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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Chicken n butternut soup- A healthy start to a wonderful day!

Goodness of chicken and veggies.

This recipe 'Chicken n butternut soup' is dedicated towards all my health conscious friends. Soup is a healthy way to life. Combining the goodness of vegetables and chicken, cooked with the minimum amount of olive oil, it’s not only a healthy but a tasty treat as well. Butternut combines the goodness of vitamins and other essential minerals which is widely available in USA and eastern Canada. When you are in a mood to enjoy a light meal, I guarantee that this sort of soup dish will definitely satisfy your appetite and your heart to a large extent.

Ingredients: (for 3-5 persons)

Boneless chicken (350 gms.),

Butternut (a medium sized one peeled and diced into medium pieces),

Garlic (2 cloves),

Extra virgin olive oil (2 ½ tablespoons),

Baby corn (100 gms. chopped into thin circular pieces),

Spring onion (white part only),

Tomato (1 ½ pieces grated),

Chopped basil leaves,

Ground black pepper powder (½ teaspoon),

1 scoop of butter,

Salt according to taste.

Procedure: Boil the boneless chicken in a stock pan for 30 minutes. Separate the stock and keep the chicken pieces separate. Simultaneously heat the butternut in a container till it becomes soft. Heat olive oil in a stock pan. Add crushed garlic cloves to it. Add the pre boiled chicken pieces, spring onions, tomato, and baby corn to it. Cook for 5 minutes till the vegetable becomes soft. Add the pre boiled butternut to it. Add the chicken stock. Cook the entire content for 7-8 minutes, allow simmering in medium heat. The butternut should be mashed and the soup should get a thickened texture. You may add salt according to taste, chopped basil and black pepper for the ultimate flavor.

Ladle the soup in a bowl. You may add a dollop of butter on the top. The topping along with chopped basil leaves and black pepper will simply look awesome. Enjoy this awesome delight with bread/breadsticks.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Avocado and coconut- for a glowing skin !

If you want to have a glowing skin, you should be aware of your food habits as well. More of fresh green vegetables, fruits and stuffs like avocado, coconut will prove good for your skin in stipulated amount. But apart from consuming avocado and coconut directly, you can make a palatable curry to enjoy during your meals. Let’s see the method of preparing a curry with avocado and coconut milk.

Ingredients: (for 4-6 persons)

Avocado (2 medium sized ones cut into pieces),

Coconut milk (100 cc.),

Carrot (2 medium sized ones cut into smaller pieces),

Onions (1 medium sized one diced into pieces),

Tomato (1 medium sized one grated),

Turmeric powder (½ teaspoon),

Red chili powder (½ teaspoon),

Ginger paste (1 teaspoon),

Coriander powder (1 teaspoon),

Salt as per taste.

Procedure: Heat oil in a container. Add ginger paste to it and cook for 2 minutes. Add onions, tomatoes to it. Cook well till they become soft. Add the diced carrots, avocado to it. Add the spices (turmeric, coriander, red chili) to it. Cook well and then add 1 cup water to it so that it becomes absolutely soft. Add the coconut milk. Add salt for the ultimate taste. Cook for 5 minutes in covered condition.

Coconut and avocado is good for health and this is a tasty treat.