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There’s no doubt, the festive holiday season is a hectic time. Between gift shopping, holiday concerts and celebratory get-togethers, ’tis the season for hustle and bustle. But meal planning doesn’t have to take a back seat – just because you’re pressed for time. If you want to stay on top of your game, and on the look-out for easy and delicious holiday menu ideas – this post is for you!

Try serving one of my favourite Christmas recipes: homemade filo cups, the best ever dessert bites and a holiday platter that will seriously wow your guests. You know, what makes these dishes even more impressive? They’re ridiculously simple to pull off, and brimming with plant powered goodness.

Holiday Menu Ideas – With Recipes Easy Plant-Based Holiday Platter

Feast your eyes on this beautiful and easy plant based holiday platter, which I’m convinced will steal the show. With an assortment of fruits and vegetables – centred around a bowl of creamy and delicious Cranberry and Roasted Beet Hummus – super healthy and perfect as your holiday centrepiece. Get the recipe here.

Filo Cups with Apple Cranberry Salsa

One of my favourite party tricks is filo cups! These elegant cranberry and apple cups are a cinch to make and perfect for entertaining. Made with layers of crispy phyllo pastry, and filled with a tangy apple and cranberry salsa your guests will love. Get the recipe here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Sweet Potatoes And Cranberries

There will be plenty of time to play with the kids if you make this one! It has all the holiday flavours you crave; cranberries, Brussels sprouts and fresh thyme. I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes its way into your regular dinner rotation. It’s simple yet sophisticated, and full of flavour and natural sweetness! if you’re not a Brussels sprouts fan, this recipe will change your mind…for sure! Get the recipe here.

No-Bake Cranberry Bites

You’re going to be balled over with this one! We’re combining all your favourite items to create one heck of a sweet recipe. The best part, four nourishing ingredients, that pack a nutritional punch. And you can make these ahead of time (even better!). What can I say, you just can’t beat convenient no-fuss recipes, that taste mmm, mmm delish. Get the recipe here.

What are some of your favourite holiday meal ideas? Do you have any time-saving tips you swear by? How will you be celebrating? Leave me a comment below!

If you try these recipes, would love to hear from you! Leave a comment, rate it, or share a photo and hashtag with #desiliciousrd on Instagram, Facebook and twitter!  Can’t wait to see your photos.

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You just can’t beat convenient no-fuss recipes, that taste mmm, mmm delish. These 4-ingredient no-bake cranberry bites pack a protein punch and are also gluten free. They taste heavenly and make an ideal snack before dinner or as an elegant sweet dessert.

I was on a mission to create an easy sweet treat, using wholesome ingredients. Like most mammas, with three cheeky monkeys at home, I’m often strapped for time and need (desperately!) a stach of healthy snacks. Not to mention, these serve me so well after my workout, and are perfect as an elegant holiday dessert!

I realize, I’m long overdue for a new energizing snack recipe. You may recall my 5-minute pistachio balls recipe.  And since cranberries seem to be on everyone’s minds this month, I thought it might be nice to have a super-simple recipe that you could lean on for snack time, and — yes — dessert too!

This recipe was practically invented for busy families — not only is it whipped up in no time, but it showcases an antioxidant-powerhouse – dried cranberries! Often referred to as a “super food,” the nutrients in cranberries have been commonly linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections.

You can learn more about the health benefits of cranberries here.

Now the thing I love most about these cranberry bites, is that they have the perfect amount of natural sweetness – coupled with the tanginess from the cranberries. The addition of almonds, offers a lovely crunch and texture, together with a boost of protein and healthy fats. The best part? You never have to turn on the oven.

How to make no-bake cranberry bites

These cranberry bites are made with only *4 ingredients* which you can add to, omit, or change to your heart’s content:

  • Almonds
  • Dried apple
  • Dried cranberries
  • Cinnamon

The prep work couldn’t be easier; combine all the ingredients in a food processor, shape into balls, and chill (you can chill-ax too!). Store covered in the refrigerator or freeze. Better yet, grab one and dig in!

Guide to making the best no-bake bites
  • Oats

I rely on rolled oats if I’m looking for a more substantial snack bite. Oats is a top-notch choice; it’s filling, inexpensive, and so versatile.

  • Nuts or nut butters

You’re pretty spoilt for choice with nuts and nut butters; like peanut, almond, and cashew butter. They help add a boost of protein and healthy fats, can serve as great binders, along with providing a succulent texture.

  • Nature’s candy

 I use dried fruits the most; they offer the perfect amount of natural sweetness and heaps of nutritional benefits. Not to mention, the incredible flavour and colour profiles you can whip up. Some of my favourites are: dates, cranberries, prunes, apricots, raisins and more. Remember, to always opt for unsweetened dried fruits.

  • Add-ins!

Experiment with bonus ingredients, like seeds, adaptogens (maca, ashwagandha) and dark chocolate. Yes, I did mention chocolate.

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Got a sweet tooth? Here are some more snacks you may like: Will you be making a batch of my cranberry bites over the weekend? Tell me, what’s your favourite snack to stay energized during the day? Leave me a comment below!

If you try this recipe, would love to hear from you! Leave a comment, rate it, or share a photo and hashtag with #desiliciousrd on Instagram, Facebook and twitter!  Can’t wait to see your photos.

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No-Bake Cranberry Bites | Gluten Free Healthy Snack
You just can’t beat convenient no-fuss recipes, that taste mmm, mmm delish. These 4-ingredient no-bake cranberry bites pack a protein punch and are also gluten free. They taste heavenly and make an ideal snack before dinner or as an elegant sweet dessert.
Servings30 balls
Prep Time20 minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, until you achieve a granular texture (see above image)
  2. Shape into medium balls
  3. Store covered in the refrigerator or freeze.
Recipe Notes

Store in the fridge for 1 week and up to 3 months in the freezer.

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What could be a better dish for your holiday menu, then this simple yet sophisticated side of Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes with dried cranberries – full of flavour and natural sweetness! if you’ve not a Brussels sprouts fan, this recipe will change your mind!

With Christmas round the corner (here before we knew it!), we’re kicking things off with this gluten free and absolutely delicious side of Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes with dried cranberries.

An easy, seven-ingredient dish that tastes like WHOA – minus the sweat. Does it get any better than that?

Seriously, this is my idea of a nourishing side-dish, that packs in nutrition and favour. I think it might just be my all-time favourite Brussels sprouts recipe. What’s more, it happens to tick off a lot of boxes: vegan, dairy free, gluten free, paleo. And packs a nutritional punch!

Ok, so here’s the deal folks, if you’ve never been a fan of Brussels sprouts, this recipe is worth a try. I find that roasting Brussels sprouts, alongside other sweeter vegetables does the trick. And there’s no better vegetable to accompany Brussels sprouts, than the humble sweet potato.

Not to mention, you’re also getting heaps more nutritional value by adding sweet potatoes. According to the American Sweet Potato Organization,  a medium sweet potato has:

  • over four times the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A
  • 37 percent of your daily value of Vitamin C
  • 4 grams of fibre – often more than a packet of oatmeal
  • 0 fat
  • is low in sodium (40 mg)
How to make roasted Brussels sprouts with sweet potatoes and cranberries – step by step

Start by washing and trimming the sprouts and peeling and dicing the potatoes. I halve my sprouts so they cook faster, and I love the roasted, golden coating. Nevertheless, they’ll taste just as delicious whole!

I begin with a large baking tray (you could use a casserole dish too), place the vegetables and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. A sprinkle of salt and pepper, and the bonus with fresh thyme is like icing on a cake.

I like to use my hands to dig in and give the veggies a good toss to fully coat. These are then sent in the oven to roast for 20-25 minutes or until tender with a nice golden colour.

The last step, is to go in with your *star* ingredient: dried cranberries. These give this dish the WOW factor, add a tart and chewy texture and of course – give a festive flair.

I totally love the fact, that this is a one-pan dish, making the cleanup hassle free – perfect for holiday gatherings, right?! Get ready to eat these Brussels sprouts – right out of the pan!

And if you’re after more holiday menu ideas, you’ve must try my easy Plant-Based Holiday Platter and Filo Cups with Apple Cranberry Salsa.

Here are some more sides you may enjoy:

Grilled Mixed Vegetables

Thyme Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Quinoa Lentil Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Are you a Brussels sprouts fan? What’s your favourite way to eat them? Let me what side is gracing your menu this holiday season?

If you try this recipe, would love to hear from you! Leave a comment, rate it, or share a photo and hashtag with #desiliciousrd on Instagram and twitter!  Can’t wait to see your photos.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Sweet Potatoes And Cranberries
What could be a better dish for your holiday menu, then this simple yet sophisticated side of Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes with dried cranberries - full of flavour and natural sweetness! if you’ve always hated Brussels sprouts, this recipe will change your mind!
Servings4 people
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Passive Time25 minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Spread Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes in large baking tray
  3. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and lay sprigs of thyme on top
  4. Roast for 20-25 minutes until tender
  5. Transfer to a large serving tray and stir in dried cranberries

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Feast your eyes on this stunning and easy plant based holiday platter. With an assortment of fruits and vegetables – centred around a bowl of creamy and delicious Cranberry and Roasted Beet Hummus – super healthy and perfect as your holiday centrepiece.

During the holiday season, we get excited to enjoy foods we don’t normally get to eat during the less festive months. This year, I’ve gone all out, and created some of my favourite (and easy!) holiday dishes – like this holiday plant based platter. It’s delicious and perfect for entertaining – just before your exquisite holiday dinner! In fact, I’ve also taken this platter along, when attending parties. I would say, it’s party-perfect and couldn’t be simpler to pull off!

I love the addition of dried cranberries to a traditional hummus recipe – thanks to US Cranberries for this recipe. I’ve made a slight tweak to the recipe, by omitting the salt and pepper. This cranberry and roasted beet hummus brings such a festive twist. The taste WILL blow your mind. Not to mention, cranberries offer potential health benefits.

Did you know, research indicates that dried cranberries support heart and digestive health and may play a role in cancer prevention and diabetes management.

Wow, right?!

How to make plant-based holiday platter – step by step

We’re bringing the outdoor wreath – indoors. I create a wreath using long lettuce leaves, sprigs of rosemary and cucumber shavings. The shades of green are lush! You can certainly stack more depending on the number of guests and your design.

You know how much we love our fruits and veggies here. Lets be honest, what’s not to love? Tart apple slices, fresh berries, juicy tomatoes, sour cherries and savoury crackers – encircling a creamy dreamy dip of cranberry roasted beet hummus (recipe from US Cranberries). It’s the perfect combination for a plant based holiday platter – bursting with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.

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Here’s what I use for my platter:

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

  • 1 cup blackberries

  • 1 cup cherries

  • 1 green apple

  • 1 red apple

  • Selection of savoury crackers

  • 1 cucumber

  • 4-5 sprigs of rosemary

Now this hummus is not only tasty, it also gives an incredible pop of colour to your platter. What’s great, is that you can make the hummus ahead of time, and simply serve on the day (cheers to effortless hosting!).

The beets and shallots are roasted in the oven to intensify their flavours. And whilst the oven is busy at work, I prep the rest of the ingredients and create the platter.

Then, it’s a simple matter of throw in the ingredients, and process until you achieve a creamy texture. You may need a dash of water to create the right consistency – but take it slow and easy!

I have to confess, this cranberry and roasted beet hummus is homemade comfort at its best: chunks of beets and shallots nestled in a creamy tangle of chickpeas, dried cranberries and orange zest – it’s pretty incredible! You can certainly serve this with any items that take your fancy!

Tips to make the perfect holiday platter
  • Decide on a centrepiece that will compliment the other items on your platter
  • Introduce different textures to add variety
  • Prepare your platter last – to keep it fresh and vibrant
  • Always opt for *quality* ingredients – it’s worth it!
  • Make it colourful so it’s inviting
  • Think about the arrangement – you don’t want it to look like a collection of hodge podge
  • Keep it bite-sized

Have you made my plant based holiday platter before?

What are your favourite items on a holiday platter? Share with me in the comments below!

If you try this recipe, would love to hear from you! Leave a comment, rate it, or share a photo and hashtag with #desiliciousrd on Instagram and twitter!  Can’t wait to see your photos.

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Easy Plant-Based Holiday Platter | Healthy Christmas Menu
Feast your eyes on this stunning and easy plant based holiday platter. With an assortment of fruits and vegetables - centred around a bowl of creamy and delicious Cranberry and Roasted Beet Hummus - super healthy and perfect as your holiday centrepiece.
Servings16 people
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Passive Time45 minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Cut shallots into quarters. In small roasting pan, combine with 1/2 cup oil and cover with aluminum foil and roast at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 45 minutes, or until soft
  3. Combine dried cranberries, orange zest and 350 mL water and simmer uncovered until water has almost completely evaporated and cranberries rehydrate
  4. Toss beets in 1/2 cup oil, and roast on a sheet pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until edges become brown
  5. Place cooked garbanzo beans, rehydrated cranberries, shallots, roasted beets, 1 cup water and lemon juice in blender. Puree until smooth, add more water to loosen, if necessary
  6. Serve with your platter
Recipe Notes

Items for platter:

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

  • 1 cup blackberries

  • 1 cup cherries

  • 1 green apple

  • 1 red apple

  • Selection of savoury crackers

  • 1 cucumber

  • 4-5 sprigs of rosemary

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STRESS – the feeling that you get when you’re overwhelmed and struggle to cope with the demands of life.

Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree?

Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flew. But, that doesn’t happen too much in our society – it becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic.

You’ve probably heard of the main stress hormone, called “cortisol.”  It’s released from your adrenal glands in response to stress. It’s also naturally high in the morning to get you going, and slowly fades during the day so you can sleep.

Did you know that too-high levels of cortisol are associated with belly fat, poor sleep, brain fog, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and even lowers your immunity?

Do you experience any of these? Well, then read on because I have a list of foods, nutrients and lifestyle recommendations to help you lower this stress hormone naturally!

Foods and nutrients to lower cortisol

Reducing the sugar we eat and drink can be a great step toward better health for our minds (and bodies).

Findings from the Food and Mood Project, from UK, support the link between a healthy diet and less stress. Eighty-eight per cent of 200 people interviewed, reported that changing their diet improved their mental health. Sugar and sweets, along with alcohol and caffeine were reported to exacerbate stress. In contrast, fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts and water helped instil feelings of calm and were associated with less stress.

High doses of caffeine can increase your cortisol levels and if coffee makes you feel anxious and jittery, then cut back on the amount of caffeine you ingest.

Also, being dehydrated can inflate cortisol. Make sure you’re drinking enough water every day, especially if you feel thirsty.

Eat a variety of nutrient-dense whole foods; this doesn’t just help reduce stress hormone, it helps all aspects of your health.

Lower your cortisol levels with tea and dark chocolate (not the sugary kind!). Have a bit to treat yourself!

And don’t forget your probiotics and prebiotics! There is promising new research about the gut-mind connection, and how taking care of your friendly gut microbes is key! Make sure you’re eating probiotic rich fermented foods and getting a healthy dose of prebiotic fiber, too.

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Lifestyle techniques to lower cortisol

It’s not just food, but there are things you can do with your time that can lower cortisol:

  1. Reduce your stress by practicing mindfulness. Many studies show that reducing stressful thoughts and worry reduces cortisol.
  2. Get enough exercise (but don’t overdo it). While intense exercise increases cortisol levels temporarily, it can reduce overall cortisol levels.
  3. Get enough sleep! Getting adequate sleep is way too underrated. Sleep reduces cortisol levels and also helps improve your overall health in so many ways.
  4. Relax and have fun. Things like deep breathing, massages, and listening to relaxing music all reduce cortisol. Find what relaxes you and take the time to do it!
  5. Be social and bust loneliness. Would you believe me if I told you that science has shown health risks from social isolation and loneliness? It’s true! Maintaining good relationships and spending time with people you like and who support you is key.

Too much of the stress hormone cortisol can have several negative impacts on your health. There are many proven ways to reduce levels of cortisol naturally.

In terms of foods and nutrients, have less sugar and caffeine. And have more water, fruit, tea, dark chocolate, probiotics, and prebiotics.

Lifestyle factors are huge when it comes to cortisol. To lower yours, exercise (but not too much), get more sleep, relax, and have more fun.

In the comments below, let me know your favourite ways to bust the stress hormone cortisol!
Desi~liciously Yours,
Shahzadi

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Do you find your belly balloons after meals? Or perhaps you experience loud (and at times embarrassing) gut noises. Well, you’re not alone! In fact, one in four Canadians complain about bloating and gas. Read on for five surprising reasons you’re struggling with bloating — plus tips on how to banish the bloat and feel better!

What is bloating and why does it wreck havoc on how you feel?

We’re not talking about extra pounds of fat around the tummy here! Bloating is more of a temporary issue; characterised by a distended belly and a strong feeling of pressure. This may be accompanied with pain, flatulence, burping, heartburn, constipation, nausea and other symptoms of the digestive system 

So, let’s talk about the numerous reasons why excessive gas and bloating may occur:

  • Irregular meals or too much food
  • Constipation
  • Not getting enough fibre
  • Swallowing too much air
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Lack of activity

And chronic bloating may be the result of underlying issues such as intolerance to certain carbohydrates or medical conditions, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and celiac disease.

Bear in mind, it’s not always easy to find answers. At times, the cause of bloating may remain unknown.

The good news is, that certain dietary and lifestyle changes may help to get rid of or dwindle gas and bloating.

Tips to relieve bloating 1. Avoid skipping meals

Do you have regular meals? Perhaps your daily schedule impacts your eating pattern. For instance, some of us (including myself), have a different eating schedule on weekends; I find myself eating meals slighter later – especially when out and about. Some experts argue that having regular meals may help to keep bloating at bay by keeping the digestive system active –  stimulating intestinal movements and promoting regular visits to the bathroom. The key thing is to prevent constipation – which can otherwise result in gas and bloating.

And this leads me to the next tip…

2. Eat more fibre – but take it slow!

You’ve probably heard that fibre helps keep you regular! There are, in fact, two types of fibre you should consider: soluble fibre and insoluble fibre. It’s the insoluble fibre that matters most here; not only does it add bulk to stool but also promotes regular bowel movements. To prevent constipation, you want to eat foods rich in fiber. Think whole grains, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, vegetables and fruits. It’s recommended that women and men should strive for anywhere between 25 – 38 g of fiber per day. Simple steps like sprinkling flax seeds and chia seeds over breakfast cereals and salads are great ways to boost your intake! I would advise against any drastic changes to your fiber intake, though. If you’re not used to high fiber foods, and suddenly start eating a lot of fruit, salads, and bran cereals – you’re going to be significantly bloated. And make sure you’re adequately hydrated; fiber absorbs water, which will help soften your stools – to prevent constipation.

3. Avoid Swallowing Air

Remember the time when your mamma told you not to talk while you eat? She wasn’t kidding! Swallowing excessive air, aka Aerophagia, whilst eating (and that includes chewing gum), is a common cause of gas and bloating. The solution? Avoid talking when you chew, and practice mindful eating; enjoy food with intention and attention. Eat slowly to minimize gulping excessive air, and don’t overdo it in the gum department. When drinking liquids, you want to minimize the use of straws, cans and bottles, as these can aggravate bloating for some people. Apparently, the temperature of your drinks matters too! Drinking lukewarm liquids instead of hot ones may help ease bloating, since you’re more likely to swallow air with hot drinks. Did you know that one?

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4 .Cut back or avoid problematic foods

You know yourself best. Avoiding foods known to cause bloating can help reduce most symptoms. Fried and greasy foods, caffeine, spicy foods, wheat, milk and dairy, alcohol, carbonated beverages, beans, onions, cabbage and broccoli (cruciferous vegetables) are commonly reported to be problematic foods. The simple task of identifying trigger foods can feel overwhelming. It’s helpful to adopt a systematic approach, like keeping a food and symptom diary. This can provide insight; making it easier to spot patterns. It’s important to bear in mind that nutritious foods, such as beans and cruciferous vegetables, should be included as part of a healthy balanced diet. If these foods are giving you digestive troubles, talk to a registered dietitian, your doctor or pharmacist. You may benefit from using medication such as Beano®  and Lactase tablets to aid digestion. And if you read my previous blog post, you’ll know that gut health has an immense influence on our overall health – it could be that yours needs closer attention.

5. Get Moving

And lets not forget the uber-important lifestyle factors like getting regular physical activity. People are often surprised to hear that “activity” helps to move food through your digestive tract. Try to walk more and take the stairs – whenever possible. Lunch time can be a great time to fit in a brisk walk to beat the bloat. In fact, there are heaps more benefits of physical activity. This study found that workers reported mental benefits after a walk. Many had increased enthusiasm, felt more relaxed, and were less nervous after a 30-minute walk at lunchtime.

*If you experience extreme bloating along with pain, you should should consult your doctor.

Love to hear what works for you. How do you manage symptoms of bloating? Leave me a comment below!
Desi~liciously Yours,
Shahzadi
References
  1. Sullivan, S. N. (2012). Functional abdominal bloating with distention. ISRN gastroenterology, 2012.
  2. Hunt, R., Quigley, E., Abbas, Z., Eliakim, A., Emmanuel, A., Goh, K. L., … & Whorwell, P. (2014). Coping with common gastrointestinal symptoms in the community: a global perspective on heartburn, constipation, bloating, and abdominal pain/discomfort May 2013. Journal of clinical gastroenterology, 48(7), 567-578.
  3. Changes in work affect in response to lunchtime walking in previously physically inactive employees: A randomized trial: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/sms.12398

Thank you to Sanaz Baradaran MSc, BEd, RD for contributing to this blog post. Go give Sanaz a follow on Instagram

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Mint Pea Soup | Vegan, Gluten Free
It's just right! Sure, it's Fall, but that also means soup season. Cozy up with a warm bowl of this Mint & Pea Soup from Chef Corbin's New cook book "In Good Company". It's light and delicious, and perfect as a made-ahead recipe. I swapped the bacon with my favourite seeds for that crunch and plant power!
Servings4 people
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, over medium-high heat, heat butter and oil
  2. Add leeks and shallots and saute for 3-4 minutes, until tender
  3. Add potatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes
  4. Pour in stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender
  5. Stir in peas, spinach and mint. Cook for 15 minutes
  6. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir well
  7. Working in batches, transfer soup to high speed blender and puree until smooth
  8. Ladle into bowls and garnish with seeds
Recipe Notes

This soup can be served hot or cold.

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Ready to make meal planning a breeze? Try this simple and mouthwatering 20-minute okra recipe (Bhindi). An all-time favourite Indian and Pakistani dish, this recipe is bursting with nutrition and flavor. If you’re tired of eating the same ‘ol veggies, this has your name written all over it!

This lip-smacking Indian/Pakistani okra dish is the perfect accompaniment to all kinds of meals. In fact, it’s a meal in itself, that pairs perfectly with roti, paratha, rice or daal. My new food crush? Quinoa – it’s a match made in heaven with a dollop of my herb and avocado chutney.

This okra recipe is cooked in a simple medley of fresh tomato and onion with paprika, cumin, lemon and cilantro – this one will make your taste buds dance. The hot kick from the green chilli is, of course, optional.

Ok, for starters, I’d love to hear what your favourite side dish is. Share with me in the comments below or send me an email. Even better, why not just talk food?! I’d love to hear what you’d like to see on the site. What’s your all-time favourite recipe? Is there any food you can’t live without? As you can see, food is my favourite topic 🙂

Lets get back to this desi~licous okra dish, aka Bhindi…

Here are my top tips to make the best bhindi dish.

Tips to make the best Bhindi recipe

I use frozen okra straight out of the freezer. Do not thaw.

Saute the okra in oil on high heat. This will help to soak the excess water and prevent slime. Keep a close eye and stir often to prevent burning. This one needs serious TLC.

You can add potatoes to this dish which is how my grandma used to make it. It’s more filling.

Serve with chapati, rice, dal, quinoa, or potatoes with a side salad to create a hearty and balanced meal.

For more delicious dishes try; When was the last time you tried something new? What are your favourite go-to side dishes?

So, kuch kuch hota hai? If you try this okra recipe, would love to hear from you! Leave a comment, rate it, or share a photo and hashtag with #desiliciousrd on Instagram, Facebook and twitter!  Can’t wait to see your photos.

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Shahzadi

Okra Recipe (Bhindi) | Vegan, One Pan Indian Dish
Ready to make meal planning a breeze? Try this simple and mouthwatering 20-minute okra recipe (Bhindi). An all-time favourite Indian and Pakistani dish, this recipe is bursting with nutrition and flavor. If you're tired of eating the same 'ol veggies, this has your name written all over it!
Servings3 people
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In medium pan, heat oil and fry onions until lightly golden.
  2. Saute okra on high heat for 5 to 7 mins. Stir often to prevent burning.
  3. Reduce heat and add dry spices, chilli and tomato. Stir well to coat okra.
  4. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Once cooked, pour lemon juice over okra and garnish with cilantro. Enjoy hot.

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A twist to the regular golden milk, this warm and soothing elixir, is packed with nourishing nutrients and is super simple to make. Done in under 10 minutes, we promise this golden milk turmeric coffee will become your new favourite way to enjoy coffee.

This golden milk turmeric coffee is health in a cup; milk infused with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and coffee to create a spicy, warm, and creamy brew, with a bitter undertone. It is delicious! I can tell you that the addition of coffee really takes this up a notch. I got inspired by the extreme weather in Toronto to create something that was comforting, warm and healing. According to Global News, last week, “With a wind chill of -37.4, that’s the coldest it’s felt on this date since records began in 1938.” And how do we cope? We don’t have any choice but to pull through. And during these times, we turn to our “go-to” recipes to warm us up. And this one has become our daily obsession.

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How to make Golden Milk Turmeric Coffee

You can use any variety of milk you prefer. I opt for what’s available at home and tend to alternate between coconut and soy milk. If you have fresh turmeric, by all means you can use that instead of powder, but I find the powder emits more flavour. As odd as it may sound, the black pepper is an important addition; it helps to increase the bioavailability of curcumin – the active compound in turmeric that’s touted for innumerable health benefits. In other words, the compound piperine in black pepper increases the absorption of curcumin. Let’s not forget it. You can choose any way to sweeten this golden milk turmeric coffee – maple syrup, honey, agave or enjoy without any sweetness. The spices help distract your taste buds from the sweetness.

Turmeric is a cherished ingredient in my spice cupboard. I love using it in this tandoori cauliflower recipe (which is a total hit in our home), or even in our favourite smoothie. It’s a versatile spice with many health benefits; most popularly known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, due to its curcumin content. With a long history, it has been used to help soothe tooth aches, menstrual pains, sore throats, bruises and more. I fondly remember my grandma giving us turmeric milk, during times of sickness.

Delicious on its own, it also pairs beautifully with a cereal bar, cookie or cupcake. Enjoy and stay warm!

Have you tried golden milk turmeric coffee before? How do you use turmeric in your cooking? Would love to hear about your favourite recipes.

So, kuch kuch hota hai? If you try this recipe, would love to hear from you! Leave a comment, rate it, or share a photo and hashtag with #desiliciousrd on Instagram and twitter!  Can’t wait to see your photos.

Desi~liciously Yours,
Shahzadi


Easy Golden Milk Turmeric Coffee | Anti-inflammatory, 10-minute Recipe
A twist to the regular golden milk, this warm and soothing elixir, is packed with nourishing nutrients and is super simple to make. Done in under 10 minutes, we promise this golden milk turmeric coffee will become your new favourite way to enjoy coffee.
Servings2 people
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except coffee granules, into a small saucepan. Heat on a medium-high heat whilst whisking with a balloon whisk. This will ensure you get a nice thick froth
  2. Heat until the milk mixture is very hot, but not boiling.
  3. Add the coffee granules and stir well to mix well
  4. Pour into two cups, sprinkle with pepper and enjoy

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