Homemade Everything Bagel

Woke up one morning craving bagels, so I made them. I was surprised to learn how easy and quick making bagels at home can be!

Ingredients:

  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour **
  • 1.75 tsp rapid rising yeast (can use 2 packets of active dry yeast)
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoon white sugar ( I used Monk Fruit sweetener)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Seasoning: Equal amounts– you can use anything you want to season
  • Garlic Powder
  • Basil leaves
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Taco seasoning

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour and yeast in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the water, 3 tablespoons sugar, and the salt. Combine with the flour and yeast
  3. Mix with hand for about 5 minutes or until the dough is stiff
  4. On a flat surface, knead the dough until smooth (~8-10 minutes)
  5. Cover the dough in a bowl with plastic wrap or a towel and let it rest for 15 minutes
  6. Cut the dough into 12 pieces and roll into smooth balls. Poke a hole in the center of the ball with your finger. I spun the dough on my finger to make the hole larger, but you could shape it with your hands as well
  7. Cover the 12 bagels on a plate and allow them to rise for 20 minutes
  8. In a pot, fill it with water and add the 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and mix. Allow the mixture to come to a boil
  9. Pre-heat oven to 375 F
  10. Add seasoning into a seperate bowl
  11. Prepare greased baking sheet with wax paper
  12. When the bagels are ready, place 4 bagels ( depending on your pot size) into the water and boil for about 30 seconds
  13. Drain the water when removing the bagels, season the bagel right after draining the water by placing it into the bowl with seasoning and then onto the sheet– Repeat this step for all the bagels
  14. Bake bagels for 25 to 30 minutes
  15. Enjoy bagels hot or cold, bon appetit!

** you can make these bagels with whole wheat flour as well**

Happy Blueberry Waffles

Good Morning Bloggers!!

This morning I decided to stray away from my typical bagel for breakfast and try something new. I’m a student, so there isn’t much time for me to indulge in cooking sometimes (even though I LOOOVE to cook). So I usually seek for alternative, healthier options of easy foods.

To my surprise, eating a Vegan breakfast can be just as quick and delicious as having a non-vegan breakfast, but it’s healthier because everything is plant based! YUM!

Waffles 

I used Van’s gluten free Blueberry waffles

For the Syrup, I used Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Nectar :  beware it tastes much sweeter than raw maple syrup, so you can use less! (It’s also gluten free for those of you that have dietary restrictions based on health)

After toasting the waffles, I sprinkled on some ground cinnamon, added some shredded almonds, and topped it off with the syrup!

Tea

I boiled water and added a bag of Tazo organic Chai

While the tea was steeping, I poured about a tablespoon of So Delicious Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer– French Vanilla into the mug and whisked it with a fork until it became frothy

After about 5 minutes of steeping the tea in the pan, I poured it into my mug with the creamer and mixed it all with the same fork. I didn’t have to add any sugar because the creamer was naturally sweet!

My entire breakfast took about 10 minutes to “cook” and assemble, along with some studying while I was just waiting around.

10 minutes. That’s probably shorter than drive thru at any fast food chain!

Stay Smiling,

Preety 🙂

 

We Indians call it Chai: Recipe

I have noticed a common menu item amongst coffee shops these days, it’s call Chai Tea Latte. Coming from a South Asian background, I always look at the name on the menu and just cringe a tad bit, why? Well because Chai means tea in several languages spoken across India! So the menu is literally saying “Tea Tea Latte”, does that still sound exotic and appealing to purchase? I don’t think so! A ‘Chai Tea Latte’ is actually commonly known as Masala Chai across India because of the blend of spices in black tea, and as for the latte portion, well Indian’s commonly make their tea with milk!

Now that you have a bit of  background on the drink, I have put together my favorite recipe for Masala Chai for you all to enjoy at home! My dad says that nothing beats the taste of fresh spices, so if you’re into drinking Masala Chai, stop buying the powder and take an extra 30 seconds to make it truly authentic!

Masala Chai Recipe ( mistakenly termed Chai Tea Latte)

Serving: 1 cup

Ingredients:

1/2 cup water

1 tea bag/ 1/2 tablespoon of Black Tea

1 tablespoon of honey (can be skipped if you are vegan/don’t like sweet tea)

4 crushed Cardamom

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon of fresh ginger (crushed)

1/2 cup of almond milk (or any milk of your choice)

Directions:

  1. Add the water in a pot along with the black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, honey, and ginger.
  2. Bring water to a boil, this allows the flavor of the spices to seep in
  3. Once the water begins to boil, wait at least one minute and then add you choice of milk (dairy or non-dairy) to the same pot (so you’re mixing the milk with the water and spices)
  4. Bring the milk to boil
  5. Once the boiling milk begins to rise, remove the pot from the stove
  6. Use a tea strainer and strain the tea into a cup
  7. Enjoy your delicious Masala Chai

 

This is an authentic way of making Masala Chai, for any questions on the directions feel free to comment!

Also, my brother and I are going Vegan for a week! His ultimate goal is to attain 200 grams of protein eating a Vegan diet. More on our journey and meal plans next week!

Enjoy,

Preety 🙂


 

 

Breakfast Power Smoothie

Here’s the recipe to my quick go-to smoothie when I am short on time in the morning , enjoy!

Materials:

1 cup of Almond/Coconut Milk

1 Banana

1/2 cup Blueberries

1 teaspoon of Matcha

1 tablespoon Almond Butter

1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 tablespoon Flax Seeds

Pinch of shredded coconuts

Directions:

  1. If flax seeds are not crush, add them into the blender first to crush them
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds
  3. Garnish with the shredded coconut

Enjoy!

Chef Preety 🙂


 

Matcha-Chia Pudding

This is my all time favorite breakfast! It’s quick, easy, and filling! Here’s the recipe:

Materials:

1 cup Vanilla Flavored Almond Milk

2 tablespoons Chia Seeds

1 teaspoon Matcha Powder (I use Encha Matcha)

Rapsberries or fruit of your choice!

Directions: 

Night Before:

  1. Bring a cup of the Almond Milk to boil
  2. Once milk is boiled, place in a deep bowl
  3. Add the 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder into the bowl with the Almond milk and whisk for 50 seconds or until all Matcha is dissolved.
  4. Mix the 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds into the Matcha and Milk
  5. Place in fridge overnight

In the morning remove bowl from the fridge and your fruit of choice as a topping!

Bon Appetit,

Chef Preety