Red Lentil Daal

Red Lentil Daal

Meatless Monday! Yay! For this Monday I propose You make Daal (pronounced dh-aa-l). This dish is the staple side dish in every Pakistani home. Abound with many a variation, this one, made with red lentils is super quick. Ready in under an hour with no over night pre soaking required!

Chocolate Nice cream

Chocolate Nice cream

I don’t know about you all but I am often left with rotting bananas. Unless I peel and hand the boys this fruit, they will never reach for one on their own. I some times sneak one in for snack at school but suffice it to say it is not their favorite.

When I saw this recipe for “nice cream” doing the rounds in health circles, I thought I would give it a try. It’s non dairy but the texture and look is just the same.  Add good quality cocoa and you have a healthy dessert or after school snack!

Mint Lassi

Mint Lassi

This concoction happened quite by accident actually. The mint that was to be used as garnish ended up in the blender. Gave it a whir and there it was, lassi and bits of green. Ohhhkaay, I said to myself, no worries. How bad can it be? OMG, it was so so good!

Meatless Monday- Lentils

Meatless Monday- Lentils

It’s that time of week again! It’s Monday and you know what that means, dinner is going to be meatless.

Today I am planning to make Kala Masoor or black lentils. This is basically red lentils but with the skin on,hence the name.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I feared cooking  squash. The kind of fear that you have of the unknown. This was unchartered culinary territory for me. You see, growing up in Pakistan, the closest I came to eating,never mind cooking, this fruit was the Lauki or  gourd. They all come from the same Cucurbitaceae family. Members include the pumpkin, squash, zucchini,watermelon and various melons.Even good old cucumber is related!

As I became more conscious of what I put inside my body, the  list of fruits and vegetables I consumed grew. There was no way I could ignore the squash any longer. It is such a big part of life here in the U.S!

Meatless Monday-Eggplant

Meatless Monday-Eggplant

This vibrant, purple fella goes by many names. Aubergine, brinjal, garden egg, melongene and even guinea squash. It is commonly known as eggplant because of it’s egg-like shape.

This is by far the most misunderstood and under appreciated vegetable in my home.

FAVORITE PANCAKES

 

Favorite Pancakes

 

So out with the processed foods, in with the natural. Ah, easier said than done! Especially if you have two growing boys. With hearty appetites.

With that in mind, it was crucial that I find a killer recipe for pancakes. And other such sweet treats.

Easy Lemon-Ginger Water

 

Easy Lemon Ginger Water

Ever since I started my journey to health I have tried to start my day with what I call “Detox Water”. It has been a way to get my daily dose of vitamin C, benefit from the nutrients in ginger root and heal with turmeric.