Posts Tagged ‘Heart healthy’
I decided to give oatmeal a try after watching Alton Brown.
Before steel cut oatmeal became part of my daily diet, I had unsuccessfully tried several instant oatmeal versions. The steel cut variety is actually tasty. The grains are bigger resulting in chewier texture and the flavor is distinctly nuttier. Here is my dessert like version that is tastier than AB’s.
I can’t beat my local Farmer’s market in quality of heirloom tomatoes but in Bay Area, where green tomatoes are non-existent in the marketplace, growing your own tomato plant has this added bonus.
Wait to for the tomatoes to achieve their full size. Pick when still green and very firm.
In Indian cooking, green tomatoes are used like ripe ones – only difference is in color of the curry and tartness. Here are couple of multi-purpose (and cross-cultural) fat free recipes using green tomatoes.
Flatbread stuffed with peas (matar paratha) is a wholesome meal. If made correctly, it can provide protein and sufficient fiber while being low on fats and simple carbohydrates. Traditional way of making this flatbread is too heavy on fats and simple carbohydrates. But this variation, like the cauliflower stuffed flatbread, is a new way of cooking and is heart healthy – only 1 Tbsp oil and a full 20 gm of fiber per serving.
Traditional paratha is a flaky shallow fried bread the size of a tortilla – often stuffed with potatoes or ground meat and fried in clarified butter. In our modern times where the man (or woman) gets his (or her) exercise from typing on a keypad or working the remote, paratha is a slow killer – first the expanding midsection, then diabetes, the clogged arteries and finally a failed heart.