This post is sponsored by Tea India. As always, all opinions are my own.
I love helping people start living healthier and showing them that it doesn't mean you have to be on a restrictive diet. The number one question most of my South Asian clients ask me is if they can still have their tea now that they're eating healthier.
At first, I used to say "yes of course" because I know how essential a cup of chai is to every Desi woman's day. But then, I realized that a cup of chai usually means a sweet treat on the side. Whether it is biscuits or rusk. That's where I would try and find healthier options to have with that cup of chai.
I'm so excited to share this recipe for Chocolate Almond Biscotti that is low carb and naturally sweetened! For all you true blue Desis, you can call this rusk as well.
Almost a month ago, we celebrated Eid with a delicious Gulab Jamun Cheesecake. Every Eid, I am in charge of dessert after brunch and it is always an over-the-top cheesecake. Last year was Baklava Cheesecake. This year, I decided to tap into my South Asian roots and make a Gulab Jamun Cheesecake.
I must admit that some of the family members, including my self, were skeptical of the combination. Could deep fried Gulab Jamun soaked in sugar syrup really work with a slightly tart cheesecake? YOU BET!
I don’t make dessert that often, but when I do I like to make all of the components from scratch. Not only do I love the process, I also like understanding how the ingredients come together. It makes me feel more connected to the food.
So yes, I made the Gulab Jamun from scratch! It was my first time making Gulab Jamun so they did become slightly harder than I would have liked. However, the firmer texture worked perfectly with the cheesecake.
As overwhelming as this recipe may sound, it can be bro...
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a huge sweet tooth. Almost all my snacks are on the sweeter side and dessert is a must almost everyday. After I had my daughter, those sweet cravings kicked in to high gear coupled with a never-ending hunger. Blame the hourly nursing sessions or my love for food, all I knew was I needed something sweet!
The Registered Dietitian side of me likes to look for healthy recipes that satisfy sweet cravings. I was so excited when I saw this recipe for healthy peanut butter cups by my fellow Dietitian Abbey from Abbey’s Kitchen. We all know and love the classic peanut butter cups that come in an orange wrapper but they pack in a lot of added sugar. Abbey blended together banana and peanut butter to skip out on any added sugar, which is pure genius in my books!
Over the past few months I have made so many variations of these peanut butter cups because they are THAT good. Recently, I got a little more adventurous and added chickpeas to the mix! Believe...
My Farmer's Market visits have been a source of weekly inspiration when it comes to recipe development. After I came home with a variety of sweet, local fresh fruit, I started experimenting in the kitchen. The result was the most refreshing Fresh Fruit Rolls wrapped in rice paper with a side of Peach Sauce. As fancy as they look, they are super easy to make and sure to wow anyone, from kids to adults!
These Fresh Fruit Rolls start with a variety of fresh fruit. You can really use any type that you prefer, but I recommend choosing fruit that is in season since it will be a lot sweeter and more flavourful. I used strawberries, blueberries, and cherries. The fruit is then wrapped in rice paper. Rice paper can be purchased at most grocery stores in the International section. Rice paper must be soaked for about 30 seconds so that it can softened and used as a wrap.
I paired the Fresh Fruit Rolls with a Peach Sauce. The peach is cooked and pureed for a simple sauce. This is the only part...
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were walking in the park with our daughter and we were reminiscing about our favourite treats to get from the ice cream truck. My favourite was a classic soft serve twist in a cone, while my husband's was a rocket popsicle. I immediately retracted my statement! There is something about the red, white, and blue popsicle that just screams summer and every child LOVES!
As my daughter (referred to as K) grows up, I want her to have summer-kissed memories to look back on. While I will treat her to ice cream and popsicles when I go out, I won't necessarily stock up on these treats at home. Having a freezer full of sugar is not my kind of thing (sorry not sorry). K loves anything cold, whether it is ice cream, a popsicle, or simply an ice cube! I knew I had to re-create the classic rocket popsicle for K to enjoy without the ++ sugar and additives!
As we were walking through the Farmer's Market, I was inspired by all of the local fresh frui...
Regardless of you either loving summer or complaining about the scorching heat, there is one thing we can all agree on during these months: ice cream. If there is anything that brings together a perfect summer day, it is always ice cream. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy a nice cup of ice cream throughout the summer. However, the calories, fat, and sugar can quickly add up when you indulge in ice cream multiple times throughout the week.
Well guess what? I am here to tell you that you can enjoy your ice cream guilt-free with this simple ice cream made with only 3 ingredients! This ice cream is made with frozen bananas, which is blended to make a creamy base that resembles the texture of ice cream. Keep a batch of sliced bananas in your freezer all summer long for a quick treat when you are craving some ice cream. Although I have made the most basic form of this ice cream with just sliced bananas in the past, I wanted something more, maybe something with a little bit of caramel...
A few weeks ago, I celebrated Eid with Muslims around the world after a month of fasting for Ramadan. One of my most delicious family Eid traditions is to make an extra special cheesecake to eat after Eid breakfast. This year, I made Baklava Cheesecake. Yes, it is just as amazing as it sounds: a combination of two of my favourite desserts, baklava and cheesecake.
Before I go any further, some of you may be thinking "but aren't you a dietitian?" When I post dessert pictures, I get the occasional Facebook friend asking me "but aren't you a dietitian?" You bet I am! A dessert-loving dietitian. The type of dietitian that eats for health 80% of time and pleasure 20% of the time. Food is a lot more complex than just "good" or "bad". So while I promote a wholesome diet majority of the time, every Eid (and other occasions worth celebrating) you will definitely see a cheesecake at my dinner table.
Ok now that we have that out of the way - let's get back to the sweet stuff!