Friday, April 29, 2011

#9 Tindora/Ivy Gourd/Kovakkai fry - 1 pp for 100gms on Weight watchers!

I Must be dreaming !  OUCH ! Just pinched myself and seems like NOT. Ok, yes, this tindora/kovakkai/Ivy gourd fry is simply 1pp per 100gms! What can I say, I am falling in love all over again !! This journey has been brilliant so far. It enables me to discover a whole new way of looking @ food, enjoying it and still reducing my weight. I have been eating Tindora forever now, but only now i realize that she could be a best friend for the rest of my life. I must agree that the dicing part kind of frustrates me, but it is so worth it! Though  I have diced the veggie in a circular fashion on this pic, these days I have learnt that dicing it lengthwise makes things much easier! :D .Love the fry with my Roti (Indian wheat tortilla) or even love to stuff my Corn Tortilla with the ivy gourd fry along with a tsp of low fat sour cream and roll it up!

You would need :
250 gms of washed and diced (tindora/ivy gourd)
1/4 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
oil to drizzle

How to Make
- Drizzle oil in a pan and heat it
- split mustard , add the diced ivy gourd
- mix in the chilli powder and salt ,close the pan with a lid and fry
- To get a  slightly crunchy taste on ivy gourd, take out the lid when cooked and let it fry for a few more minutes on medium flame.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

#8 BroadBeans (Avarakkai) and lentil

My lunch for the day - 1 cup of Broad beans(Avarakkai) fry with lentil and 1 cup of "Morekozhambu" ( an authentic south Indian buttermilk gravy made with coconut /green chilli paste)  rice ,of course using brown rice.I am still lost in the taste of this wonderful combo and it doesn't at all seem like I am on diet. But yes I am ! and I have reduced yet another 2 pounds (totally 4 from when I started blogging :p )*. It is all because of the veggies, Veggie power!! The broad beans was pretty simple to make and is 5 PP per weight watchers.

All that it required was 1/4 cup of coarsely cooked Mung Dal/Mung beans (very high in protein!) ,
finely diced broadbeans 1 cup

chilli powder -1/4 tsp
mustard 1/4 tsp
oil to drizzle
salt to taste

To make :

-> Drizzle oil in a pan and let it heat.
->put the mustard in the oil and let it slpit.
-> fry the broad beands with chilli powder and salt until cooked well.
-> mix the cooked Mung beans with it

Enjoy some authentic south Indian & nutritious veggie!

* - I don't just eat good, I run too ;) .

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

#7 Losing weight eating Brown Rice

Rice is staple for us Asians and to not be able to eat it for dieting purpose is rather a difficult task. Like  I am always telling, to me losing weight should be on par with my lifestyle and I always like to make changes that I would be comfortable with in the long run. That helps me be consistent and stick to my WLJ (weight loss journey) . In the past  I had tried to stop eating rice to  lose some weight, but it never ever worked for me.Mostly I would just lose all the determination when I am extremely tempted and as a result indulge more than ever and gain all and more pounds back. :p . But this time it is for keeps. I chose to omit White rice and added to my diet brown rice instead. A cup of cooked brown rice keeps me more satisfied and for longer period of time.It has such an earthy flavor to it that I am in love with! For those have not tried brown rice, you either end up loving it or hating it at the first try. Although. it will not be long before you get used to the flavor and crave for the taste more than white rice. Brown rice was my savior while I was trying to get used to portion control. Nothing else would fill me up more. Now, I am at a point where I can eat just one cup of  cooked white rice even  and be completely satisfied with it! And I am so proud of it! The best way to try brown rice would be to make some fried rice by stir frying 2 cups diced assorted vegetables of your choice with salt,1 green chilli or jalapeno peppers,1/2 tspn of ginger/garlic paste ,Garam Masala and mixing cooked brown rice with it. Topping it with some cilantro leaves gives it a biryani flavor!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

#6 Bell Pepper/Mushroom Masala Dosa (Rice crepes)

I love dosa(Rice crepes) but prior to WW, I just wouldn't be able to stop with a minimum number :p, plus when some one is making you some, you don't want to say  'No' to the hot crisp ones coming to your plate. Well, like I said, that was an old story. I have learned to say no and stop when it is required to. More importantly I have learned to trick my stomach into feeling full with lesser food just by bulking it up with some good / tasty veggies. Yesterday , I did this with my favorite dosa (rice crepes). I tossed in some garlic,tomatoes,bell peppers,mushrooms and sauteed them with salt and little of garam masala. The end product was a quick and yummy version of the bell pepper mushroom masala. I bulked my dosa by stuffing a whole lot of this vegetable into it and successfully tricked myself into being satisified :p. I thought I have to mention the points plus value for this as it seemed like a good one for 5pp per serving and if you are doing weight watchers, you sure will appreciate it !!

Monday, April 11, 2011

#5 Iam Losing Weight Drinking Almond Milk!

For me, the thing that has been and still is most challenging about losing weight is eating right at intervals. As I may have already mentioned before, I have researched and also discovered from personal experience that it is very essential to eat at least six times a day to lose weight. This body is like a machine and if you need the machine to work properly, you need to simply fuel it regularly.For years I have been ignorant about the vitality of a morning and a mid afternoon snack but when I started this weight loss journey, I had to keep myself up to look forward to eating  something prior and post lunch . What I chose for these times had to be something that was not too heavy on my appetite and also something that would not leave me craving for the next main meal.Fruit was always a savior, but a little variety never hurt me as it would also keep me off from getting bored and almond milk just  happened to be the right choice. I like it unsweetened because I just detest the idea of adding sugar to my blood directly apart from all the natural resources there already is. I currently take a cup of really chilled Pure Silk unsweetened almond milk in the mid afternoon. Recently, I also discovered that  it was not so difficult to make this one at home either. A cup of almonds soaked overnight and 4 cups of water is all it needs. I like to remove the skin from the soaked almonds as it is easier than filtering it out later. It then needs to blended thoroughly with water and there you go ! A cup of delicious,filling,healthy no diary drink!

Friday, April 1, 2011

#4- Iam Losing weight eating -Bulgur/Cracked wheat Upma

Upma is an easy to make south indian tiffin that can be taken for breakfast/ dinner , has a lot of veggies and when Bulgur wheat or cracked wheat is used to make the upma, it is packed with some good whole grains too. I came across Bulgur wheat when I was in search for some white rice substitutes for my weight loss eating plan.I think it is pretty much similar to cracked wheat and this upma can be made with either of them.

I usually cook the Bulgur wheat in an open pan with boiling water. I takes about 2-3 minutes to cook and with a little less water comes out nice and coarse for the upma.

Things needed :
1/2 cup cooked Bulgur wheat/cracked wheat
(1/2 cup means 1/2 cup in the measuring rice cup!)
1/2 diced onions
1/2 cup diced green beans
1/2 diced carrot
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 mushroom caps sliced
1 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1tsp oil
1 green chilli
chopped coriander leaves to garnish
Salt to taste

How to make:
-> heat the oil in a pan and toss in the mustard seeds.
-> Fry the onion and chilli by adding the turmeric and cook till onion is golden brown
-> add the veggies and salt and let them cook
->add the cooked Bulgur/cracked wheat and mix thoroughly
->garnish with coriander leaves.