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**

Week 2

Successfully completed my first week as a Vegan! This is actually the first time where I’ve gone an entire week without having some wild cravings for pizza or real cheese!! The past week has actually been really good, no fatigue or weakness bringing me down, and no feelings like I’ve been starving myself, which are issues i’ve dealt with before when I attempted to go Vegan. I primarily believe that the fact i’m able to indulge in all the foods I would normally eat, I can still eat with the Vegan twist and it tastes EXACTLY the same! Except my coffee/ tea, it tastes SO much better with Coconut milk creamer, HEAVEN! OMG, also having that Chocolate Vegan cheesecake, it was delicious! Had the same texture and taste of normal cheesecake (from what I can remember).

With finals coming up next week, I decided to make a run to the Whole Foods Co-op after class today so I can survive the next week. I still have black beans left over from the previous week, I found canned crushed tomatoes and have whole grain pasta left over, so i’ll make homemade pasta sauce and have pasta/ tortilla pizza. My grocery primarily consisted of protein filled foods since that is what I ran out of in the past week. In order to sustain a Vegan diet, it’s vital to be conscious of protein intake.

This week I bought:

Daiya Key Lime Cheezecake (SO Zestyyy)

Guacamole spread

Whole Grain Sprouted Bagels

Daiya Vegan Greek Yogurt (8g of Protein)!

Daiya pepper jack shredded cheese

Saffron Road Vegetable Pad Thai (actually was quite tasty)

Tandoor Chef Samosa’s (the chutney is NOT vegan, so I won’t be eating that)

Svelte Organic Protein Shake (11g of Protein, completely vegan)!

Grand Total: $50.69

With final’s week, I’ll be eating easy and quick to make meals, so that is why I didn’t buy much in regards to preparing something from scratch.  With the food I have left over, and the new groceries I should be able to last the next 10 days.

Onto Week 2, let’s see how this goes!

Stay Happy,

Preety 🙂

Get Your Matcha On!

Green Tea, you may have heard of the new trend these days;  from the Matcha Frap at Starbucks to Matcha Lattes from your local coffee shop, it’s the new “trend” these days.

But what is this Matcha Green Tea, and what benefits do we get from it? Is it really something worth trying?

Well Matcha is the powdery form of the leaf where all true tea’s come from, it’s actually the purest form of Green Tea! Originated from Japan, it’s hard to get a pure form of Matcha locally at an affordable price, it’s important to always check for other ingredients that may be mixed in. Example? The Matcha from Starbucks is 51% Sugar and 49% Matcha, you’re not actually buying pure Matcha!

So what do we get from drinking Matcha? Well, here are a few benefits:

  1. 1 teaspoon of Matcha has the same amount of caffeine in 1 cup of coffee, but with Matcha you will have energy for about 7-8 hours without crashing once or needing to refuel!
  2. Matcha is one of a few food types that’s very high in Antioxidants, leaving our skin looking young and fresh!
  3. Indulge yourself with Catechin, a cancer fighting property which is highest only in Matcha when compared to other teas.
  4. Aids in enhancing calmness, and alertness with the L-Theanine Amino acid which is naturally found in Matcha. L-Theanine increases the production of dopamine and serotonin, which in turn enhances our mood and memory as well!
  5. Green tea has antibiotic properties that helps enhance and strengthen our immune system! KILL THOSE GERMS!
  6. A great detoxifier with a good amount of fiber and a metabolism kickstarter!

So why chug cups on cups of coffee when you can indulge in one glass of Matcha green tea daily? Obviously, many of these benefits become evident after a week or so of drinking matcha on a daily basis, but they truly are evident when they happen!

Personally, i’ve been indulging in green tea since December 2014, fairly recent. I’ve tried various brands from Green Foods Matcha to some brands sold on Amazon. To my disbelief, every time I learned there was an added ingredient which made the matcha not as pure as it could be. In Late April of this year, I somehow came upon encha organic Matcha. I ordered the pack, and gave it a chance equally to the other brands I had tried. Let me tell you one thing, not only could I taste the difference between the pure matcha and the other brands I had bought in the past, but after a few weeks I could SEE the difference. Encha is a small business located in California that gets ORGANIC matcha from the farmlands of Japan, and they don’t even add anything into the powder, it’s only Matcha!!! Encha offers a variety of different grades of Matcha depending how you like to consume it. You can add matcha in your baked goods, make lattes, smoothies, or just mix it in water and drink it the traditional way. If you’re interested in exploring the Matcha world, I do encourage you to buy it from Encha because that’s the only place you’ll be able to get the true experience. Oh, and their customer service is AMAZING!!!

In no way am I being paid or reimbursed for mentioning Encha in my blogpost, everything I wrote is my own words, experience, and honesty. A friends once told me “The wise one learns from other’s experiences”, so to save you the time, money, and efforts I thought why not make a post about my findings because I have wasted a lot of time, money, and energy trying to find the perfect Matcha, and now that I have, it’s the only one I recommend!

Check out Encha Matcha at http://www.encha.life

Traditional form of Matcha Green Tea made from Encha Powder.
Traditional form of Matcha Green Tea made from Encha Powder.