Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sweet Potato baked fries


Imagine being able to eat fries when you are on a diet. Awesome, isn't it? I have wanted to try baking fries and using sweet potato in some recipe for ages... and combined both. Sweet potato is healthier than a regular potato and these fries are guilt free.

- 1 sweet potato
- olive oil
- salt/pepper/chat masala etc. You can use anything... paprika, oregano. I used Catch chat masala


- Preheat a microwave oven in convection mode.

- Slice the sweet potato in the shape of fries. Add some olive oil- just enough to cover the fries but not excessive. Add chaat masala and mix properly

- Place the fries on a baking sheet. Ensure they are not sticking to each other.

- Bake for 10 mins on one side or till they become brown and then flip each fry and bake on the other side.

Yummy fries are ready. Just a note of warning though... these fries taste slightly sweet. If you don't like the taste, just dip in some ketchup and eat.

Mushroom Spinach Frittata


Another recipe I came across while researching on the Dukan Diet. I never liked spinach as a kid and most of my adult life. But recently, I have come across such tasty recipes of spinach. It is a very versatile vegetable.

- mushrooms - I used 1/2 pack
- 3 eggs... I found them too many. 2 should have been enough
- 1/2 cup chopped spinach. When I make it again, I will use more spinach
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 onion- chopped
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup water


- Heat oil in a shallow frying pan, one which is used to make omelette. Saute onions till soft

- Add the mushrooms and fry. You can add a little water if it gets a little sticky or start burning. Add the spinach leaves and saute till they become soft

- Add salt, pepper and tomato ketchup. Spread out the mixture flat in the pan

- Beat eggs in a bowl, add salt and pepper. Pour the eggs over the pan and cover with a lid

- Switch off the gas once eggs are completely cooked and serve. You do not need to flip over.

You can add more veggies- carrots, capsicum etc and oregano, basil if you want. There are so many options to this Italian omelette.

Cauliflower onion soup


I have started following the Dukan diet with modifications. The Dukan diet recommends eating proteins and vegetables for every meal. I don't plan to follow it to the 'T' because the body does need carbs and fats. The plan is to have protein/veggies as the main meal for lunch and dinner.

I came across the recipe of cauliflower soup online and decided to give it a try. It tastes very, very good... creamy, smooth, slighty sweet.

Ingredients: serves 2

-1/2 cauliflower (small)- chopped
-1 onion- chopped
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 tsp olive oil


- Heat the olive oil and saute onions till soft

- Add the cauliflower and fry for 5 mins

- Add milk and water. Cover and let it cook till cauliflower is soft

- Let the mixture cool slightly and then puree in a mixer. I tried using a blender but mixer works better

- Heat the soup on the stove, add salt and black pepper

Yummy and healthy soup is ready.