Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it but it can be a day to show your gratitude towards everyone around you- your family, friends, neighbors, no matter what your faith or religion is. It is a day to reflect upon your blessings and what you have and be thankful for it.

So here is a recipe for this day which I found very inspiring!!

 

Baklava Inspired Dessert Packets!

Eating healthy does not mean you have to starve yourself. There is always a way to cut down calories but still be able to enjoy what you love to eat. This is a Mediterranean dessert called Baklava-inspired dish. I say inspired because i am not using loads of butter which goes into every layer of phyllo pastry. In addition, i added dried figs and dates which are in the season right now and have tons of health perks such as improving digestion, dietary fiber, improving hemoglobin, lowering blood pressure. Below are the ingredients and recipe video:

  • For packets:
    • 1 pastry sheet thawed and cut into squares
    • 2 tbsp melted butter
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts and pistachios
    • 1/3 cup chopped dried figs and dates
  • For syrup:
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 tsp cinnamon powder

Sun dried tomato infused whole wheat bread

This recipe infuses the awesome flavor of sun-dried tomatoes into a healthy, fibre rich whole wheat flour. I used a stand mixer for making dough but if you prefer your own hands or any other food processor, go for it!!

You can eat this bread with any kind of relish or topping guilt free because there is no egg, no butter, no complex sounding ingredients which sometimes honestly I cannot even pronounce. So hope you make it or try it . … recipe video below:

 

Naturally flavored almond butter!!

Almond is known for its nutritional value. Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. The health perks of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.

This recipe needs a good food processor but once made becomes a favorite for kids and adults both!! This recipe takes about 15-20 minutes based upon food processor and to get desired consistency  which is until almond starts leaving its own oil and mixture becomes creamy and smooth in texture. You might have to keep on stopping your food processor in between in order and make sure that the mixture is closer to the blades and not too much near the wall.

For recipe, see the video below:

 

Food Safety!!

There are many things that can contribute to a food-borne illness such as food not handled properly in the farm or in your own kitchen.

Below is the link to some very useful information shared by Thomas Bilbo from California about some things to be kept in mind while handling food. It also has good information on how to make sure food is safe before and after a power outage.

Thank you Thomas for sharing this information from USDA with us!!

Food Safety