The Baked Love this Valentine!

The baked loveIt’s February! The month of love. It’s a good time to start loving your body and eating healthy. I have started eating baked recipes and salads recently, it’s helped me experiment more with food  and create tasteful low-fat recipes. In this post I am sharing 3 different cuisines – Indian, Chinese and Mediterranean. The first two are baked recipes and the last one is a salad. You can incorporate these in this week’s menu & get healthy by the 14th 🙂

cauliflower

Baked Cauliflower

INGREDIENTS NEEDED:

Cauliflower Florets 1-2 cups
Minced garlic 2-3 cloves
Cumin Powder 1 teaspoon
Chaat Masala 1/2 teaspoon
Grated Ginger 1/2 teaspoon(optional)
Black pepper powder 1/2 teaspoon
Olive oil for greasing
Salt to taste

METHOD:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a baking tray place foil and grease it with olive oil. Keep aside.
  • Mix all the ingredients together – garlic, cumin powder, chaat masala, ginger, black pepper, salt and 3-4 drops of olive oil.
  • Place the florets on the greased foil and place it in the oven. Bake it for 20-25 minutes.

Serve Crisp!

Shezuan Chicken

Baked Schezuan Sesame Chicken

INGREDIENTS NEEDED:

Boneless Chicken pieces 1 bowl
Schezwan Spicy™ Stir-fry Sauce 3 tablespoons
Spring Onions chopped 1/2 cup
Minced Garlic 2-3 cloves
Honey 1 teaspoon
Black Pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Vinegar 1 teaspoon
Olive Oil for greasing
Water 2 tablespoons
Sesame seeds for garnish

METHOD:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a baking tray place foil and grease it with olive oil. Keep aside.
  • In a bowl mix schezwan sauce, water, garlic, spring onions(keep a 1 tablespoon aside), black pepper powder, honey, vinegar, salt well. (Keep 1 tablespoon of the mix aside.)
  • Add chicken pieces to the rest of the mix, blend well with a spoon.
  • Now place the chicken pieces onto the greased tray, garnish with sesame seeds and bake it for 20 minutes.
  • Once done, add the baked chicken pieces to the Schezwan sauce mix that was kept aside, microwave it for 1 minute.
  • Stir well garnish with onions.

Serve with steamed rice!

Alternatively you can also make your own Schezwan sauce at home:
In a saucepan, heat 1 cup water add soy sauce, corn starch, sugar or honey, red chili powder or chili flakes, vinegar,minced garlic,  ground black pepper and heat it for 2-3 mins. Keep stirring frequently, once the sauce bubbles and becomes thick turn off the heat.
The sauce is ready!

salad

Mediterranean Salad

INGREDIENTS:

Chickpeas (boiled washed and pressure cooked till soft)
Romanian salad leaves 1 bowl
Chopped cucumber 1/2 cup
Chopped tomatoes 1
Grated feta cheese or any cheese 2 tbsp
Lemon juice
Black pepper powder
Dry Basil leaves 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

METHOD:

Once you have prepared Chickpeas (boiled, washed and pressure cooked till soft), throw away the remaining water.

In a bowl mix together Romanian salad leaves, the Chickpeas, chopped cucumber & tomatoes. Add lemon juice and mix well.

Add the grated feta cheese, salt, pepper and basil, toss well.

Serve fresh!

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