Year: 2013

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

The weather is chilly up North. So throw on some cozy socks and bundle up by the fireplace with this wholesome, earthy soup. With a kick of cayenne, it is guaranteed to warm your soul! Completely made from scratch, this recipe includes how to make a Jain vegetable broth that can be used as a base in any soup recipe or vegetarian gravy. Jain Vegetable Broth: 5 cups cold water fennel greens and stems 1 zucchini 1 cup chopped opo/calabash squash hand full of green beans 3 red Swiss chard (leaves and stems) 2 stems celery 1 Bay leaf 6 whole black peppercorns salt to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil Fresh Italian parsley Place 5 cups cold water, olive oil, fennel, celery, zucchini, Swiss Chard, green beans, and opo in a large pot. Bring to boil. Once boiling, add in bay leaf, peppercorns, salt, and parsley. Let boil for another 5-10 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cover the pot. Let the broth simmer for 45-60 minutes. The longer you let it simmer, the …

Ancient Grains Protein Smoothie Bowl

Ancient Grains Protein Smoothie Bowl Start your morning with over 30 grams of protein with this quick, thick smoothie. Spoon required. Makes 1-2 servings Ingredients: 1 cup Voskos (or Fage/Chobani) plain greek yogurt (0%); I tend to use voskos or fage since these have the highest protein content, but Chobani is the smoothest of the three 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 ripe banana 1 tbsp flax meal 1 tbsp almond butter 1 tsp chia seeds Splash of almond milk Your favorite granola to top! Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add almond milk as needed if it gets too thick to blend depending on your blender. You can experiment by adding other superfoods like quinoa, maca, hempseed, buckwheat; just be creative with your combinations. You can even add your favorite protein powder for added protein. I can recommend Progenex More Muscle and Recovery proteins–probably the best tasting whey protein I have ever tried. You can order it here: http://www.progenexusa.com/Shop.aspx?afid=PSHAH Use discount code “PSHAH” at checkout for sweet savings!

Sweet n’ Spicy Lychee Paneer Curry

Rakshabandhan is around the corner, so here is a great recipe to make for your family lunch or dinner! It is a creative twist to the normal Paneer Butter Masala curry with a sweet and spicy kick! This recipe can also be made vegan by substituting extra-firm tofu for the paneer, and a non-dairy milk. Sweet n’ Spicy Lychee Paneer Curry Ingredients: Servings: 5 4 medium tomatoes (250 g), chopped and pureed 1 cup paneer cubes, or as preffered (for vegan version, use extra firm tofu) 15 fresh lychees, peeled, seeded and quartered or 1 can lychees, quartered* 1/3 cup lychee juice (if using canned lychees, you can use the 1/4 cup of the syrup from the can) 1 fresh thai chilli (ground) if you like it spicy Paneer Butter Masala or Paneer Makhani masala + 1 cup cold milk** Cilantro to garnish *Make sure that the tough seedy skin is removed from the inside of the lychee **I use Rasoi Magic’s “No onion, No Garlic” ready spice mix for this; it’s quick, easy, and Jain! If …

The Greek Superfood Snack

Ever wonder if the Greek gods ate a diet of Greek yogurt? I think they might have. Pair it with some healthy fruit and healthy seeds to create this quick recipe for a protein-packed superfood treat to revive&energize! As the mighty Zeus says… “For a true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” So why these ingredients? Chia seeds: A superfood of the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, chia seeds have been proven to show amazing nutritional benefits. Consuming chia seeds as a dietary fat source can lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels while increasing HDL or the”good” cholesterol. Chia is great for regulating blood insulin levels, can be digested whole, provide rich Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, important antioxidants and minerals, and are gluten-free! Best of all, they have satiating effects, leaving you feeling full with just a spoon-full. More on chia here: http://wp.me/p2CRW5-UF Buckwheat Groats:  Buckwheat has been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. They are rich in flavonoids, and help control blood sugar. …

Cajun-Spiced Veggie Burgers

Ready made veggie burgers often contain eggs or root vegetables, so I love making my own from scratch. You can customize them with whatever you want and they are completely fresh, not like some pre-packed frozen mystery food. Here is a new type of veggie burger patty I tried making a couple days ago, and it turned out delicious! Cajun-Spiced Veggie Burgers Makes 8-12 patties, depending on the size Ingredients: 3/4 cup Calabaza (pumpkin or butternut squash) 1 ripe plantain, peeled and chopped into large chunks 1 green bellpepper, chopped finely 1 medium zuchhini, chopped finely 1 green chili picante- chopped finely 1/2 cup oats (you can use them whole or pulse them a few times in a food processor for a more fine oat binder) 1/2 bunch chopped cilantro 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 3-4 Tbsp homemade Jain Cajun Spice mix, depending on how savory you want them  (quick cheat: use 1/2 packet of El Paso Mild Taco Seasoning + some extra red chilli powder, turmeric, and cumin) 2-3 tbsp dried or fresh parsely …

Coconut-Chia Truffles

A little bit on Chia:  There are so many health benefits to chia seeds, and they are so versatile. Try them on toast, in peanut butter, over a parfait, as a gooey gel, in water, juices or smoothies! Whatever way you like them, they are definitely a great snack to keep you powered throughout the day. Health benefits of Chia seeds: They are heart healthy, help reduce blood pressure, and filled with essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega 6) Slows the rate of complex carb digestion to stabilize blood sugar levels allowing sustained energy release ENERGY. Chia comes from the Mayan word for strength! Chia swells in the body, which helps detoxification and elimination in the colon while absorbing toxins and lubricating the colon lining. Weight Loss. Add bulk and nutrients but not the calories to your food to fill you up. The essential fatty acids in Chia seeds also helps boost metabolism and helps increase lean muscle mass.  About 20% of Chia seeds is high-quality protein, more than most other grains and rices. Chia seeds have been shown to reduce pain and acts as …

A Romantic Parisian Meal: Agave-Roasted Fennel with Goat Cheese

Now, here is the second course to your romantic Parisian meal: the salad. Agave-Roasted Fennel with Goat Cheese serves 6 Ingredients: 3 large or 6 small fresh fennel bulbs (the fronds should be bushy bright green) a generous handful arugula 1 ½ to 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 4 – 5 tbsp light agave nectar 1 handful roasted hazelnuts (walnuts work too) 1 – 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 round fresh goat’s milk cheese Extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper How: 1. Begin by roasting the hazelnuts in an oven preheated to 350 ˚F. You will know when they are ready when the skin begins to crack, in about 15 minutes. Wrap them in a hand towel and let cool. Rub the towel between your hands to remove the skin. Chop coarsely and keep aside. 2. Trim the bottom off each fennel bulb, keeping the petals together. Then slice off the top of the bulbs. Remove the outer petals if they seem tough, or peel the outer petals. Finely chop the featherlike …

Sesamo Queso Dip

A odd, secret combination of three simple ingredients that makes one of the best dips I have ever tried. La comida de los cafes Argentina son tan únicas y creativas. Este es un dip que yo probé en un café local en Buenos Aires. Es absolutamente perfecto! Sesamo Queso Dip Una cuchara de Queso Crema Una cucharita de Salsa de Soja Una cucharita de Semillas de Sesamo blancos y negros Mezcla todo en un bol como eso: Come con su pan favorito para un sabor riquísimo! buen provecho!

Sautéed Za’atar Veggies with Soy “Sangria”

So you know how they say some of the greatest inventions were originally mistakes? Like silly putty, the vacuum cleaner, and Coca Cola. Today’s lunch recipe could possibly make that list. From a broken blender to accidental convection, what I thought would be a flop actually turned out pretty good! Sautéed Za’atar Veggies: 2 servings Ingredients: 1/2 to 3/4 cup Calabaza or pumpkin/squash, diced 10 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced Handful of Spinach Handful of Basil 1/4 Red Pepper, sliced 1/4 Zucchini, chopped 1/3 cup Tofu, chopped Salt and black pepper to taste Olive Oil 3 Tbsp Za’atar Crushed Red Pepper or chili powder, to taste Begin by sautéing or grilling the calabaza for 10 minutes. Then add the zucchini and red peppers. Add sliced cherry tomatoes Sprinkle in salt, crushed red pepper and Za’atar. Toss until all veggies are coated. Turn the heat down low, cover and let the veggies sit for another 5-7 minutes to absorb in the flavors. Separately pan-fry the tofu in olive oil. Remove from heat, combine with veggies, and cover. Wash and prep spinach …

A Romantic Parisian Meal: Clementine Goat Cheese Crostini

When I traveled to Paris last year, I decided to take a cooking class. I mean it was the capital of some of the most exquisite cuisine right? I was skeptic until I found a chef who taught organic-vegetarian cooking! With her, I customized a special Jain menu of French foods to learn. Over the next few posts, I will share  some great French dishes which are bound to impress a special someone on a candle-light dinner date 😉 This series of French cooking posts will go by course, so let us start with… The Appetizer: Clementine Goat Cheese Crostini: Already drooling. Goat cheese is the best thing ever. Ingredients: French Bread loaf, sliced Olive oil to brush Goat Cheese Clementine Preserves Rosemary sprigs How? Remove the goat cheese from wrapping and set out on the counter to soften. Meanwhile, slice the french bread loaf in about 1/4 inch thick slices. Slice the goat cheese into rectangular pieces about the size of your bread. Brush olive oil over the bread slices, and slightly toast them …