Healthy Food – Prepared Easily

Have you ever come home, opened your fridge and wondered what to have for dinner with the few ingredients you have available? Have you ever come back home and ordered some take away since what you had really wasn’t so promising?

These scenarios seem to become more and more common these days and are part of an increasingly unhealthy diet of many of us. However, often we actually have food at home and do not prepare dinner because we think that the ingredients in our fridge are just not sufficient. However, you might be surprised to learn how simple it can be to prepare dinner and that  not every dish has to compose of a wealth of ingredients. Some great dishes actually have really simple and only a few ingredients. Also, this may inspire you to always have certain ingredients at home, so that you can easily prepare a dinner when you need it.

Thus, I will give some recipe suggestions that might inspire you to use up what is in your fridge and not pick up the phone to get a take away delivered. There are of course many more and you might want to investigate what great dishes you can prepare with the food you already have at home.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Cook your spaghetti or other pasta as normal. Fry a few pieces of bacon in oil. Mix the bacon and a few raw eggs to the warm pasta. The eggs will cook when you add them to the pasta. Spice it up with some black pepper and enjoy!

Salads

Salads are great for the evening. Just take some fresh leaves and you can add virtually anything. Blocks of cheddar, pieces of meat, vegetables, any seafood cooked or fried, nuts and many more. For the dressing, you can use the classic: olive oil with or without vinegar. You can also make a vinaigrette with mustard which gives your salad a nice touch.

Fried chicken with rice

Take some pieces of chicken breast from the fridge or freezer and fry them. If you have fresh chicken, you can actually just salt it a little and do not even need extra fat to fry, which makes it healthier. Cook your rice on the stove or in a rice cooker and … bingo, a very easy and healthy dinner!

Turkey breast and potatoes

Turkey breast is another easily prepared meat. You can buy it frozen or fresh. It tastes very nice if you marinate it beforehand in lemon and soy sauce with garlic. You can serve it with potatoes and a vegetable of your choice. Both are prepared very easily, too.

Risotto 

Risotto is a very simple dish to prepare. You can have it with virtually any flavour and add many different ingredients of your choice. If you have some fresh or frozen seafood at home, just briefly fry it in olive oil with onions and garlic. Add some spices and water and then add the risotto rice and cook it altogether. It will only take about 20-25 minutes all in all, depending on the risotto rice.

These are just a few examples of how you can turn a dull evening into a feast. Cooking is fun and you will be surprised what great food you can prepare very easily with only a few ingredients. If you have questions of what food you can prepare with what you have in your fridge, just send us your comments and we will happily make some suggestions.

Images reproduced from http://siliconelife.net, http://img4.myrecipes.com, http://us.cdn2.123rf.com, http://1.bp.blogspot.com and http://www.onyryc.com

Dhampur – Dinner is Served!

Dhampur’s city streets

If you’ve heard of Dhampur, India at all, you’re probably thinking either ‘sugar mill’ or ‘don’t go out at night.” Chances are, you haven’t heard of Dhampur. Six long hours from Delhi, Dhampur hosts a bustlingly market, a sugar mill, some schools, lots of fields of sugar cane, and little else. Unless you are a traveler with a love of discovering the ‘real India,’ there’s very little reason you’d come here. Except, of course, for the food…  Dhampur’s divinely sweet desserts and sweets couldn’t get any fresher with the sugar being grown and produced virtually on the confectioners’ doorsteps.  And then there’s the diverse salty wonders that are namkeen sold from great barrels, fresh samosas, potato cakes, spiced chickpeas, rose ice-creams, pakoras, …  Visit the Punjabi quarter for your fix of Punjab’s finest or try the market for exotic fruits and vegetables.And if you can’t go out at night, what do you do with yourself? Cook! The women of Dhampur seem to be born with an uncanny ability to cook. In times of hardship, they can somehow turn two potatoes and three tomatoes into a feast fit for a king.  In better times, the feasts take on epic proportions and you go home wondering if your food baby may well be quintuplets.

Some of Dhampur’s fresh delights…

Rashi Adhikari is a bright young lady already achieving her dream of becoming a great chef. She has already earned acclaim for her talents in the kitchen, where she blends tastes from all over India. A fan of cooking shows, Rashi draws inspiration from all over the world. Her family and friends couldn’t be more delighted with the time and effort she puts into practicing her craft- particularly when they called upon to try the latest creation.  Spicy or sweet, breakfast or dinner, veg or non-veg: whatever this talented young cook serves up is always delicious.

Rashi is delighted to be sharing her recipe for Mustard Potatoes with City Connect readers. Enjoy!

Mustard Potatoes

Mustard Potato

Ingredients: —–    

     Potato                                      -                        10 to 12 (Small)

      Mustard Oil                        -                        2tbsp

      Mustard Paste                        -                        2tsp

       Ginger paste                        -                        1tsp

       Garlic paste                        -                        2tsp

      Tomato puree                         -                        half cup

     Onion paste                         -                        2tbsp

      Asafoetida (heeng)            -                        1pinch

      Cumin                                    -                        1/2tsp           

      Salt                                    -                        To taste

      Turmeric Powder             -                        1tsp.

      Red chili Powder            -                        To taste

      Coriander Powder            -                        1tsp

      Coriander leaf                         -                        To garnish

       Water                                    -                        as required

      Garam masala                         -                        ½tsp

    

NOTES- Mustard paste is made from pureed mustard seeds, rather than the mustard available from supermarkets. Garam masala should be readily available at your local supermarket. If you cannot find it, prepare a mixture of cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves to taste.

 

Method:

1) Wash and peel the small potatoes. Small potatoes can be left whole, larger potatoes should be cut into smaller pieces and par boiled.

2) Heat the mustard oil in pan on a medium heat.

3) Add Asafoetida and cumin to oil and let them pop.

4) Brown the potatoes in the oil until half-cooked.

5) Using a blender or mortar and pestle, blend ginger, garlic, onion, tomato and mustard, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala and salt into a thick paste.

6) Add paste to the pan with the potato and fry on low heat until the paste become brown and potato is fully cooked.

7) Garnish with Finely chopped Coriander

Serve and enjoy the innovative flavours of Dhampur’s finest up and coming chef!