Wake your inner chef. Here are some delicious guilt free recipes!!

Dining

If there’s one thing quarantine has taught me, it’s that if I can learn cooking and enjoy it, anybody can. I was one of those people who didn’t even know how to make a cup of tea for myself and now being in the kitchen is one of the most relaxing feelings for me. There’s something special about deciding what to eat, cooking it with love and nourishing your body. I first started with some easy microwave recipes but now I can cook just about anything. While I have been baking a lot and consuming copious amounts of sugar and flour, I have also been experimenting with a lot of healthy recipes to maintain a balance. So from salads to meats and baked vegetables, here are some of the best dishes that are not just healthy but delicious too. So guilt-free munching, here we come!

• Banana & Oatmeal pancakes – my favourite!

Ingredients –

1 ¼ cup ripe bananas mashed (about three small bananas)

2 eggs

2 tablespoons coconut oil/ melted butter

I tablespoon of lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey/ maple syrup

1 cup oat flour (grind oats for this)

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Method –

In a bowl, stir together mashed bananas, coconut oil (or butter), lemon juice and honey (or maple syrup).

Beat in the eggs.

In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients together: whisk the oat flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

Create a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the wet batter. Stir all the ingredients together until combined. Leave the batter for five minutes and add a dash of milk if it’s too thick.

Lightly grease a non-stick pan and pour ¼ cup of batter into it. Let the pancake cook for about three minutes until bubbles begin to form around the edges.

Flip the pancake and cook until both sides are golden brown.

Serve with peanut butter, almond butter, maple syrup or honey.

• Grains and greens salad with Pesto

Ingredients-

1 small chopped broccoli

1 cup of chopped spinach

½ cup sun-dried tomatoes

½ cup pine nuts

½ cup cooked chickpeas

½ cup pesto dressing

3 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ cup ricotta cheese

Method –

Whip the ricotta cheese and set aside.

Boil the chickpeas and keep.

Plate with the chopped greens in a bowl, top with sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, chickpeas. Dollop spoonfuls of ricotta cheese and drizzle pesto on top. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice for added flavour and moisture.

• Here’s a brownie point – healthy chocolate bars

Ingredients –

1 cup peanut butter

½ cup salted butter

⅓ cup raw honey

4 ounces dark chocolate

1 ¾ cups rolled oats

1 cup nuts, coconut or seeds

1 cup of dried fruit

Rock salt to taste

Method –

Pulse 1 cup oats, your filling and your fruit (nuts/ coconut/ seeds/ dried fruit).

Put all the oats (ground as well as a whole for texture) in a large bowl.

Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.

In a saucepan, melt the peanut butter, butter and honey over low heat.

Add the chocolate and stir until melted.

Add the mixture with the oats, nuts and dried fruits. You’ve to work a bit fast so that the mixture doesn’t get too sticky on you.

Since the prepared pan with rock salt and press the mixture into it. Chill for 2-3 hours to harden. When solid, cut into bars and eat. Store the rest in the fridge or freezer.

Who said healthy dishes can’t be tasty? Prove all of them wrong by trying out these amazing guilt-free dishes!