Friday, 29 September 2017

Back To School Lunch Ideas Under 500

lunch for kids

We know that pre-first day of school jitters can be nerve-wracking, not only for thekids but also for the busy, workaholic mommies, too. You want to pack up some fresh and healthy lunch meals for your kids but at the same time, you don’t want your monthly grocery budget to shoot through the roof.

And let’s face it, your kids don’t particularly care about nutrition as long as it tastes totally scrumptious. So, how do you bridge the gap between the two? With these amazing, lunch box recipes at #PricesYouWillLove,of course! Check out these healthy lunch box recipes for kids under Rs.500.

1. Basil and Zucchini Fusilli Pasta


Courtesy: goodfood.com

Enjoy a veggie-loaded Italian marvel that will delight your little one’s taste buds without burning a  hole in your pocket! Disguise the greens with some cheese and your kids will feast on it with no fuss at all.

Price: 459/-

Ingredients

•2 cups of Healthy Alternatives Green Pea Gluten Free Pasta (179/-)
•2 cloves of garlic, minced (18/-)
•3 Tomatoes, chopped (28/-)
•1/3 cup of Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive Oil
•¼ -1/2 Zucchini, sliced thin (38/-)
•¼ cup of basil, torn (88/-)
•1/3 cup of cheese (108/-)
•Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1.Boil and strain the penne pasta as usual.
2.Heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the minced garlic, for 2 minutes.
3.Add the zucchini and sauté, for another 3 minutes.
4.Add the tomatoes and basil, simmer for 2 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper.
5.Add the pasta, sprinkle with some cheese and serve.

2. Mushroom And Egg Noodles



 No kid can resist noodles, especially when they are deliciously tossed with some earthy and meaty-tasting mushrooms! The eggs seasoned with some salt and pepper supplement a healthy kickstart for the day.

Price: 315/-

Ingredients

•1 packet of noodles (25/-)
•2 cups of mushrooms,sliced (45/-)
•½ tablespoon of garlic, chopped (18/-)
•½ tablespoon of ginger, chopped (11/-)
•½ teaspoon of black pepper
•½ cup of spring onions, chopped (11/-)
•1 to 1 ½ tablespoon of Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive Oil
•1 tablespoon of soy sauce (50/-)
•½ teaspoon of vinegar (50/-)
•2 Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Eggs, boiled and chopped (105/-)
•Salt to taste

Instructions

1.Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Once they are done, add 2 teaspoons of oil, evenly coat them with it and set them aside.
2.Heat oil on low to medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for a few seconds. Then, add the spring onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
3.Add the mushrooms, and sauté them on high flame. They should leave water while cooking, cook until all the water has dried up, stirring occasionally. Mushrooms should be lightly golden on the edges.
4.Add the pepper and the soy sauce, stir well. Add the noodles and the salt, stir and toss them well.
5.Add the vinegar and stir well. Mix in the chopped boiled eggs and serve.

3. Zucchini Tots



 Putting together a nutritious, tasty, budget-friendly snack could not be easier!  Is your kid always cringing away from those healthy greens? These zucchini tots are the perfect way to disguise your kid’s veggies with a cheesy twist!

Price: 329/-

Ingredients

•Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive Oil
•1 cup of zucchini,grated (63/-)
•1 large egg (72/-)
•1/4 medium onion, minced (16/-)
•1/4 cup of cheese, grated (108/-)
•1/3 cup seasoned brown bread crumbs (70/-)
•1/4 tsp. salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions 

1.Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease the baking sheet with the olive oil.
2.Crumble the bread slices and evenly mix together your favourite seasoning with the crumbs.
3.Grate the zucchini on a sheet of butter paper until you have 1 packed cup.
4.Wring out all of the excess water from the zucchini. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients together and season with  somesalt and pepper to taste.
5.Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture in your hands and roll it into small oval-shaped bites. Place them on the baking sheet and bake for 16 to 18 minutes, turning halfway though.
6.Cook until they turn golden.


This was our finest at 500 recipe list. What’s yours? Buy the freshest ingredients from Nature’s Basket and take the #FinestAt500 challenge yourself!

Looking for some more healthy recipes? Check out these low-carb vegetarian meal options here.

(Please note that there may be changes in the prices mentioned above depending on the time and place of purchase.)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Is Eating Healthy On A Budget Possible?


Good food for health

Scrolling through all those appetizing pictures of quinoa and berries breakfast bowls can make you feel like you can only eat healthy if you have struck a gold mine somewhere in the middle of Africa.

Well, now it’s time for you to put down those fries and add some nutrition back to your plate with these budget-friendly, healthy recipes that are just under 500 rupees!You can now maintain a low-calorie, balanced diet without worrying about shelling out too much.

1. Mushroom, Bacon And Spinach Egg Muffins



Start your day with loads of protein and some healthy greens with this egg-licious breakfast meal! Want more reasons to try out this breakfast muffin? You can whip it for some bakedbacon goodnessanytime you want without having to burn a hole inyour pocket.

Price: 412/-

Ingredients

•½ an onion, diced (16/-)
•10 pieces of bacon, diced (245/-)
•2 cups of mushrooms, sliced (45/-)
•2 cups of spinach, finely chopped (19/-)
•10 eggs (87/-)
•1/2 tsp. salt
•1/2 tsp. pepper
•2 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive Oil

Instructions

1. In a large skillet, cook the baconuntil it starts to crispen up, for about 8-10 minutes. Remove it from the heat and set it aside.While the bacon is cooking, cut up the onions, the mushrooms, and the spinach.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk them together.
3. Add the mushrooms, the onions, the spinach,the bacon,the salt and the pepper to the bowl and mix everything together.
4. Grease a large muffin tray with some olive oil. Pour a little oil in each section and rub it around the sides with your fingers. You can even use muffin tray liners, instead.
5. Spoon the egg mixture into the muffin tray, filling the sections about 3/4th of the way.
6. Place the tray in the oven and bake, for about 20 minutes before serving.

2. Spiced Tofu Buddha Bowl 



Make some spiced and seasoned tofu garnished with lots of healthy, nourishing toppings for some savoury, wholesome lunch.Feast on this lip-smacking, home-cooked, budget-friendly buddha bowl without having to worry about them, calories!

Price: 463/-

Ingredients

•1/2 pound of firm tofu (90/-)
•1/3 package of taco seasoning mix (55/-)
•1/4 cup of salsa (130/-)
•3/4th cup of brown rice (99/-)
•1 cup of kale (35/-)
•1/2 tomato, chopped (18/-)
•1/2 lemon (12/-)
•1/4 cup of coriander (24/-)

Instructions

1. Cook the brown rice as usual and once cooked, add the juice of one lemon, the cilantro, and the salt and the pepper to taste
2. Meanwhile,pour 1/4 jar of salsa into a skillet. Cube the tofu into 1-inch squares and add to the skillet. Cook until the salsa and the tofu are warmedthoroughly, for about 5 minutes.
3. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the tofu. Heat the tofu over medium heat and break it up with a spoon as you go.
4. Toss the tofu, making sure it is evenly heated and coated in taco seasoning, for about 4-6 minutes.
5. Assemble the buddha bowl by layering the brown rice, the kale, the tomatoes, the tofu mix, and garnish with some salsa.

3. Paleo Chicken And Broccoli 

Courtesy: jaysbakingmecrazy

Cooking a quick, easy and scrumptious gluten-free dish for dinner couldn’t be cheaper or healthier! Nourish yourself with this flavourful paleo version of chicken and broccoli, at the end of a long, tiring day, that you can whip in just a few minutes.

Price: 348/-

Ingredients

•3 tablespoons of Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive Oil
•3 cups of broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces (113/-)
•1½ tablespoon of grated ginger (10/-)
•1 teaspoon of salt
•1 teaspoon of ginger garlic powder (75/-)
•1 teaspoon of red chili flakes (or to taste) (45/-)
•⅔ cup of soy sauce (50/-)
•400g of chicken, cut into bite-size pieces (55/-)

Instructions

1. Heat some oil in a large skillet and add the broccoli,the ginger, thesalt,the garlic powder, the red pepper flakes and the soy sauce.
2. Cook over medium/high heat for 5 minutes until the broccoli starts to soften.
3. Add the chicken and turn the heat to high.
4. Cook until the chicken is fully cooked, stirring regularly, for about 5 minutes.
5. Serve it over some zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice or just as it is.

Can’t wait to get cooking, now? Get the freshest ingredients at Nature’s Basket at #PricesYouWillLove.

Craving for some more healthy dishes. Try out these tofu recipes right here.

(Please note that there may be changes in the prices mentioned above depending on the time and place of purchase.)

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Introducing Daily Food Delights


Dear valued customer,

I take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Godrej Nature’s Basket and giving us the privilege to serve you the freshest and the finest.
For Godrej Nature's Basket, the last year has been exciting in terms of growth and change.

At the start of 2017, we initiated many changes across our stores in terms of the store ambience, technology to elevate employee and customer experience, and refine and widen our product offering. You may have already started to notice surprising delights at your local Godrej Nature’s Basket, like the renewed checkout experience, expansion of our range across both, the freshest and finest and other finer touches. 

As I reflect on the milestones my team has accomplished in our transformation journey, I want to thank each one of you for your loyalty, enthusiastic feedback and suggestions, which have helped improve our store experience. I am incredibly grateful for your support! 

Today, we are at the cusp of yet another milestone – refining our brand identity. Godrej Nature’s Basket has been and continues to be an iconic and much loved brand, thanks to each one of you. It gives me great joy to share with you that starting today, we are bringing the new brand identity to life across our stores. We are now ready to welcome you to our stores to experience DAILY FOOD DELIGHTS! We have deeply committed our resources and operations to bring joy to your basket with the finest, freshest produce and products at #PricesYouWillLove in order to elevate your everyday food experiences.

We are evolving into your everyday neighbourhood store with vastly improved selections of fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery, cheeses, seafood & meats and other deli items. You can expect consistent excellence, friendly knowledgeable staff and hopefully, an inspiring experience when you come shop with us again.

We look forward to welcoming you to your fresh and reinvigorated neighborhood Godrej Nature’s Basket! Please do share your shopping experience with us at dailyfooddelights@godrejnb.com

Inspiring you to spread the joy of food, 

Avani Davda
CEO
Godrej Nature’s Basket

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Let’s Make A Toast To Being Cheesy



Have you ever wished to have a day specially dedicated to celebrating the total cheese fanatic in you? Well, bring out the champagne and the brie, because the Cheese Toast Day is here!

It’s time to spruce up your cheese toast game in true gourmet fashion and pay some homage to fromage. We have put together the most mouth-watering recipes that are gouda-licious and feta-ful. So, let the ultimate cheese fest begin!

1. Apple, Gruyère French Toast With Red Onion



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This little, posh afternoon spread is so Gruyère-some! Believe us, your lunch date will not forget this cheesy soiree. The succulent, salty flavour of the onions mingles perfectly with the juicy sweetness of the apples to give your palette a savory jolt in every bite.

 Ingredients

•2 Slices of Artisanal bread
•3 ounces of grated Gruyère cheese (about 3/4 cup)
•¼ small onion, very thinly sliced
•2 Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Eggs, lightly beaten
•¾ cup whole milk
•¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
•¼ teaspoon ground Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole
•2 tablespoons of Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive Oil
•1 small apple, cored, quartered and very thinly sliced

Instructions

1.Cut into the crust of the bread to make a pocket but not all the way. Tuck half the cheese and onion slices in the pocket. Repeat with the other slice.
2.In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Soak the stuffed bread in this mixture turning once until most of the liquid has been absorbed, for about 5 minutes.
3.Heat oil over medium heat and add half of the apple slices in a single layer and cook for 1 minute. Place the bread slices over the apples and arrange the rest of the apple slices on top of it; cook for 1 more minute.
4.Reduce the heat, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover and cook increasing the heat to medium; carefully turn the bread and the apples and cook until the bread is golden and the cheese has melted, for about 3 to 5 minutes and serve.

2. Leeks And Blue Cheese Rarebit



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Mmmmelted cheese! Melted cheese on toast is a pretty delectable snack in itself. But what really makes it go from absolutely great to absolutely gratifying is the extraordinary combination of sweet leeks and tangy blue cheese. Just one mouthful will get you rallying for this rarebit!

Ingredients

•40g of unsalted butter
•2 leeks, trimmed, halved, washed and finely sliced
•70 ml of heavy cream
•100-130g of blue cheese, crumbled
•½ Tsp of thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole
•4 thick slices of sourdough bread

Instructions

1.Melt the butter over a medium-low heat.
2.Cook the leeks in the butter with a good pinch of salt until they are meltingly soft and tender, for about 15 minutes.
3.Add the cream and let it bubble for four or five minutes until it is thickened. Stir in two-thirds of the cheese until it is melted, then ¬remove it from the heat, stir in the rest of the cheese, the thyme and seasoning.
4.Lightly toast the bread, pour the leek and cheese mixture on it, and pop it under a hot grill until the cheese mixture is bubbling and golden.

3. Bacon, Brie, And Apricot On Toast



Courtesy: www.yammiesnoshery.com

Have you ever wondered what heaven tastes like? Well, once you dig into this brie-lliantdeduction of crunchy bacon and candied apricot, it won’t be a mystery anymore.  Crusty, crunchy and oh so gooey, that’s the perfect way to satiate all your cheesy cravings.

Ingredients

•A few slices of bacon
Healthy Alternatives Gluten Free Sourdough Bread
Apricot jam
•Brie cheese
Butter
•About 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
Basil

Instructions

1.Cook the bacon and spread the apricot jam on both slices of the bread. Add slices of the brie and the cooked bacon to the bread slices and sandwich them together.
2.Liberally, butter both sides of the sandwich on the outside and cook, covered, over medium heat, flipping halfway through until the bread is browned and the cheese is melted
3.Meanwhile, microwave the balsamic vinegar, stirring every minute until it starts to boil. Then stir, every 20 seconds until it is syrupy.
4.Drizzle the finished grilled cheese with the balsamic reduction and garnish it with basil if desired. Enjoy.

This cheese toast day, get all the artisanal breads and gourmet cheeses you could possibly wish for on Nature’s Basket.

There are many more cheesy recipes to indulge in. Click here to find some un-brie-dled, decadent grilled cheese recipes.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Is The Charcoal Food Trend Here To Stay?


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We have seen our fill of the bright and picturesque unicorn, rainbow and mermaid food trends. But the all new, darker, more sinister charcoal food trend is here to take you over to the other side.
From desserts to smoothies to pizzas, this monochromatic food trend has found its way everywhere.

So, what’s the deal with activated charcoal? Moreover, as delicious as it looks, is it safe to consume? Let’s dig deeper and find out whether black is the new black after all.

1.  What Gives These Foods Their Deep, Dark Colour?


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Activated charcoal is the by-product of burning coconut shells, wood, or other plant materials. That doesn’t sound edible, does it? But don’t fret, charcoal made from coconuts is actually harmless, and is not the same as eating something that is charred or burnt.

You can easily make it at home by burning wood, coconut shell or coal and then filtering the ash with calcium chloride. You can also use activated charcoal tablets but be sure to proceed with caution if it’s not used properly the dish may go down the drain.

2. The Dark Food Trend


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The moody trend has taken over Instagram and other social platforms by storm with various food bloggers adopting this trend in some fun and flavourful ways. We have seen our favourite foods in their blacker editions, everything fromice-creams, bagels, burger buns and even some pastas. Does this sinister food trend seem tempting to your palette?

You can experiment with charcoal to create some unique combinations like charcoal blueberry smoothies, black licorice cupcakes, charcoal black lemonadesor some activated charcoal waffle sandwiches.

Harbor in on this quick charcoal blueberry smoothie recipe. All you need is 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of frozen blueberries, ¼ avocado and a handful of spinach. Add in 1 or 2 charcoal capsules as required. Enjoy the sinister goodness!

(If you are taking any prescription medicine, do check with your physician before trying any activated charcoal foods to see whether it may interfere with theabsorption of the medicine by your body.)

3. Is The Charcoal Food Trend Safe To Eat?



Charcoal can clearly work wonders on your skin and is known for itsdetoxifying properties, but how healthy is it to consume charcoal? Well, the good news is that the food trend has been approved by the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Pointand the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
Various physicians have also clearly stated that it is a safe trend and poses no real threat to our bodies unless we overdo it. The rule here is to practice moderation and experimenting with the trend in a limited portion.

Charcoal has widely been used in hospitals to treat various cases of poisoning and has antidote like properties. Never been used in food before charcoal made from burning coconut shells may have varied medicinal properties but there isn’t enough data to prove the same.

But hey, what we do know is that if just want to have fun with charcoal and add a darker spin to your food with this black food trend, nothing is stopping you as long as you don’t over-indulge yourself.
Ready to try the charcoal food trend? Check out this charcoal ice cream recipe!

4. Black Charcoal Ice Cream Recipe


Courtesy: mymodernmet.com

Ingredients

•400 ml of whipping cream
•2 tablespoons of edible activated charcoal
•4 Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Eggs
•140 grams of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
•1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions

1.Beat the whipping cream and activated charcoal with an electric mixer until it forms a thick ribbon when the whisk is lifted.
2.In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and add the sugar and vanilla. Beat well with an electric mixer until the mixture forms a ribbon when the whisk is lifted and the ribbon remains on the surface of the mixture for a few seconds.
3.Add half of the egg mixture to the whipped cream and whisk together. Add the remaining egg mixture and gently fold the mixture together to combine. Make sure to be gentle and keep the mixture as airy as possible.
4.Pour the ice cream into a Tupperware container, and seal it with the lid. Place this container in the freezer for 7-8 hours to chill and set.

Ready to get your charcoal on? Get your ingredients here.

Have you heard about the new meatless food trend? Read all about it here.

How Can You Be More Creative With Tacos?


Tacos are one of our all-timefavourite Mexican dishes. And why not? They make for a versatile meal packed with different varieties of fillings, making it an ideal choice for vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
You can pretty much pack anything in your taco and come up with a finger-licking good snack or meal option. Want to spruce up your taco game? Check out these creative ways to have some fun with tacos.

1. Crunchy Lentil Tacos With Avocado Feta Guacamole


You must have eaten tacos and lentils separately, but have you ever tried them together? Dig into this heavenly combination of tacos and lentils to fill up on a healthy and hearty meal. These lentil tacos can be a mouth-watering mid-week pick up to indulge in.

Ingredients

•1 tablespoon of avocado oil
•2 1/2 cups of pre-cooked lentils
•1 small onion, finely chopped
•1 teaspoon of ground Healthy Alternatives Organic Cumin Whole
•1 teaspoon of Healthy Alternatives Organic Red Chilly Powder
•1/4 teaspoon of ground Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole
•1/8 teaspoon of salt
•1/4 cup of water
•3 small avocados or 2 medium to large avocados
•1 cup of crumbled feta cheese
•8-12 crunchy taco shells
•Chopped lettuce, chopped tomato, cilantro,hot sauce (Optional)

Instructions

1.Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add some oil and ½ a cup of chopped onion to the pan, stir until the onion is softened, for 2 minutes. Add cooked lentils to the pan and stir, then add the cumin, the chili powder, salt, pepper, and water to the lentil/onion mixture, and stir well to combine. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer while preparing the avocado feta guacamole.
2.Remove the skin and the pit from the avocados and place them in a medium-sized, mixing bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork, then add the remaining chopped onion and the feta cheese, stirring well to combine.
3.Spoon the lentil mixture into a serving bowl, and place it on the dining table along with the taco shells, avocado feta guacamole, and the desired taco toppings for self-serving.

2. Roasted Asparagus And Cherry Tacos



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Asparagus and cherries have never been heard of together in a taco. But trust us, this combination of sweet and succulentflavours can really open up the experimental side of your palate. These ingredients, whether grilled or roasted, can bring out the foodie in you.

Ingredients

•450 grams of asparagus spears, with the stems,trimmed
Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive oil
•Salt
•freshly ground Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole
•250 grams of cherries, halved and pitted
Flour tortillas 

For garnishing

•Asparagus salsa
•Queso fresco
•Cilantro

Instructions

1.Preheat oven to 400°F.
2.Arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer on a roasting pan or a baking sheet. Drizzle just enough olive oil to lightly and evenly coat, and toss. Season with some salt and pepper. Place in the oven.
3.After about 10 minutes, turn the asparagus spears and add the cherries to the pan.
4.Continue to roast until the asparagus is just tender and browned, for about 20 minutes.
5.To serve, place a few asparagus spears and cherry halves in the center of a tortilla and garnish with some asparagus salsa, queso fresco, and cilantro.

3. Spaghetti Tacos


Courtesy: www.tastefullysimple.com

This dish is a kid pleaser for sure! These Italian-Mexican tacos with spaghetti take creativity to a whole new level. It’s everything your child can wish for in just one recipe.So, put on your chef’s hat and cook up this lip-smacking dish for dinner tonight.

Ingredients

•1 (16 ounces) package Capellini pasta
•1 (5.8 ounces) package of crisp taco shells
•1 (28 ounces) jar of spaghetti sauce
•¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

1.Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once, the water is boiling, stir in the angel hair pasta, and return to a boil.
2.Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to bite, for about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain well.
3.Return the pasta to the pot, and pour the sauce over the pasta; mix thoroughly until reheated.
4. Place the taco shells into a microwave oven in a stack, and fan the stack out to a circular shape so the edges of the taco shells overlap slightly. Cook on High until warmed and crisp, for about 30 to 45 seconds.
5.Fill the warm taco shells with the pasta mixture. Sprinkle the pasta filling of each shell with about 1 teaspoon of Parmesan cheese before serving.

Find the freshest ingredients to make these recipes, right here.

Check out these Kids’Special for some food inspiration to brighten up your child’s day!

How To Make Your Rice Pilaf Fluffy And Flavourful?




We Indians are considered to be experts in making rice pilaf. So, do you really know what Rice Pilaf actually is? Pilaf is a dish of cooked rice in a seasoned broth or stock. This lets the rice absorb all the richflavours from the stock and develop an aromatic, flavourful taste.
In some cases, the rice may attain its brown or golden colour by first, being sautéed lightly in oil before the addition of the broth. Cooked onion, different colourful vegetables, as well as a mix of spices, may be added. Depending on the local cuisine, it may also contain meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, and dried fruit.
Rice pilaf is easy to make but making it nice and fluffy may be the challenge. Be sure to follow a few of our basic steps to ensure that your rice pilaf is nice and fluffy.

1. Simmer The Rice Over Medium Heat.

It is extremely important to cook the rice over a medium to low heat in a generous amount of butter or any other fat of one’s choice, maybe ghee or olive oil. This helps the rice develop a distinct texture and flavour.

2. Use Lesser Liquid Than Normal.

The standard ratio of liquid to rice would be 2:1 but we suggest using 1 and a ½ cups of liquid for every cup of rice, this helps ensure a separate texture for the rice. Add the rice and let it simmer for around 20 minutes in the stock broth.

3. Let The Rice Sit For 7 Minutes Away From The Heat 

Once the rice is done being cooked, take it off the heat and let it sit covered, this lets the starch firm up and it will ensure that the rice is not sticky. Go for the Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Basmati Rice to make a healthier version of your go-to rice pilaf.
So, be sure, to use these tips the next time you’re making rice pilaf for an extra fluffy and flavourful treat.

Ready to be a culinary expert at rice pilaf? Get your ingredients here.

Are you a rice fanatic? Know all about the different kinds of rice and their nutrient properties here.

Is Ghee better than Butter?




As Indians, we love the taste of ghee with our rotis, parathas and even puris. And what could be better than hot, gobblesome, ghee drenchedrotis?But we also love our buttered toast for breakfast and a plate full of butterlicious pav bhaji.
Both butter and ghee have been used extensively in Indian kitchens but when it comes to health, which one is actually better for you? We are here to tell you which among your favourite products you can indulge in more often.

1. Ghee


Ghee is the traditional substitute for butter, which we all know about but many of us choose not to use it due to its taste. Ghee is made removing the water and milk fats from butter. Ghee is as desi as it can getand has found its honorary place in the kitchen of every traditional Indian household.

So how is ghee better than butter? Well for one, it’s an unprocessed fat and is also lactose -free, which is why it is a blessing wrapped in dairy goodness for people who may have allergies or are sensitive to dairy products. This buttery cup full of fluiddeliciousness may also help you lower cholesterol levels with regular use. But just be sure, not to go overboard on the ghee express, three teaspoons a day of Healthy Alternatives Cow Ghee shall suffice.

2. Butter


We, Indians, love butter in almost every dish we make, be it butter chicken or even a hot slice of buttered toast for breakfast.  Believe it or not, butter does have a few benefits, so you can indulge in this yummy treat without guilt-tripping yourself so much.
Butter is loaded with antioxidants that protect you from weak arteries and free radical damage. It is a great source of vitamins E and K and can provide some quick energy as well. So, how about that gorgeously buttered slice of garlic bread, now?

3.Which to eat and why?

Ghee is great for people with lactose intolerance and who are allergic to dairy products, it has no trans fats and is unprocessed. It can help to lower unhealthy cholesterol levels while butter may actually lead to an increase in these levels. Being the unadulterated version ghee is a better option over butter, but if your heart still calls out to butter go for the made-at-home, unprocessed version.

Get your spoonful of ghee and butter at Godrej Nature’s Basket.

Do you know why the West is suddenly raving about ghee? Click here to get the full scoop.

Skim milk vs Whole milk



To skim or not to skim? Is this question keeping you from reaching towards your bowl of cereal every morning? No need to fretover dairy, we are here to answer all your milk queries. Reading this article will definitely change your perception about skimmed milk.

Skimmed Milk

Skimmed milk is basically milk without the cream (milk fat). With only 0.1% of fat,skimmed milk is a really good substitute for whole milk as it has very little fat and is low in calories, too. It is a good source of protein as it contains all the 9 amino acids, which are responsible for muscle building.

It contains high levels of protein, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin A and D and minerals so, it is good for giving you a healthy boost everyday.

Whole Milk

Whole milk, on the other hand, is milk from which no constituent has been removed. Research has shown that having whole milk has resulted in less weight gain than low-fat milkin adult women. Children between the age groups of 1-6  who have whole milk have shown higher levels of vitamin D along with lower BMI(body mass content) than low-fat milk consumers.

Skimmed Milk, Semi-Skimmed Or Whole Milk?

Skimmed milk may be low in fats and calories but you also tend to miss out on fat soluble nutrients like vitamins A & E. Semi skimmed milkis low enough in fat to be a ‘low-fat’ food but it still has lower levels of fat soluble vitamins than whole milk.

According to research, people opting for a higher protein and vitamin diet should go for skimmed milk as it contains the perfect nutrients for faster muscle building as compared to whole milk.If you are opting for skimmed or semi-skimmed milk make sure to get your fat-soluble vitamins from other sources like veggies and salads.

But people who have a high risk of diabetes in the family and also those people who want to have lower blood sugar should opt for whole milk.A research published in the journal Circulation has shockingly shown that people who consumed higher levels of three different byproducts of full-fat dairy had, on average, 46% lower risk of getting diabetes than those with lower levels.

Another study published in the Journal of the American Journal Of  Nutrition about the effects of full fat and low-fat dairy on obesityfound that among 18,438 women in the Women’s Health Study, the ones who consumed the most high-fat dairy products lowered their risk of being overweight or obese by 8%.

What About Soy And Almond Milk?

According to research, the protein in skimmed milk builds muscles faster than the protein in soy milk. A single cup of skimmed milk can give you upto 8.5 grams of protein.While  1-cup of skim milk has 9 grams of protein,almond milk has less than 2 grams of protein per cup.
While considering which type of milk to go for, look at the health benefits of each type of milk along with your preference, personal taste, and diet.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Is Frozen Yogurt Healthier than Ice-cream?



Nowadays people have become way more health conscious than they were before. Low in calories and high in protein -that’s the healthy balance everyone wants to achieve, which brings us to this very hot topic– Froyo vs ice-cream, what is healthier? If you’re looking to make an informed decision for your cheat day, read on!

Sugar Content

Ice-cream is sweet, so is yogurt. So what is the argument really about? The sugar content. We cannot ignore how much sugar is added to frozen yogurt to get rid of the tangy taste and as a preservative. This makes it a health hazard in case you’re a regular Froyo consumer.

Nutrition

Yogurt contains probiotics, carbohydrates, and vitamins. On the other hand, ice-cream’s nutritional content depends completely on what ice-cream it is. Let’s get into details. When it’s yogurt versus cream, yogurt wins because it has low sugar content. Now when it's frozen, a lot of sugar is added. This makes it just as unhealthy as cream.

Eating Habits

The sugar content in Froyo is alarming. In spite of that, people assume that Froyo is healthier because it is made up of yogurt. This results in taking that extra scoop of yogurt. Eating Froyo in that quantity is as good as eating ice cream and, also, not to mention, the add-ons, the sprinkles, the brownie bites – that’s where it becomes heavy and more unhealthy. Froyo is supposed to help you lose weight but the add-ons will be a barrier. Homemade unsweetened ice cream, on the other hand, is just like drinking a fruit smoothie.

So What Is Healthier?

None or both – it’s how you eat it that decides how healthy or unhealthy a particular thing is. Anything in a limited quantity is harmless.  Say no to sprinkles and other add-ons and you’re good to go – whether you have an ice-cream in your hand or a cup of Froyo.

Want to be on the healthy side of the debate? Dive into this article about Greek Yogurt!

3 Delicious Vegetarian Low Carb Recipes for every meal


Healthy eating has never been easier! Trying to avoid carbs as a vegetarian can seem as a rather difficult task. But fret not! We have got the perfect solution for you right here with these delicious vegetarian low carb recipes you can wipe anytime you want. Feast on these 3 yummy recipes without worrying about carbs.

1. Mini Cauliflower Pizza With Greek Yogurt Pesto



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Relish this healthy Cauliflower pizza topped with some grilled vegetables and a scrumptious Greek Yogurt pesto. This dish makes for an easy, meatless meal that is low in carbs, high in protein and full of flavour.

Ingredients

For the cauliflower crust:
•12 Cups of Cauliflower, chopped
•1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Garlic, minced
•1/2 Tsp Salt
•1 1/3 Cup + 4 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated 
•2 Large egg whites
For the Greek yogurt basil sauce:
•1/2 Cup Plain Non-fat Greek yogurt
•1/2 Cup firmly packed Fresh basil, roughly chopped
•2 tsp Garlic, minced
•Salt/pepper to taste
For topping:
•1 Small zucchini, sliced
•3 Tomatoes, Sliced 
•1/2 Tbsp Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive oil
•1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
•Fresh basil, for garnishing

Instructions

1.Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a pizza pan with some parchment paper.In a large food processor, process the cauliflower until it is fine.
2.Place the cauliflower into a large bowl and microwave for 7 minutes, stir, and microwave for an additional 7 minutes. Then, let the cauliflower stand until it is cool enough to handle, for about 10-15 minutes.
3.Dump the cauliflower into a thin kitchen towel and remove all the excess moisture. Get out as much as you can, as this is the key to a not-soggy crust.
4.Transfer the cauliflower back into a large bowl and add the garlic, salt, Italian seasoning, a pinch of pepper and 1 1/3 cups of the Parmesan. Stir until well combined and then add the egg whites, mixing until it is well combined.
5.Divide the cauliflower into 4 balls (about a heaping 1/2 cup each) and spread onto the pizza pan, leaving a ridge for the crust.Bake until it is golden brown,for about 30 minutes.
6.While the pizza bakes, combine the Greek yogurt, basil and garlic in a small food processor until it is smooth and creamy, scraping the sides down as necessary. With the food processor on, stream in the olive oil until well mixed. Set aside.Then, preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
7.Combine the sliced zucchini, tomato and olive oil in a small bowl and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Grill until charred, about 2-3 minutes a side. Place onto a plate and set aside. Keep your grill on.
8.Once the pizza is cooked, remove them from the oven and preheat your broiler to high heat for 3 minutes. Take the remaining 4 Tbsp of cheese and sprinkle it onto the pizzas (1 Tbsp each) and broil for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and melted. Spread some of the Greek yogurt sauce on each pizza and then top with the grilled veggies and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

2. Breakfast Kale Salad


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This breakfast Kale salad has all the goodness of a breakfast sandwich minus the bread keeping it healthy as well as appetizing. This is a must for every breakfast table to get a nutritious kickstart for the day.

Ingredients

•1 block extra firm tofu, cubed
•2 tablespoons of soy sauce
•3/4 teaspoon each of onion powder and garlic powder
•4 cups of kale, chopped into bite-sized pieces
•juice of 1 fresh lemon
•1/8 teaspoon of salt
•2tablespoon of Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive Oil
•1/2 cup of tomatoes, sliced
•1/4 cup of spring onion, finely chopped
•1 avocado, chopped
For the Creamy Cashew Sauce:
•1 large carrot, chopped into 1″ pieces
•1/2 cup Healthy Alternatives Cashew Butter, at room temperature
•1/3 cup of lemon juice
•1/3 cup water
•1/3 cup nutritional yeast
•1/2 teaspoon onion powder
•2 cloves of garlic
•extra water, as needed
•salt and white pepper, to taste – You’ll need more salt if your cashew butter is unsalted.

Instructions

1.In a medium bowl, toss together the tofu cubes with the bacon, soy sauce, turmeric, onion powder, and garlic powder. Set aside to marinate.
2.In a large bowl, toss together the kale, lemon juice, salt, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Massage the kale until it wilts, then toss in the tomato and green onion. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill.
3.In a large frying pan, heat the other tablespoon of oil on medium high. Add the tofu mixture and any marinade from the bowl, and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the bacon gets crispy on the edges, for about 7 minutes.
4.As you stir, you can use the spoon to break up the tofu, if you prefer it more crumbled than cubed. You’ll need to stir more frequently toward the end of cooking time. 
5.Pull the kale salad out of the fridge, top with the cooked tofu mixture and avocado and drizzle on the Creamy Cashew Sauce. Add more green onions, if you like, and serve.

For the Creamy Cashew Carrot Sauce:

1.Steam the carrots for 5-7 minutes. 
2.Combine the carrots, cashew butter, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, onion powder, and garlic in your blender. 
3.Puree until smooth, adding 1 tablespoon of water at a time, as needed to reach a creamy consistency. 
4.With a high-speed blender but with a regular blender, you might need a little bit of extra liquid to get things moving smoothly.

3. Mini Avocado & Hummus Quesadilla 


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 Let your taste buds explore this combination of avocados and hummus stuffed in these mini delights. This mini avocado and hummus Quesadilla is the perfect after-schoolsnack for your children to keep them content and willing to do their homework.

Ingredients

•¼ cup of hummus
•1 tbsp cilantro, minced
•½ avocado, cut into 12 slices
•30 grams of queso fresco/any crumbly cheese

Instructions

1.Using a 2½-inch circle cookie cutter (or a glass with a 3½-inch circumference and a small knife), cut 3 circles from each tortilla.
2.In a small bowl, stir together the hummus, cumin, and cilantro.
3.Spread 1 teaspoon of the hummus mixture on each tortilla circle. Divide the avocado slices and queso fresco evenly between the quesadillas, arranging them on one-half of the tortilla circles.
4.Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place several quesadillas in the pan and cook until the tortillas are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

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Want more tips to lower your daily carb intake? Read all about low carb foods here.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Why Is Jackfruit The Hottest New Meatless Food Trend?


For a lot of us who have been trying #MeatlessMondays or trying to become vegan or vegetarian - we know our way around vegetables! But what if we told you there’s a fruit substitute for meat? This juicy gem is a gluten-free, grain-free exotic fruit called Jackfruit. Shred it, roast it, or simply eat it – jackfruit will give you an unexpected gastronomic experience. 

Is it healthy?

This sweet, exotic fruit is packed with proteins, vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, minerals, phytonutrients, carbohydrate, electrolytes, fiber, and fat. The health benefits include preventing the onset of cancer, strengthening bones, your nervous system and helping people with diabetes. Also, and this is our favourite part - it has anti-ageing properties! It fights wrinkles, gives you flawless skin, and helps strengthen your eye sight as well. Sounds like the miracle fruit we must try!!!

The Meatless Trend



With the vegan trend spreading like wildfire, we are constantly looking for flavourful meat protein alternatives. Jackfruit is known to have the taste and texture of pulled pork. It is chewy, juicy and tender. Some will agree that it also tastes like chicken in some preparations. All you need to do is spice it up like you would do with any other type of meat.

The Jazz About Jackfruit



Healthy meat alternatives? Yes, please! Vegans all over the world are catching on fast to the jackfruit trend. Apart from being extremely healthy, jackfruit is also very versatile. You can eat it ripe or use it in burger patties, salads, nachos, smoothies, sandwiches, tacos, and desserts.

You can even try making jackfruit ice cream with coconut milk if you are feeling experimental and are craving a vegan ice cream! Even jackfruit seeds can be roasted and eaten as a healthy snack or simply used to sprinkle on top of salads. It absorbs flavours easily, so use it for cooking your favourite dishes. 

There’s hardly anything that you can’t use jackfruit for, so go try this new meatless rage for yourself!

Want to know about more vegan meatless options like Tofu? Read about Tofu here

Looking for some healthy, vegetarian recipes? Try these DIY healthy salad recipes




How To Make Gourmet Desserts At Home




Desserts are fun to eat but even more fun to make! Got a really important dinner party coming up and need to impress your guests? Try these super easy homemade dessert recipes and become the go-to gourmet chef! No one will guess that you were the master of these delectable dishes!

1. Classic Cheesecake




With its oh so crumbly graham crust and a silky cream cheese filling, this classic cheesecake recipe will certainly have your dinner guests raving about your culinary skills!

Ingredients

•900 g cream cheese
•120 g caster Sugar
•3 tsp Healthy Alternatives Organic Wheat Maida
•5 whole eggs
•1/2 cup fresh cream
•1 tsp Lemon juice
•1 pinch lemon zest
•1 tsp vanilla syrup/extract
(For the Crust)
•2 cups crumbled fiber biscuits
•1/2 cup unsalted butter

Instructions

1.Take a bowl and combine the crumbled crackers/biscuits with the butter (melted) and mix it. Take your pan and layer it with this crust mixture. Freeze it for 15 mins.
2.Preheat the oven to 180 C.
3.Take a big container and add the cream cheese, sugar, Maida and beat it with a mixer blender. Let it become smooth and soft. Slowly, add the eggs into this mix and beat it again.
4.Add the cream, the lemon zest vanilla extract to this mixture and beat it until it all becomes one smooth mixture.
5.Take the crust out of the refrigerator and place it in a larger pan and add the filling. Bake it for an hour at about 125 C and then for another 45 mins. Bake more if the crust isn’t set yet.
6.Take it out of the oven and let it cool. Cover the cake with a plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate it for a minimum of 24 hours. Serve with some strawberry syrup or blueberries!

2. Banana Pudding




This is one scrumptious treat that you can easily whip up with easily available ingredients in your kitchen or your nearest Natures Basket store. Indulge your taste buds in a fruity surprise with this banana pudding!

Ingredients

•1/3 cup Healthy Alternatives Organic Wheat Maida
•¾ cup sugar
•¼ tsp salt
•2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
•2½ cups milk
•3 tsp butter
•2 tsp vanilla syrup/extract
•1 tsp banana extract
•3-4 ripe bananas, sliced
•Vanilla wafers
(For the topping)
•3/4 cup heavy cream
•3-4 tsp fine sugar
•1 tsp vanilla syrup/extract

Instructions

1.Take a pan and pour in the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the yolks and the milk to this mixture. Whisk this mixture and keep the pan on a medium simmer. Gradually add the butter and keep whisking until the mixture becomes thick. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla, the banana syrup, and some more butter.
2.Take a big dish and layer it with the wafers and banana slices. Layer it with the pudding and fill it up. Cover with a wrap and leave it to rest for 2 to 3 hours.
3.Serve on a plate with a serving of the wafer and the pudding and add a dollop of the blended cream on top. Add additional garnishes like nuts, banana slices, and wafers if required.

3. Caramelized Pears With Coffee Cream




This sticky caramel pear dessert will certainly be the masterpiece at your dinner table! Get a gourmet kick from a homemade dessert with this amazing recipe for some caramelized pears topped with a generous dollop of coffee cream!

Ingredients

•4 pears, any type
•2 tsp lemon juice
•1 tsp sugar
•2 tsp water
•2 tsp unsalted butter
(For the coffee cream)
•1 cup whipped cream
•1 vanilla bean
•1 cup mascarpone cheese
•1/3 cup sugar
•2-3 tsp chilled espresso
(For garnish)
•Cocoa powder
•Toasted almonds

Instructions

1. Cut your pears into halves and remove the core with the seeds. Put them in a pan and brush them with some lemon juice, sprinkle some sugar evenly on them and dab them with some butter.
2. Heat your oven to 375 degrees and put in the pear halves. Put water in the roasting pan with the pears and bake for about 30 minutes. Flip them over and bake again for 30 minutes. Test the pears with a knife, they should slice through easily.
3. Once done, let the pears cool till they reach room temperature. In the meantime, take a bowl. Put the whipped cream and the sliced vanilla bean in it. Stir it and refrigerate for an hour.
4. Once it’s ready, right before serving, add the cream to the refrigerated bowl. Add in the mascarpone cheese and the espresso, and beat it until it's blended. Add the sugar and beat again till the mixture is soft.
5. Serve the pears in a dish with a generous dollop of the coffee cream. Sprinkle the entire dish with some cocoa or toasted almonds, as per your liking.

Ready to be a gourmet chef at home? Get all your ingredients here.

Now you can indulge in your favourite desserts without guilt-tripping over calories, check out this healthy quinoa pancakes recipe!