Healthy Recipes – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 7 Recipes to Make Using Aroo (Peaches) https://htv.com.pk/recipes/recipes-to-make-using-aroo-peaches Thu, 08 Aug 2019 05:24:22 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=45538

Peaches may be one of the most underrated fruits that Pakistan is blessed with. Especially considering its time with us is overshadowed by Mango season. However, we are giving peaches their due time in the limelight with these mouth-watering recipes. Especially considering Eid is right around the corner and we have some wow-ing to do, […]

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Peaches may be one of the most underrated fruits that Pakistan is blessed with. Especially considering its time with us is overshadowed by Mango season. However, we are giving peaches their due time in the limelight with these mouth-watering recipes. Especially considering Eid is right around the corner and we have some wow-ing to do, don’t we?

Related: 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Peaches

Peach tea cake

This is perhaps one of the easiest tea items to whip up for Eid. Considering the fact that you can leave this out on your Eid table without having to worry about refrigerating it or it looking messy after taking a serving out of it. A simple slice and serve with juicy peaches bursting in every bite.

 

Grilled peaches with ice cream

Having a BBQ this Eid? Of course you are! You don’t need to worry about dessert. Halve some peaches, drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle evenly with sugar and cinnamon, place them cut side down on the grill until the sugar caramelizes. Alternatively, you could wrap them in foil and place them on the grill if you want to avoid the mess. Serve warm with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Also Read: 5 Desserts That Won’t Leave You Feeling Too Guilty

Peach hand pies

Hand pies are quick, fuss-free, and give you the opportunity to make these ‘rustic’ little beauties when in all honesty you just can’t get the details of a full pie right. Cook down some chopped peaches in a dash of ginger powder, some brown sugar, butter and a touch of corn flour. Allow to cool before filling your pastry dough. Roll out either puff pastry or pastry dough into a circle the size of your palm, spoon in a little filling and fold in half- sealing securely with a fork. Cut a slit or two in the pastry before baking.

Peaches and cream bars

Move over, strawberries and cream. You can’t even come close to the divine duo of peaches and cream. And baked into bar form- it’s basically summer in dessert form. Layers of shortbread, creamy peach filling and crumble, this make a great dessert to take to the park, playdates or for your work colleagues.

 

Peach crumble

One of the simplest peach desserts you can put together- use the same filling for the hand pies and customize however you want. Add walnuts, another fruit- maybe even some fresh rosemary or thyme for something unique. Top with your favorite crumble (a combination of cold butter, flour, sugar, ground nuts and cinnamon). Bake until golden.

Peach Salad

It’s truly a unique salad that can be enjoyed when peach season is in full swing. You can take any combination of leaves (rocket, lettuce, watercress, baby spinach, arugula). Add a salad cheese (crumble blue cheese, feta, ricotta, cottage, fresh mozzarella). Choose your nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds, macadamia, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds). You can keep your dressing light with a citrus vinaigrette or you can drizzle a small amount of your favorite store-bought dressing (ranch, thousand island). Don’t forget to fold some peach slices through!

Related: 5 Refreshing Summer Salads You Must Try

Mango-peach salsa

This makes a great side dish, topping for grilled chicken or a filling for tacos. But the best way would be to use it as a salsa is meant to be used in all its glory- with chips!

All you need is:

1 mango, finely diced

A medium onion, finely diced

2 peaches, finely diced

1-2 tomatoes, deseeded and diced

Coriander leaves, a few stalks

1 tbsp. lemon juice

Salt, to taste

½ tsp. red chili flakes

¼ tsp. minced garlic

Mix all of the above ingredients and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

 

Try this recipe from Chatelaine: Peach Upside Down Cake : https://www.chatelaine.com/recipe/desserts/peach-upside-down-cake/

Try this recipe from the tasteandtell blog: Peaches and Cream Bars : https://www.tasteandtellblog.com/peaches-and-cream-bars/

 

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The Best Recipe For Khageena- Pakistani Scrambled Eggs https://htv.com.pk/healthy-recipes/best-khageena-recipe Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:47:16 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42389

Whenever the question arises “what shall we have for dinner today?” it is an absolute dilemma. After spending the better part of the next two hours just thinking about what to cook, you suddenly realize that you don’t have enough time to defrost your meat or soak your rice or prepare fancy elements required for […]

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Whenever the question arises “what shall we have for dinner today?” it is an absolute dilemma. After spending the better part of the next two hours just thinking about what to cook, you suddenly realize that you don’t have enough time to defrost your meat or soak your rice or prepare fancy elements required for so-an-so dish. What do you do? You make khageena. Isn’t Brinner (breakfast for dinner) the best?!

Khageena is basically a desi version of scrambled eggs. Also the absolute BEST version of scrambled eggs. If you haven’t tried it, you just must. It

Read More: 5 Delicious Ways To Add Eggs To Your Breakfast

’s spicy, it has a bunch of vegetables in it and most importantly, it is extremely simple to prepare.

 

You can have khageena for breakfast, lunch or dinner (why are eggs considered a breakfast staple anyway? It’s such an excellent and versatile protein). What’s more is that it is endlessly customizable. Once you have the basic recipe in hand (like this one), then you can continue to add or eliminate elements from it.

This works extremely well as a healthy dish. All you have to do is simply use egg whites instead of whole eggs; or you can even divide the portions (half whole eggs and half egg whites) to maintain some of the fluffy texture.

Have khageena with parathas, roti or simple toast. You’ll love it whatever you choose.

Ingredients:

6 Eggs

1 medium onion, diced

2 green chilies, finely chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped

4 button mushrooms, sliced (optional)

1 small potato, diced into very small pieces. Roughly the size of your thumb’s nail.

Salt, to taste

Turmeric, a pinch

1½ tsp. red chili powder

2 tbsp. olive oil

Fresh coriander, for garnishing

Method:

In a bowl, beat eggs with salt, turmeric and red chili powder. Set aside.

In a large frying pan, heat oil. Add onion and sauté until translucent.

Add potatoes. Cook until just tender. This should take roughly around 3-5 minutes.

Now, add mushrooms, tomatoes and green chilies. Cook until the tomatoes are tender. Make sure you allow the water from the tomatoes to evaporate.

At this point, you can add any other vegetables or proteins you like. Some options are: green beans, peas, cooked chicken (it’s a great way to use leftovers), tofu, pan-fried paneer, corn, spring onions.

Add the whisked eggs to the vegetable mixture and stir continuously until the eggs are cooked. Make sure you do not over-cook your eggs or they will be dry.

Sprinkle a little fresh coriander over the top and serve!

*Note: You can adjust the quantity of green chilies and red chili powder according to the level of spice you prefer.

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5 Oh-so-Scrumptious Spinach Dishes You Need To Try! https://htv.com.pk/healthy-recipes/spinach-dishes-you-need-to-try Fri, 05 Oct 2018 13:04:18 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=40109

Spinach is a super food that contains an insane amount of good-for-you nutrients. Considering the fact that it is a cheap, easily available and easy to prepare vegetable, it is not used as often as it should be in our regular diets. Need to be convinced? It is rich in iron therefore improving the function […]

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Spinach is a super food that contains an insane amount of good-for-you nutrients. Considering the fact that it is a cheap, easily available and easy to prepare vegetable, it is not used as often as it should be in our regular diets. Need to be convinced? It is rich in iron therefore improving the function of your red blood cells and the quality of your blood, it is a great source of the vitamins K, A, C and B2 and it is rich in manganese and magnesium. This all translates to: great blood, great skin, great bone health and extra energy. They also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.

If all this isn’t enough to make you run to your grocery store and stock up on spinach, we’re giving you 5 delicious reasons to do so!

1. Chicken and Spinach Lasagna

spinach lasagnaThis dish is an immediate hit at dinner parties, family members of all ages and potlucks. It’s completely alright if you decide you want to keep it to yourself and not share (we may have done that once or twice). There are three basic steps to this dish: the chicken, the spinach and the sauce. Marinate chicken breasts in your favorite spices and grill until they’re cooked through, cut into even slices. Next, prepare the spinach by boiling it for not more than 7-8 minutes. Add a bit of butter, salt, pepper and a touch of milk and blend until smooth. Now the sauce: this is your basic white sauce- butter, flour, milk, salt, pepper and some cream to get a lovely consistency. Now place your boiled lasagna noodles in a dish, top with half the spinach, chicken slices and sauce; repeat. Cover the top with lots of cheese and olives and bake until its golden. Try it now, thank us later.

2. Spinach Smoothie

Spinach is an excellent addition to smoothies for a filling snack or a breakfast-on-the-go option. You can virtually add it to anything: apples, bananas, papaya, blueberries, strawberries, oats, and many more.

Our recommendation: Add a handful of baby spinach to pineapple chunks, coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon – so darn good!

3. Palak Paneer 

palak paneerSpinach and paneer is perhaps the best combo in vegetarian cuisine and this mouth-watering dish is surprisingly easy to prepare. Cut some paneer/cottage cheese into medium sized chunks and fry them in small batches; remove and keep aside. Blend some boiled spinach with salt, pepper, green chilies and 1 tomato. Now sauté one finely diced onion in olive oil, add in the spinach with a dash of red chili powder, ground cumin and cook until aromatic. Stir in half a cup of cream (or milk) and add the fried chunks of paneer. Serve with naan. Brb, we need to go make this NOW!

4. Spinach Pesto 

Pesto is traditionally made with basil leaves and toasted pine nuts but this version is equally delicious. Blend baby spinach, basil leaves, toasted walnuts, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil until it reaches a smooth consistency. Use it as salad dressing, on toast, with grilled chicken or toss it in some pasta- it tastes divine however you choose to use it.

5. Spinach and Artichoke Dip

spinach and artichoke dip

This dip is found in almost every relatively ‘high-end’ restaurant’s menu in the appetizers section and we can safely say that we have tried almost every restaurant’s version of this creamy dip. It is simple to whip up at home and it tastes so good that no one will believe it’s homemade. Sauté some chopped spinach in butter and garlic, add finely chopped artichoke hearts (easily found in tins in all major grocery stores), 3 tablespoons of cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of sour cream, throw in some mozzarella cheese (for that cheese pull, of course) and season with salt, pepper and dried basil. Top with a mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and bake until you have a crispy, golden top. Serve with crostini, toasted pita, chips, salted crackers or you know, a spoon.  

 

 

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5 Sweet dishes to Make This Meethi Eid https://htv.com.pk/recipes/5-sweet-recipes-make-meethi-eid Wed, 03 Oct 2018 05:30:21 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=20321 Sweet dishes

All the ladies out there are probably stressing over what to cook for Eid.

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Sweet dishes

All the ladies out there are probably stressing over what to cook for Eid. Everyone in the house has their own favorite recipe and you’ll have to make all of them since its Eid, right? You should always prepare at least two days ahead just in case you are missing out on some ingredient. If you are unable to choose or too confused, here is a list of five Sweet dishes to make this Meethi Eid that your guest will surely love.

1. Khoya Seviyan (Vermicelli)

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Ingredients:

  • Vermicelli 1 packet
  • Khoya                    1 ½ quarters
  • Cream 1 cup
  • Sugar                        as per taste
  • Almonds 100 grams
  • Pistachios 100 grams
  • Cardamom 6 tsp. (powder)
  • Kewra Essence 2 tbsp.
  • Ghee                          ½ cup

 

Method:

  1. Boil seviyan in water for a minute.
  2. Strain it out.
  3. Heat ghee and add vermicelli.
  4. Fry it for a while and then add khoya and fresh cream.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Add sugar and cardamom powder.
  7. Cook it well. Then add pistachios, almonds and kewra essence.
  8. Garnish with chopped almonds, walnuts and cream.
  9. Serve Cold!

 

2. Cinnamon Bean Pie

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Ingredients:

  • Pie crust 1 of 9 inches
  • Canned beans 2 cans
  • Eggs 2
  • Sugar                 1 ¼ cup
  • Unsalted butter ¼ cup
  • Vanilla extract 1 tsp.
  • Cinnamon 1 tsp. (powdered)
  • Nutmeg                 1 tsp. (grated)
  • All spice ¼ tsp.
  • Baking powder 1 tsp.
  • Evaporated milk 1/3 cup

 

Method:

  1. Partially bake the frozen pie crust.
  2. Prick the pastry and line the pie plate with the rolled out dough.
  3. Put a foil sheet on the bottom and on the sides of the pie.
  4. Fill the pie with beans.
  5. Preheat the oven up to 375 degrees F.
  6. Bake the pie for 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and take the pie out.
  8. In a bowl mix drained beans with an electric mixer till smooth.
  9. Add eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla. allspice powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and then beat it.
  10. Combine milk and baking powder in another bowl.
  11. Mix both the combinations together and blend till smooth.
  12. Pour this filling into the pie.
  13. Bake the pie for 50 minutes.
  14. Serve it at room temperature.

 

3. Tufahija

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It is a Bosnian dish and is very easy to make.

 

Ingredients:

  • Sugar                             As per taste
  • Apples                               6
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Grated walnuts and almonds ½ cup
  • Plain yogurt                        ½ cup

 

Toppings:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cherries
  • Whipped cream

 

Method:

  1. Boil cinnamon sticks and sugar in water.
  2. Meanwhile peel and core the apples.
  3. Boil the apples.
  4. Now make the filling by first smashing up the nuts.
  5. Mix yogurt, the nuts and cinnamon.
  6. Stuff this filling the cold apples and store in fridge.
  7. Serve cold and topped with whipped cream, walnuts, almonds, cherries and cinnamon!

 

4. Date Truffles

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Ingredients:

  • Pistachios 1½-cup
  • Dates 1½-cup
  • Orange water 3 tbsp.
  • Honey 1 tbsp.
  • Coconut         1 cup (dried)

 

Method:

  1. Toast the pistachios.
  2. Shred the coconut separately.
  3. Bring the toasted pistachios and dates to make a paste.
  4. Mix orange blossom water and honey to this blend.
  5. Form balls and then roll over the coconut.
  6. Serve! You can also put chocolate syrup on top for decorating.

 

5. Firni

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It is the easiest to cook and yummy when served cold.

 

Ingredients:

  • Milk 5oo ml
  • Rice 8 tbsp.
  • Sugar 8 tsp.
  • Cardamoms: 3 pieces
  • Chopped nuts 4 tbsp.
  • Oil                        1 tbsp.
  • Water    3

 

Method

  1. Soak the rice in water for half an hour.
  2. Drain the water and grind rice.
  3. Grind sugar and cardamom seeds together.
  4. Add the ground rice to heated water in a pan.
  5. Boil milk in another pot and then cook if for 10 minutes.
  6. Mix the rice, milk, sugar and cardamom.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes and mix.
  8. When it reaches the right consistency turn off the flame.
  9. Top with chopped nuts.
  • Serve hot or cold! Find More :  Recipes

 

 

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A working mother’s guide to staying fit and fabulous https://htv.com.pk/fitness/working-mother https://htv.com.pk/fitness/working-mother#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2018 11:00:48 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=39254

Food specialist and fitness trainer Nadia Rasheed shares how small changes in your lifestyle can lead to big and noticeable changes in your health. Introducing these simple changes can go a long way in your fitness journey and allow you to monitor what works for your body and what doesn’t!   Nadia Rasheed is a […]

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Food specialist and fitness trainer Nadia Rasheed shares how small changes in your lifestyle can lead to big and noticeable changes in your health. Introducing these simple changes can go a long way in your fitness journey and allow you to monitor what works for your body and what doesn’t!

 

Nadia Rasheed is a working mother all too familiar with multitasking and making sure her health does not suffer in the process. With a hectic schedule that starts with preparing her kids for school early morning and then dealing with her clients at the gym, she has learned how to prioritize her health with these small mindful changes for noticeable results.

  • First and foremost, it’s all about monitoring what you’re putting inside your body and every little detail can be penned down to map your progress in the long run.
  • Address one unhealthy habit at a time which you think needs to be fixed first. For Nadia it’s all about inculcating change slowly and gradually. For example, if a client’s biggest weakness is fizzy drinks and their consumption of fizzy drinks is a lot, she doesn’t ask them to completely eliminate them but rather to reduce the number of cans and slowly replace them with water.Again instead of drafting a meal plan which is either too strict or is too difficult to follow, it is important to devise a plan which is doable and sustainable in the long-term. For example, if someone consumes too many carbs, cutting down their carb in-take dramatically will make them binge eat or either get frustrated and give up. It will help them get more organized and stick to it.

  • Look for healthy alternatives and ones that are easily available, for desserts the most accessible options could be fruits, dates or dark chocolate. Anything which can keep you on track and make the transition to healthy eating easy.

 

 

  • Sticking to your meal plan is the biggest struggle because the change may seem daunting at first. Pre-planning your meals is the best way to go about it because it not only allows you to monitor your calories but allows you to incorporate foods that you can enjoy but are also healthy. So, make that effort and make a daily diet chart. Take out few hours over the weekend to do your groceries, marinate your meat, cut/steam your veggies, make packets of portions for each meal. This will majorly help you to stick to your plan.

 

 

  • Your fitness goals should have two components: what to eat and how to burn it. So, though nutrition is the most vital component towards healthy lifestyle, exercising is equally important due to many reasons. Strength and cardio combined with right amount of endurance training is the best route to fitness. You can start off with jogging/running half an hour 3-4 days in a week or something that you enjoy from Zumba to Pilates or Yoga.

 

  • Make small changes to burn those calories and be more active like taking the stairs instead of taking the elevator – doing smalls tasks yourself instead of asking people around you. Walking to the parking lot instead of using a valet service. These look like very small changes but if we make these small changes and follow them throughout the day will help us burn extra calories and be more active.
  • Do not be obsessed with the weighing scale by checking your weight ten times in a day. It only leads to dissapointment and frustration. Be realistic in your approach and check your weight and inches weekly. Record your measurements and weight ideally right after you wake up and before eating anything.

 

 

  • The most important suggestion is to celebrate small milestones and to be grateful for the progress that you have made. Two keywords for your fitness journey should be POSITIVITY and CONSISTENCY – keep saying these words out loud if for some reason you feel demotivated or lazy!

 

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