Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Greek yogurt Cake recipe

INGREDIENTS
•12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
•2 cups all-purpose flour
•2 teaspoons baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
•3 large eggs, room temperature
•1 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
•1 cup granulated organic brown sugar
•1/4 cup Healthy Alternative honey
•Orange supremes, for garnish
•Toasted walnuts, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in middle position. Butter and flour a 9-by-3-inch spring form pan.
2.In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, stir together yogurt and honey.
3.In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract.
4.Alternately add flour mixture and yogurt to stand mixer bowl in three additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
5.Transfer batter to prepared pan, smooth top, and bake until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
6.Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer cake to wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve with orange supremes and walnuts.

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Buck up your health with Buckwheat

Buckwheat may be one of the healthiest foods that you are currently not eating and are completely unaware of. It’s name may suggest that it is a type of cereal similar to wheat, but Buckwheat has no connection with wheat whatsoever! Buckwheat is a powerhouse of nutrients, with a high content of fiber and protein, and significant amounts of iron and magnesium.
Apart from having numerous health benefits, it is really tasty and also easy to prepare.
Here are some facts about Buckwheat-
1)Buckwheat is not a grain.
  Buckwheat is a fruit seed that is closely related to rhubarb and sorrel.

2)Buckwheat is gluten free.

3)Buckwheat is high in nutrients and can be helpful in weight loss as it has fewer calories in comparison to wheat or barley. It is free of saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in dietary fiber and protein.

  Health Benefits of Buckwheat –
1)Diets containing Buckwheat lower the chances of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
2)It helps in controlling blood sugar and therefore lowers the risk of diabetes.
3)It helps in controlling blood pressure and therefore lowers the chance of Heart attacks.


Tips for preparing and cooking-
Buckwheat is very easy to prepare and cook. Like all other grains , buckwheat should be rinsed thoroughly under running water for the removal of any dirt or debris.  After rinsing, add two parts bowling water to one part of buckwheat. Heat the water till it comes to a boil. Turn down the heat and cover for 30mins .





Buckwheat Pancake Recipe


Ingredients:
1 cup Healthy Alternatives buckwheat flour
Healthy Alternatives cinnamon and clove honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:
1.Whisk the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract together in a bowl.
2.In a another bowl, add Healthy Alternatives buckwheat flour, baking soda, sugar, salt, and baking powder; mix them well.
3.Blend both the batters together to form a smooth and thick texture. Keep it aside for a few minutes until you see no bubbles in the pancake batter.
4.Add some butter on a frying pan and pour a spoonful of the pancake batter. Cook it on medium heat until small bubbles appear and then flip to cook the other side.
5.Transfer it on a plate and cook the remaining batter. Serve it with cinnamon and clove honey. Eat Healthy!

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Chinese Red Rice

Red Rice is that hidden secret the southern states have been keeping from us all! It is not only a better source of fiber compared to brown rice, it also has 10 times the antioxidants of brown rice. For beginners, red rice has a nutty flavor and takes a little bit longer to cook compared to brown rice. In addition, it has the ability to control hunger due its rich fiber content. Combine this super food with your everyday meals and keep the dietitians away!



Ingredients:
1/2 cup Peas
1/2 cup chopped Carrots
1/2 cup Bell Pepper cut into slivers
1/2 cup Red Cabbage shredded
2Tbsp Soya Sauce
1 Tsp minced Garlic
2 Eggs
1 cup Cooked Healthy Alternatives Red Rice
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Healthy Alternatives olive Oil
Chopped spring onions to garnish


Directions:
1.  Crack the eggs into a bowl with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Heat a frying pan with Healthy Alternatives oil and fry the egg. Cut the omelette into small pieces and keep it aside in a bowl.
2.Take another pan and sauté garlic in some Healthy Alternatives oil. Add green peas, carrots, bell peppers, and red cabbage and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add soya sauce to the pan and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
4. Add cooked red rice and mix it well. Serve it in a bowl.
5. Layer the rice bowl with the omelette pieces and some spring onions. Eat Healthy!



With this fun recipe, welcome Red Rice to your family and induce a lifestyle of healthy eating. Be a know-it-all when it comes to food and learn with us some interesting benefits that’ll encourage you to make red your colour.

Benefits of Red Rice
1. High in Antioxidants
Red Rice is a great source of essential nutrients like manganese, molybdenum, and iron. It is also a natural provider of zinc, a mineral that helps to accelerate healing.

2. Prevents Heart Diseases
Red Rice helps to reduce plaque formation in the walls of the arteries. In addition, it lowers the LDL cholesterol level in the blood, reducing the risk of heart disease.

3. Controls Blood Sugar Levels
The fiber content helps to control blood glucose levels and regulate weight as a little quantity of red rice makes you feel full. Also, it helps to maintain bowel health.

4. Reduces Allergy
Since red rice is a rich source of magnesium, it is great for allergy and asthma patients. It is also known to counter the allergy-inducing effect of histamine.

5. Improves Bone Health
As we mentioned earlier, red rice is a superb source of iron and magnesium. With 11% iron, it helps to build healthy bones reducing the risk of joint problems.

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Gluten - Free Jowar Biscuits

Jowar (Sorghum) is one of the five top cereal crops in the world, along with wheat, oats, corn and barley. The humble ancient grain, Jowar, comes loaded with nutrients compared to rice and wheat. It is a great source of iron, protein, and fiber and contains essential antioxidants that work towards lowering cholesterol levels and keeping other cardiac diseases at bay. The next good thing about this super grain is that it is gluten-free and weight loss friendly. Bring a healthy spin to your snack options and try our delightful gluten-free jowar cookie. You may also use jowar flour to make breads, pancakes, rotis and pizza crusts. Experiment with jowar flour and start creating your own stellar dishes.




Ingredients:
1 cup Healthy Alternatives Jowar Flour
2-3 tbsp of milk or as needed
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
A pinch of salt

Instructions:
1.Preheat the oven to 180 degree C, lay the peanuts on a baking tray and
bake them for 8 – 9 minutes. After they are well done and have cooled down, remove the skin of the peanuts by rubbing them against your palm. Roughly grind the peanuts and set aside.
2.In a bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder and salt together and set aside.
3.Take another bowl to combine the softened butter and sugar.  Beat it until it’s light and fluffy.
4.Add the mixed flour to the butter mixture and combine it with some milk to form a soft dough.
5.Make round shaped balls from the dough and place them on a baking tray. Flatten them from one side and set them to bake for 15-18 minutes.
6.Let the cookies cool down before removing them off the tray and preferably store them in an airtight container.

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Quinoa Pizza Crust Recipe

Have you ever heard of pizza being healthy? That’s right, a Quinoa crust one can boost your energy and health in no time! Quinoa is such a versatile super food, if you love thin crust pizza, you will surely become a fan of this quinoa crust recipe –a vegan, gluten-free, guilt-free substitute to your dominos inspired pizza crust. It is a delicious and nutritious meal option for your family, so layer it on with your favourite toppings and have a fabulous pizza night! Just mix, pour and bake!


Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and soaked for at least 6-8 hours
1 tablespoon Healthy Alternatives oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup water

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 200 C.
2. Rinse the sprouted quinoa. In a food processor, add; ¼ cup of water, baking powder, and salt. Blend it well to form a smooth texture.
3. Use a parchment paper on a flat pan and brush it with some Healthy Alternatives oil, pour the batter onto the pan. To make it smooth use a spatula.
4. Bake it for about 15 minutes and then flip the crust. Continue to bake for another 5 minutes.
5. Your gluten-free crust is now ready! Add your favourite sauce and toppings, and bake it for 10 minutes or until it’s well done. Slice & Serve!


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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Quinoa Salad Recipe

Looking for healthy yet tasty options for lunch? Like every other person, we consume a significant part of our morning deciding what to cook. Ode to all mothers everywhere! But with this simple way out, you never have to procrastinate about lunch anymore! Quinoa is one of our favourite superfoods, it is a great source of protein, fiber, iron, and other essential antioxidants. Infuse this superfood in your everyday meals and see the difference! Try this bright and colourful Quinoa salad recipe and we’re sure that you’ll love it as much as we do! If you’re not vegan, increase  your protein intake by adding chunks of chicken or prawns. Yum!



Ingredients:
Healthy Alternatives Quinoa Seeds
1 bowl Parsley finely chopped
1 bowl Mint leaves finely chopped
1 bowl Spring onions finely chopped
1 bowl Julienne Carrots
1 bowl Pomegranate
4 tbsp Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil
2 tbsp Vinegar
1 tbsp Honey
Rock Salt to taste
Black Pepper
Salad herbs
Healthy Alternatives Roasted Flax seeds for garnish

Directions: 
1.Bring water to boil in a pot and add the Quinoa seeds. Cook for 15 minutes.
2.In a fresh bowl, add curly parsley, mint leaves, spring onions, carrots and pomegranate; mix them well.
3.Dressing: In another bowl, add olive oil, vinegar, honey, rock salt, pepper, and salad herbs; mix well to combine.
4.Add the cooked quinoa and dressing to the veggies bowl and mix them well to combine
5.The final step is to garnish the salad with some Healthy Alternatives roasted flax seeds. Easy-peasy!


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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

3 Menu Ideas For A Lunch Party

Diwali has ended and the party season has officially begun. Whether you are hosting a themed luncheon or just a casual get-together, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your party spread. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes.

1. Greek Salad on Sticks

Not everyone has the time to go big on appetizers when you could just lay out a bag of chips, but starting off with a wow-appetizer is easier than you think. Also, you want to make sure your meal is balanced, healthy and delectable. Greek Salad Skewers is our fail-safe option, perfect to start your lunch soirée. Set out the plates and napkins, and, no one will be asking where the cheese and crackers are.


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Ingredients:
8 grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 Fresh cucumber, cut into slices
4 ounces Feta cheese, cut cubes
Freshly ground black pepper
8 pitted olives
2 T extra virgin olive oil
And some toothpicks

Directions
1.Cut the cucumber slices into quarters
2.Thread each toothpick with a tomato, olives, feta, and then the cucumber piece
3.Place the skewers on a serving plate and drizzle the assembled skewers with the olive oil
4.Sprinkle the pepper over the appetizers and start the binge eating!

2. DIY Avocado Bar

Running late on time and ideas? Lay out a platter of seasoned, lime-doused avocado halves and bowls of toppings, and let your guests do the assembling. It’s the new taco bar!



Ingredients:
1 large tomato, diced
2 tablespoons Healthy Alternatives oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 avocados, chilled
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1can sweet corn, drained and rinsed
4 limes
Salt to taste

Directions:
1.Heat oil in a small saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cumin, and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
2.Place beans in a bowl. Pour oil over beans, stir well and season with some salt.
3.Stir together tomato, cilantro, onion, and juice of 1 lime. Season salsa with salt, and transfer to a serving bowl. Place cheese in a small serving bowl.
4.Just before serving, cut avocados in half, remove pits and squeeze remaining limes over flesh. Season with salt, and arrange on a platter. Serve with beans, salsa, and cheese.

3.Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

Don’t you love super desserts that make your life easier? This super dessert will just do the part.  Just assort some strawberries, whipped cream, and cake on a stick. No drippy mess as you serve and a novel presentation to a simple dessert. Your guest won’t just stop at one!


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Ingredients:
Biscuit Rounds:
1 can of cookie dough
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
Sugar for sprinkling
20 large strawberries, 2 slices per strawberry Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
½ jar marshmallow fluff
3 tbsp sugar

Directions:
1.For the cream, blend heavy cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Put in marshmallow fluff and blend till it’s done (Tip: Use a mixer with a whisk)
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll the cookie dough on a slightly floured surface and cut 1½ inch mini sized circles
3.Place the circles on a cookie sheet and brush them with whisked egg white and water.
4.Sprinkle some sugar before you put them in the oven and bake until golden brown.
5.Until then, cut the strawberries in ½ inch slices. Now all you have to do is wait till the biscuit rounds have cooled down.
6.The final step is to assemble these yummy treats on a skewer and you’re done!

Tip:  Assemble the biscuit rounds on top and bottom.


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