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Summer Salad with Couscous and Peanuts

Low Calorie Summer Salad with Couscous and Peanuts

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After eating not so light meals last couple of days, today I was in no mood to repeat the same pattern. At first I started planning for the week and put some chickpeas in my slow cooker – to be boiled in 4 hours. I thought I could make some chickpea couscous salad for work later. It was almost [...]
Sookhi Urad Dal

Sukhi Urad Dal (Slow Cooked tempered dry lentils)

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I finally bought a new slow cooker in October last year when my old rice cooker that had ‘slow cooking’ mode stopped working. It has been 10 months or so and I have been using it very regularly to prepare healthy dishes for my family. I love to cook but don’t find much time while maintaining my [...]

Suji Kheer

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By Amanat Khullar This morning I had an urge to eat something sweet. I wanted to keep it quick, healthy and ofcourse “YUMMY”  to satisfy my cravings.First thought that popped in my mind was kheer. Since calorie amount can be a bit scary in rice kheer, I decided to use suji instead of rice and 1% [...]
Turkey Meatballs-shaped

Easy Turkey Meatballs

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It is always great to have some meatballs on hand when you are in hurry and need to put together a quick and delicious meal. You can make sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, serve with pasta and even throw in soups. I usually make lean turkey meatballs instead of fatty beef ones and make more than I need so [...]
Mediterranean Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup

Mediterranean Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup

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Couple of weeks ago I tried red lentils soup at a local Mediterranean restaurant. It was light and flavorful and perfect for lunch. Although it did resemble a bit like Indian red lentils dish and we call it ‘lal masoor dal’ and it is commonly served as a main dish with rice or Indian flatbreads for [...]
Baby Spinach Salad with carrot and cucumber spinach ribbons

Baby spinach salad with carrot and cucumber ribbons

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With days warming up a bit, I prefer having salads for lunch or as a side (sometimes bigger than a side portion) for dinner. I am big fan of low calorie salsa based Mexican style salads-which one of these days I will put together for my blog as well. However, these days I am experimenting with baby [...]
Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes

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By Heidemarie Swanepoel A very easy, healthy meal to serve, either with toast for a quick lunch, or as a filling for a sandwich, or even together with mashed potatoes and salad as a main meal. This recipe is as versatile as it is delicious. Using the correct fish ensures you are getting your daily [...]
Mexican style Vegetable soup with black beans and rice

Mexican style vegetable soup with black beans and rice

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Baked Beans Chilli

Baked Beans Chilli with Beef

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By Heidemarie Swanepoel For a little taste of Mexico, I always make this dish for our family. I enjoy using sweet chilli sauce in many dishes, because it adds bite, with a sweet tang, to many dishes. I do not need to slave over finding the right flavors, in the right combinations – I just add a [...]
Tangy Tomato Spinach Rice

Tangy Tomato Spinach Rice

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Here is a healthy dish for both kids and adults. Couple of days ago my son was not in a mood to let me do anything for dinner. I just spent 5 minutes of prep time and voila I had a healthy home cooked dinner for my son and a nice side for ourselves. Once again pasta sauce comes in handy, you save [...]
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