Thursday, 10 April 2014

Healthy Tuna Sandwich

A great no-cook summer appetizer treat.
When it comes to making a quick and easy lunch, sometimes people opt for the high calorie options such a fast food pizza or fast food hamburgers. But with just a little planning, they can make a healthy meal recipe that are perfect for lunch, picnics  and packs, well  for school or office. Tuna sandwich recipes are a perfect solution if you’re in a hurry and want to eat something filling but good  and healthy.

Eating tuna and other fish can help your brain function better, keep your memory sharp and reduce your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week. Both fresh and canned tuna are convenient ways to get your weekly amounts of this nutrient-rich food. Choosing low-sodium and low-fat seasonings and whole-grain bread is the healthiest way to make a tuna sandwich.
This quick and easy sandwich recipe is an ideal healthy meal idea for those looking to add more protein to their diet. This simple sandwich recipe is healthy, delicious and a great appetizer for a dinner group or even as a quick summertime lunch. Everyone will love this low-fat, low-sodium and high protein healthy  recipe. Try it for your next lunch.
Here’s a quick mid-week recipe that you can whip up in a couple minutes flat. I love this recipe. I added fresh lemon juice for tartness, chopped onions and celery for crunch. Season the mixture generously with salt and pepper, and you’ve got a fresh tuna sandwiches that is packed with flavor. Don’t miss the ketchup!
Here is the Healthy Tuna Sandwich Recipe:
Tuna in water                       – 2 cans (6 oz each, I used sandwich flaked Tuna)
Medium stalk celery              – 1
Small onion                          – 1
Lemon juice                         - 1 tsp
Salt                                      - ¼ tsp
Pepper                                 – ¼ tsp
Slices bread                          – 8 ( Used canapé bread)
  • Drain the tuna in a strainer. Chop the celery to measure 1/2 cup. Peel and chop the onion to measure 1/4 cup.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the tuna, celery, onion,  lemon juice, salt and pepper. If you want you can add green chilies or any herbs of your choice, its optional.
  • Spread tuna mixture on the bread slices.

I like to serve this tuna on an open-faced sandwich on whole grain canapé bread or on toast. Super filling, heart healthy and so yummy! Your body and your taste buds will both say “thank you.”
Enjoy a light, healthy meal with this quick and easy tuna sandwich.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Pav Bhaji...

Today, I’m blogging about Mumbai’s famous street food – Pav Bhaji. A hurried meal for the man in the street.  It is easy to cook and also filling. It is a Maharashtrian fast food dish that originated in Mumbai cuisine. Pav = Soft Bun and Bhaji =  a spicy preparation with a mixture of vegetables, either whole or mashed, a generous dose of fresh tomatoes, and a dollop of butter, consumed with warm bun/bread gently or crispy fried in butter – an all-time, anytime favourite with Indians.

I was craving for Pav Bhaji last weekend……So went to a near by Chat shop, just to eat this chat and unfortunately that day the  Pav buns were out of stock, so came back home disappointed. The next day I got pav buns and yummy homemade pav bhaji is ready in minutes  at home for dinner :) 

Recipe :
Potatoes, boiled and mashed             2 medium
Tomatoes, chopped                            2 medium
Onions, chopped                                 2 medium
Green capsicum, chopped                 1 medium
Cauliflower, grated                              ¼ small
Green peas, shelled                            ¼ cup
Ginger, chopped                                 1 inch piece
Oil                                                        3 tbsp
Green Chillies, chopped                     3-4
Pav bhaji masala                                1 ½ tbsp
Salt                                                      1 ½ tbsp
Butter                                                  3 tbsp
Pav                                                      8
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped       ¼ cup
Lemon, cut into wedges                      2
Boil green peas in salted water till soft, drain, mash lightly and set aside. Grind ginger and garlic to a fine paste. Heat oil in a pan and add three fourth quantity of onions. Sauté till light brown. Add green chillies and ginger-garlic paste. Stir-fry for half a minute. Add half the quantity of tomatoes and cook on medium heat for three to four minutes, stirring continuously or till oil separates from the masala. Add capsicum, mashed peas, cauliflower, potatoes and one and half cups of water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for ten minutes, pressing with back of the spoon a few times, till all the vegetables are completely mashed. Add Pavbhaji Masala, salt and remaining tomatoes. Cook on medium heat for two minutes, stirring continuously. Heat half of the butter in a thick-bottomed pan or a tawa. Slice pav horizontally into two and pan fry in butter for half a minute, pressing two or three times or till pav is crisp and light brown. Garnish the bhaji with chopped coriander leaves, remaining butter and serve hot with pav accompanied with remaining chopped onion and lemon wedges.

My Notes:

  • You can also add veggies like beans, carrots ect.
  • If you dont get pav buns, go ahead with normal milk buns or butter buns.
  • Chopped tomatoes can be added too. Dont skip chopped raw onions and coriander leaves while serving.
  • The bhaji goes well with toasted bread too.
  • Dont skip butter as its the main ingredients which makes this chat tastier.
Recipe adapted from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Once ur veggies are boiled and kept ready pav bhaji can be done in a flash. Whenever its chat outside I go blindly with pav bhaji they are my fav anytime and in my case the craving never ends for chat atleast when it comes to pav bhaji.

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