Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Falling off the 'Getting Fit' wagon

I am still kind of doing the 'My Fitness Pal', I am conscious about it, but am not being very strict about it. And it shows, The pounds that were melting away like ice cream in a scorching sun has become more like the stagnant water puddle!

The silver line, the pounds that fell off are almost still off! I have gained 2-3 pounds back. But knowing me, if I don't get serious about it, they will all climb back in slowly but steadily. And there goes my 6 months of effort. 
I am getting back to, 'Oh its just one spoon of Bhujia, oh it’s just one cookie' However, I know firsthand how harmful it truly is. I want to be able to get back to me: 'It’s one cookie, that I will quarter up and consume throughout the day instead of all at once!' This way, I still eat it, manage the cravings, but don't cave in.

That's what this 'Getting Fit' business is all about: Eat healthy, manage portions, enjoy life but make healthier choices!

So this post, is more like a reminder/ kick in the hind side, whatever you want to call it, but I do need to get back 'serious' about it.
Changes now are going to be a little more drastic, especially since I have done this before.
So yes, my husband is fore warned that I may be crankier....

Change 1: Be within the calorie recommendation for at least 4 days in a week
Change 2: Walk, Walk, Walk: So far I have been managing the intake and nothing else. So now with the weather warming
up, I could do the simplest thing: Walking
Change 3: Snacking, there is no point denying it, i love snacking. At home, I will hover near the snack cabinet and pop a few things here and there. So, I have gotten things like Skinny Pop, Multigrain crackers and my favorite Rice Puffs!

Here in my latest love: ' Masala Skinny Pop' Here is the simple recipe
1. Heat olive oil, add Jeera/ Rai, 1 tsp Haldi
2. Add skinny pop popcorn, add Mirchi + Salt to taste!!
And ta-da a healthier and more delicious version of the plain old pop-corn!

I am truly enjoying how my dresses fall and my 'older shirts' fit me finally. I know I am away from my dream weight and it will stay in my dreams if I don’t do anything about it.

So one more kick in the back side to 'get serious about the 'Getting Fit' wagon. Again!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Healthier version of Bottle Gourd/ Lauki Kofta

Bottle  gourd/ Lauki is something that took me a really long time to develop the taste for. Growing up, I definitely didn’t like it much. Sumit on the other hand devours it. Therefore, I cook it often, and the kids now like it and have developed a taste for it. Of course, it helps, since they think it’s 'Cucumber Sabzi'

Sadly, we don’t get bottle gourd/ lauki closer to where we live, so recently, Sumit went to the Indian Store and got me my 'Lauki' I was so excited, I said: Fine, let’s make the Kofta.
But keeping 'MyFitness Pal' in mind, I didn’t want to fry the kofta, so here is my modified version... still very delicious, much quicker and above all healthier

For Kofta:
1. Grate 1 medium Lauki
2. Finely chopped onion: 1/4 cup
3. 1/4 tsp finely chopped ginger
4. Spices: Salt, Chili, 1 Pinch: Ajwain, Poppy Seeds, Saunf
5. Chick Pea Flour: 3-4 tsp
6.  Oil for cooking

To make kofta:
1. Squeeze the lauki to remove excess water, save the water.
2. Add all the remaining ingredients except oil, The batter should be thick so the shape stays, make: 10 round balls
3. In an 'appa' pan/ a cake pop pan/ on simple skillet: Heat one tsp of oil, Add the round balls. Cover and let them cook
4. In about 2-3 minutes, turn sides to cook on the other side
5. In about 2-3 minutes: the crisp Lauki kofta are ready!

Note: If you make on skillet, the kofta will be like 'Patty' and not round, which is fine; it still tastes delicious.

For Gravy
1. 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
2. 1 cup Tomato: chopped
3. 1 clove garlic
4. Green Chili: Per taste
5. Carrots chopped: 1/2 cup
6. Spices: 1 tsp Jeera, Salt, 1/4 tsp Haldi, 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder, 1 tsp Jeera powder

To make Gravy:
1. In a skillet, warm oil
2. Add all spices except salt,
3. Add Onion, Garlic and Ginger; Sautee for 2-3 minutes
4. When onion is translucent, add the tomato and carrots and reduce the flame and let it cook for 8-10 minutes
5. When tomato is all cooked (in a mushy pulp); remove from flame and let it cook down
6. I personally prefer a smooth gravy' so I put the gravy in the food processor and blend it in well
Note: Carrots are options, I like adding vegetables to my gravy to enhance flavors and more nutrition

In the serving dish, add the gravy, then the kofta, then sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro and enjoy!!!

This goes really well with 'Paratha/ Roti or even Rice'