The often overlooked mung bean is a truly wonderful gift from nature. This tasty bean is small and green in color but packed with protein and nutrients, making any mung-based meal enormously nutritious. Green mung and brown lentils are cooked and for creamy texture I blend half of the cooked bean and lentil mixture.
Mung beans are rich in Vitamin C, high nutrient content and helps for digestion. Mung beans are rich in potassium beneficial for the cardiovascular and nervous systems and are also a good source of high quality protein for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Mung beans contain lots of fiber, which is essential to keep healthy cholesterol levels. Mung beans are rich in iron, thiamin, magnesium and folate, which help many other bodily functions for optimum health.
Yields: 3-4 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
The warm aromatic flavours of tea have their roots in ancient Ayuevedic tradition of India. This tea can be relished as a black tea or even add milk and relished. The cinnamon clove tea is a natural home remedy for cough and cold. Lime juice is added for the tanginess and if you like to relish the tea with milk lime juice and peach should be avoided.
Cinnamon has the ability to lower post-meal blood sugars. In addition, the use of cinnamon at meals decreases insulin resistance and enhances the effects of gastrointestinal hormones responsible for satiety and decreased gastric emptying rates.
Cloves are filled with the essential oil, Eugenol, which can help detoxify the body. Cloves can also soothe abdominal pain, increase circulation, alleviate throat and chest ailments, and most importantly during the holiday season – aid digestion.
Enjoy this aromatic tea.
Serves : 2
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
This pizza dough is oil free. A healthy whole wheat, Oats and Bran crust that comes out soft and chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside. In oil free version I used milk instead of oil in the dough and for brushing which helped for the soft dough and golden crust.
I topped it with onion, bell peppers , tofu with sundried pesto however feel free to try out with your favourite toppings and sauce.
Health benefits of multigrain:
First of all, multigrain is just what it means. More than one grain is used in the baking process
Multigrain foods will be high in complex carbohydrates and protein. Complex carbs are great for energy production, and this can help with exercise and losing weight. In addition, they will contain nutrients, fiber and essential minerals like magnesium, copper and iron. Multigrains that contain whole grains will be filled with essential fatty acids, B-vitamins, starch and fiber.
Yields: 2 servings (1medium pizza crust)
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 2- 21/2hours
The sun dried tomato and peanut pesto give it a thick chunky texture, and the sweetness of the tomatoes with richness of the peanuts. Here I use OIL FREE sun-dried tomatoes without any added Oils. So this makes a dry version so for easy spreading of the pesto feel free to use extra oil or even cheese can be used.
I used this in my pizza (link)
Yields: 3/4 to 1cup
Preparation time: 10 minutes
I’ll use just about any excuse to work more dark leafy greens like Spinach, Fenugreek and kale etc., into my diet. I blend them into smoothies, shred them for salads and add them to almost every soup I make.
My newest obsession is using the leaves in place of tortillas and wraps to enclose favourite filling.
Like other dark greens, spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant that’s been shown, among other things, to reduce the risk of developing cataracts. It fights heart disease and cancer as well. Spinach also possesses several important phytochemicals, including lutein, which helps prevent age-related macular degeneration. Spinach also contains lipoic acid, which helps antioxidant vitamins C and E regenerate. Because of its role in energy production, lipoic acid is being investigated for regulating blood sugar levels.
Yields: 10 rolls
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes