Healthy Green Juice

Kale has become my favorite greens and I use it all the time. Earlier I have posted so many recipes with kale and I am telling you it is really versatile. Make salads, chips, throw kale in pastas, soups, smoothies, anything. It always taste delicious. Just explore your options and trust me you will adore it. If my husband can like kale, I can’t imagine anybody else hating it much. As he is such a picky eater.

Kale is one of the latest food trends of 2012, 2013, and I am sure it will go on for few more years. So here is a wonderful fresh green juice recipe by using some of the simplest ingredients you can find it in your refrigerator. Just grab them and create this delicious juice.

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups of Kale

1/4 cup of seedless grapes

2 clementines (peeled)

1/4 piece of pear (or apple)

1 tablespoon of honey (or agave)

2 cups of cold water

Method:

Throw all the ingredients into your blender. I used my trusty Blendtec on its ‘Juice’ mode. Blend all.

Drink instantly.

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Coconut Date and Nuts Rolls

Medjool Date is one of my favorite dried fruit. These dates contain fiber, calcium, iron, and other nutrients. One date a day can be really beneficial, although over indulgence of anything is never good. Always include dried fruits (no sugar added) and nuts in your meals, but in moderation.

This recipe is an easy one and has a lot of nutritional and health benefits. One semi moon shaped roll can be a perfect morning treat on your way to work. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

Medjool dates (21)

1/4 cup walnuts (semi crushed)

1/4 cup pistachios (semi crushed)

1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter)

1/4 cups of unsweetened dried shredded coconut

1 pinch of salt

Method:

1. Wash, pat dry with kitchen towel, and remove pits from all the dates.

2.  Semi crush the nuts in the food processor. Roast them dry in a shallow pan.

3. Fully crush the dates in a food processor.

4. Heat up a pan, add ghee.

5. Add Medjool dates until heat softens them. Add a pinch of salt. Salt will bring out the sweetness of the dates better.

6. Now add all the crushed nuts. Mix the mixture well.

7. Cool the dates and nuts mixture completely. Form rolls.

8. In a plate add unsweetened dried shredded coconut, roll the rolls and press them a little bit. This will give them semi moon roll shape.

9. Put the rolls in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Cut them neatly with a sharp knife.

10. Store them in an air-tight container and refrigerate them.

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Boiled Raw Shelled Peanuts (Halloween Party Snack)

You can treat raw shelled peanuts with two basic cooking method. 1. Roast them in a skillet and 2. Boil them in a cooker or a deep pot.

Here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups of Raw Shelled Peanuts

6-7 cups of water

1/4 cup of salt

Method:

Clean raw shelled peanuts with water. Pressure cook all the ingredients in a cooker. Serve hot or warm. It can be a perfect Halloween party snack.

 

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Asparagus Stir Fry

Whenever I have less time to prepare meals, I tend to whip up few of my easy stir fries and here is one of them.

Ingredients:

Bunch of Asparagus (last hard section removed)

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

4 tablespoons of Island Soyaki sauce (Trader Joes brand)

1 teaspoon of sugar

1 teaspoon of sesame seeds (garnish)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Boiled Water (To blanch asparagus)

Ice + Chilled Water (Shock the blanched asparagus)

Serve with:

Thai Jasmine Rice (1/2 cup cooked)

1 tablespoon of Sweet or Spicy Chili Sauce (Optional)

Method:

1. Boil water

2. Blanch asparagus for 2 mins (until they turn bright green)

3. Transfer asparagus to cold water bath. This is called shocking method, it is intended to stop the cooking process of vegetables. So that they remain crunchy.

4. In a pan take all the sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper. Heat up the mixture. Add blanched and shocked asparagus.

5. Now cook them for 2-3 mins.

6. Serve with warm rice and spicy/sweet chili sauce.

7. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the asparagus.

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