Monday, March 18, 2013

Quinoa Croquettes: My solution to healthy snacking!

Any given time of the day, I prefer snacky food to proper meals. The snacky food is definitely not being kind to my 'curves' I am always on the look out for healthier recipes to try out. I came across a recipe for Lentil croquettes, which I modified to Quinoa Croquettes, and it turned out yummylicious. Its easy to make and healthy to eat. Here are the details

Time for preparation: 10 minutes
Time to cook: 20 minutes (Since I used zero oil, low flame on gas was needed for crispiness)

Things needed:
Quinoa- 1 cup, washed and boiled
Carrot- 1/4 cup shredded
Spinach- 1/4 cup shredded/ finely chopped
Corn- 1/4 cup shredded in food processor
Peas- 1/4 cup shredded in food processor
Ginger: 1/2 inch
Green Chilli - 1: Finely chopped
For all vegetables above, I just washed them and put them in the food processor. :-D
Corn Flour: 2 spoons

Rock Salt/ Kala Namak
Red Chilli powder: 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon Powder: 1/4 tsp
Chaat Masala: 1/2 tsp
Feel free to add additional spices per taste. I kept it milder to cater to my 5 year old.
Sesame Seed- 2 tsp: To sprinkle

1. Mix the Quinoa with the vegetables and the spices
2. Add corn flour and mix well
3. Make the croquettes/ patties in the desired shapes and put them on a non-stick on low flame.
4. Let the croquettes get crispy on one side, then flip and let it be on the flame.

Garnish with sesame seeds and serve with Green Chutney!


All of us devoured it. What I loved about this recipe for zero oil, high protein and loads of vegetables. If you are very calorie conscious, feel free to skip the corn and peas and substitute with peppers and celery. I pretty much used the vegetable available at home.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Can an adventurous person be a low risk taker?

Last night, over some post dinner-dessert time with friends I mentioned this- I am low risk taker. A
bell went on, but I am adventurous. Do these two qualities go hand in hand?

I could quote KM and say- I take calculated risks. True, but in some ways I guess we all do, right? Any decision is always a balance of pros and cons. Weighing out the rights, the wrongs, the what if scenarios and then making the decision(s).
Of course the above is untrue for decisions like what to eat/wear? You know what I mean, the bigger
picture. We all take calculated risks.

I am low risk taker, but then I like taking the un-taken path. I thrive on change as much as I like a
schedule. Hmm

Does low risk taking capacity and being adventurous go hand in hand?
I now wonder.