When ever I talk about health, diet etc., I must talk about one person who inspired me. He is my grand father(Mom's dad). He lived 90 years and no complaint of Diabetes, Heart problems, Blood pressure nothing. I believe all because of his eating habbits. He was so sure and particular about his portion sizes, 2 phulkas and little curd rice. To go along with them any dal or curries made with little of oil. His snack time food was couple of Marie biscuits (We get them in India) or sprouted Moong dal. Breakfast as usual south indian items like Idli, Dosa etc., just 2 of them. He only had special items like vada, bajjis (deep fried items) on festivals that too 2 or 3 not more than that. I wonder how could he resist those cravings towards items like Mirchi Bajji, Samosa, Aloo bonda, Mysore Bajji, Puri etc.,? I go weak in the knees when I see these items. Kya kare control hi nai hotha.
What I wanted to say is eating healthy yields healthy results. I any how got spoiled with all that deep fried stuff, I may want to be careful and pass on healthy eating habbits to my daughter. Hopefully!!!
Here is our sunday meal and guess what my husband liked the food. Trust me! it means a lot.
Pinto bean salad with vegetables
Kidney bean burger
Honey dew melon juice
Pinto bean salad with vegetables:
1 can Pinto beans drained well
1/2 of a long cucumber chopped finely
1/2 of a small onion chopped finely
1 medium tomato chopped finely
1/2 of lemon
1 tbsp cilantro chopped finely
1 tsp chaat masala
a pinch of salt
Mix beans, vegetables, chaat masala together and squeeze the lemon juice on top of it. Spray some non-stick cooking spray for half a second or 1 tsp oil. I had soy bean oil spray so I sprayed that else you may add 1 tsp olive oil. Mix everything together and serve.
Kidney bean burger:
1 can kidney beans drained very well with no water
1 tsp coriander cumin powder
1/4 red chilli powder
a pinch of salt (do not put more as the canned beans already has it)
a pinch of turmeric powder
1/4 very finely chopped onion
1 tsp very finely chopped jalapeno pepper
2 Light Bread slices (I used Natures own Wheat 40 Calorie bread)
2 tsp Tomato ketchup
Red onion slices
1. Mix all the ingredients with beans and make sure that you don't mash up all the beans. Mash just little enough.
2. Make four equal portions and make each portion into a 1/4" think pattie.
3. Heat a non-stick pan and spray some oil with non stick spray. Place the pattie in that pan.
4. After couple of minutes very gently turn it onto other side and cook for couple more minutes and take out onto a plate. While turning be very careful as the pattie may break, as we did not mash the beans completely.
5. I toasted the bread slightly in a toaster and applied a tsp of ketch up on each slice on one side.
6. Place the vegetables on the slices with the ketchup one inside. Place the buger pattie in between and serve. It is quite filling and healthy.
Honey Dew Melon Juice:
1/2 cup Honey Dew Melon cubes
1/2 cup water (approximately)
2 tsp sugar free
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 lemon (juice)
Some Ice cubes
Blend them all together in a blender and pour into a glass. Serve it immediately.
Hope you guys enjoyed the items as much as I enjoyed the meal having it. This is my contribution to my own event What's Your Favorite - Diet Food.