Author: Kalida AK
Book Illustrator . Photographer . Writer
- “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”. ~Socrates
- “We don’t have to see past the fog to know there are stars”. ~ Fatima Farheen Mirza
- “Knowing yourself will lead you to the knowledge of God”. ~ Elif Shafak
- “The Path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide. Not your mind. Meet, challenge, and ultimately prevail over your najs (false ego) with your heart. Knowing your ego (higher self / soul) will lead you to the knowledge of God”. ~ Elif Shafak
- “A woman is like a tea bayou never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water”. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones- the ones at home”. ~ Mother Teresa
Strawberry Banana Bread
- 1 stick butter ( 1/2 cup), softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs ( room temperature)
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries chopped and tossed in 1 tablespoon of flour
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray two 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Add eggs to sugar mixture and beat until combined. Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.
- Sift all dry ingredients: flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. Do Not Over-mix! Fold in floured covered strawberries.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake at 375f for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and bake for an additional 30 minutes until edges are slightly brown or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let it cool completely before removing from loaf pans.
- Enjoy it with a mug of tea!
Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular health foods. It is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids.It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. Indulge into one of my favorite Quinoa salads.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- 15 oz black beans
- 15 oz corn
- 3 roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 tablespoon chili powder (as desired)
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1 lime, juiced
- fresh cilantro, to garnish
- Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, until softened.
- Add the black beans, corn, tomatoes, quinoa, vegetable stock, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir, then cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
- Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and top with the avocado, lime juice, and cilantro.
Best Yogurt Parfait Ever
- One 17 1/2-ounce container plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Assorted berries (or other fruit of your choice)
- Pour the yogurt into a bowl.
- Then add the cream and vanilla. With a whisk, carefully stir until combined. It should be nice and thick.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the top of the yogurt mixture. Do not stir the mixture. Cover the bowl with foil or plastic wrap and tightly seal the edges. Place in the refrigerator for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
- When you are ready to serve, place a small handful of berries (or other fruit) into a bowl or cup. Without stirring the mixture, spoon the yogurt over the berries. There will be creamy areas and brown sugar areas. Repeat the layers once, ending with berries on top.
Tuna-Almond Salad Sandwich
- Solid White Tuna in Water – 3 can 7 oz
- Pomegranate Molasses – 3 tablespoons
- 4 big sticks of Celery chopped
- 1 tomato cut into cubes
- 1 medium red onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt (as desired)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons Mayo “Just Mayo”
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 4 tablespoons of almonds toasted with 1 tablespoon of Vital Farms Unsalted Butter
- In a glass bowl, mix the ingredients ( red onions, tomatoes, celery, black pepper, Himalayan, Mayo, pomegranate, tuna) together – Blend in the tuna by separating the big chucks.
- Scoop two tablespoons of the tuna-almond salad on a leaf of lettuce or on a slice of toasted bread.
- Sprinkle the top with toasted almonds
- Enjoy it with friends and family
Reach for a Peach
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 2/3 cup rolled oats gluten-free
- 1/3 cup raw pecans
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon divided
- 3 medium peaches
- Chia pudding: combine the chia seeds, syrup, and almond milk in a bowl. Mix together, then refrigerate to set for 2 hours.
- The middle crumble: toast oats and pecans in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
- In a food processor, chop the toasted oats and pecans along with dates and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Process to form the texture of coarse sand.
- The peaches: slice the peaches in half and chopping into bite-sized pieces. Add to a bowl with the remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and toss to combine.
- Divide the chia pudding evenly among two Jason jars. Add a layer of the crumble, then divide peaches evenly and place on top of crumble.
- Sprinkle with a touch of crumble topping and enjoy!
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or nut of choice
6 oz dried apricots
6 oz dried figs
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
dash of Himalayan salt
3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes for coating
- Remove fig stems
- Place the figs, apricots, nuts, chocolate chips in food processor.
- Blend until finely chopped.
- The chocolate chips will still have some larger pieces, but just keep them mixed with the batter.
- Transfer into a large bowl and add a pinch of salt
- Mix well and then roll into mini balls.
- Roll each mini ball in the coconut flakes
- Place on wide plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Enjoy with a cup of tea!
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Bake & Toss
Serves: 4 servings
2 large sweet potatoes
1 medium red onion
15 oz chickpeas, rinsed and drained
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons garlic, minced ( used garlic paste)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne
Himalayan salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
3 oz mixed greens
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoons dried cranberries (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
- Cut the sweet potatoes in small cubes and transfer on one half of a non-stick baking sheet.
- Peel and slice the onion.
- Add the chickpeas to the other half of the baking sheet.
- In a glass bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, and pepper and mix well.
- Pour half of the dressing over the sweet potatoes and chickpeas and mix with your hands until well-coated. Keep the chickpeas and sweet potatoes separated as much as possible.
- Scoot the chickpeas toward the sweet potatoes and add the onions to the baking sheet. Make sure everything is spread out evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender.
- Let cool for 20 minutes.
- Place the greens in a large bowl. Top with the roasted chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and onion.
Add the parsley, cilantro, and remaining dressing and toss to combine.Top with dried cranberries, if using.Happy & Healthy Summer⛱