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Asian Tofu Salad….

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Asian Tofu Salad … Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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March is the month of start of Spring and cleansing of house and yards and discarding the old and welcoming the new. Let’s begin the onset of spring with some healthy PROTEIN PACKED Salads!

In our house We eat Salads as one of the regular rotation for lunch especially during summer months . My kids love to add loads of leafy greens along with carrots , cucumbers fresh mushrooms and other fresh vegetables and sprouts in their salads along with grilled chicken, shrimps, or fish.. I myself love to Sprinkle some nuts or seeds on top, add a few dried cranberries, some avocado chunks to take it to the next level and they’re filling enough to make into a main dish.

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Today I bring to you one of our favorite Asian flavors inspired tofu salad The slices of protein-rich tofu that top this salad is lightly seasoned in low sodium soy sauce and chili flakes and grilled to give it a bold, rich flavor Plus, they’re filling enough to make into a main dish.

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Asian Tofu Salad…

Makes 1 serving
Serving size 1 cup + 4 slices of tofu

Ingredients for the salad
1/4 cup shredded Red Cabbage
1/2 cup shredded lettuce of your choice ( I used iceberg )
1/4 cup carrots cut into matchsticks
50 grams pat dried tofu cut into 4 ( marinade all over in 1 tsp soy sauce or chili sauce and grill it )
1 tsp oil ( I used peanut oil )

For the dressing
1 tbs unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1 tbs juice of a lemon
1 small date
A pinch or two chili flakes optional
1 tsp fresh ginger

Method
Blend all the ingredients under dressing to a smooth paste . If the dressing becomes too thick then add a little water or low sodium soy sauce to thin it out .

The Salad
1. Heat a medium size skillet and add 1 tsp oil .
2. Once the oil is hot add all the ingredients for salad and toss for a minute EXCEPT GRILLED TOFU .
3. In a serving bowl add the tossed Salad , Top with tofu and serve with the salad dressing on the side .

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Lets look at the benefits of the ingredients used in making this Salad..

Red cabbage
Eating cabbage is an inexpensive way to add vitamins K and C, as well as antioxidants, to your diabetes-friendly diet. Cabbage also contains manganese, fiber, and vitamin B6. This low-carb veggie is at its peak in the fall and early winter. Pick a head that’s firm with shiny leaves. When you get it home, put it in the refrigerator. Cover it with plastic wrap once it’s cut to slow down the loss of vitamins. Experiment with recipes that use this low-carb vegetable raw as well as cooked.

Lettuce
The glycemic index estimates the effect of a food on your blood sugar levels, with foods having a low score being less likely to cause spikes in blood sugar levels than those with a high score. Lettuce have very low glycemic index scores, according to the American Diabetes Association, so you don’t have to worry about them greatly increasing your blood sugar levels.

Carrots
Rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, vitamin A, B, C and K, magnesium, folate, and dietary fiber, carrots are bright in color and provide a sweet taste. Carrots are a good choice if you have diabetes as their carotenoid and vitamin A content helps protect your eyes from diabetic retinopathy or damage to the blood vessels in the eye from long-term diabetes. Carrots are a great low-carb, crunchy snack.

Tofu

The Joslin Diabetes Center recommends that adults get 20 to 35 g of dietary fiber each day, especially if they are diabetic, as fiber slows down the absorption of carbohydrates. Tofu has an excellent balance of the nutrients required to lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. CalorieKing.com states that a fourth of a block of firm tofu only has 117 calories, but also 7 g of fat, 12.8 g of protein and almost 1.9 g of fiber. Tofu can be grilled, baked, used in a soup or in a stir-fry dish.

Disclaimer
I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.

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FOR MORE DIABETES FRIENDLY SALADS RECIPES,CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW

Sonal’s Kosumbari, raw mung salad

Apsara’s Edmame Salad with Hemp Cilantro Dressing

Suchitra’s Horsegram/Kulith Kosambari

Swati’s Grilled Chicken & Quinoa Salad

Sarika’s Nam Sod

Cooking is like love: It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” — Harriet van Horne

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Tandoori Gobi / Gobi Tikka Masala ….

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Tandoori Gobi / Gobi Tikka Masala
My family loves eating cauliflower and the never seem to have enough of it , that is the reason I am always on a look out for new recipes around gobi … This Tandoori Gobi Tikka is a super simple and yet super delicious variation & can also be described as Succulent pieces of cauliflower marinated in tandoori spices.
You can use the same marination for any vegetable as well as non veg of your choice like like Potatoes , paneer , mushroom , chicken etc. to tickle your taste buds ….

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Preparation Time: 15 mins
Marination time 30 mins
Cooking Time: 15 – 20 mins
Makes 4 servings

Indigents
1 medium Cauliflower cut into medium pieces ( around 4 cups )
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Water for blanching cauliflower
Oil for basting the cauliflower
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For the Marinade
1/4 cup Gram flour / besan
1/4 cup yogurt
2 tsp Kasoori methi / dried fenugreek leaves optional
1 tsp Garlic paste
2 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbs tandoori masala
1 tspGaram masala powder
2 tbs Lemon juice
1 tbs oil
Salt as per taste
Lemon wedges and finely chopped cilantro for garnishing ..

Method

1. Boil five cups of water with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder in a large deep pan. When water starts boiling add cauliflowers in it.
2. Boil the florets f or five minutes. Drain and run under running water to stop the cooking .
3. In a large bowl add the blanched Cauliflower along with all the ingredients mentioned under marinade and marinade for minimum 30 mins ..
4. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.-200 *C / 360- 400 *F
5. Bake the cauliflowers in the preheated oven basting at least once in between . Cook till done ..

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Serve tandoori cauliflower garnished with lemon wedges and chopped coriander/ cilantro leaves.
Serve these with toothpicks as Starters or with Rotis / Puris / Parathas to make a quick working lunch.

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Cooking is like love: It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” — Harriet van Horne

Oats, Spinach and Yellow Moong Kabobs…..

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
–George Bernard Shaw

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Oats,Spinach and Yellow Moong Kabobs.. Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and not knowing what to cook for your loved ones can be challenging at times..
Celebrate the Valentines Day with Team DFT’s Weight Watchers and Diabetes Friendly Appetizers…

These days everyone looks forward to Valentine’s Day ,but when you have diabetes it becomes difficult to celebrate a day which is mostly focused on sweets. Chocolates and rich desserts and food that are commonly eaten on Valentine’s Day, which mostly leave people with diabetes feeling like they cannot participate in the festivities.

You can still celebrate without having to go overboard on unhealthy foods. One just needs to remember that the occasion is more about celebrating with loved ones and not gorging on food ..

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These power packed oats , moong and spinach kababs are not only delicious but are packed with all the goodness of protein as well as fiber in each and every bite and hardly takes less then an hour from start to finish ..

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Cooking Time : 25 Min
Makes : 15 -20 Bite size kabobs
Serves : 5- 6 people

Ingredients :
1 Cup parboiled yellow moong dal
1/2 Cup quick cooking oats
1 cup finely chopped fresh Spinach leaves
1/2 Cup finely chopped onion
3-4 finely chopped green chilies or as per taste
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
Juice of a lime or 1 tbs
1 tsp chilly flakes or as per taste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Salt as per taste taste
1 Tablespoon oil + 1 tsp ( all will not be used )

Procedure :

TO COOK THE DAL
Add 1/2 cup of washed moong daal along with 1 cup of water and 1/2 tsp Turmeric/ haldi powder and salt as per taste In a big enough pan and bring to a boil .
Cook till all the water evaporates and dal is softer
Cool and keep aside
In a blender take the cooked and cooled dal along with the oats and pulse them 2-3 times making sure that it does not turn into a paste ..
Dal and oats needs to be coarse

In a bowl mix blended dal and oats along with spinach and rest on the ingredients and 1 tsp oil
Mix all ingredients well
Take a small portion of mixture on your hand and form small bite size kababs
Get all the kababs ready
Heat a pan ( non stick , iron , hard anodized ) and cook kababs on medium heat with a teaspoon of oil till kababs and nice and brown and cooked from both sides.
Serve along with mint chutney and lemon on the side ..
You can even sprinkle some chaat masala on top of the kababs to give it a little tangy flavor …

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Lets look at the benefits of the ingredients used in making these kababs ..

Oats
Oats and oat-enriched products have been proven to control blood glucose and are helpful in the treatment of diabetes.
DiabetesNet.com advises that foods such as oats have a lower glycemic index and help to balance glucose levels for better diabetes control and prevention of related complications. Oatmeal has this effect because it increases the viscosity or thickness of the contents of the stomach, slowing digestion and prolonging the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. This also gives the body a stable, long-term source of energy.

Moong Dal/Pulses
Pulses help people control blood glucose
Pulses have a low glycaemic index, making them excellent sources of carbohydrate in the diet of those affected by diabetes.
Including pulses in the diet helps control blood glucose and insulin levels. Pulses have other positive health effects, like reducing blood lipids. This may help to prevent some serious complications of diabetes.
Pulses are valuable additions to a modern diet because of their good taste, convenience, and nutritional role in managing and preventing diabetes.

Spinach
This low-carb veggie is a wise addition to a diabetic diet because it’s loaded with folate, beta carotene, iron, and vitamin K. To get the biggest nutritional punch, ditch the canned stuff and buy it fresh or frozen. Fold steamed spinach into an egg-white omelette at breakfast or toss fresh leaves in a healthy, low carbohydrate salad at lunch or dinner.

Disclaimer

I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.

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FOR MORE DIABETES FRIENDLY RECIPES,CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW

  1. Grilled Spicy Paneer Skewers By Sonal
  2. Black Chickpea Falafel Bites by Parvathy
  3. Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers By Apsara
  4. Cajun Cauliflower Bites By Sarika
  5. Zucchini Boats By Suchitra
  6. Dhaniya- Methi Muthiya By Swati

“Cooking is like love: It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” — Harriet van Horne

Lahasuni Moong Dal With Palak …

Lahasooni Moong Dal With Palak / Garlicky Moong Spinach Lentil

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This humble looking priceless recipe from North Indian is one of my favorite comfort food specially during winter months …

Just a handful of common ingredients and This healthy and flavorful dal can be cooked in mins using a pressure cooker and then tempering it with fragrant whole spices …. The best part is that this dal is rich in protein and iron and can be eaten with both roti/parathas and rice.
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Serves 3-4
Cooks in under 30 mins
Recipe By My Mom

Ingredients
1 cup split yellow moong dal
3 cups chopped palak/spinach
1 tsp chopped ginger
3-4 green chillis, slit lengthwise
4 cups water
1 tsp turmeric pwd
1 tsp red chilli pwd
salt as per taste

For Tadka / tempering / seasoning

1 tbs ghee or cooking oil
1 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
4-5 cloves garlic roughly chopped optional
2 black cardamom
1 star anise
1 bay leaf
2 inch cinnamon stick
2-3 dry red chillies
1/2 tsp black peppercorn
6-8 cloves

Method

1. Boil the dal along with salt , turmeric powder . Red chili powder , chopped palak / spinach , green chilis and chopped ginger with 4 cups of water in a big enough pan with a lid .
if using a pressure cooker then give 1 whistle as Moong dal cooks very quickly .
Tempering
2. Heat ghee in a small pan and add cumin seeds and once they
splutter, add garlic and stir till garlic is light brown in color .
3. Now add all the whole spices and let them splutter ..
4. Add the tempering to cooked dal and mix well .
5. Cook the dal with tempering on medium flame till you get the consistency of your choice.
6. Serve with chapatis and white rice along with a salad on the side .

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Shrimp Biriyani…. Eid Mubarak!!!

This recipe is A part of Recipes With A cause for Diabetes Friendly Thursday……

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Celebrate the Eid Dinner with Team DFT’s Biryanis and Pulavs!

Shrimp Biriyani….
Shrimp biryani is becoming very popular day by day & unlike other biryanis it is quick to prepare & is busting with flavors..
Biryani is a rice-based one pot meal full of flavor and taste, cooked with whole spices, and some kind of meat , seafood or vegetables …
This spicy Shrimp biryani is a must for sea food lovers . Shrimps are cooked in Green Chutney base & is extremely easy to prepare …
You can even make this one day in advance as biryani generally tend to taste better the next day.

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Makes 4 servings
Serving size : 1 Cup

Ingredients:
1 cup raw Brown Rice or 2 cups boiled
400 grams Prawns/ Shrimps deveined and peeled
Salt as per taste
1/2 cup Green chutney CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

Red Chili powder as per taste ( I Used 1 tsp )
1 tbs cooking oil
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger

WHOLE SPICES FOR THE RICE
2 Black cardamon
4-6 Cloves
1 Star Anise
1 inch Cinnamon stick
1 medium bay leaf
1/4 tsp black peppercorn

DIRECTION FOR RICE
Place the rice, ¼ teaspoon salt , whole spices and 3 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook till 3/4 done.
Drain and set aside.

FOR THE SHRIMPS

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and ones hot the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 10 minutes.
2. Remove half the onions..
3. Stir in the garlic, ginger, and chili powder and cook another minute until fragrant.
4. Add the shrimp along with all the marinade and adjust the seasoning .
5.Cook the shrimp 2-3 minutes on each side , stirring to coat them with green chutney.

TO ASSEMBLE THE BIRYANI
Transfer the partially cooked rice to the skillet, spreading the rice out over the shrimp. Cover the skillet and cook another 10 minutes until rice and shrimp are completely cooked through. Uncover and gently stir the mixture, distributing the shrimp and sauce throughout the rice. Garnish with cilantro and leftover brown onion
Serve with yogurt or Raita..

ALTERNATIVELY
1. Take a deep microwave bowl. Spread a layer of half the brown rice at the base.
2. Spread the Shrimps and again spread remaining brown rice, fried onion, coriander leaves and 2-3 TBS water .. Cover with a cling wrap or a lid ..
3. Cook on Microwave HIGH (100%) for five minutes. Allow standing time of five minutes.
4 6. Bake biryani at 350° F pre heated oven until center is hot and rice is tender to bite, 20 to 25 minutes.
5. Serve with Raita of your choice ..

NOTE
You can even add Rose water or kewra water to the biryani..
Shrimps can be replaced for any meat or vegetables of your choice ..

LETS LOOK AT THE BENEFITS OF THE INGREDIENTS USED….

BROWN RICE

A Slow-Release Sugar Brown rice helps stabilize blood sugar levels; therefore, it’s an excellent food choice for those suffering from diabetes. Studies show that those who consume one half cup of brown rice daily reduce their risks of developing diabetes by 60%. On the other hand, those who consume white rice regularly increase their chances of developing diabetes one hundred-fold.
Read more at http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/10-reasons-why-brown-rice-is-the-healthy-choice/#OhCQXt7cy0iqtcZ0.99

ONION
The American Diabetes Association recommends that you eat at least three to five servings of vegetables daily. Adding onions to your soups, stews, sandwiches, salads and casseroles boosts your vegetable intake without adding a large number or calories or carbohydrates to your diet. A half cup of chopped spring onions contains 26 calories and 5.9 g of carbohydrates. Storage onions, such as yellow, white or red onions, contain 16 calories and 3.7 g of carbohydrates per half cup.

SHRIMPS
Shrimp Is Very High In Protein, Very Low In Fat, and Contains Virtually No Carb
Each bite of succulent shrimp is packed with protein and hardly any fat. Plus, it has virually no carb. Since diabetics need to lower their carb intake and increase their protein intake, this makes the composition of shrimp meat perfect for the diabetic.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5705006

Cilantro/ Coriander leaves

Cilantro is a power-packed flavor enhancer that contains an eye-popping amount of phytonutrients, including borneol, carvone, camphor, elemol, geraniol, and linalool, among the most prominent. It also contains popular flavonoids, such as quercetin and apigenin. Along with such incredible antioxidant potency, cilantro contains active phenolic compounds and is nutritionally dense in dietary fiber, manganese, iron, and magnesium. With such an impressive array of healthy properties, it’s no wonder that cilantro has been used as a digestive aid, an anti-inflammatory, an anti-bacterial agent, and as a weapon in the fight to control blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and unwanted, lethal free radical production.

GINGER
Recently ginger has demonstrated promising results in basic science and animal research testing its ability to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce oxidation, and improve cholesterol (Bhandari et al. 2005 and Akhani et al. 2004). We still do not know much about the impact of ginger on these parameters in humans, however the preliminary research is very promising- and ginger tastes quite good!

Mint

Peppermint may help diabetics because it improves the flow of bile, especially when fatty meals are eaten and therefore aids digestion. The gut motility in diabetics is sometimes slow, a condition called gastroparesis. As a result, food stays in the stomach longer, suffers fermentation and causes bacterial overgrowth. Fermented foods and intestinal bacteria are responsible for excessive gas, manifested as bloating, flatulence and abdominal cramps. Peppermint helps relax the digestive tract’s muscles and relieve the excessive gas.

Disclaimer
I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.

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