Friday, 22 December 2017

Lean Greens - Product review

Talking about eating healthy is all and well, but actually doing it is something else. With busy lifestyles and supermarkets stocked with ready meals, it's hard to focus on our health and wellbeing. Luckily, Lean Greens has introduced their Super Greens Powder - UK's number 1 powdered green supplement. 




The Super Greens Powder aims to reduce bloating, cravings and prevent the afternoon slump by increasing natural energy. It works by packing a long list of active ingredientsWheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina, Chlorella, Alfalfa, Spinach, Broccoli, Carrot, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Digestive Enzyme Blend, Green Tea Extract, Siberian Ginseng, Stevia Leaf. Phew! 




Kindly, Lean Greens sent me their starter pack to try out at home. It contained a tub of Super Greens Powder, a shaker and two sachets of their Trim Formula protein isolate. I couldn't wait to try it the next morning and start feeling the benefits! 

I make the effort to cook foods that do contain nutritious ingredients, but I am grateful to have the help wherever I can. Knowing that if I drink a glass of the green powder, I have already done my body some good and started the day off well!

So how did I get on?




It was so easy to prepare. All I did was mix 250 ml of cold water with a large scoop of the powder. It was certainly quicker than preparing a green smoothie. As someone who is into green juices and has introduced their family to green juices, the powder was actually quite palatable! Don't let the bright green colour put you off! It really isn't at all bad. I had it first thing in the morning before my cup of masala tea as I wanted to give a chance for the alkalising ingredients to work their wonders. 

The shaker provided was foolproof and super simple to wash up after! I did notice an increase in my energy levels during the cold winter. I even gave some for my daughter to try whilst she was at uni and she also claimed feeling more refreshed than usual. We are not surprised that Super Greens has received such good reviews from their other customers! You can buy from Amazon here


I'm so happy that I have found a supplement to support me and my families needs alongside our meals. 


We are so close to the New Year and I'm sure that after the Christmas indulgence, you will be looking to get healthy again. Lean Greens would be perfect for that as it requires minimal effort. No more breaking your New Years resolutions and say hello to a healthier you in 2018!

Disclaimer- Thank you Lean Greens for sending me these products.  I was sent Lean Greens welcome pack for an unbiased review, and not told or paid to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou (Algerian Shortbread Cookies)

These gorgeous Vegan Boussou la Tmssou, shortbread cookies, reminds you of snowballs and originally are from Algeria. They melt in your mouth and these moreish cookies are not to be missed this festive season.  They can be great as Christmas cookies or any time of the year and very nice alternative treats for those friends and family who are vegan. Definitely, these bite-size delights will light up anyone's face!

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

"Tis the season to be jolly and bake cookies" In our house, Christmas and cookies go hand in hand and I don't think there is anything more festive than a good shortbread cookie. Just curl up by the fire, pour some hot chocolate and munch a few of these delectable cookies and have fun and laughter with the ones you love! Oh yes, all we want for Christmas is food:)

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

This year for  Christmas baking I was looking some inspirations to get baking, generally I don't bake much so in my case baking ideas just don't pop in my head to start baking, it has to be something special that would push me to go into that baking mood. As I was about to search online, what do I see about outside? Freaky snow started falling, people in Britain went crazy to see that amount of snow and especially social media flooded with such mesmerising and unique snow pictures, cute and very creative snowman pictures. While I was enjoying snow falling down on the trees, I had cravings for eating white snowballs. So thought of a treat that would resemble small snowballs. Quickly I searched for snow themed food, to my surprise a lot of recipes turned up from drinks to desserts, wow, and I thought about baking these Boussou la Tmssou!

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

Boussou la Tmssou, delicate and delightful cookies which reminds you snowballs, dipped in orange blossom water and then covered in icing sugar hails from Algeria. The name Boussou la Tmssou means 'Kiss it, don't touch it'. I guess this name was given to these cookies because they are extremely delicate to handle, while you are making and eating, these cookies need to be handled with so much care and attention.  Although they need extra care, these cookies can be prepared in a such a short time and you won't need any special ingredients. Traditional Boussou la Tmssou made with Ghee, (some use melted ghee, some use set ghee). I had almost 2 kg organic virgin coconut oil bottles lying in my kitchen, so I thought of making these cookies as vegan.

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

While I was baking these cookies, the husband said it's beginning to feel like Christmas!  The festive season is in full swing in my house and we are looking forward to spending the most wonderful time of the year with loved ones and devouring all these yummy goodies.

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.


Merry Christmas from all of us and all the best for the new year!!!


Merry Christmas 2017 from Jagrutis Cooking Odyssey


If you are still looking for an idea then look no further, this foolproof recipe is the perfect for sharing the moments, small but sweet, just make double the amount as once you prepare these you'll want to scoff some as well as one is never enough!!!



Vegan Boussou la Tmssou , Algerian Shortbread Cookies
Desserts, Snacks
Algerian
Yield: 30-40 cookies
Author:

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou (Algerian Shortbread Cookies)

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou (Algerian Shortbread Cookies)

These melt in your mouth cookies are so easy to make with only basic ingredients, perfect for a gift or just to enjoy them yourself.
prep time: 2 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 22 M

ingredients:

  • 225g Plain flour - Maida
  • 40g Powdered sugar
  • 110g Coconut oil melted
  • 100-120ml Orange blossom water
  • 150g Powdered sugar for coating

instructions:

How to cook Vegan Boussou la Tmssou (Algerian Shortbread Cookies)

  1. In a bowl add the plain flour and 40g powdered sugar.
  2. Mix well then add melted coconut oil.
  3. Mix all the ingredients with the hands and form a dough.
  4. Divide the dough into small equal sizes and roll into balls.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to gas mark 3-4 for 5-7 minutes.
  6. If you want you can press the cookie balls with your thumb and make slightly flat, I did half of them then left it.
  7. Line them on a baking tray and bake them for 15 minutes or until bottom parts of the cookie gets slightly golden brown.
  8. Remove it from the oven and leave it to cool completely.
  9. Once they are cooled dip them into orange blossom water one by one and roll into the powdered sugar to coat them evenly, leave them on a tray for at least 4-5 hours at room temperature.
  10. Then store them in the airtight container and keep it in a refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature for 30 minutes before consuming.

NOTES:

I used rosemary sprigs only for photographic purpose.
You can make these cookies using ghee or unsalted butter too.
Calories
85.90
Fat (grams)
3.71
Sat. Fat (grams)
3.04
Carbs (grams)
12.36
Fiber (grams)
0.26
Net carbs
12.10
Sugar (grams)
6.43
Protein (grams)
0.80
Sodium (milligrams)
0.62
Cholesterol (grams)
0.00
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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Sunday, 17 December 2017

SPICED ROSEMARY ALMONDS

These Spiced Rosemary Almonds are totally addictive, with the hint of spices and woody rosemary. These are ridiculously easy, quick and healthy nibbles to serve with any kind of drinks. It comes together in just 15 minutes!

Spiced Rosemary Almonds are easy to prepare, it's tasty, delicious and healthy. Perfect as a edible gifts.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

CARDAMOM AND CINNAMON CARAMEL FUDGE

This scrumptious Cardamom and Cinnamon Caramel Fudge screams nothing but festivity and these might be an ultimate treat to offer your friends and family around this festive season.

These Rich, Tasty and Delicious Cardamom, Cinnamon and Caramel Fudge are so easy to make which melts in your mouth and it is perfect for festive holiday and makes a darn good gift.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Peanuts and Sesame Seeds Kachariyu - Peanuts and Sesame Energy Bites



Peanuts and Sesame Seeds Kachariyu can have a place in your healthy eating plan and winter essential menus. This wholesome, refined sugar-free and nutritious Gujarati winter dish is delectable and the simplest dish you can prepare to fight those winter blues.



Kachariyu is a traditional Gujarati delicacy which is eaten during winter times and made with very basic ingredients such as sesame seeds, Jaggery and Peanuts. It is very healthy and nutritious.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

HOMEMADE BILLIONAIRE'S HOT CHOCOLATE

Calling all the Billionaire's fans! Tickle your taste buds with this Homemade Billionaire's Hot Chocolate, a luxurious drink with a super decadent recipe. It's like Christmas in a mug!!

A mug of Hot chocolate poured on three layers of buttery shortbread, Gooey caramel and silky chocolate. All these yummy ingredients make this drink extra special. There is no doubt these winters warmer drinks are incredibly delicious and hard to resist.

Homemade Billionaire's hot chocolate and Latte is so easy to make at home.

Homemade Billionaire's Latte

Learn how to make Homemade Billionaire's Latte, this easy and delicious festive hot beverage lets you blend your own Costa style creations. It's a perfect, quick and entertaining treat.

Learn how to make Homemade Billionaire's Latte, this easy and delicious festive hot beverage lets you blend your own Costa style creations. It's a perfect, quick and entertaining treat.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Vegan Katsu Curry - Product Review - Yutaka

Now vegetarians and vegan can too enjoy the deliciousness of Katsu Curry with this foolproof recipe. Vegan Katsu Curry, is a fully vegan version of the classic Japanese Katsu Curry. Just letting you know, it will knock your socks off!

Vegan Katsu Curry is originate from Japan and easy to make.

A vegan katsu curry, comforting, simple and delicious filled with crispy tofu, sweet potato and aubergine, served on a bed of thick, sweet and mildly spiced aromatic brown curry sauce. Surely you are in a treat with this curry, which is going to please not only vegetarians but even non-vegetarians' taste buds too!

Being Indian, I always thought that curry can be found only in Indian Cuisine, hahaha how wrong I was. Now that the whole world is at our fingertips and discovering so many facts and taking virtual tours of the globe I gained so much knowledge about other cultures and really appreciating their wonderful cuisines too. Along with Indian curries we have already tried Jamaican, Thai, Mauritian and Japanese Curries, just so delicious and we love all of them!

Vegan Katsu Curry is originate from Japan and easy to make.


I came to know about vegan yasai katsu curry a couple of years back, and I asked their staff to omit eggs from my curry and she said yes we can do that for you and they made a vegan katsu curry for me. It was an instant hit with me and my family. Well, since then we are a huge fan of vegan Japanese food, check my Vegan Sushi recipe. I simply fell in love with Japanese cuisine because I thought that Japanese don't just serve food but they serve incredible art on the plate. Visually you start eating.The arrangement of the food and its colour and shape boggles the mind!  It's a cuisine that satisfies all the senses.

Since I had vegan katsu curry in the restaurant, I had chance to try my hands on making this curry at home a couple of times. It's nice change to Indian curry, but never had a chance to post it on the blog as always wolfed it down before I photographed it. But this time, I had to control myself and quickly photographed, I must admit here as pictures don't do justice to the deliciousness that was in our bowl.

Vegan Katsu Curry is originate from Japan and easy to make.


So what is Katsu and in Katsu Curry? Katsu curry was developed in the 1940s by a customer at the Swiss Grill Restaurant in Japan. It's now taken the UK by storm, especially the vegan version. Katsu means Cutlets in Japanese, and curry has three main section, a crispy panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) breaded vegetables, Tofu or non-veg ingredients. A curry sauce which is mildly spiced and sweet, delicate and flavourful served with plain boiled rice and pickled ginger.  Making vegan Katsu curry at home is fairly simple and not too much time consuming at all but if you are craving a katsu curry and want to eat in less than an hour, products from Yutaka can curb your cravings. Oishii (the food taste delicious)

Vegan Katsu Curry is originate from Japan and easy to make using Yutaka curry paste.


Folks from Yutaka sent me their sample products of Panko Breadcrumbs and Katsu Curry paste. I could not believe how easy it was to prepare this curry in less than half an hour as hardly I had to do any peeling and chopping and there was no compromise on taste. I followed the exact method to prepare this curry except I did not deep fry the vegetables and tofu but baked in the oven. So if you don't want to make this curry from the scratch, but you want to make at home without hassle use Yutuka products and enjoy this vegan delight.


Notes:-
I did not deep fried the vegetables, so I slightly softened them in the microwave for 40 seconds before breading and baking.



vegan katsu curry
Mains
Japanese
Yield: 4-5 SERVINGS
Author:

VEGAN KATSU CURRY

VEGAN KATSU CURRY

Vegan Katsu Curry, simple and fresh, delicate and delicious! A recipe with panko breaded vegetables and tofu served with mild and flavourful curry sauce, rice and pickled ginger.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 30 M

ingredients:

Curry sauce
  • 1 Large white onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 800ml Water
  • 100g Yutaka Japanese style curry cube
Vegan Katsu
  • 1 Large aubergine
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 packet Drained and pat dried Tofu
  • 100g Plain flour
  • 50g Cornflour mixed in little water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 200g Yutaka panko
  • Olive oil

instructions:

How to cook VEGAN KATSU CURRY

  1. Make curry sauce by heating a little oil in a pan, and fry the chopped onions on a low heat until lightly browned.
  2. Add 800ml cold water and bring it to boil.
  3. Turn the heat to medium and let the water simmer for 7 minutes.
  4. Then let the sauce cool down for a few minutes.
  5. Add 100g curry cubes into the sauce, stir until fully dissolved and simmer on low heat until thickened.
  6. Make Vegan KatsuCut the sweet potato, aubergine and tofu into half cm slice and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Dredge in flour then dip into the cornflour mixture and coat with Yutaka Panko.
  8. Heat the oil in a pan and deep fry for a couple of minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Baked katsuPreheat the oven to gas mark 5-6.Line a baking sheet with tin foil and coat with cooking spray.
  10. Place panko-breaded vegetables and tofu and once again coat the ingredients with cooking spray.
  11. Bake the vegetables for 10-12 minutes on each side or until both sides are golden brown.
  12. Heat the sauce once again, and serve katsu with curry sauce and rice.
  13. Douzo meshiagare (Enjoy your meal)
Calories
507.63
Fat (grams)
12.55
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.84
Carbs (grams)
83.63
Fiber (grams)
9.53
Net carbs
74.11
Sugar (grams)
13.43
Protein (grams)
17.30
Sodium (milligrams)
476.48
Cholesterol (grams)
7.89
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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Disclosure - I was sent Samples of Vegan Katsu Curry by Yutuka for an unbiased review, and not told or paid to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

KOBI BATETA NU SAAK (CABBAGE POTATO SABJI)

This quick and easy but colourful Kobi Bateta Nu Saak or Cabbage and Potato Sabji is delicious with mild flavours which can be prepared in less time. All the deliciousness of it in simplicity.

An everyday stir-fry style sabji is great for lunch boxes as it is dry and goes well with roti or phulka.
a dish full of goodness that couldn't be easier to whip up!

Cabbage Potato sabji is a simply, easy and delicious Indian style curry that can be enjoyed with Roti and Phulka.

Friday, 1 December 2017

TRADITIONAL BREAD SAUCE

It's the 1st of December, so Christmas dinner is already on our minds. This classic and simple bread sauce has been made with the help of Stirr from Uutensil. It is simply made with white stale bread and milk boiled with studded onion with spices and served on Christmas day!


Traditional Bread sauce is so delicious, creamy and rich. It is prepared on Christmas day as part of the Christmas dinner.