Year: 2020

A Healthier Diwali: Baked Traditional Samosas

Happy Diwali! Wishing all of you a beautiful day filled with love, light, and delicious food! Many of the foods we traditionally eat on Diwali and other celebrations, albeit absolutely delicious, are often high in calories, fried, contain dairy, and are loaded with sugar. So how can we celebrate in a healthier way? I had a chat on Instagram Live recently with my friend, Jaineel from @abswithouteggs, on ways we can make some easy swaps to Diwali sweets and savory dishes to make them both vegan and more health conscious. We discussed some tips that you may find helpful for not only Diwali, but anytime we hit the holidays where food becomes a central part of our celebrations. Some tips for a healthier holiday: Substitute sugar in sweet recipes with a healthier alternative like stevia, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, agave nectar, dates, or date syrup, or fresh fruits Try baking instead of frying traditional Indian Diwali dishes (like these samosas!) Use whole wheat flour instead of white flour Substitute vegan yogurt in place of …

Pink Pitaya Hummus

Hum-missed you all so here is a new recipe for a beautiful, super creamy, pink pitaya hummus! Okay, so I know it sounds a bit odd to add fruit in your hummus, but the neutral flavor of pitaya adds a pop of Spring colors and nutrient like vitamin C, betalains, carotenoids, prebiotic fiber, and magnesium to an already protein packed dish. So even though we are stuck indoors, let’s celebrate some spring colors with this hot pink hummus! Pink Pitaya Hummus ▸ Vegan, Jain, Vegetarian, Gluten-free Makes:10-12 servingsTotal Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups cooked chickpeas 4 tbsp tahini 100 g pitaya puree (can substitute ½ cup frozen pitaya chunks or 1 tbsp pitaya powder) 1 tsp asafetida powder 1/2 cup lemon juice 2 tsp salt 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1-2 tsp red chili flakes 1 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup water Directions: Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until creamy! Serve with some spring veggies and fruit, or as a spread on your …