Tag Archive for healthy

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Carrot Cardamom Granola

Today is the Spring equinox. The first day of the year, when the day equals night. It marks the beginning of longer days and new beginnings. I love breakfast. Not just because it is the first meal of the day, but also the most important meal of the day. I have been looking into healthy breakfast alternatives to the cereal… Read more →

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Beetroot Salad with Orange Juice Dressing

I was never fond of beets as a child. I used every excuse in the book to avoid the beetroot and lentil dal that mom made. I did not like the taste or the red colored lentils mixed with rice. Looking back, I find it very funny. Especially because I realize now, how healthy beets are for you. They are… Read more →

100% Whole wheat bread: This hearty, soft and fluffy bread is protein rich and healthy. Great with butter and is perfect for sandwiches. The perfect jump start to a day. www.clovesandcaramel.com

100% Whole Wheat Bread

As a child, one of my fondest memories was when I got a fever or a cold. It always meant skipping school and extra special care from mom. For the two days or two weeks that I was sick, I could pretty much get away with anything ūüėõ . I can still remember the one taste that almost everyone can… Read more →

Hearty delicious vegan stew made with lentil, sweet potatoes and collard greens. Topped with avocado, fresh lime juice and chili flakes. Perfect one pot vegetarian meal for a cold winter night. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Lentil sweet potato collard green stew

I have been reading about sustainable lifestyle and a zero waste home¬†for the past few weeks. The amount of information available online is amazing. I am not sure if I can ever get to the point of zero waste especially having a food blog ¬†ūüôā but I am making few changes around the house and to our lifestyle in general… Read more →

The classic breakfast made healthier - Whole wheat pancakes stuffed with blueberries and drenched in buttermilk and maple syrup ~ not just for a pancake day ! www.clovesandcaramel.com

Whole wheat Buttermilk Blueberry pancakes

It was my birthday this past weekend (September 4th) and I got my surprise birthday gift today from the husband. The latest model of the fitness tracker Fitbit Charge 2. Well it was a surprise in the sense that he actually did buy one¬†for himself also. He has been talking about getting one for himself for a while now. He… Read more →

Latin American, Yuca / cassava root baked fries with spicy Jalapeno cheese sauce. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Crispy baked yuca fries with Jalapeno cheese sauce

We bought a new car recently¬†.. yay …!! and to celebrate the occasion, went to this awesome¬†Latin american restaurant. The menu was very creative and I ordered a Cuban sandwich, that¬†came with a¬†side of yuca (cassava) fries. I was not expecting anything amazing other than fries but was blown away by¬†how delicious they were. So I decided to give this… Read more →

Homemade fruit leather ‚Äď Grapes and Lemon juice . A healthy snack made with 100 % fruit and no added sugar! Blend, bake and EAT. Perfect for back to school lunches too. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Fruit leather / roll ups – Grapes

August 28th 2016 marks the 1095 most beautiful days in my life. Last weekend was our wedding anniversary. I cannot believe that it’s been three years since we got married ūüôā We celebrated by taking a short trip to Charleston. We love watching this show called chef‚Äôs table on Netflix. Chef Sean brook‚Äôs restaurant Husk was featured in one of… Read more →

Nourishing and comforting Buddha bowl with Indian spiced chickpea and a creamy tahini dressing is perfect for a hearty and filling meal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Buddha bowl – Indian style

The urban dictionary defines¬†Buddha bowl¬† as a bowl filled to a rounded heap like Buddha’s belly with nourishing, filling ingredients that you can eat to fill up while also being very healthy ūüôā . I was going through the pictures I clicked while on a trip to Disney world with my parents last year and came across this picture of… Read more →

Perfect iced instant vegan cold coffee for the summers, made with almond milk, coconut cream, coconut water and no added sugar. @clovesandcaramel.com

Vegan instant cold coffee

Coffee is the fuel that runs the work engines in offices across¬†the¬†¬†modern world. While I am not a regular coffee drinker, I always enjoyed my coffee “hot”. I had always preferred that version over colder one. My first cold coffee experience was Starbucks mocha frappucino and I must say, I liked it. Back in 2014, I tried going vegan and… Read more →

Vanilla porridge with cherries and nuts

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. –Lewis Carroll In order to believe in impossible things and getting ready to turn them into a reality we need breakfast that is not only healthy but also tasty. Numerous scientific studies have noted the significance of breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Oats are nature’s… Read more →

cloves and caramel southwest quinoa salad with corn , beans , carrot , avocado , chicken stock , lemon and coriander , cloves and cardamom

Southwest quinoa salad

Quinoa was first domesticated by Andean people around 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. It is often called the super grain because it contains more protein than any other grain. Analysis shows that it is relatively high in all the 8 essential amino acids. Quinoa is also high on saturated fats and low on carbohydrates. There are mainly four varieties of… Read more →

Lemon Rice – Nimmakaya Pulihora – Chitranna – Nimbu chawal

This is a basic lemon infused rice and one of the most popular and traditional south Indian rice dishes usually made during the festival days and almost on all good occasions. It is distributed as prasad, which is a religious offering to the worshipers in the temple after the prayers. Lemon rice tastes sour, spicy and salty , the peanuts… Read more →

Peanut Tomato Chutney – Palli Pachadi

One of the reasons why this chutney is my favorite especially with idlis is because I love peanuts very much ūüôā We generally have typical Indian breakfasts like idli, dosa, lemon rice, poha and parathas for the weekends. Peanut chutney can be made very quickly, it tastes heavenly and reminds us of our days in India. I prefer my chutneys… Read more →

Healthy decadent dark chocolate avocado mousse made with no added sugar. Perfect for the fourth of July long weekend or as a party food. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse

It’s the fourth of July long weekend. Time to relax and enjoy the awesome firework displays. I believe decadent dessert always makes any fun occasion much more enjoyable. Though generally associated with calories and unhealthy amounts of sugar and fat, desserts – if prepared with some healthy ingredients and substitutes can be every bit as decadent and delicious and still… Read more →

Dhokla is a savory cake made primarily from fermented chickpea or rice flour spiced with ginger and garlic and seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Dhokla (Savory chickpea flour cake)

What would you make for a quick snack when you are hungry ? I would say something that¬†can be prepared quickly and is healthy. “Dhokla” is one such dish. It is a¬†savory cake made primarily from fermented chickpea or rice flour spiced with ginger and garlic and seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves. It is popular across India but… Read more →

Citrus Kale and Quinoa salad

¬† ¬† Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is one of the oldest cultivated food grains with evidence dating back to being a domesticated crop more than 5000 years ago.It is a cereal grain but with higher and more favorable nutrient composition than other regular cereals. It‚Äôs high in essential amino acids like lysine and nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties. Quinoa has a mild… Read more →

A fusion recipe inspired by the classic Indian samosa. Samosa sandwich is completely vegan with super healthy veggies and is very simple to make.

Samosa Sandwich

One of my favorite memories from childhood was going out with my friends¬†to have samosas (A fried or baked pastry with savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas and lentils). Samosas are among the most popular of Indian snacks and you can find a wide range of fillings popular in different regions of India. My favorite is the classic… Read more →

Mulberry Cereal

The best way to begin a wonderful day is with a healthy breakfast.¬†Our body would be running low on fuel early in the morning and a nutritious breakfast is absolutely necessary for providing your body with the essential nutrients and starting the day correctly. According to a study conducted by the¬†National Weight Loss Registry¬†, 78% of the people who had… Read more →

Jicama Mini Pizza bites

Its spring time and that means more time spent outdoors soaking up the pleasant weather. It is the time for picnics in the park, lazy brunches and getting back in shape. Today’s refreshing recipe is a quirky non traditional fusion dish. It is based on¬†the¬†native¬†mexican tuber¬†Jicama (HEE-kah-ma) is an edible root that resembles a turnip and is commonly known as… Read more →

Raw Coconut Cookies

Today is the halfway mark for our 21 day detox journey. This calls for a mini celebration !! And what better way to celebrate than to treat ourselves to a healthy treat, that is easy to make and tastes like heaven. I present to you, one of my favorite recipes for cookies. These raw vegan cookies are made primarily of… Read more →

Apple green smoothie

Today‚Äôs recipe is about a¬†healthy nutritious shake that is one of my favorite breakfasts. It has the goodness of apples, the nutrients of spinach, the sweetness and minerals from bananas and protein.It is also yummy delicious and easy to drink. A perfect way to start your detox day. Ingredients : 2 Fuji Apples 2 cups Baby Spinach 1 Cucumber 1… Read more →

Low Fat Basil Pesto

Pesto is among the most popular flavoring ingredients for pasta in the Italian cuisine. I have been experimenting with a vegan alternative to traditional pesto sauce. Today I present to you, my take on basil pesto with a¬†quirky¬†twist, ¬†that is as flavorful as it is healthy. Ingredients : ¬Ĺ cup ¬†Zucchini diced ¬ľ cup ¬†Fresh Basil leaves ¬ľ cup ¬†Pine… Read more →

Detox Infused Water – 3 ways

Water. It is a vital component for healthy living. Human body is almost 50-75 % of water. It is necessary for almost all the cellular functions. It helps the body digest the food we eat, carry oxygen to the cells, help maintain the brain functions at optimum. It is a known fact that humans can survive weeks without food but… Read more →

Spring Salad with Mustard Dressing

Spring time is here and we have a nice healthy salad full of greens and nuts with a spicy tangy mustard dressing that brings out the fresh flavors of the greens against the cool crunchy texture of fresh lettuce. It is very simple to make, and filling. It has all the nutrition that you need to keep your body going… Read more →

Bananas and berries have always been a classic combination for regular ice creams and smoothies.This is a vegan dairy free twist and a healthy version of it

Banana berry vegan ice cream

In the spirit of Friday, I present to you a guilt free delicious dessert that is so good, I have it instead of a breakfast or a dinner sometimes. It is full of fruity goodness and can be made in a jiffy. bananas and berries have always been a classic combination from regular ice creams to famous smoothies. This banana… Read more →

Rainbow tacos

What can be better for a weekend brunch than healthy, raw, fresh and colorful veggies made into crunchy tacos with flavors that are crisp and distinct. Its taco time and for this new recipe, I have rainbow tacos. These are raw, vegan and are so simple to make and so filling with just enough calories to keep you going and… Read more →

Mango Mint Breakfast Smoothie

Mangoes¬†always bring back the childhood memories of summers in India . Lassi made with mango with a hint of cardamom is the best. This is another variation of the same drink but the refreshing flavor of mint leaves adds another dimension to the smoothie. This is perfect for spring/summer mornings as a healthy breakfast. Mangoes are a great source of… Read more →

Sweet kale smoothie with grapes , kale, celery, ginger and is perfect for the day 1 of the 21 day detox challenge.

Sweet Kale Detox Smoothie

Smoothies are the¬†wonderful and easiest way to get your daily dose of greens. While it may be difficult to eat an entire bowl of kale in one go, you can get all the goodness without the strong taste. Sweet kale detox smoothie is loaded with nutrients, a cup of fresh kale has only about 40 calories but is packed with… Read more →