Sausage Broccoli Pasta

DSC_8294-Edit-2After my successful attempt at Aglio-e-Olio, I was tempted to explore more sauceless pasta recipes, so here is one of them.

For this you’ll need:

  • 7 ounces Whole Wheat or any other regular pasta
  • 1tbsp minced garlic
  • 1½  tsp Chili Flakes
  • 1½  tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup  broccoli sliced into small florets
  • 3 sausages links diced
  • ½  cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup sliced portobello mushrooms
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley for garnishing
  • Grated parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Boil and drain the pasta as per the instructions on its packet.
  2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan on low-medium heat. Add the garlic and the sausages. Saute for 5-7 mins.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cover the pan with a lid for 3-4 mins. Once the mushrooms start shrivelling up, remove the lid.
  4. Add the broccoli, vegetable stock, salt and pepper to taste and cook for another few minutes till broccoli becomes slightly soft (Don’t overcook the broccoli).
  5. Finally add the pasta and some parmesan and mix well.  Turn off the heat. Sprinkle some chilli flakes and garnish with freshly chopped parsley. You can also sprinkle some parmesan while serving.

Your yummy sauceless pasta is ready..:)

(You can use Chicken stock instead of  Vegetable stock and you can add veggies as per your preference.)

EAT RIGHT: word of advise from a lazy bum..;)


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If you are a person who simply HATES going to the gym, then this article is just for you. I am one such lazy bum who loves to eat and the thought of working out makes me sick. So I soon realized, I’d have to make some changes to my diet inorder to stay healthy.

As you all know by now, that my husband is VERY health conscious (which is not a bad thing..:P), but because of him my eating habits have improved a lot and I am very picky about the stuff that we buy from the supermarket. I thought of sharing what I have learnt with you. Here are a few things to note when you go to a grocery store:

  1. ALWAYS check the food label. People generally look only at calories and fats but sometimes ignore the sodium content. Most packaged food have very high sodium content to make it last longer. High sodium is very harmful for our health and can cause weight gain as it aids the body in water retention in addition to causing other health problems in the long run.
  2. Not all fats are bad. For example avocado and peanut butter are food items with high fat content, but their high nutrient value makes them good for your body. So don’t cross out items from your food list without completely knowing their health benefits.
  3. Another important thing to be noted is low fat doesn’t necessarily imply that it is healthy for you. Food companies use this as a selling strategy. So most low fat food items have high sugar content (specially observe on low-fat yogurts and other similar items). Low fat content is mostly compensated with either sugar or chemicals. Next time you go to a grocery store compare the labels of the low fat and the regular ones.

Me being such a big foodie, I’ve made some easy changes to my diet without essentially sacrificing anything that I absolutely love to eat.

  1. Everything in small quantities is good for you. If there is a food item which you know is not that healthy for you like pizzas or burgers or pork sausages, have them in very small quantities. If you don’t have the willpower to stop yourself from having more, then make sure to have the next meal light like only greens or soup, which is what I do..;).
  2. Keep a tab on your eating out habits. I try to eat out only on weekends when I let go of myself and fulfil my cravings but I compensate by having salads or other low calorie food during the week.
  3. If you are hungry at work or in between meals, eat fruits, cottage cheese, yogurt, nuts or just have a cup of soy milk which will fill you up without adding unnecessary calories.
  4. Switch items in your diet for healthier alternatives while satisfying your cravings at the same time.
    For example:-
    • Pick chicken sausages with no pork casing.
    • Choose thin crust and better still whole wheat while picking up pizza bases.
    • Pastas are usually high in gluten content, even the whole wheat ones have it. There are other alternatives which taste equally good like brown rice or other whole grain pastas.

So guys, these are small changes which can make a big difference in your overall health.

So Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy and above all enjoy being Lazy..;).

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-11-most-destructive-nutrition-lies-ever-told-2013-11

Flatbread with Rosemary & Onion

Flatbread with Rosemary & Onion

This is my second bread baking experience and I can proudly say that I’m becoming better with each one..:)
I’ve recently added a rosemary and thyme plant to my collection and have been wanting to use the fresh herbs in baking ever since. I browsed through my recipe books and found this one to be really tempting and decided to give it a try. So here is the recipe that I followed:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Wheat Flour
  • 1½ cups All Purpose Flour or White Bread Flour
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 envelope Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary plus small sprigs for garnish
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil plus some for brushing
  • 1¼ cups lukewarm water
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced and pushed out into rings
  • 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Honey

Method:

  1. Take 3tbsp of lukewarm water and add the yeast and honey to it. Leave for 10 minutes till the mix becomes frothy.
  2. Sift together the flour and salt into a bowl and stir in the yeast and rosemary. Make a well in the center and pour in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the water. Stir well until the dough begins to come together, then knead until it leaves the side of the bowl. Invert onto a lightly floured surface and knead well for about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  3. Brush a bowl with oil. Shape the dough into a ball, put it in the bowl and cover with a damp dishtowel. Let it rise in a warm place for one hour or until doubled in size.
  4. Brush a baking sheet with oil. Invert the dough onto lightly floured surface and knead for one minute. Roll out the dough to a circle about 12 inches in diameter and put it on the prepared baking sheet. Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, make indentations all over the surface of the loaf. Spread the onion rings over the top, drizzle the remaining oil and sprinkle the sea salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the rosemary sprigs, return to the oven and bake for an additional five minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly and serve warm.