Tuesday, March 29, 2011

spice up your life.

{easy-peasy cauliflower and potato curry}

guess what? I keep promises.

remember the time I told you I'd keep you posted with my attempts to recreate indian meals?  taaaa-daaa!

we all know I love lentils, but for those you not so keen on legumes, I've got just the dish for you.

{lentil-less indian}

if you're intimidated by ethnic cuisine, fear not:
1.) this is very quick and easy to prepare.  
once you have the spices on hand... BAM.
2.) spice up your life?  
check out the 'what your body will like section' to find out how giving your taste buds a jolt will keep you fit and fab.  

this is another versatile meal that you can:
1.) have in a big bowl for lunch or dinner
2.) serve as a side dish as part of an indian feast
3.) enjoy on a bed of spinach for a tasty salad
4.) add some crunch by sprinkling with your favorite roasted chickpeas

indian potatoes and cauliflower.

adapted from: epicurious
serves: 4

the goodies:
- 1 tbsp. canola oil
- 1 lb of potatoes, diced
- 1/2 medium sized onion, diced
- 1 clove of garlic, diced
- 1 tbsp. ginger, finely grated
- 1 tsp. tumeric powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 - 1 tsp. cayenne
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1/2 c. peas

the fun part:
#1.) heat olive oil in a large, non stick skillet.  add the onion and garlic and sautee for about 2 minutes.
#2.) add the potatoes and ginger and sautee for around 3 minutes, or until slightly browned.  add the spices and cook for another minute.
#3.) add the cauliflower and water, stir and then cover and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
#4.) stir in peas and cook for another 2 minutes.
#5.) serve individually seasoned with salt and pepper, or as a side dish to a delicious indian feast.

what your body will like:
a.) metabolism: I have a fun nutrition lesson for you today.  as some of you know, energy balance is one of the keys to weight maintenance.  energy in (calories from food) = energy out (calories burned).

the three factors leading to energy expenditure, or calories burned, are:
1.) physical activity: the energy required for activity.  this can be anything from daily chores to purposeful exercise.
2.) basal metabolic rate: the energy required to maintain all your internal physiological functions when you're at complete rest.
3.) thermic effect: the energy required to eat, digest and metabolize the food you eat.

spicy foods affect the thermic effect. to put it simply, the spicier your foods, the more calories your body will burn on its own to digest them!  so be brave and burn some bonus calories!

b.) resistant starch: leftovers are delicious served cold over a bed of spinach.  cold potatoes = resistant starch. click here if you need a friendly reminder of all the health benefits!

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