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A perfect day of eating

By Brinda Sapat
August 14, 2015 11:07 IST
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What does a perfect day of eating look like?shhhh

Here’s a day’s worth of healthful menu with recipes.

Read on and get cooking!

Please note that this is not a weight loss menu, but one that includes well balanced, healthy meals for everyday living.

Breakfast

Bircher Muesli

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Bircher Muesli

A cool, creamy and wholesome way to eat your cereal. Prepare this the night before. Pop it into the refrigerator and wake up to a ready breakfast.

Ingredients

For 1 bowl of Bircher Muesli

  • 1/2 cup low fat yoghurt beaten smooth
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 of an apple, shredded
  • A few raisins and chopped almonds
  • A dash of powdered cinnamon (optional)
  • Honey to taste

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
  • Have a freshly squeezed juice of your choice.

Mid morning perk

Smoothie

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Banana and Orange Smoothie

Ingredients

For one glass of smoothie

  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1/2 orange peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon chopped almonds
  • Ice

Method

Dump everything except the almonds into a blender and mix till smooth and frothy.. Pour into a glass. Sprinkle the almonds over and drink right away.


Lunch

Vegetable Wrap

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Mixed Vegetable Wrap

Ingredients

For 2 wraps

  • 2 whole wheat rotis
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, capsicum, onion, cabbage -- jullienned
  • 1/4 cup corn kernels
  • 3-4 mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
  • A low fat spread of your choice -- mayonnaise, guacamole, cream cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil to sauté corn kernels

Method

In a pan, heat some olive oil and sauté the corn kernels and mushrooms. Add the salt and pepper.
Turn the heat off and then add the ketchup and julienned veggies. Give it a mix and set aside.
Layer roti with your choice of spread.
Top it with half of the veggie. Roll it to make a wrap.
These wraps can be parceled into your lunch box.


Tea time 

Honey Almond Cake

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Honey Almond Cake

If there is ever a delicious AND healthy cake, this is it!
Though it is a fairly easy and quick to prepare cake, you may want to make this cake a little while before you actually want to eat it.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups roasted almonds, finely ground (powdered, but not paste-y)
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature. Put the yolk and white in 2 separate bowls.
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Topping

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds

Method

  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line and grease an 8x8" baking tin.
  • Beat egg yolks, honey, vanilla, baking soda and salt till well blended and creamy. Fold in the ground almonds with a spoon.
  • In another bowl beat the egg whites on medium speed until very foamy white and doubled in volume but not stiff.
  • Fold egg whites into the almond mix carefully until just combined.
  • Pour into baking tin and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Let it cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer it onto a serving plate and drizzle with honey and sprinkle the sliced almonds.

Dinner 

Baked Lemon Fish

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Baked Lemon Fish/ Cottage Cheese

You can make this citrusy, herby dish with either fish or cottage cheese.

Ingredients

Serves one

  • 2 de-boned fish (of your choice) fillets of approx 150 grams each OR 300 grams of cottage cheese (paneer) sliced into 2, horizontally
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed dried herbs
  • 1/2 cup of sliced spring onion
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of sliced olives
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon and grated zest
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Handful of fresh parsley
  • Olive oil

Method

  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Grease a wide baking tin with some olive oil.
  • In a bowl, mix all ingredients except the fish/paneer and parsley. Use some olive oil to thin out the mix and make it spreadable.
  • Spread out some of the mix on the baking tin.
  • Lay the fish fillets/ paneer over it and then smear the rest of the mix on top.
  • Bake till the fish is cooked through. It should be opaque and flaky when cut. The cottage cheese should bake until slightly browned.
  • Serve this with whole grain bread and Salad

Green Salad with Yoghurt Dressing

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Mixed Green Leaf salad with Yoghurt Dressing

This fresh salad  with its creamy dressing goes perfectly with the above made bake.

Ingredients

Handful of mixed salad leaves

For Yoghurt dressing

  • 2 tablespoons of yoghurt
  • 1/2  clove of garlic grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Put all ingredients for the dressing in a jar. Give it a good shake till everything is blended. Pour as much as you need over the salad leaves and refrigerate the remaining.

Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Poached Pears with vanilla ice cream

Ingredients

Serves one

  • A pear, peeled, cut in half and cored
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1" stick of cinnamon
  • A squeeze of lime
  • 3- 4 walnuts randomly broken
  • Water

Method

  • Fill a flat bottom pan with water till it comes up by about 1/2".a
  • Heat the water and add in the sugar, walnuts and cinnamon along with a squeeze of lime.
  • Drop the pears in, flat side down. Cover and allow to cook till soft.
  • Serve with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream

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