaves. Chill until serving time.

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Turmeric; The spice you need

Turmeric, known as the golden spice of India is widely recognized around the globe for its medicinal values. It is a known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic agent. It prevents Cancer, stops the growth of existing prostate cancer, and even destroys cancer cells. It helps in controlling Diabetes, Reduces Cholesterol Level, heals wounds and boosts immunity.

Turmeric Latte



Give yourself a metabolic charge every morning with this Turmeric Latte. A Healthy Alternative to your regular latte.

Ingredients:
•1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
•1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
•1 cup milk
•1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
•1 teaspoon of honey
•1 teaspoon of coconut oil
•1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

Instruction:
•Pour milk into a boiling vessel.
•Add turmeric, cardamom powder, honey, coconut oil, ginger powder and black pepper
•Stir well until everything dissolves.
•Pour it into a glass and serve.

The immense health benefits of turmeric make it a must in your daily diet. Here are a few unique ways to incorporate it in your meals.

Turmeric Dressing



Use it as a unique dressing to enhance the flavor of your bowl of salad. Get your immunity boost while enjoying  crunchy meal.

Ingredients:
•1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
•1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
•1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
•2 teaspoons of honey
•1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
•1/4 cup virgin olive oil
•1 teaspoon of dried dill weed
•3 tablespoons of vinegar

Instruction:
•Put all ingredients, as listed into a glass jar or shaker bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well!
•Pour and toss over your favorite salad greens.

Turmeric Scrambled Eggs



Turmeric + Eggs + Olive Oil + Kale = your meal cant get any more nutritious than this.  Prepare this quick to cook Turmeric Scrambled eggs and enjoy a power packed meal.

Ingredients:
•2 eggs
•1.5 teaspoon turmeric
•1 Tablespoon HA Olive Oil
•1 cup chopped kale
•1 teaspoon garlic powder
•Salt and Pepper

Instruction:
•Heat the Olive Oil in a pan. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs.
•Add the spices and heat until fragrant.
•Add the chopped kale to the Olive Oil and cook until slightly wilted. Add the whisked eggs. Mix all kale, eggs, and spices together and cook until eggs are of right consistency for eating.

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Crunchy kale salad

Enjoy the crunchiness of Kale with the sweetness of Mango. Combined with fresh coconut and you have a power packed bowl of salad. This healthy alternative of leafy greens with the tropical fruit compliment each other as a light yet nutrient rich meal. Enjoy your hot summer days with this easy to make, delicious salad.



Ingredients
•1 tablespoon HA olive oil
•2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
•1 teaspoon HA floral blend natural honey
•1/2 teaspoon pepper
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•6 cups chopped stemmed curly kale
•1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
•1/4 cup toasted unsweetened flaked coconut
•1 ripe mango, peeled and diced

Instruction
•Combine olive oil, lime juice, honey, pepper, and salt in a large jar, stir it well.
•In a large bowl add kale, avocado, coconut, and mango.
•Pour the dressing into the bowl and mix it well

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

DIY Easter eggs

This Easter we hope your Easter basket is full of joy, happiness and a lot of pretty Easter eggs. Make some of the prettiest eggs with easily ingredients around the kitchen. Here are some DIY tricks we have up our sleeves.

Marble eggs



All you need for this is whipped cream, food colours of your choice, white vinegar and hard boiled eggs waiting to be marbelled. Thaw the whipped cream in a baking dish and swirl the colors using a toothpick or a knife. Soak the hard boiled eggs in vinegar for 10 minutes, this allows the eggs to absorb the colour. Remove the eggs from vinegar and pat them dry. Then cover them in the coloured cream mixture and let it sit for atleast 15-20 minutes. Remove the excess by gently placing the eggs in a bowl of water. Pat dry and allow to dry completely. And tadaaa! It’s ready.

Matte and shiney eggs



While matte eggs can be made simply by colouring them with acrylic paints and letting them dry, to make shiny and glossy eggs all you need to do is rub bacon fat or little vegetable oil on them once they are dry.

Pastel eggs



Bring out your favourite colour pots and paint your favourite patterns. If you would like to go the natural way, use spices or vegetable dyes for an organic feel. For example to get a natural yellow dye, boil water with distilled white vinegar and turmeric. Add the eggs in this and let them steep for atleast 30 minutes and upto 3 hours as per the desired intensity of the colour. Swap the turmeric for red cabbage to get a blue/purple dye.

Laced up eggs



Decorate your Easter eggs with your favourite fabric hues. Use old ties, scarves or even lacey border and make your masterpiece just with a little help of Fabric glue. Rest the eggs against a pin board that will help them dry perfectly.

Enjoy your Easter. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Summer Soiree Mocktails

Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to throw your very own summer soiree. And what is a summer soiree without the perfect summer drinks? Prepare these tasty, refreshing and fun drinks for your family using a handful of magical ingredients.

Melon Ball Punch



If there is another name for this, it would definitely be “Bottled up summer”. This mocktail brings together juicy melon balls with the punch of tart lime slices and the freshness of mint leaves. These fresh ingredients infuse their flavours very quickly elevating the flavour of the drink.  

Ingredients:
•500 ml Sparkling white grape juice
•1.5 cups clear lemon flavoured soda
•1 cup lemonade
•1 small watermelon
•1 small muskmelon
•1 small honeydew melon
•Fresh mint leaves
•2 limes, sliced

Method:
  • In a pitcher stir lemonade, grape juice and soda together and chill in the refrigerator.
  • Using a melon baller, scoop out the fleshy melons and place on foil and freeze for 3-4 hours.
  • Once frozen, add the melon balls to the pitcher along with mint leaves and lime. Stir the mixture and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This would allow the flavours to infuse.
  • Add frozen melon balls as ice cubes and serve.
Kiwi Blueberry Mojito



Why serve your guests the same old colas on your summer soirees when you can hit them up with the freshest of the season. Kiwi blueberry mojito is an unusual twist to your classic mojito that is sure to elevate the mood of your summer parties.

Ingredients:
•6 kiwis, peeled and cut in pieces; 4 kiwis for garnishing
•150 gms blueberries, to be crushed; 150 gms blueberries for garnishing
•¼ cup fresh lime juice 
•½ cup sugar
•100 gms mint leaves
•3 ½  cups of sparkling water
•Ice as needed

Method:
  • Pulse the kiwis in a puree with lime juice and sugar. Combine the puree with sparkling water to get a smooth puree.
  • Crush the blueberries gently using a muddler. 
  • Rub lemon on the rim of the glasses to moisten them and then cover them with blue green sugar/sprinkles. 
  • Pour the kiwi puree in a pitcher, add a layer of ice, a handful of mint leaves and kiwi slices. Add another layer of ice and then top with crushed blueberries and mint leaves. Pour in sparkling water and gently stir and serve.

You can make the drink in individual glasses or mason jars too. 

Drink Pink Mocktail



Enjoy the warm days with a cool drink to sip on. This pink drink, perfect for a sundowner is very easy to make. You can stir up this drink in minutes and its attractive colour is sure to have the glasses raised. 

Ingredients:
•300 gms fresh raspberries
•1 cup fresh lemon juice, chilled
•1/2 cup cold water
•1/2 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)
•1/2 cup honey HA honey
•1 liter sparkling water or club soda, chilled
•Fresh mint and ice, for serving

Method:
  • In a food processor, puree the raspberries. Strain the puree through a fine mesh into a bowl.
  • In a pitcher dissolve the sugar in water. Add honey and stir thoroughly. Pour in the raspberry mixture and add the lemon juice and stir again. 
  • Add the soda, stir and serve chilled over ice and mint.

5 Ingredient mango lemonade



With the sun shining bright in the sky, prepare this sun-kissed drink with the king of fruits for your guests in summer dresses and aviators. This delicious drink can be made with just 5 ingredients. All that you will need is mentioned below.

Ingredients:
•2 cups/ 500 ml Mango pulp made with Alphonso mangoes 
•½ cup sugar
•¾ cup of water
•1 large lemon
•Mint leaves

Method:
  • Add sugar to the water over medium heat and stir until completely dissolved. Once done, allow it to cool.
  • Combine the mango pulp with the lemon juice and 3/4th of the sugar syrup. If you would like it sweeter, add more sugar. 
  • Load the glasses with ice, and pour the chilled mango lemonade on them. Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled. 
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