Orange Almond chia seeds pudding – Vegan and No bake

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Guess what! This dessert is also easy to make and very quick to whip up. You only need a few ingredients and you’re good to go. Most times the orange flavor is overpowering; on other instances, I feel the acidity alters the chocolate aroma (and not in a good way); but I can’t deny that when done right, the silky dark chocolate brightened by citrus fruit can be an outstanding combination. Worthy of any palate.

Health benefits:

Chia seeds (the so-called “Aztec superfood”) being a good source of protein, fiber and an array of precious nutrients. There’s evidence suggesting that chia seeds can reduce blood pressure because of their content of soluble fiber.
They’re also among the richest plant source of Omega-3. Chia can control blood sugar and may have great benefits for diabetics.

Yields: 2-3 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Waiting time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

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Fresh herbs vegetable rice

Fresh herbs veg rice


This herbed vegetable rice entree is a one-pot-wonder, including the carbohydrates, vegetables, and protein with the flavours of fresh herbs for a complete meal.

Health benefits:

Fresh basil is a good source of vitamin A (called pro-vitamin A) and helps protect against free-radical damage. It’s also a good source of magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, and vitamin C. Basil has anti-inflammatory effects and promotes cardiovascular health. Basil leaves are tastiest (and healthiest)

Sage is an outstanding memory enhancer. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Sage has dietary fiber, vitamin A (carotenoid), calcium, and iron. Sage can be found fresh, dried, or ground and is a great addition to stuffing’s and warmer dishes.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes (including the cooking time of rice)
Cooking time: 30 minutes (Potato takes longer to cook)



  • Brown rice-2 cups
  • Water/vegetable broth-4cups
  • Olive oil-2tsp
  • Chopped Onion-1small
  • Chopped Carrots-1/2cup
  • Chopped Beans-1/2cup
  • Frozen Peas-1/2cup
  • Baby Potatoes (halved)-6-8
  • Chopped Basil- a handful
  • Chopped Sage-a handful
  • Diced Jalapeno pepper-1small
  • Sea Salt-to taste
  • Garlic powder-1tsp
  • Paprika-1/2tsp


  • Chopped herbs


To cook rice:

  • Wash, rinse brown rice and soak for 30 minutes. After soaking time drain.
  • Now bring water/vegetable broth to boil in a saucepan add soaked- drained rice and cook on a medium-high flame for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked.

For vegetable rice:

  • Heat oil in the pan; Add garlic, onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add carrot, potato, beans and sauté for 8-10 minutes/ until potatoes and carrots are tender.
  • Now add peas, jalapeno pepper, sage, basil and sauté for 4-5 minutes/ until the flavour of greens blended in.
  • Sprinkle salt, garlic powder, paprika, cooked brown rice and sauté a final 5 minutes and turn the heat off.

Garnish with herbs and Serve with any curry/side dish.


  • Alternatively white rice/bulgur or any rice can be used.
  • Spices, herbs and vegetables can be personalised as per the taste.
  • Chilli can be used in place of Jalapeno peppers
  • If Potatoes are not used then the cooking time will reduce between 15 to 20 minutes

Baked – Pumpkin Donuts with butterscotch sauce (Using muffin pan)

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Yippee, I tried donuts for the first time. Believe me I just used aluminium foil balls to convert the muffin pan to the donut pan. These doughnuts don’t have yeast and come together very quickly. There’s no rising time, no kneading, and no frying.

I used homemade Butterscotch as a glaze and sunflower and pumpkin seeds as a crunchy toppings.

Yields-10-12 (small donuts)
Preparation time- 20 minute
Baking time-20 to 25 minutes

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Sunflower spread Butterscotch sauce

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Historically, butterscotch was a hard candy made with unprocessed sugar. The suffix “scotch” means “to cut”. When sugar or candy is hot it’s difficult to get a clean break, so one must score it while warm to facilitate getting a clean edge later.

Today butterscotch is considered as a flavor, much like caramel, usually butter. Butterscotch is a type of confectionery whose primary ingredients are brown sugar and butter, although other ingredients such as corn syrup, cream, vanilla, and salt are part of some recipes but here in this recipe. In this recipe have tried to reduce some fat by using sunflower spread instead of butter and single cream in place of double cream. But believe me a teaspoon or two is more than enough on any serving. Although this is not your regular butterscotch recipe but yet very rich, so a little goes a long way.

I served this to make donuts using muffin tray (For Recipe click here)

Yields-100 ml
Preparation time-5 minutes
Cooking time-10 minutes

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Roasted Bottle gourd and Tomato soup

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Is there anything better than tomato soup in the Fall?  I was guessing how this recipe would turnout but it came out terrific. I roasted the tomatoes, bottle gourd with shallots and added thyme, garlic, pepper corns because I’m on a tomatoes & thyme kick.

Health benefits:

Bottle gourd, or long melon, is long and cylindrical, and grows on a creeper. This nutritional vegetable is low in fat and cholesterol, and high in dietary fibre. It has cooling effect on the body because of the high water content in it.

Thyme is a part of the mint family. It is considered highly beneficial for curing a number of ailments caused by respiratory tract infections. It works as an effective home remedy for whooping cough and chest congestion.

Yields: 4-5 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

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