Slurpy Soup - Dinner Ideas

Since I have become a fitness enthusiast of recent, I have been searching for food and recipes that can help with weight loss. First I found the goodness of chickpeas and now cabbage. 

Cabbage have been used in many weight loss programs and detox. I on the other hand don't want something so drastic, I want this to be a journey, being able to cook and serve healthy food for my family and myself of course is my main aim.

I am rather fascinated how will power and our human mind can change a person. It is no denial that if you put your heart and soul into it you can do it. I am finding different cooking method and food types to spice up things thru out this journey.

This week, Week 3...I am going to replace dinner with soup as oppose to the mundane bread and spaghetti. The star of my soup recipes will of course be Cabbage and I will be making my own combination of vege and meat to go with it.

Last night I made this delicious Cabbage Soup with Fish balls and Vege. Topped it with fried onions to add some flavor. I did not make chicken broth, I just used the instant Knor's Chicken Cubes for flavoring and added a teaspoon of spice mix...it is specially for soup. Notice the colour of the soup is not clear, that is because of the spice mix.


I also added some leftover chickpeas for protein instead of eggs, 1 potato for a little bulk and some combinations of vegetables like bitter gourd, carrots  and bottle gourd, onions and garlic was sauteed with the vegetables add some flavor.


Going Wild with Hummus

Eating healthy means minimal carb and more protein. Chickpeas or also know as Hummus are rich in protein. I am a big fan of chickpeas from a very very young age. It is also a common ingredient of my authentic Indian dietary. I am not too sure if there are many types of Chickpeas but I am sure of 2 types; black one and white one. Apart from being a high source of protein it will also fill you up and not make you full. So I have been including them in my diet now.

For lunch today, I made Stir-fried chickpeas with eggs and vege. I choose the good old red capsicum and cucumber for this recipe.



Doesn't it look healthy and yummy. It sure tasted good. Let's move on to the recipe.

You will need :

2 types of chickpeas
cucumber 
red capsicum
garlic
2 small eggs
1 teaspoon  ghee
salt and pepper for seasoning

Preparing the Chickpeas :

Soak Chickpeas in water for more than 6 hours, I prefer overnight soaking,
Then, rinse it off the water, place it in a steamer for 1 hour.
If you don't have a steamer you can boil them too.

Method:

Add 1 teaspoon of ghee in a hot pan, add in some garlic and saute till the garlic is partially cooked.
Next, add the vegetables to it and stir. 
Add in some salt and pepper and cook the vege for about 2 minutes.
Next, add in the steamed chickpeas and stir occasionally for about 3 minutes or so.....
Lastly, add in 2 eggs in the center of the pan...once the eggs starts to set a little, stir it up with the rest of the mixture of chickpeas and vege.
Give it a couple of minutes to cook then is good to be eaten...Best eat it warm, goes well with warps and bread.

Happy cooking everyone.



Real Food - Homemade Chicken Burger

Hey dolls,

It's me again, my journey to being fit and fabulous and project happiness are going positive. In fact, it complements each other...I am using my dear kitchen to the fullest and eating healthy. Is not all eating clean yet, is just that I have been pretty exposed to beautiful flavors and taste that the eating clean part will be a rather long process to achieve. Eat healthy is much compatible with me. Well after much debating about sinking my teeth into some real meat, a real woman got to eat real meat people...so instead of heading to some fast food outlets and grabbing the one thing I dread, burgers....hmm...hmmm....I made my very first chicken burger, that's right Chicken Burger.

I did not follow any recipes from the net, I made them will all my love to my body and of course my belly. So here is the end product... :) 

Chicken Burger with sauteed  Tomatoes & Sugar Peas

The Recipe as follow :

1. Chicken breast, skinless and cubed.
2. Red onions
3. A pinch of corn flour, salt and pepper
4. Olive oil - 1 teaspoon

Method:

1.Combine all ingredients into a food processor and mince till it forms like a smooth paste.
2.Shape them into medium sized ball, then flatten it out, don't make it too thin...just nice.
3.Let is take shape and sit for 5 min before cooking it.


The Patty
Here is how my Instagram profile looks like (below) :) Filled with food....I am a very very hungry girl....lol :) It is nice that there are these things like blog, instagram and facebook to reflect our journey, what ever it could be.


There is no other joy like cooking your daily meal and keeping the kitchen clean....good luck to all who are going thru this journey.....stay strong love....owh yeah, before I forget....I will be sharing the 2 week progress with you guys tomorrow...stay tuned folks....Do follow me on Instagram @lakshmi86. Stay Big, Fit and Fabulous ladies.


The 2nd Week Progress

Hello love,

Yeah, is mid week of 2nd week. I am much in line with the lifestyle changes. Carvings are there, but I am coping with it.  Before I go on with how or what I felt till to date of dieting, let me share with you the recipe of a healthy dish.

No denying, it is not easy to do it everyday....feels like I'm paying back for all the wrong doings that I have done to myself. I am keeping strong and focused.

Okay, let's see...I did this beautiful Chickpeas Salad with some Greens for one of my lunches.


Ingredients :

1. Chickpeas
2. Dried Chilies
3. Chopped Garlic
4. Yellow California Raisins or Any Raisin of your choice
5. Greens of your choice, I had Broccoli & Sugar Peas
6. Medium sized sweet potato 
7. Some Ghee Butter
8. Olive Oil
9. Pepper and Salt for seasoning

Method:

1.Soak chickpeas overnight, you may leave it outside or refrigerate the peas.
   - Basically you should soak them for more than 6 hours 
3. Steam the overnight peas for about 30 - 40 minutes 
2 .In a pot, bring water to boil and drop in the sweet potato, then repeat the step and boil the greens 
3. Set them aside to cool, In a pan drizzle some olive oil and saute garlic till they are a little brown 
    and hard on the outside, just like oil roasting it.
4. Set aside, Finally add about 1 tablespoon of Ghee Butter onto pan, add dried chilies,the
    steamed chickpeas and raisins, saute it for about 3 minutes
5. Add in the garlic and olive oil that you set aside earlier, saute another 3 minutes then add the 
    greens, salt and pepper and give it a quick stir and turn of the heat.
6. In a separate bowl, place the boiled sweet potato at the base ( you can cube them or mash them up)
7. Pour the peas and greens over it and gobble .... :)

If you don't have a steamer you can also boil the chickpeas as an alternative. Feel free to experiment with different beans and peas of your choice. Ghee butter will add a very nice fragrance to this simple dish. 

As far as my feelings of the change, I am glad that I am doing it. I do get hungry and when I do I eat more Veg like raw carrots and cucumbers, boiled peas, hard boiled eggs and broccoli.

I have increased my water intake to 2 liters this week. As far as beverages go I've had to mugs of instant coffee ( I know is bad!!) I don't want to curb them completely at the moment.Baby steps, it's a process.

I am also taking honey lemon water as often as 3 times a day. The only thing I am feeling right now or I rather say the side effects after I started this diet are frequent headaches. I get them at mid morning and after lunch...don't know what is causing them.

I also read over the net that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is also good for fat burning .... honestly I add them when I remember. I must say, this week is a better one. If any of you who want a lifestyle change to happen, just do it...don't even think about the change....it will manifest if you have made up your mind.

Will be sharing more details of my journey, diet and workout plans. Stay Big, Fit and Fabulous me Ladies.



Dear Me, Do you love you? Cause I LOVE YOU

This blog post is a tribute to myself. I have made my mind up to change my lifestyle into a get fit and fabulous one. I've done this so may times. It never worked out I would be gamed for a couple of days then I would go back to doing what I did wrong over and over again.

I just got so emotional while listening to Colbie Caillat's Try and sobbed and sobbed looking at all the things that I have done wrong to none other but myself. I knew it was "the time" to make the call. I told myself I can't go on like this anymore.

Weight loss was always my every other year's new year resolution. Unfortunately, that is the one goal/resolution that I've never completed....in fact I was too complacent to even think about it. So as I was doing some refection on myself, where I am today....there was this big emptiness in my life and that was me being FAT yes I said it FAT. 

I know I am a preacher of  "Wear it with Confidence" but it was not enough. I din't love my body cause if I had it wouldn't be so bad and there was no confidence to what ever I did. So I decided that I needed to do it not next year, not tomorrow but TODAY. I had to take action now. I am so sick of not doing it, so I called up a friend, her name is Ms.Harwin and asked her if she wanted to loose some weight or perhaps have a healthy lifestyle change before year end and she was like yeah sure. So what do you want to do?

So we wanted to make 3 changes to our lifestyle:

1.Eat Healthy
2..Work Out
3...Love Yourself

For me, my struggle was the first change, I just love food man....I mean is food that you are talking about...well, you got to loose something to get something.

So peered thru #Instagram & #Pintrest looking for great meal ideas, made a list of stuff I needed and yeah, came back with this : 


Just like that , I started to do meal preps and breakfast...but I have to be honest...I did not do meal prep for dinners and waited on my husband's taste buds and craving...I ate unhealthy food again for dinners..which I compensated by working out extra had....I was so guilty that I woke up at 12 mid night and started doing sit ups and crunches like a mad cow.

So lesson learned, do meal prep for all meals.
Note to self : Ignore dear huband's cooking and cravings and taste buds leading to the wrong selection of food.

My friend was a great disciplinarian, she was did no nonsense...so I am looking up at her courage and building mine.

Next Sunday 14th of December will be our 2 week weigh in, measurement reveal and picture sharing of a 2 week before and after...excited to make the change and nervous cause I screwed up the first week...but well is fine...I am at week 2....I have not came this far in any of my diets. Stay tuned for my meal prep ideas and recipes. God bless all :) Stay Big, Fit and Fabulous.


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