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Guest Post: Relish some mouth-watering desserts and yet stay healthy

Here is the wonderful guest post by Sandeep Arora. Sandeep Arora is a senior chef who has been working as the Chief Chef in the top hotels of India for twelve years now.  He has written many articles on restaurant mumbai. In this article he is providing us with some valuable information on healthy desserts.


Many times we resist ourselves from desserts because of health reasons. But here is some good news for all sweet toothed people out there. It has been proved that desserts can play a role in improving your heart health. A few simple changes in the way we live and choosing the healthy options to eat can work wonder for your cardiovascular health and help you get rid of issues like heart attack and such others. A healthy diet for healthy heart does not mean depriving yourself from tasty dishes and following only boring and bland diet. There are plenty of lip-smacking dishes that are equally healthy and one of such healthy options is dessert.

A favourite of all dessert lovers, dark choc…

Amelia's Empanada

Last week we had a fall break, followed by an exam. I know no one likes to enjoy a break if they were going to have a mid term exam after it. So, I and my friends Amelia and Emma gathered at Amelia's home to study. That was my first visit to Amelia's home (In fact, to a typical American home). Their house was decorated wonderfully, I just loved the Chinese arts and shell collections at her home. The house was located in a peaceful environment and all those bird sounds and beautiful fall colors attracted me a lot, apart from it she prepared a wonderful lunch. I tasted very delicious vegetarian Empanada's (Especially for me)  for the first time. She also made some Chicken cheese Emapanada's too. This is not the sole effort of Amelia, her hubby also helped her in preparing these delicious Empanadas.  
Here is the recipe that I jot down from her.


Ingredients
For Empanada Dough:
4 cups all purpose flour (Maida)1-2 teaspoons salt2-3 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons butter, melte…

Tofu Butter Masala (Healthy version of Paneer Butter Masala)

Tofu looks just like paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and it is tasteless. That means we can induce flavors by cooking it with the spices we like. Tofu is made from soy beans (mostly), it can serve as agreat source of protein, iron, calcium for the vegans and vegetarians like me. 100gm of tofu contain 8gm of protein, 350mg of calcium (35% daily value), iron 5.4mg (42% daily value) and it counts for 76Kcal. One cup of paneer made with cow milk contains 265 calories and 21 g of fat.. The same amount of paneer made using buffalo milk contains 292 calories and 23 g of fat.


Where  to find tofu? Walmart: you can find near the fresh greens (Produce section). Kroger: you can find in the frozen section.  Publix: You can find it near greens and mushroons (Produce section).
I always love eating healthy and tasty food. This recipe satisfies my taste buds and it is healthy too. A duel combo. 
Ingredients:
Tofu cubes medium size-200gm Onion - 1 medium-sized one, chopped fine Ginger-1 inch garlic cloves - 2
red …

Spinach Soya beans and Yellow peas curry-Healthy Recipe

Spinach is one of my hubby's favorite veggie. Spinach is also one wonderful nutritious veggie which can be used with any combo. Here, I used soy beans and yellow peas along with spinach. This turned wonderful and delicious. I am also posting the nutritional content for soy, yellow peas and spinach. This curry can be had with rice/roti.
Nutritional Information:
Spinach:                                           Soy Beans:                                     Yellow Peas:

Source: http://www.oceanmist.com/images/spinach/spinach_nutrition.jpg http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/wp-content/uploads/UserFiles/Image/cooking/good/nutrition/fvdb/labels/Nutrition_Facts_Soybeans.jpg http://www.quitehealthy.com/nutrition-facts/food-labels/labelL159741.gif
Ingredients: Soy beans (Dry) -1/2 cup
Yellow Peas (Dry)-1/2 cup
Spinach washed and chopped-3cups
onion-1/2cup chopped
Ginger-1 inch
Garlic-2 cloves
Tamarind concentrate (Juice)-4tbsp
Garam masala-1/2tbsp
Coriander powder-1tbsp
Green ch…

Noodles Vs Spaghetti; Fried egg Spaghetti

Can you identify the picture below? is it Noodles or Spaghetti. I know, it is difficult to find unless you have tasted it. Noodles and Spaghetti both look alike but they have a big difference form the way of cooking, serving and eating. 

The main ingredient of spaghetti is wheat flour, but noodles can contain different types of ingredients such as rice starch, rice flour, potato starch etc., A good quality of spaghetti is prepared of durum wheat. Noodles originated from China, where as spaghetti from Italy. The way of boiling of noodles to different from spaghetti.  Noodles are boiled in hot water with out any addition of flavor, where as spaghetti is boiled in a salted and herb flavored (optional) hot water with few drops of olive oil.


Noodles are served after stir frying them along with the ingredients where as spaghetti is served with sauce on topping. Generally, spaghetti is had with fork and Noodles with a chopstick. 



Now, enough of the story about their difference and jumping to th…