Thursday, January 12, 2012

Re-Visiting my own blog

So folks,

I haven't been writing in a long time. With change of location last August and trying to adjust to new place and the new work schedule, I have havn't had the time or energy to write. Now that Krishna, my 20 month old is also growing up and needs constant attention, I find it even hard to click what I cook and put it on a blog. I hope to start writing again because I know it will make me happy and take some stress off of my mind!Hope all of you  have been doing good. Happy new year to my blog mates !! I haven't had the chance to visit you guys in a while, I hope to do so soon to find some exciting new recipes from you all. I promise I will soon come up with then next post, till then keep cooking and keep smiling!

Take care


Friday, July 22, 2011

What are these Weight Watcher (WW) points on recipes?

So, last march I started updating something called weight watcher points for my recipes. Ever wondered what these are? If you are outside the US chances are that you are not so familiar with weight watchers, a weight loss system that works! Weight watchers is a system that allocates its members certain number of points that can be consumed in the form of food each day.Every food has its own points plus value and one needs to track what he/she eats everyday to get the total point plus consumed for the day. And by staying within the points plus value allocated (based on age/weight and other individual factors) and by getting easy to moderate level exercise every week along with weekly weigh in to track the weight, the system guarantees weight loss and is true to its words.And why have I become a weight watchers spokes person all of a sudden? Because it worked on me and I want to share with others!I am an Indian residing in the US and when I started WW last march, it was tough for me track points for the stuff I ate. Mainly because most of the Indian foods are prepared with a number of ingredients and almost always from scratch and much of it was not even available on the weight watchers database ( which is central to US foods) for me to add. So there I was entering in my own tracker( provided by WW) , my recipes from breakfast/lunch and dinner to get the point plus values for the meals we Indians consumed from day to day.Many who saw my progress asked if we could still eat all foods including Indian and still follow WW to lose weight. To all those with the same question, my blog is the answer.I wish WW would become a little more famous in India with the increasing weight among folks due to sedentary IT lifestyle.I would love to work for them there if they do start up in India ;) (The have recently done in China, so why not India?? ) . 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

#15 Pineapple Rice - 6 points plus on Weight Watchers

First things first. Thanks to all of you who take the time to go through my blog . You are the reason I am inspired to blog ! :)

Although I have been trying to avoid white rice for a long time ( over 5 months now), I couldn't just resist this one.I have been very choosy about what I eat in the past few months but I do succumb to pressure and eat bad (or worse) some days.It isn't easy to stay on track while you are trying to lose weight/maintain a healthy lifestyle, have a day job and try to cook good. I just try my best besides sometimes you just need to give in and learn to enjoy life on your way . After all, a  healthy lifestyle should also be an enjoyable one.

The below recipe serves 4 and the points plus value is per serving.

Things needed
2 cups cooked Basmati(Long grain) rice
1 1/2 cup diced pineapples( fresh)
1 cup diced green bell peppers
1 cup diced red bell peppers
3/4 cup diced white onions
2 -3 cayenne red pepper
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 -3 tbsp oil (canola)
Salt to taste

How to

- Heat 1/4 tbsp oil in a pan .
- Toss in the pineapples and saute for a short time until the some of them get a golden brown coating. You don't want to fry the pineapples too much as they may lose their juicy taste. You might even consider adding them fresh as opposed to sauteing.
- After keeping the pineapples aside, heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and toss the cumin seeds and cayenne peppers.
-When the red pepper are roasted, add the onions.
- Cook till the onions are translucent and then add the bell pepper (both color).
- Stir fry the veggies with salt. This tastes best if the veggies are  a little crisp and not cooked to completion.
- Mix the rice with veggies and top off with the pineapples.
- You could fry a handful of cashews/raisins and add to the rice for a tastier finish.

I like my rice with cucumber raita (Indian salad) and a spicy side or even chips !
Love the taste, inspired from Hawaiian pineapple rice.