SPEND THE NO DIET DAY IN A BIT HEALTHY WAY!
Excess of everything is bad, isn’t it? Then why go for extreme dieting to stay in shape. Sometimes it is better to take a temporary break from the boundaries we’ve set for ourselves and experience the freedom other side offers. So we chose the occasion of International No Diet Day to let go of bland food in the name of healthy lifestyle, and indulge in tasty food frenzy! Let’s look at some healthy and tasty food options, because your taste buds deserve to be pampered.
Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake
What was that? Did your heart just skip a beat? Or did your jaw drop open? Yes, chocolate has that effect on people! And if it is followed by a spoonful of cake, the whole experience becomes all the more heavenly. If you want to treat yourself to this sweet delight, here is the way to go.
All-purpose flour 2 cups
Cocoa powder 1 cup
Baking soda 1 ¼ tsp
Melted butter ¾ cup
Sugar 2/3 cup
Brown sugar ¾ cup
Milk 1 ½ cups
White Vinegar 1 tbsp
Vanilla extract 2 tsp
Unsalted butter, softened 1 cup
Icing sugar, sifted 1 ¾ cups
Unsweetened chocolate 180 g
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line the bottoms of two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper.
2. Sift together flour, cocoa and baking soda. Set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Combine in everything together gently, and divide the batter equally in both the pans.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.
6. Let it cool and remove cake from pan. Slice each cake horizontally into 2 equal layers.
Prepare frosting: Beat butter and icing sugar at medium speed until mixture is smooth. Add cooled melted chocolate and vanilla. Continue beating until shiny and smooth.
Using a metal offset spatula, assemble and ice the cake. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Cheesy pull-apart Bread
Don’t you love the dishes that taste as great as they look? This is one such dish that won’t ever let you down, no matter how high your expectations are! This is how you make it.
Round loaf of bread 2 cups
Salsa Verde 1 cup
Canadian Mozzarella 300 g
1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Place bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
2. With a knife, make cuts in the loaf 2 inches deep and 1 inch apart. Turn bread and make the cuts again to create 1 inch squares.
3. Pour Salsa Verde into the cuts and insert cheese.
4. Cover with aluminum foil and cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and cook for 10 more minutes.
5. Serve hot and let everyone help themselves by pulling off cubes of bread.
One of the unique traits of being Indian is that we always equate potatoes with fat. It may be a rich source of potassium and carbohydrates but for us, potatoes will always mean pot belly! So here’s an incredible potato dish that won’t lead to a pot belly, but definitely to an incredible snack time.
Rapini, coarsely chopped 1 ½ cup
Onion, finely chopped 1
Garlic clove, sliced thinly 1
Potatoes, diced in ½ inch cubes 2 medium
Milk ½ cup
All-purpose flour 1 tbsp
Fresh mint, chopped 3 tbsp
Canned tuna, drained 1/3 cup
Salt and pepper
Canadian Parmesan, grated ¾ cup
1. Blanch rapini for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Rinse under cold running water and drain well. Set aside.
2. In a round non-stick pan, melt butter. Add onion, garlic and potato and stir to combine. Cover and cook over low heat for 8 minutes until potatoes are cooked and onion is translucent.
3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat eggs, milk and flour. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
4. Add blanched rapini, mint and tuna in the pan. Mix gently. Heat for 2 minutes over medium-high heat.
5. Pour the egg mixture in the pan and cook over medium-high heat without stirring for about 7 minutes.
6. Delicately invert onto a plate, slide back into the pan and cook 3 minutes over medium heat or until cooked through.
7. Enjoy with sprinkled cheese on top.
Enjoy your chicken in the best way possible! Freeze the leftovers and reheat before consuming to make sure such a brilliant dish doesn’t go to waste! Here is how you can enjoy it.
Boneless chicken breast, diced ½ kg
Fajita seasoning 1 packet (or 35 g)
Vegetable Oil 1 tbsp
Green bell peppers, chopped 2
Red bell peppers, chopped 2
Onion, chopped 1
Flour tortillas 10
Cheddar cheese, shredded 250 g
Bacon bits 1 tbsp
1. Preheat the broiler and grease the baking sheet.
2. Toss the chicken with the fajita seasoning. Spread onto the baking sheet. Place under the broiler and cook until the chicken pieces are tender.
3. Preheat oven 175°C.
4. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the green bell peppers, red bell peppers, onion, and chicken. Cook and stir until the vegetables have softened.
5. Layer half of each tortilla with the chicken and vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with the Cheddar cheese, bacon bits. Fold the tortillas in half. Place onto a baking sheet.
6. Bake quesadillas in the preheated oven until the cheese has melted. Serve hot.
Don’t think twice before going for any of the above options – or even for all of them! There are not many days you are allowed to lead with your taste buds. And fear not, none of these dishes are unhealthy. All of them have our favourite dairy products providing their important nutrients. So make the most of it!