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Recipes to Help You Lose Weight in the New Year!

Recipes to Help You Lose Weight in the New Year!
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Come end of December, we all swear off calorie-dense, oily foods and resolve not to press the snooze button on cosy mornings and hit the gym instead. But New Year resolutions are meant to be broken in a week or two, right? Not if you try these healthy yet tasty recipes on a regular basis. Presenting our top five recipes for sticking to your weight loss resolutions in the New Year:

  1. Moong dal idlis, since breakfast is the first order of the day

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Moong Dal Yellow
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 tsp methi seeds
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Pinch of hing
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 chillies dry red
  • Handful of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Eno salt fruit

Directions:

  • Dry roast the yellow moong dal till it turns slightly brown.
  • After it cools down a little bit, wash and soak along with the one cup brown rice. Let it soak overnight.
  • In the morning, grind it to a smooth batter and let it sit for an hour or so.
  • Heat oil in a small pan, add hing and roast for about 10 secs. Add the mustard seed, curry leaves and red chillies.
  • Fry for 1 minute and add it to the batter.
  • Add the Eno to the batter and mix it combined.
  • Steam the idlis for 10-12 minutes and serve hot with chutney or sambhar.

  1. Israeli carrot salad to bulk up before the main course

Ingredients:

  • Carrots
  • Spring onions
  • Coriander
  • Chillies
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  • Begin by chopping all the vegetables and adding them to a large bowl.
  • To that add salt, pepper, chilles, lemon juice, chopped lemons, coriander, garlic, olive oil and mix well.
  • Garnish and serve.

  1. Barley and peas risotto for a guilt-free yet filling lunch

Ingredients:

  • Canola Oil
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Green Chilies
  • Garlic
  • Lemon Juice
  • Mixed Peppers
  • Mixed Courgettes
  • Blanched Mixed Vegetables
  • Alberta Barley
  • Green & Yellow Peas
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Cream
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Coriander

Directions:

  • In a pan, heat the canola oil.
  • Add all the vegetables with lemon juice, salt and pepper, and saute them. Add parmesan cheese and vegetable stock and cook some more.
  • Add in the barley and mix well. Let it cook. Add some fresh cream (optional) at the end.
  • Season your dish with rosemary, thyme and coriander.

  1. Chia seed pudding because dessert is non-negotiable

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup Coconut Milk
  • 4-5 tbsp Chia Seed
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • Pomegranate or Any seasonal fruit of your choice
  • ½ tsp grounded Cinnamon

Method:

  • Start by mixing your chia seeds and honey with the milk and leave it for about 10 minutes.
  • Once set, top it off with your choice of fruit and serve cold.

  1. Sweet potato chaat for in-between hunger pangs

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tsp tamarind chutney
  • 1 tsp green chutney
  • Salt as per taste
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Roasted peanuts

Directions:

  • Fry the sweet potato in some oil until it gets a charred appearance.
  • In a bowl, add chopped onions, fresh coriander, red chilli powder, salt, lime juice and chaat masala. Mix well.
  • Add the sweet potatoes now and toss well.
  • Put some green and tamarind chutney.
  • Garnish with pomegranate and some mint leaves.

So you see, we have you sorted for the entire day! But you can find more healthy recipes here.

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