Koftai

RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken

1 1/2 onion diced

1 tomato

2 tbspn vegetable oil

1 tspn salt

1 tspn garam masala

1 tspn laal mirch

1 heaping tspn garlic paste

1-2 green chili peppers

Directions:

Fry 1 diced onion in pot on medium high heat until golden-brown

Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the ground beef, 1/2 a diced onion, 1/2 tspn salt, 1/2 tspn garam masala, 1/2 tspn laal mirch. Incorporate using your clean hands (or wear gloves). ADDITION: if you prefer upping the heat factor-chop up 1-2 green chili peppers into the meat mixture

Make meatballs (should make about 10-12)

Onions should now be a golden brown in the pot, add one diced tomato. Stir well. Add the other half of : salt, garam masala and laal mirch. Add in 1 healing tspn of garlic paste. Stir well. Add in 1/3cup water and stir

Once the tomatoes have softened, place the meatballs very gently into the pot. DO NOT STIR

Place the lid on the pot and set to medium heat and let it cook for 10 minutes

After 10 minutes have passed- uncover and gently stir/turn meatballs. At this point you can add more water if you want more shorba (LOL?!) – if you like your curries more watery add more water

Cook for another 10 minutes

Serve with rice, roti or naan. Sometimes I just eat my koftai with salads too

Enjoy !

 

 






Granola Squares

 

INGREDIENTS AND DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper

In a bowl combine:
🔺1/2 cup rolled oats 🔺1/4 cup walnuts
🔺1/4 cup almonds
Put above ingredients on baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes

Melt the following in a double boiler: 🔺1/4 cup Honey 🔺1/2 tspn vanilla extract 🔺3 tbspn peanut butter
🔺1/2 tspn salt
🔺1/2tspn cinnamon
Cook until it gently boils and remember to stir periodically to check consistency

Once toasted, place ingredients in step 2 in a large bowl and add any (or all like I did!) of the following ingredients (1/3 cup):
🔺sunflower seeds
🔺sesame seeds
🔺chia seeds
🔺pumpkin seeds 🔺shredded coconut 🔺rice krispies

Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients.

Press into an 8×8’ parchment lined pan

Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer to firm up

Cut into bars or squares once set

Enjoy !

***Chefs tip: double or triple the ingredients and make a BIG batch of granola squares and wrap each individual bar in parchment, place in a freezer safe ziploc bag and store in freezer for up to 3 months. Easy and healthy snack for on the go!***

 

 






Tandoori Whole Chicken

RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken (I use the Safra brand)

1 lemon

1 tbspn coriander seeds

1 tbspn cumin seeds

1 tbspn Shan chaat masala

1 tbspn tandoori masala

1 tbspn laal mirch (red chilli powder)

1 tbspn salt

vegetable oil

1 tspn unsalted butter

Directions:

preheat oven to 350 degrees

Remove all skin from whole chicken. If you like the skin on leave it on- I personally do not like eating chicken skin

in a mortar and pestle- grind the coriander and cumin seeds until their natural fragrances release, then add to a clean bowl and add the other spices (salt, laal mirch, chaat masala)

mix together – this is the dry rub mix

take half of the lemon and squeeze it over the entire whole chicken

next sprinkle the dry rub all over the chicken (one side at a time) and inside the chicken as well

use your hands (I choose to wear gloves at this point) to work the spice mix into all the crevices of the chicken

once the entire chicken is covered in the dry rub- take the other half of the lemon and squeeze over the entire chicken

place the chicken in a pre greased (I use 1 tbspn vegetable oil) deep baking dish/pan (you don’t want the juices flowing out of a shallow pan into your oven!)

cover the baking dish with foil

cook for a total of an hour and a half- but after the first 45 minutes remove the foil paper- no need to flip the chicken leave as is for the remaining 45 minutes (use your oven timer)

once cooked, take the 1 tspn of butter and rub it all over the chicken- it will melt easily if you do is this immediately – this step really brings the favorite together 😋

serve with roasted vegetables, rice or a salad

enjoy !!

 

 






Lemony Baked Basa Fillets


RECIPE

Ingredients:

2 basa fillets

4 tbspn melted butter

4 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tbspn paprika

Salt to taste

1 tspn parsley 

1/4 cup green onions chopped up and set aside as garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Wash fish fillets and pat dry and place in a pre-greased baking dish

Pour lemon juice and melted butter over fish

Sprinkle remaining ingredients over fish

Bake uncovered for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork

Garnish with green onions

Enjoy !

 

 






Then and Now

Hi guys!

As you are all aware, since my 30th birthday I made a commitment to myself to lose all of my baby weight (total of 60 lbs). That was in July 2017. It is now November 2017 and I have lost 30lbs so far (down to 157lbs-the photo below was done last week!!) #progress

The first photo was taken in 2014-when I was my fittest ever. Pre-babies obviously. I had given up sugar completely and started working out 5-7 times a week. I was doing intense cardio mainly with some weights. Reason: I wanted to lose the weight I’d gained after marriage and ended up being the skinniest I’d ever been at 120lbs.

Fast forward three years to the middle photo: 188lbs after having my second baby. This was, I believe a month or two after baby #2 was born. I had two back to back pregnancies, so I gave myself some time to not even think about losing weight. Plus I was breastfeeding baby #2. Which made me soooooo hungry and in turn I ate really unhealthy. Donuts donuts donuts!!! And pasta-yep hello that was my comfort food!

The last photo (right) is me currently at 157lbs-I lost another pound since this photo was taken! I feel great! I am eating so much healthier now, working out every chance that I get (3-4 times a week) and overall happier, alhumdullilah. My pre-baby clothes are still not fitting BUT I will keep going until I reach my goal! For now, I have treated myself to a few new pieces of clothes to fit my body as the winter is coming 🙂

A word of advice to mama’s/anyone wanting to lose weight-all of our weight loss journey’s are different, it takes hard work and time to lose the weight so don’t be hard too hard on yourself!!! Work hard and be consistent with it, that’s the only way to see results!

Good luck, you’ve got this!

 

 






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