10 minute Healthy Pizza

The words healthy and pizza never go together, especially if you’re in medical school. For the love of pizza, I’ve been experimenting a few recipes and finally found one that I enjoy and can make during a short break between studying!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Chickpea flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)
  • 200g Tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • pizza toppings of your choice
    • I used peppers, onions, pineapple, and feta cheese

Directions:

  1. Pizza Crust
    • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
    • In a medium bowl, combine the chickpea flour, water, olive oil, sea salt, and garlic powder
      • you may add garam masala and cumin seeds or any other spices, I like putting an Indian twist on my pizza
    • mix the ingredients, it won’t look like dough, it will have a little more liquid consistency
    • Place the “dough” on a pan and use a spoon to create a round, even layer
    • Allow the dough to bake for 5-7 mins until it turns a light brown along the edges
  2. Pizza Sauce
    • In a pot, add the tomato paste, basil, oregano, chopped garlic and allow it to cook for 5 mins to allow the flavor to soak
      • it’s advised to do this while the dough it in the oven to save time
  3. PIZZZAAAA
    1. Allow the dough to cool for a little bit while you chop your toppings of choice
    2. Add the Pizza sauce and store the remaining
    3. Add your toppings
    4. Sprinkle your cheese of choice
    5. Place back in the oven for 5 minutes
    6. After 5 mins, allow the pizza to cool
    7. Bon appetit!

 

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Chickpea Tikka Masala

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 jalapeños, chopped (or any hot pepper of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 1.5 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • A pinch of cayenne powder
  • 1.5 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas (also known as Garbanzo beans)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Cilantro (optional)

Directions 

  1. In a large pot, warm the oil over medium heat
  2. Add the onion and salt, stir until onion turns golden brown
  3. Add the jalapeños/ hot pepper and ginger-garlic paste, cook until the smell of ginger-garlic subsides (about 2 minutes)
  4. Add the garam masala, cumin seeds, curry powder, paprika, and cayenne powder. Stir for 1 minute
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes and vegetable broth, stir and cook for 5 minutes
  6. Reduce the heat, add chickpeas and  coconut milk.  Cover the pot to allow steam to cook, stir occasionally for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, stir
  8. Garnish with Cilantro (optional)
  9. Serve with rice, naan, or soft tortillas

 

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Enjoy,

Chef Preety 🙂

Vegan Matcha Pancakes

Ingredients 

  • Log Cabin All Natural Pancake Mix
  • Encha Organic Matcha- Culinary grade
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Raw Coconut Nectar or Maple Syrup

Directions

  • Add 1/3 Cup of Log Cabin All Natural Pancake mix into a bowl
  • Add 2 teaspoons of Encha Organic Matcha- Culinary Grade into the same bowl
    • Mix the Matcha and Pancake Mix
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon, mix
  • Add Almond Milk until mixture becomes a thick liquid
  • Cook on stove top pan
  • Serve with Raw Coconut Nectar or Maple Syrup

My Mom vs Vegan

Hellllooooo Bloggers!

Sorry I missed a post last week, as I stated 2 weeks ago final exam week rolled around so I was consumed with studying. I’m done with the semester!! Phew! Survived an entire 1 1/2 weeks off vegan frozen foods, SCORE!

I have officially completed 3 weeks as a vegan and will be starting my 4th week, that was fast! It has become very second nature now, I know what groceries to buy, what to eat, and how to tackle fast foods (Taco Bell is Vegan fast food heaven).

So I am finally back home with my parents in Michigan, and I had to break the news to them that I have gone Vegan. So we were in a grocery store today, and I went straight to the organic food area to grab some almond milk coffee. My mom looks at me and goes “are you Vegan or something”? I look back and respond, “ Yea, actually have been for 3 weeks now”. I’ve never seen my mother in so much denial. She put 4 gallons of Milk in our cart, several packets of cheese, and cartons of butter. She’s going to make sure I’m not vegan, I just kept laughing at her and loading my cart with my own groceries. So yea, living at home is going to be a challenge in itself, especially since my mom is in major denial haha, she’s adamant that I’m going to die of starvation…

Honestly, the past 3 weeks living off a plant-based diet has probably been the best decision ever, and having to blog about it kept me going. My body feels a lot more energetic and light. I can have an entire vegan pizza and not feel groggy about it, best of both worlds! Won’t deny that it has been difficult in the beginning, but I highly recommend atleast trying, but more reflection to come later!

Tonight, we’ll be making Enchilada’s!! I’ll be posting my Vegan enchilada recipe soon! Thinking of starting an Instagram to add more pictures of my random creations, i’ll get back to you guys on that one!

PS: Here is a Buzzfeed link I hopped upon, check out those recipes!

BUZZFEED COMFORT FOODS

Stay Happy,

Preety 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

 

Week 1 Grocery List!

Alrighty, so last week was chaos for me, so actually being very cautious of my diet was a little difficult, but I did my best to incorporate a vegan meal whenever possible. I spent most of my time last week at the coffee shop, so I basically ate out ALOT! (Bad Preety, I know).

Well, since I currently reside in Pennsylvania, I do majority of my grocery shopping at Wegmans (I have fallen in love with Wegmans)! My favorite part is that I can make an account with them, and make my grocery list at home and the website will tell me the exact location it’ll be in the store and my estimated total, yay budgeting!

This week, I have decided to stick to black bean burritos, tortilla pizza, and tomato soup for my Lunch/ Dinner. For breakfast I stick to tea with a bagel and cream cheese!

Here is my grocery list for the week!

Breakfast

Thomas Thin Bagels

Daiya Strawberry Cream Cheeze

I’ll usually drink Chai tea or Green tea with my breakfast

Lunch

Black Beans

Organic Yucatan Guacamole

Tofutti sour cream

Chi-Chi’s whole wheat tortilla’s

GOYA Sugar Cane Juice

Dinner

Organic Marinara sauce

Whole Wheat Elbow Pasta

Imagine Organic Creamy Garden Tomato soup

Crushed Pineapple’s

GO Veggie dairy free Mozzarella cheese

My Total was—> $38.39

I was actually amazed when the cashier told me!!

Then, today, I decided to go on a mini adventure to some cute whole foods co-op store, and I hopped upon vegan cheesecake, I repeat, VEGAN CHEESECAKE! I haven’t had cheesecake in years!!! I also bought some vegan waffles, coconut nectar syrup, and vegan “greek” yogurt! My grand total here was $21.25.

All together, this week I spent $59.64 to feed myself, most of the items will last longer than a week, but I’m super excited to eat. Actually thinking of creating an Instagram to show off all my vegan creations! If you have any recipes, please do comment with the details, I’d love to try new things!

PS, I do eat my fruits and veggies, just didn’t have to restock on them much this week!

Recipes and pictures to follow for this week 🙂

Let’s do this,

Preety

30 Day Vegan Transition

Hello Fellow Bloggers!!

Sorry that I haven’t been posting much, especially to those that follow along with my posts! School has been keeping me swamped, and the time that I do have to write, my creative mind is turned off!! I’ll work on it, I promise!!

So last week, I was just casually scrolling through Facebook, something a lot of us are probably guilty of, and I came upon this video highlighting the reality of Dairy farms, and a few days later I saw several articles about the danger of honey bee extinction. The video and the articles continued to haunt me to the point where I decided I needed to make a change in lifestyle in order to become an advocate for these issues.

As many of you know, I have been a Vegetarian for about 10 years now, I also refrain from egg products but continue to consume dairy products, specifically because I love cheese, pizza, and tacos. With the increase demand of Vegetarian’s, it’s actually much easier to eat out and enjoy a meal. Yes, I still do get questioned about the why I chose to be vegetarian, oddly enough, I receive sympathy (like uhh, it was a personal choice not a punishment), and some still try to convince me to eat meat!

The main reason I chose to quit meat was because of the maltreatment of animals in the industry, followed by religious preferences. I LOVE animals, so seeing them losing their quality of life to become food for humans, no can do. Many will argue that me becoming a vegetarian won’t stop the slaughter houses, and all I reply is “atleast I’m not supporting or funding them either”.

So this brings me to dairy, as a young lady, Vitamin D is extremely important for our bone health— and dairy is a good provider of it, but MOST of our vitamin D actually comes from the Sun! THE SUUUUNNNN!!! I actually learned that fact in class, so yea it’s true! That’s why people who live more so in Northern climates (experience winter) have very low Vitamin D levels.

Also, Humans are the ONLY animals that drink milk of another animal. Like wouldn’t it be strange if you saw a dog drinking breast milk? Speaking of which, humans only produce milk after giving birth, all animals do. So that means, these cows in dairy farms are forcefully inseminated to carry a calf, which is then taken away from them after birth so the milk can be sold to who? Humans.

Oh and the calf? Males are either killed on the spot or sent to the slaughter house, females are kept to become the next milk producing machines. It’s a horrible cycle, and honestly, a man made “circle of life” for these animals.

Now if Human’s were treated as milk producing machines, we would have all sorts of ETHICAL issues, now wouldn’t we?

As a lady, I wouldn’t be okay if someone forcefully got me pregnant, carried that child for 9 months that had it taken away from me, and then has breast pumps attached to constantly drain all the milk out of me to SELL to someone else. Uhh, yea, I heard those breast pumps are painful, no way am I signing up for torture.

If you wouldn’t do it, why would you be okay forcing something that doesn’t even have a voice for itself to do it?

So yea, these thoughts have been circling in my mind for a week now, and I decided to slowly transition into a Vegan lifestyle because I will not support the maltreatment of animals.

Now I have to be VERY conscious about my food intake, especially for Protein and B12. That is why I have decided that I’ll share this journey with the WordPress community, and if anyone wants to join me can follow along!

I will place a disclaimer that I know I will slip up a few times, it’s normal and hard to completely take a food group out of my diet. That is why I am calling this the 30 day Vegan Transition and not a challenge or commitment, because I’ve done those before and failed by day 5 every time, haha. So leaving room for mistakes is the only way to actually create a change.

If you are interested in following me and joining me on this transition, I will be adding my grocery lists (with the grand total), recipes during my weekend meal prep sessions, and thoughts and feelings. I promise a once a week post, but sometimes may post more.

If you’re currently eating meat and are interested in becoming Vegan, I highly recommend you transition into Vegetarian and then slowly into Vegan.

If you are on strict medication regime, or have any health related issues, I HIGHLY recommend you talk to your physician before changing your diet.

I hope we all come out strong and achieve the goals we set forth at the end of the 30 days! Feel free to comment with any questions or concerns, the more people involved the more motivating it is to push through!

P.S.

I will be posting a grocery list and my meal prep recipes for this week soon, I’ll create a new Menu tab called “Vegan Transition”

Also here are some links if you’re just curious about what I’m talking about 🙂

http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/becoming-a-vegetarian

http://freefromharm.org/dairyfacts/

I’m super excited!!

Happy Living,

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 🙂


 

 

Coach Insignia: Vegetarian Review

Detroit, a city full of history, sports, excitement, and of course, some amazing fine dining! A few months ago, I decided to dine at Coach Insignia, the restaurant located on the 71st and 72nd floor of the Renaissance Building right on the Detroit Riverfront! Since I am vegetarian, our food choices were a tad limited, but here’s what I thought about the experience!

Appetizer: Black Truffle Polenta Cake ($9)

  • The polenta cake was DELICIOUS! It’s covered with a rich cheese, which really enhances the flavor. The cake was placed on top of a pile of sliced mushrooms, now I am not a fan of mushrooms but they tasted okay with the cheese. Again, my disliking of the mushroom may be bias, but the cake and cheese, out of this world! The serving size was much smaller than I had imagined, so it’s not an appetizer to split amongst two.

Soup: Roasted Tomato ($8)

  • Now this soup left me licking the bowl, not literally. But the soup had a perfect touch of creaminess, spice, and tangy! I dipped in the bread they gave us before the appetizer, and just fell in love with the food. If anything, I would go back and just order the soup for all three courses, haha!

Main Dish: Crispy Tofu Filet ($28)

  • I love clean, raw eating and the crispy tofu filet was just that! A combination of asian slaw, ponzu vinaigrette, grilled tomato and asparagus, watercress salad, topped with steamed tofu made the dish wonderfully satisfying. Disclaimer, the main dish is not filling enough for those not used to eating raw food. So if you’re the type that needs a heavy main dish, there really aren’t much vegetarian options here.

Drinks: Virgin Pina Colada and Virgin Strawberry/berry Margarita

  • The drinks were delicious, being non-alcoholic I didn’t order off of the wine menu, but from other friends I’ve heard their wine and cocktail menu is a go-to!

Dessert: Zingerman’s Chocolate Gelato 

  • Oh my goodness, I have never had such rich chocolate ice cream in my life before! It was delicious, and I’m an ICE CREAM LOVER! I honestly can say Zingerman’s is my favorite ice cream of all time now. The ice cream was served in a cold bowl with fresh cut strawberries on top, I felt bad digging in because it looked so nice!

Overall:

  • Our waiter was remarkably kind, enjoyable, and helpful. Since it was my first time there, I had asked several questions and took a long time making an order, but he remained patient with me throughout the night. Also, our table was located right by the window, so we had a beautiful view of the Detroit River, Windsor, Detroit, the Ambassador bridge, topped off with a beautiful sunset to watch. The bill came to a total of $90 including tip on our dinner, and as college students, that’s A LOT! The elevator ride was very pleasant, it was a glass elevator so you could enjoy the view while going up. Afterwards, we enjoyed a nice walk along the Detroit riverfront! Overall, I totally recommend Coach Insignia to all family and friends, the money was really worth the experience! If you’re ever in the Detroit Area, be sure to make a reservation and enjoy a night that’ll create lasting memories!

Check out Coach Insignia Here! 

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Our view of Detroit from the 72nd floor
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Renaissance Building, Coach Insignia located on the middle building above the pink lights!