'Ratatouille' is a French Vegetable dish wherein spring veggies like Zucchini, Eggplant, coloured Bell peppers are baked on a base of Tomato sauce. It is usually served as a side dish, but may also be served as a meal on its own. Some recipes call for sauteing the veggies and then layering them in a Casserole and bake. But, this recipe is something I just figured out after seeing the pictures of some Ratatouille. It has Zero oil and extremely healthy, so you can gorge on it without guilt. The recipe is so simple with just few ingredients, but it turned out to be a Superhit at home, especially my DH loved it a lot. He was amused at the way a humble dish tasted so terrific. I love the veggies being arranged beautifully in concentric circles and then topped with cheese and baked to perfection. To keep it healthy, I have reduced the amount of Cheese, but you may choose to add more if you so like. Get on and try this easy Ratatouille!!
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
It was a long weekend and I was planning to do atleast 3-4 bakes for this month. My 9-yr old little girl Ashvitha loves baking and she declared that one of the Bakes should be her choice, that too, a cupcake or a muffin and that she would be doing that. Iam allowed only to guide her without touching anything. Right from measuring out the flour and other ingredients, this healthy Muffin is completely done by my Sweetie Of course, the idea to keep it as healthy as possible is mine. I had ordered Organic Stone Ground Wholewheat flour from Iherb online and it had just arrived the previous day. I was excited about it as there were great feedback about this flour and many of our BM girls were sharing exotic recipes using Wholewheat flour all of which inspired me a lot. Thought of replacing sugar with Jaggery and add Flaxseed meal to serve dual purpose - as an Egg-replacer and to load on the nutritional benefit. The muffin was mildly sweet, soft and fluffy from inside and was very filling.The addition of Dried figs was great in this recipe and the surprise burst of its taste in each bite was amazing. My DH and both girls loved this Muffin and I gave myself a pat for developing a healthy Muffin recipe. Now, I could tweak this a little here and there to accommodate various flavours. Do check it out and try!! Go on and play around with different dried fruits and nuts and bake it suit your palate.
Monday, April 06, 2015
Iam into Day 5 of this month's Mega Blogging Marathon and its a great experience - not only posting my recipes, but blog-hopping and getting to know and learn so many recipes which my friends are posting. All of those are unique and special and most of us are trying and posting Healthy Bakes and many innovative ones. And, I should say, its raining Breads at this Mega BM. Most of my friends are Pros in Bread making and they wow us everyday with their gorgeous Breads. As Iam yet to tame Mr Yeast, Iam just trying to look for a simpler recipe and start my journey on that Genre too. Today's recipe is a very simple, healthy Eggless Dates Cake. I have a Date Walnut Cake already on this space, but I was just blown by this delicious Cake which my friend Kumudhini ji once baked and brought while she came to visit us. She is such a sweet lady, an awesome Baker, great Dancer and proficient in many artworks too. Being made by such a perfectionist, the Cake was extremely soft and fluffy and had the subtle flavour of Dates and Cinnamon. You should taste this cake to believe what a fantastic combo this is! You can't believe its Eggless. I added Cashew bits and raisins to it and it tasted just like the 'Plum Cakes' we used to get in Indian Bakeries. Do try and share how you liked it.
Saturday, April 04, 2015
Yule Log Cake or Buche De Noel is a speciality cake made for Christmas. The recipe emerged in the 19th century, which has a soft and mosit sponge sheet cake which is iced with whipped chocolate cream frosting, rolled into a cylinder and again frosted ont he outside with delicious chocolate ganache. Then, with a fork, rough lines are drawn to resemble the bark of a tree. It is also very nicely presented by cutting one end off and placing that on top or by the side to get the real 'Log' look.
Friday, April 03, 2015
Day 3 of Blogging Marathon comes with a flavourful Banana Walnut Muffin which is Eggless and Vegan too. I adapted the recipe from here and tried this long time back and it was the Best. Thereafter, I did'nt try any other recipe for Banana Walnut Muffins. I have tweaked it many a times, with reduced quantity of fat (that too, Olive or Canola oil) and reduced sugar too. But, I have got great results even after doing such healthier fix. So, here Iam to share the Best Vegan Banana muffin. If you are not particular about veganising it, you could simply use Butter in place of Vegan Margarine. With Banana deliciousness, these muffins are soft and fluffy and the walnut bits add crunch and a great treat to the palate. Do enjoy these as Breakfast or mid-day snack with a cuppa coffee!
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Today, I would be sharing a very Best Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake which will be rich, delicious and spongy exactly like the ones which are made with eggs. Trust me, the first time I prepared this cake for my daughter's birthday, my DH and kids did'nt believe its Homemade and its Eggless. It was so soft,light and spongy. Before I found this recipe, I had tried many Eggless recipes from the Net, mostly done with condensed milk. But, somehow I was not 100% happy with the result. Even though they appeared spongy, it was definitely denser in the insides and some cakes made use of excess Baking soda / powder which left an unpleasant after-taste. Simply put, it may be that I have'nt come across the best Eggless cake recipe using condensed milk yet. But, surely, I would like to try that version too and will update once it turns successful. I have done today's cake many a times and every single time, it has come out so well that I had fixed this recipe as my Standard go-to one for Vanilla cake. All my friends and their kids, for whom i have prepared this cake have given excellent feedback. So, I would surely vouch by this recipe and please do try out and share your views. You will not be disappointed at all.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Iam super-excited to announce that I would be participating in Mega Blogging Marathon this whole month. Whats even more special is the theme we have chosen. A theme which is very close to my heart, which has become by passion these days. Yes, its 'Fire up your oven all this April' in which we friends would be coming up with really exciting Oven-based recipes all the days in April with only Sundays being off-days.That sounds very interesting, is'nt it? Though many of my peers are doing a weekly Theme-based Marathon, I choose the free-way, which means my posts will be a mix-up of Eggless Cakes and Muffins, Savory Bakes, Wholesome Lunch or Dinner Recipes and some Breads. I find it really hard to juggle work and kids' studies as well as my passion and hence Iam not able to keep up with the pace and plan ahead. Kudos to my friends who are really awesome at that skill. Our Lead Srivalli, who is a mother of 3, is working full-time and still efficiently multi-tasks and keep up with the spirits and motivates us too. Not even sure if I ever become so organised!
Coming to the first recipe of the Mega BM, its a decadent Carrot cake with crunchy cashew and raisin bits. Though it is a bit on the denser side, the rich and flavourful taste is absolutely stunning. I had bookmarked this recipe from a Vegan Cookbook, borrowed from the local Library here. I have reduced the sugar and tweaked slightly to make it more healthier. Do try and let me know how it turned out!
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This week, I would be sharing some interesting American Sandwich Recipes. Though Sandwiches with healthy Tikkis like Oats Tikki or simple ones with loads of veggies are a regular in our weekly menu, I have'nt done any American style Sandwiches. So, went through the Wiki list which Valli had given , but I had a tough time choosing vegetarian ones there. Most of the Sandwiches are non-veg or atleast had eggs in them. When I was still thinking over this, Pavani had shared this lovely Sandwich wrap with a fabulous picture for Week 1 and it got me drooling! So, here comes my version of this famous American Roasted Veggie and Bean Wrap! DH said it was one of the best Sandwiches he had tasted and kids too loved it so much. I was happy that it has a very nutritious Wholemeal Wrap with plenty of veggies and protein-rich beans.
Preparation time - 15mins
Yields - 4 wraps