Spinach peanut butter smoothie bowl

BM #112 : Week 2, Day 3
Theme : Summer Coolers

Smoothies and smoothie bowls are my son’s favorite dinner during summertime. It’s not summer yet here, but the weather is a lot warmer than before. So smoothies are back in our diet.

I started off with a peanut butter smoothie, then I remembered that I had some spinach to be used up so included that as well. The addition of peanut butter makes smoothies a lot more filling. Usually I add jam when making peanut butter smoothie, but here the sweetener is honey.

The vibrant green color of this smoothie is pleasing to the eye, I add avocados too to this smoothie if I have it. The toppings can be anything of your choice. I didn’t have any fresh fruits left, so I used a bunch of dry fruits and nuts.

Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk/soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey or per taste
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • Toppings of your choice – I used a mix of chocolate chips, cashews, chopped apricots, raisins and granola

Method:

  1. In a blender, add everything except the spinach and blend well. Once it’s smooth, add the spinach and blend again until everything is combined well.
  2. Pour into a tall glass or a bowl. If it’s a smoothie bowl, add toppings of your choice. I used what I had. Its a mix of chocolate chips, cashews, chopped apricots, raisins and granola.

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Panagam

BM #112 : Week 2, Day 2
Theme : Summer Coolers

Panagam is a traditional drink made during Sri Rama Navami. It falls in the month of March, which also marks the beginning of hot weather in India. This is a perfect summer cooler for the weather there.

We are all big fans of panagam, but somehow we don’t prepare it at home often enough. One reason is the amount of jaggery that goes into this drink. To make a sweet panagam, you do need to add a good amount of jaggery. The recipe is very simple with very few ingredients. I don’t use jaggery or dry ginger powder on a regular basis, but these are my pantry staples. These stay good for a long time, so if you buy it once, it’s going to be there for a longtime. I used bottled lemon juice concentrate for this, fresh lemon juice is more preferable though. Fresh ginger juice can also be used instead of dry ginger powder. The recipe is more of a guide, you can always adjust the ingredients to suit your taste buds.

Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons powdered jaggery or adjust per taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A pinch of ground cardamom or two cardamom pods lightly crushed

Method:

  1. In a big bowl, add the water and powdered jaggery. Mix well with a spoon. I get jaggery powder and it’s free of impurities, so I don’t have to filter it out. You will have to filter if the jaggery you are using has some impurities.
  2. Add the ginger powder , cardamom and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Taste test and add the remaining one teaspoon if needed.
  3. Refrigerate until the time of serving.

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Pineapple Chia Jam

BM #109 : Week 4, Day 2
Theme : Dips and Spreads

For Day 2, this is a simple fruit based jam recipe with chia seeds. I saw the recipe on Gimme Some Oven and ended up making a small batch with some leftover canned pineapple. This jam can be made with any kind of fruit– fresh or frozen. All that you need to do is to cook the fruit until it’s mushy and done, then add the chia seeds and honey. Wait for the jam to cool down and thicken a bit and transfer it into a jar and refrigerate for a 3-5 days. Mine got over by dinner time, so no storing issues for me :-). It’s a no fuss recipe with minimal ingredients and a healthy one.

For the sweetener, I used some jalapeño flavored honey that I bought from a store during the holiday season. The jalapeño flavor added a little kick to the jam. I am definitely planning to make this jam again with some other fruits.

Read on for this easy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned pineapple, drained
  • 1 tablespoon syrup from the canned pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey (I used jalapeño honey)

Method:

  1. If using fresh pineapple, peel, dice and chop it into smaller pieces. Pulse the pieces (canned or fresh) in a blender to get a rough coarse paste.
  2. Transfer the purée into a pan along with the reserved syrup and bring it to a slow boil stirring in between. If using fresh pineapple, cook until the puree is not raw anymore. Add the chia seeds and honey and mix it in. Turn off the heat. Let it rest for 30 minutes. Transfer into a jar once it’s cold. Serve with bread.

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Green chutney for Sandwich

BM #109 : Week 4, Day 1
Theme : Dips and Spreads

There is a picture for green sandwich chutney in my drafts folder from the year 2013. My neighbor Mejula used to make this in bulk and then use it throughout the week. I started doing the same, following her exact recipe. Somehow I never published that post and now after so many years I am back with the same recipe but with different pictures. There is no single recipe that everyone follows for these kind of everyday dishes. People have their own take and my friend’s was the addition of onions and garlic which is not usual in green chutneys.

The lemon juice adds a bit of tangy flavor but also helps with retaining the green color though it the chutney does become dark after a couple of days. The spice level can be adjusted to suit your taste and a teeny tiny pinch of sugar makes it yummier in my opinion. This chutney is a great spread for any kind of sandwich, we usually have it with ghee toasted white bread with tomatoes and cucumber filling.

Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coriander leaves
  • 2 cups mint leaves
  • 2 green chilies, more for a spicier version
  • 1″ piece ginger, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • Salt as needed
  • Lemon Juice, as needed
  • Sugar, a pinch – optional

Method:

  1. Wash and clean the leaves. Grind the coriander, mint, chilies, pepper, ginger, garlic and onion with salt. Taste test. And a little bit of lemon juice (about 1.5 teaspoons) and a pinch of sugar. Taste test again and adjust seasonings if needed.
  2. Refrigerate in an airtight container. This goes well with any kind of sandwich. Tomato and cucumber sandwiches are the best.

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