Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Sweet taste of bread

Bread is a must. Plain or accompanied by butter or slathered with a healthy dose of Nutella, there’s no way it can go wrong. Perhaps the only way to make it better is to watch it transform into mouthwatering, gourmet desserts from around the world. From the Shahi Tukda of India to a fragrant, homemade French toast, these are all must have bread desserts!

Shahi Tukda from India:

Shahi Tukda


Equal amounts of fried bread slices soaked in piping hot milk and love lead to the embodiment of this delicacy that has its roots buried in Mughlai Cuisine. Coming from Hyderabad slices of thick bread are fried and soaked in hot milk, garnished with spices and condiments like saffron and cardamom.
Grab yourself some milk, cardamom, rose water, saffron, sugar and whisk them all together, upon a light flame. Let it thicken whilst you soak thick slices of bread in sugar and water. Fry the slices of bread in wholesome desi ghee, and lay them out, pouring the thickened mixture on them. Garnish with chopped dry fruits and some saffron.

French Toast from the land of love:

French Toast


Other than major accent envy, the French give us happiness in the form of a sweet, flavorful toast, typically consumed for breakfast. If like us, you’re dazzled by the crunch of the toast, the glistening of the butter and the slightly spicy cinnamon, feel free to have it for any meal of the day. Slices of bread are soaked or dipped in a mixture of beaten eggs, often with milk or cream. Sometimes sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla are added to the mixture. The slices of egg-coated bread are then fried on both sides until they are browned and cooked through. Day-old bread is often recommended by chefs because the stale bread will soak up more egg mixture without falling apart.

Capirotada from Mexico:

Capirotada


Usually served during the Lenten period, this variation for bread pudding is an ode to the Passion of Christ. The dish comprises of toasted bread or “Bolillo” that is soaked and mashed in a syrup of cane sugar, cloves, cinnamon, nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Hungry? Ciabatta make this for yourself!
You’ll need a loaf of our white bread, butter, raisins, pineapple chunks, cheese, walnuts, cinnamon sticks, white sugar, and water.
Combine water, cinnamon, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Toast bread and butter each slice on one side. Arrange toast in a single layer in a large casserole dish. Sprinkle bread with raisins, nuts, and pineapple. Slice cheese and place over this mixture. Pour the cinnamon syrup mixture over everything in baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for at least 15 minutes.

Sweet Bruschetta from Italy:

Sweet Bruschetta


A fun twist on the classic Italian appetizer, Sweet Bruschetta is an interesting twist to the usual savory version we have all had. As ironic as it is, this one comprises of sweet French bread, that’s been cut into thick slices and lightly baked. With a carpet of butter covering each slice, icing sugar is generously dusted on. You can choose to add in some berries and slivered almonds and chocolate spread or shredded cheese. Fall for this and you can kiss your diet goodbye!

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Cold Pressed Oils

Oils are a good source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which help to maintain good cholesterol levels. There are different methods of extracting oil from ingredients of which the cold pressed process has seen more traction in recent years. In this process, although there is heat produced through friction, the oils seeds are not precooked and consequently, the oil is considered cold pressed which helps retain the nutrients. In contrast to large-scale extraction and refining operations which strip the oil of natural antioxidants, vitamins, and flavour.
Start your day with a tablespoon of cold pressed coconut oil and kick start your metabolism and let this good fat help combat any unwanted fat you may have! Who knew fat would make you skinny!

Healthy cooking oil


What Are Hot Pressed Oil and Cold Pressed Oil?
In our daily life, the most common edible oil we use is hot pressed oil. But in recent years, cold pressed oil has become more popular.
Just as the name implies, the cold pressing means pressing under low temperature, the oil seeds can be pressed without roasting. While hot pressing is pressing under high temperature, the oil seeds are pressed after roasting.

Why Cold Pressed Oil?
Cold pressed oils retain all their flavour, aroma, and nutritional value, making these oils great for cooking and skin care requirements. They contain zero grams of Trans fatty acids and are naturally cholesterol-free.

Cold pressed oil


Cold Pressed Oils will provide a vital contribution to your healthier life:
●They are cholesterol free
●They are not refined, deodorized, or processed in any way
●They do not contain harmful solvent residues
●Cold Pressed Oils contain no added chemicals or preservatives
●They contain natural antioxidants such as tocopherols (e.g. Vitamin E) and phosphatides (e.g. Lecithin)
●The natural flavour and odour is retained, enhancing your favourite recipes
●They retain healthy anti-oxidants that are otherwise destroyed by heat. These anti-oxidants fight harmful free radicals and prevent the growth of tumours.


Coconut Oil: Cold pressed coconut oil, despite its bad reputation, contains lauric acid, which fights against harmful pathogens. Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders.

Peanut Oil: Unrefined peanut oil has a higher smoke point than most unrefined oils and great flavour. Use it to make some scrumptious popcorn. Use semi-refined or refined peanut oil for deep-frying or stir-frying, but sparingly. Peanut oil has a fairly high percentage of mono-unsaturated fats.

Sesame Oil: The toasted type is strongly flavoured and goes rancid very quickly, so keep in the refrigerator. Regular sesame oil is healthy and has a medium-high smoke point, making it a good bet for stir-frying.

Walnut Oil: Delicate, tasty, nutritious, and very perishable. Store in the refrigerator and use for salads, not cooking.

Safflower or Sunflower Oil: According to many people, these are better options than canola for when you want a more neutral tasting oil. They are high in monounsaturated fats and not as highly processed as canola. They’re good all-purpose oils when you don’t want the taste of olive oil.

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Go Gluten Free



What’s better than finishing a piping hot soup and moving on to eat the very bowl it was served in?
What’s better than breaking off pieces of your "bowl" and dipping it into a creamy, cheesy, delicious dip?
Nothing.
We introduce you to Bread Bowls! Bread bowls are perhaps the best thing to happen since sliced bread. You just can’t go wrong with so much deliciousness! Not only are they a wholesome meal but they’re also filling (pun intended) and fun to eat.
Bread bowls can be made either from scratch or by simply hollowing or scooping out a large bun from your loaf. From making a creamy soup to a cheesy dip, bread bowls are perfect for everything and everyone!


Sourdough Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Sourdough Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

To make this thick, cheesy soup you’ll need
•1/2 stick of butter 
•1/2 a chopped onion
•2 cloves garlic
•1 cup of milk and 1 cup of heavy cream
•1/4 cup corn starch
•1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
•1 large carrot
•4 cups broccoli florets
•2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sourdough Bread Bowl

Cook the butter, onion, and garlic on about medium heat until tender. Slowly add the milk and heavy cream. Mix the corn starch with a little bit of water until there are no clumps and add it to the rest. Add the nutmeg and cook on medium low until thickened. Add the carrot and broccoli and simmer until tender. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper and serve in bread bowls.


Bread Bowl Pizza Dip

Bread Bowl Pizza Dip

Pizza dip, covered in cheese, served in an edible bowl. Is your mouth watering already? All you need is:
•8 oz cream cheese
•1 cup mozzarella cheese
•1/2 cup parmesan cheese
•1/2 tbsp dried oregano
•1/2 tbsp dried basil
•1/2 tsp garlic salt
•1/2 cup pizza sauce
•1 cup mini pepperoni

In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, garlic salt, pizza sauce, and mini pepperoni. Pour this mixture into hollowed out bread bowls and top with remaining mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve hot.



Baked Egg in Bread Bowls

Baked Egg in Bread Bowls

To make this brunch recipe you’ll need
•8 eggs
•8 bread rolls
Parmesan cheese
•Mixed herbs (chives, parsley, tarragon)
•Heavy Cream
Salt and pepper

Slice off top of each bread roll and gently remove some bread until there is a hole large enough to accommodate an egg. Keep the tops for later. Crack an egg into each roll, then top with some herbs and a bit of cream. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake until eggs are set and bread is toasted, for about 20 to 25 minutes. After eggs have cooked for 20 minutes, place bread tops on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown. Let sit 5 minutes. Place tops on rolls and serve warm.


Get perfectly baked sourdough breads, small buns and rolls, and all the other ingredients at nature’s basket. Make these yummy bread bowls for all 3 meals! Shop online or find the nearest store on bit.ly/2llpwU0





Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Bring out the bread bowl



What’s better than finishing a piping hot soup and moving on to eat the very bowl it was served in?
What’s better than breaking off pieces of your "bowl" and dipping it into a creamy, cheesy, delicious dip?
Nothing.
We introduce you to Bread Bowls! Bread bowls are perhaps the best thing to happen since sliced bread. You just can’t go wrong with so much deliciousness! Not only are they a wholesome meal but they’re also filling (pun intended) and fun to eat.
Bread bowls can be made either from scratch or by simply hollowing or scooping out a large bun from your loaf. From making a creamy soup to a cheesy dip, bread bowls are perfect for everything and everyone!


Sourdough Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Sourdough Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

To make this thick, cheesy soup you’ll need
•1/2 stick of butter 
•1/2 a chopped onion
•2 cloves garlic
•1 cup of milk and 1 cup of heavy cream
•1/4 cup corn starch
•1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
•1 large carrot
•4 cups broccoli florets
•2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sourdough Bread Bowl

Cook the butter, onion, and garlic on about medium heat until tender. Slowly add the milk and heavy cream. Mix the corn starch with a little bit of water until there are no clumps and add it to the rest. Add the nutmeg and cook on medium low until thickened. Add the carrot and broccoli and simmer until tender. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper and serve in bread bowls.


Bread Bowl Pizza Dip

Bread Bowl Pizza Dip

Pizza dip, covered in cheese, served in an edible bowl. Is your mouth watering already? All you need is:
•8 oz cream cheese
•1 cup mozzarella cheese
•1/2 cup parmesan cheese
•1/2 tbsp dried oregano
•1/2 tbsp dried basil
•1/2 tsp garlic salt
•1/2 cup pizza sauce
•1 cup mini pepperoni

In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, garlic salt, pizza sauce, and mini pepperoni. Pour this mixture into hollowed out bread bowls and top with remaining mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve hot.



Baked Egg in Bread Bowls

 Baked Egg in Bread Bowls

To make this brunch recipe you’ll need
•8 eggs
•8 bread rolls
Parmesan cheese
•Mixed herbs (chives, parsley, tarragon)
•Heavy Cream
Salt and pepper

Slice off top of each bread roll and gently remove some bread until there is a hole large enough to accommodate an egg. Keep the tops for later. Crack an egg into each roll, then top with some herbs and a bit of cream. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake until eggs are set and bread is toasted, for about 20 to 25 minutes. After eggs have cooked for 20 minutes, place bread tops on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown. Let sit 5 minutes. Place tops on rolls and serve warm.


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It’s Getting Toasty



Do you wake up and run to your toaster because you can’t do without your morning toast? You aren’t alone.
Toast is versatile.
Toast is quick.
Toast is delicious.
Toast is easy.

You can make it sweet, spicy, or savory, and we simply can’t think of a better more diverse ingredient that can be combined with so many amazing flavors! If you live for your slice of crunchy, perfectly toasted bread, then read on, because we have a toasty week planned for you!


Motivational Monday

Mango, Lime, and Mozzarella Toast

It’s the start of the week and we need you to stop dreading it. Monday is crucial. It could make your week or break your week. We need it to be perfect. Sweet, sour, and healthy. Our Mango, Lime, and Mozzarella Toast is the perfect blend of healthy and tasty! It’s the juicy, succulent start you need. Toast some of our sourdough bread and top it with fresh mozzarella. Throw on some diced mangos with a few pomegranate seeds. Add the zest of one lime all over and enjoy a sweet, tangy toast.


Tasty Tuesday

sliced avocados on the toast

Fresh into the week, Tuesday needs to be tasty. You have to be empowered enough to make it through the rest of your week. For Tuesday use our gluten free bread, and spread a thick layer of home-made hummus. Arrange sliced avocados on the toast, giving your toast a nice color and a pleasant taste. Drizzle some olive oil and throw on salt and pepper. This avocado treat will make for an energetic start to the day.


Wonderful Wednesday

whole wheat bread with raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries
Wednesday is one of those whimsical days! You need something sweet, something out of the ordinary, something delicious without compromising on your health. For Wednesday, shuffle it up with a slightly sweet breakfast toast. Spread some cream cheese on our toasted whole wheat bread and add a mix of raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Garnish with a basil leaf for a cooling taste. There you have it. Something simple, something scrumptious.


Terrific Thursday

peanut butter, banana and chia seeds toast

It’s almost Friday, but not quite yet! Thursday’s toast must be a good old classic. Something that just can’t go wrong, something comforting, that you can rely on, that warms you up. Go for our white bread, toasted until it’s golden. Add a thick, generous layer of peanut butter, covering the toast completely. Add banana coins with a sprinkle of chia seeds. Here’s your comfort food. Something that’s been tried and tested and only gets better each time. An ode to your childhood.


FriedEgg Friday

sourdough toast with tomato,chickpea and egg

Friday is for the truly exotic. It’s the end of the week. You can kick your shoes off and relax. You can stop hustling and finally relax. For a day this special, the morning must be spectacular. We give you Tomato, Chickpea and Egg toast. Toast a slice of our irresistible sourdough. Mashup some chickpeas with olive oil, butter, salt and pepper and apply a generous layer on the toast. Fry an egg and use the same pan to heat up a few tomato slices. Add the tomato slices and place the fried delicately on top. Yum, it’s FriYAY!


Satisfactory Saturday

yummy healthy breakfast meal

Saturday needs to be healthy so Sunday can be absolutely the opposite. The weekend isn’t an excuse to slack, so our Saturday toast must be nutritious, but tasty too. For a different, unusual toast, take some of our multi-grain bread and toast it until it has the perfect crunch. Lightly sauté some kale and place it on the toast. In a bowl, beat one egg and season to taste. Add oil to frying pan. Pour beaten egg into the pan and let it spread thinly. Lower the heat. Once the omelet is cooked, use a rubber spatula to gently fold the omelet into quarters. Stack the omelet on the kale and generously grate cheddar cheese on top. Enjoy your yummy yet healthy breakfast.


Scrumptious Sunday

cream cheese and mashed berries on toast for the perfect tasty breakfast

The week is ending and it must go out with a bang! Sunday must be perfectly tasty, completely crafted for your Instagram
feed.  Make yourself a delicious unicorn toast. Mix cream cheese and mashed berries in separate bowls, each berry giving the cheesy a distinct color. Spread this on our artisanal toasted bread and garnish with sprinkles, chocolate sauce and anything else you’d like! Sunday is for sugar and spice and all things nice!


Use our perfect ingredients to make your perfect week. Have breakfast like a king! Grab everything you need for the ideal week at your nearest Nature’s Basket store. Shop online or find the nearest store on bit.ly/2llpwU0



Monday, 22 May 2017

Super Powers and Super Powders

In a day and age, where each one of us is always on the move, stopping for no one and nothing, are we any less than super heroes? Doesn’t perpetually being on the run qualify as a super power? Yes, yes it does!

Like superman and wonder woman, you too need your daily fix of these super powders. Here’s a list of four such must haves that, by the end of this article, you’ll be dying to pick up from one of our stores!

super powders

Alfalfa Powder:


Alfalfa  super Powder

















Scientifically called Medicago sativa, Alfalfa means “Father of Foods” and is a powerhouse among sprouts and herbs. It contains a variety of minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, and silicon. A splendid source of Vitamin E, C and K, it can be incorporated into your daily diet seamlessly. The powder can be added to herbal teas, along with red raspberry and peppermint to conjure up a tasty yet healthy drink. Scoops of the powder can be enjoyed in fruit smoothies in summer months, the minty, cool taste repelling the heat.
Alfalfa Powders help eliminate morning sickness, alleviate allergies, cleanse the blood, and support the pituitary gland. In addition to soothing arthritis pains and joint problems, it also acts as a blood detoxifier. The powder mustn’t be used in combination with blood thinning agents or medications as it can interfere or amplify the effects of these.

Wheatgrass Powder:

Wheatgrass Super Powder

Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant called triticum aestivum. This gluten-free edible grass is milled down into a fine green powder that’s used to create a multipurpose product for superheroes like yourselves. Consisting of Iron, Amino Acids and Vitamin C and E, wheatgrass powder only recently made it into the “SuperFood” club. Within antioxidants and electrolytes, it’s the perfect fix for an incredible like yourself. The best way to consume it, is to dissolve a spoonful of the powder in a glass of water and drink up!
The concoction helps oxygenate the body, boosts metabolism, rebuilds damaged tissues and improves nerve signaling and mental well being.

Spirulina Powder:

Spirulina Super Powder

Spirulina is a natural cyanbacteria powder that is incredibly high in protein and a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. When harvested correctly from non-contaminated ponds and bodies of water, it is one of the most potent nutrient sources available. It is largely made up of protein and essential amino acids, and is typically recommended for vegetarians due to its high natural iron content. With a bluish green tinge, it can be incorporated by the pinch in everyday foods, or had as a drink, with the juice of a lemon and water.
It helps flush out toxins from the body, helps to boost the immune system and acts as a natural detox. It also cleans the skin, preventing acne and providing a glow.

Barley Grass Powder:

Barley Grass Super Power Powder

Barley grass refers to the young soft green shoots which crop up on the Barley plant. It is amongst the earliest grown sweet grass in the world and is a multi-nutrient rich super food loaded with vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K. It contains an abundance of electrolytes such as magnesium, phosphorous and potassium along with other essential minerals such as zinc, iron and calcium. Barley grass is also a rich provider of powerful antioxidants and essential amino acids and beneficial enzymes. Slightly bitter, yet cooling, it can be combined with a teaspoon of water to make a thick paste and had as is, or added to lemonade to appeal to your sense of test.

Barley Grass Powder offers protection from radiation and cellular damage, helps fight addiction, and simultaneously helps eliminate accumulated toxins from the body.

Each of these powders can be incorporated into your meals in subtle, seamless ways.

For kids and children, try adding a scoop to pancake batter. Not only will this provide a rich color but will also increase the nutritional value of the sweet delicacy. Used with our organic flour, this can’t go wrong.

For yet another whimsical treat, you can make gummies for when you’re on the go. You’ll need Gelatin, lemon, 2 cups greens juice, and a table spoon or two of your super powder of choice. Mix the gelatin and the lemon juice, and let it sit. Whisk all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not bring it to a boil. Skim any foam from the top, and pour into molds. Let it set and enjoy!

The powders can also be added to your soups for a tasty twist, adding a bitter, cooling flavor.
They can be stirred into salad dressings, poured over kale, spinach and other crunchy veggies. Not only does this taste delicious, it also makes it easy to enjoy greens altogether.

A super hero like you needs their daily boost of nutrients, and what’s better than a series of super foods handcrafted for a super hero? Head to Nature’s Basket and grab them all!

Friday, 19 May 2017

The ultimate tomato sandwich guide

Many believe that tomato sandwiches are uninspired and tasteless! But the beauty of a juicy, succulent tomato sandwich lies in its simplicity and its ability to be beautifully paired with other ingredients. This is one of those sandwiches where less is more!
Here are three examples of the perfect vegetarian tomato sandwich which truly bring out the flavour of each fresh ingredient! So let’s begin!"

Different types of tomato sandwitches


On the top row we have an Italian inspired tomato toast. Our Healthy Alternative’s seedy bread provides the perfect crunchy toasted base to spread Philadelphia cream cheese on. The one rule to remember while applying cream cheese, is that there is nothing like too much! After you have lathered up the cream cheese, pat dry some sun-dried tomatoes and to finish sprinkle some chopped spring onions. Season the toast and serve! We couldn’t stop ourselves at one, can you?

In the middle row, we have the Gusto Bruschetta. Toast our L’Exclusif baguettes to the perfect level of crunchiness. Spread butter, add halved cherry tomatoes and garnish with fresh basil. The combination of flavors is divine! Drizzle our Healthy Alternative olive oil on the cherry tomatoes and season to your personal liking. And just like that, you have your quick to make delicious party starter.

On the last row, we have the Farmer’s Market Tomato Open Sandwich. Simply toast a slice of sourdough bread and spread a wholesome portion of ricotta cheese on it. Place both some fresh lettuce and succulent fresh tomato slices on top of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. This is the classic all time favorite toast you cannot go wrong with, that everyone at any age relishes!

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All day daily bread

Breads are one of most fuss-free and versatile foods we have. The large variety available ensures that we have ample options to choose from for any time of day. Some breads are enjoyed fresh with a cup of your morning coffee while others make for a great quick on-the-go lunch sandwich. Ever wondered on the many ways you can relish breads everyday? Read on to know more.

types of breads

Breakfast with bread
Start your day with a whole wheat toast topped with creamy peanut butter, banana slices, crunchy granola and a drizzle of Healthy Alternatives honey. If you wish to go the savoury route, spread some hummus and top it with some boiled edamame with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

breakfast with bread ideas

In recent years, whole wheat or brown bread as some call it has been in vogue. Made with significant portions of the wheat grain, it makes for a healthier option. It is also is less processed and contains all parts of the grain providing more fibre and nourishment making it a great way to start your day.

Lunching the Sourdough style
Running short on time in the morning to pack some home-made lunch? Skip your regular sandwich and opt for a healthy Sourdough BLT sandwich. Toast sourdough with a little butter. Add some fresh and succulent lettuce, juicy tomatoes and our preservative free bacon. We are sure this sandwich is going to steal your heart. To make it a little more fun in your little one’s lunchbox, spread a dollop of cream cheese and always get an empty lunchbox back!

healthy Sourdough BLT sandwich

What sets sourdough apart from other breads is that it is made from naturally occurring yeast and flour bacteria. There are no additional sweeteners, oils, milk or yeast. To leaven sourdough, natural acids and yeasts are used. The enzymes created by the yeast predigest some of the parts of the grain which can be considered toughest to break down for your belly. This makes the sourdough easier to digest.

Gluten free high tea
Live up to the British culture of high tea but with a healthy twist! Make the perfect high tea tiered bread cake with our gluten free range of breads. Not only is this delicious, but also very healthy. All you need to do is, cut small circles of our gluten free bread and layer it with mascarpone cheese and jam alternatively with strawberries. Stack it up and keep with a skewer to keep in place. Voila! We have pretty desserts to satisfy our sweet tooth made in a giffy!

Gluten free bread

Still not sure what gluten is? Gluten, a mixture of two proteins found in grains, especially wheat, has been infamously in the limelight. Gluten intolerance is a new age issue diagnosed to many. It is gluten in breads that gives it the elastic texture. Gluten is tolerant to most people, however, people with celiac disease cannot digest this protein, thus need to consume gluten free foods. Being easier to digest, gluten free breads are an alternative for gluten tolerants also.

Multigrain dinner date
Why end with one when you can end with many? We are talking about the nutrition you get from breads! End the day with multigrain bruschetta paired with your dinner pasta. Toast the multigrain bread to perfection. Alongside dice tomatoes and mix them with olive oil and Italian seasoning. Mix the tomatoes well and place on the multigrain toasts. Garnish with basil and enjoy your dinner!

multigrain bruschetta

Multigrain breads are breads made of two or more types of grain. These include barley, flax, millets, oats, quinoa, pumpkin seeds and sunflowers seeds in addition to wheat and flour. These have crunchier exterior and are delicious for various pairings. Thus bring an end to the day by replenishing your body with multigrain goodness.

Party Pita bread
Make the perfect party starter with pairing hummus and dips with baked pita bread. Cut open a pita from the middle and stuff with veggies and falafel balls to make a falafel pocket, Or serve wraps with marinated paneer/chicken.

Party Pita bread

From the lands of middle east, pita is a soft, leavened flatbread which is eaten in combinations with various dips. Pita can be had in various ways and can be used as a pocket, a wrap, a flatbread, and can be toasted or fried or baked!

Breads that are better
At Nature’s Basket we bring you bromate free breads that you can adopt in your daily diet.
Potassium bromate, or bromate, is a white salt used as a flour improver which strengthens the dough and allows it to rise higher. However, it is can have adverse effects if eaten frequently. To ensure your health and wellbeing, we ensure all our breads are bromate free.

bromate free breads

Explore our range of breads right from gluten and bromate free to multigrain, sourdough and baguettes. Shop online or look for the nearest store on bit.ly/2llpwU0

Kids' morning toast food art

Tired of running behind your kids to make sure they have a healthy start to the morning? How about giving their morning toasts a fun spin? These toasts are every kid’s favourite cartoons come to life! And the best part is that they are packed with nutrition.
Engage your children in making these cute sandwiches for a parent-child bonding afternoon and see how much fun they have.

Protein packed Peanut bunny

 Protein packed Peanut bunny

For this toast you will need:
L’Exclusif whole wheat bread
•Healthy Alternatives Peanut butter
Banana
•Blueberries
Alphonsos
Healthy Alternatives floral honey

Spread our Healthy Alternative Peanut butter on a toasted slice of the bread. Add banana slices as cheeks and blueberries as eyes to our breakfast bunny. Get our handpicked Alphonsos to make the ears and nose. Drizzle a little bit of the honey for a sweet taste.  Serve with fruit cutouts and we are sure your little one is going to love it.

Mr Wise owl toast

Mr Wise owl toast

“As wise as an owl” is a saying we have always heard and also that almonds help us improve memory. But what is wise is to have a breakfast as healthy as possible. Make a wise owl toast for your little one with these easy ingredients:
Sourdough bread
•Almond butter
Apples
•Flaxseeds

Take our sourdough bread and cut out the top as shown in the picture. With a unique tangy taste, this bread is easy to digest and is nothing but good for your little one. Spread Healthy Alternative’s almond butter, with cutouts of apples in a circle, make eyes and using two semi-circles make the wings of the owl. You can use any seeds or nuts for the detailing of eyes and nose. This toast is an all-good toast for your little one.

Use your creativity and experiment. You can also use a chocolate spread instead of almond butter.

Funny carrot faces toast

Carrot and cheese on toast

For this toast, you will need:
Philadelphia cream cheese
L’Exclusif bread
•Carrots
Basil
Spread the cream cheese on a slice of our L’Exclusif bread. Grate carrots and top it with the cream cheese. Use little balls of cheese and chia seeds for detailing and a choice of greens to make the stem. Carrots are good for your little ones I sight and a hearty serving of cream cheese is sure to keep him full for a while.

Here are a few more inspirations for your Kid’s morning toast:

perfect breakfast for kids

For the fox toast, you will need Ricotta, mango slices, banana, and grapes.

perfect breakfast for kids

For the bird inspired toast, you will need L’Exclusif’s Baguette, cream cheese, strawberry and kiwi slices, grapes.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches



It’s almost the weekend and all you want to do is dig into some comfort food, sit back, and relax. What’s better to satiate that craving than a delicious grilled cheese sandwich? Not just any sandwich but we’re talking about one made with handmade artisanal bread, lightly buttered and grilled to the perfect crispiness; cheese oozing out in every bite that you just can’t stop. We are sure this has got you excited about grilled cheese sandwiches! Read on for some finger licking recipes on how to add a twist to your grilled cheese sandwich.

Artichoke Pesto grilled cheese sandwich

Your favorite sandwich with a simple and delicious twist! Homemade pesto and artichoke hearts pair perfectly with melted cheese for an easy weeknight dinner.



Ingredients:

For artichoke pesto:
•1 cup artichoke hearts
•2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
•¼ cup walnuts
•¼ cup Mozzarella cheese
•Freshly grated zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 cup Healthy Alternatives olive oil
For Sandwiches:
•4 slices of a good, crusty whole wheat bread, about 1/2-inch thick
•100 gms sliced cheddar cheese
•3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature



Instructions:
For pesto
•In a food processor, pulse together the artichoke hearts, garlic, walnuts, Mozzarella, zest, lemon juice, and salt until the texture resembles a very coarse meal.
•While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the mixture forms a saucy, spreadable pesto (you may need a little less or a little more olive oil).

For sandwiches
•Butter the outsides of each slice of bread and lay buttered side down.
•Spread 2 tablespoons pesto on the inside of each slice. Lay cheese on two of the slices and cover each with the second slice of bread, pesto side down and buttered side up.
•Heat an electric griddle or large frying pan over medium-low heat.
•Carefully transfer sandwiches to cooking surface and cook, pressing occasionally with the back of a spatula, until golden brown.
•Flip and cook the other side, pressing occasionally, until browned. Turn the sandwich back over and continue cooking, turning occasionally, until the cheese has completely melted, about 5 more minutes.
•Slice in half and serve.



Blackberry Basil grilled cheese sandwich
This Blackberry Basil Grilled Cheese is the perfect combination of savory and sweet! Made with Brie cheese and blackberry, it’s a must try for all sandwich lovers!

  Blackberry Basil grilled cheese sandwich


Ingredients:
•4 slices of whole wheat sourdough bread
•¾ cup Blackberries
•1 large bunch of basil, chopped
•100 gms brie cheese
•Drizzle of honey

Instructions:
•Place 4 slices of bread on cleaned counter or cutting board
•Spread a thin layer of brie cheese on each slice of bread
•Gently mash the blackberries on top of 2 slices of bread
•Split half the basil between the 2 slices of bread without blackberries
•Place each slice of bread with basil on top of the blackberry slices
•Heat a medium skillet or panini press and grease well with spray, butter or oil of choice
•Place each sandwich on the skillet and press down on each sandwich with a plate or another smaller pan
•Let the first side cook for 2 to 3 minutes (it should be slightly golden) then turn over to cook the other side
•Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes then cut in half and enjoy.




Quattro Formaggio grilled cheese sandwich
Grilled melted cheese toasted sandwich. What could be more like a food cuddle. This recipe uses 4 cheese, a gooey delight for cheese lovers.

 Quattro Formaggio grilled cheese sandwich


Ingredients:
•1 tablespoons oil for cooking
•2 tablespoon butter, softened
•2 slices bread
•2 tablespoon ricotta cheese
•Small handful shredded mozzarella cheese
•2-3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
•2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
•Salt and pepper to taste

Instruction:
•Heat olive oil in a frying pan over low heat.
•Spread the outside of both slices of bread with softened butter.
•Spread the “inside” of each slice of bread with 1-2 tablespoons ricotta cheese, enough to cover the bread about ¼-inch thick. Place the bread buttered-side down in the oil in the pan.
•Top each slice of bread with shredded mozzarella cheese. Cook until bread is toasted and cheese has melted.
•Remove the grilled bread with cheese to a plate or cutting board. On one slice, cover the melted mozzarella cheese with grated parmesan.
•Sprinkle crumbled gorgonzola cheese. Season with a little bit of salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
•“Close” the sandwich with the other slice of grilled bread with cheese. Press together firmly. Allow the sandwich to sit to let the other cheeses to melt and meld.
•If they don’t melt enough, return the sandwich to the pan over low heat.


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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Paleo way to eat

Paleo is one of the most influential dietary trends around the globe. Paleo diets are all about eating right and getting the necessary nutrition and not about eliminating food from your diet altogether. Below are 4 easy to make paleo meals that are not just nutrition rich but are delicious too.


Chicken breast with Olive Tapenade

Chicken will give you the necessary proteins you need and olives bring healthful monounsaturated fat to your plate. They also supply skin-protecting vitamin E. Tapenade is a dish like pesto, made using olives and olive oil blended together that will boost the flavour of your chicken.


 Chicken breast with Olive Tapenade


INGREDIENTS

•1 chicken breast (cut into 3 cutlets)
•3 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
•2 tablespoons coconut oil for cooking

For Olive Tapenade
•1 cup of pitted black olives
•1/4 cup of parsley
•1 tablespoon lemon juice
•2 tablespoons Healthy Alternatives olive oil
Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

For Olive tapenade place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend well.
•Slice the chicken breast into 3 thin cutlets.
•Peel 3 cloves of garlic and crush lightly with the flat side of a knife.
•Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a skillet on medium heat and add in the 3 cloves of garlic.
•Cook the garlic for 2 minutes, then add in the chicken cutlets.
•Cook each side of the chicken cutlets for 3-4 minutes.
•Top with 1/2 cup of olive tapenade.



Spicy Chicken Sauté tossed with Avocado 

This chicken sauté keeps things light and has an eclectic mix of meat and vegetables, so you’ll feel great after eating it. It makes a great lunch, and will surely give you energy to help you through the rest of the day, without a sluggish after lunch feeling.


Spicy Chicken Sauté tossed with Avocado


INGREDIENTS

•2 chicken breasts, diced
•2 Tablespoons garlic powder
•1 Tablespoon onion powder
•1 teaspoon chili powder
•2 teaspoons salt
•Dash of black pepper
•1 avocado, remove stone, scoop out and dice
•1 green bell pepper, diced
•2 Tablespoons Healthy Alternatives olive oil
•1 teaspoon mustard
Coconut oil to cook chicken

INSTRUCTIONS

•Mix the spices together (garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt, and black pepper).
•Add the diced chicken breast pieces to the spices and rub spices into chicken pieces.
•Sauté the spice rubbed chicken pieces in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil on medium heat.
•When the chicken is cooked, place on a plate to cool for 10 minutes.
•Then, place the chicken pieces along with the diced avocado and diced bell pepper into a bowl and gently toss with olive oil, mustard, and add salt and pepper to taste.



Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles
Who doesn’t like waffles? Here’s a diet which can include waffles too, but of course the healthier kind. This crispy waffle made from sweet potato are a great option meal option in your paleo diet.


Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles


INGREDIENTS

•3 cups grated sweet potato 
•4 eggs whisked
•1/4 cup chopped spring onions use the green part only 
•3 tablespoons coconut flour
•1 teaspoon garlic powder 
•1 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Coconut oil for greasing the waffle iron

INSTRUCTIONS

•Squeeze out any excess juice from the grated sweet potato and place in a bowl.
•Add the eggs, spring onions, coconut flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix well.
•Grease your waffle iron.
•Use a 1/4 cup to scoop out the batter and gently drop the batter onto the preheated waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron instructions.
•Continue to until the batter is gone. This should make about 8 waffles



Cauliflower Rice Kale soup
This cauliflower rice kale soup is a crowd pleaser for everyone. It’s Paleo, and vegan, but this soup is just a healthy recipe packed with real food.  


Healthy Cauliflower Rice Kale soup

  
INGREDIENTS

•5-6 cups of cauliflower florets 
•2- 3 tbsp curry powder or curry seasoning (turmeric should be included in the curry seasoning/powder)
•1 tsp garlic powder
•1/2 tsp cumin
•1/2 tsp paprika
•1/4 tsp sea salt
•5-6 tbsp olive oil 
•3/4 cup red onion chopped
•1 tsp minced garlic
•8 kale leaves with stems removed and chopped
•2 cups chopped carrots
•4 cups vegetable broth 
•1 cup almond milk or coconut milk 
•1/2 tsp red pepper or chili flakes 
•1/2 tsp black pepper
Salt to taste 

INSTRUCTIONS
•Preheat oven to 400F.
•In a small bowl, toss your cauliflower florets with the curry powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and 3 tbsp oil.
•Spread the cauliflower florets on a baking dish or roasting pan. Place in oven and roast for 20 -22 minutes until tender but not overcooked. slightly under cooked.
•Remove and set aside.
•While the cauliflower is cooling, prep the rest of your veggies by chopping them up on cutting board.
•Next place cauliflower florets in a Food Processor or blender and pulse a few times until the cauliflower is riced.
•Once all the cauliflower is riced and veggies are chopped, prepare your cooking pot.
•Place onion, 2 tsp oil, and minced garlic in large stock pot. Sautee for 5 minute.
•Next add in your broth, milk, veggies, cauliflower rice, and the red chili pepper and black pepper.
•Bring to a quick boil (make sure milk does get too hot), then simmer for another 20 minutes or so until veggies are all cooked.
•Add dash of sea salt if desired once ready to serve.
•Garnish with herbs and nut/seed crackers crumbles.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Meet sourdough, it is kneaded with love!

Have you met the kind of bread that makes you want more without any guilt? If not, then it's because you haven't had sourdough yet! Sourdough bread is patiently made by the natural fermentation and raising power of wild yeast and bacteria; in comparison to your run of the mill, fast-tracked, factory-baked breads that artificially add yeast, additives and other processing aids.

Sourdough is a tangy, dense and nutty bread with a slight sour punch to it, similar to the tartness we taste in yogurt as it has a similar fermenting process and bacteria. Sourdough bread and the way it is made has been handed down to us from our ancestors. We are well aware that anything they say must be right, or at least good for you just like this bread is!

 sourdough bread

Find all the answers to your questions about this life changer below:

What is sourdough?
What sets sourdough apart from other breads is that it is made from natural occurring yeast and flour bacteria. There are no additional sweetners, oils, milk or yeast. It simply comprises of sourdough starter, salt and flour.

Why is sourdough special?
If you have ever eaten sourdough before, you know it has a taste you cannot easily forget. The tangy taste it gets from its natural fermentation process sets it apart from the other breads you’ve had. And let’s not forget that it is healthier than its counterparts.

What makes sourdough healthy?
To leaven sourdough, natural acids and yeasts are used. The enzymes created by the yeast predigest some of the parts of the grain which can be considered toughest to break down for your belly. This makes the sourdough easier to digest.

The longer time taken for natural yeasts and acids to raise the flour in the bread, breaks down the proteins i.e., gluten down into amino acids. This makes it easily digestible and apt for consumption by gluten intolerant consumers.

Since the natural bacteria in the sourdough eat the starch and sugar present in the grain, they lower the carbohydrate content of the bread. This in turn helps keeping a check on the blood sugar levels. The higher vitamin and mineral content gives it a better nutrient profile.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Sweet Indulgence for Mother’s Day

This mother’s day indulge your mom with some sweet treats and make it a day for her to cherish for lifetime with these easy to make desserts.

sweet treats for your sweet mother on mothers day


Avocado Chocolate Mousse

A healthy chocolate surprise which will satisfy the sweet tooth. 





Ingredients:

•10-12 pieces of L’exclusif Baking chocolate bar
•3 tablespoons of coconut oil
•3 tablespoons honey
•½ bowl cocoa powder
•1 avocado
Strawberry for garnish
•Powdered sugar for garnish

Instructions:

1.Add 10-12 pieces of L’exclusif baking chocolate bar, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of honey to a pan on medium heat.
2.Keep whisking till the chocolate melts.
3.In a blender, add ½ bowl of cocoa powder, avocado, the chocolate mixture and blend it well.
4.Take the chocolate avocado mixture and freeze it for 2 hours.
5.Garnish with strawberry and powdered sugar.
and top it off with parmesan cheese.

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.

Strawberry Yogurt Bark


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.

Berry Popsicle

Make popsicles using our Healthy Alternatives greek yoghurt with the goodness of berries. Blueberries and blackberries, both high in antioxidants are great in the summer. Add in the yoghurt and you have a cooling mix right there. Try these blackberry Ombre popsicles for a richer flavour.

blackberry Ombre popsicles

Yogurt Mixture
•175 ml Healthy Alternatives Greek yogurt
•1/4 cup low-fat milk
•pinch of salt
•1/4 cup sugar
•60 ml reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
•1 tsp vanilla extract

Blackberry Mixture
•2/3 cup sugar
•1 Tbsp lemon juice
•2/3 cup water
•pinch of salt
•4 cups blackberries

Method:

1.Hang the curd in a cloth to drain off excess water for at least 4 hours (or overnight). Combine all the ingredients of the yogurt mixture and process until smooth.

2.Bring the water and sugar mixture to a boil until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let it sit aside to cool.

3.Once cooled, combine the syrup, lemon juice, salt and blackberries in a processor and puree.

4.In one bowl keep pure blackberry mixture, while in the second combine a few table spoons of the yogurt mixture to lighten the colour, and in the third add the entire yogurt mixture. 

5.Fill the moulds first with the darkest colour mixture, top it with the second and follow up by the third.

6.Refrigerate overnight to get delicious blackberry ombre popsicles in the morning.