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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Happy and Healthy Portions- (Steak)

Wow. Being a foodie and losing weight is Hard. Especially if you are trying to lose weight before your music video shoot but are also leaving your beloved city (Boston) for good (for now at least) and thus feel the need to eat everything.

With so many emotional ups and downs that comes with graduating, moving, packing- I have been feeling lethargic and carb loading a bit. But the great thing about my mind and body is that- I never stay down too long. I was getting sick of feeling guilty and realised that I cannot focus on how many pounds I lost- I have to enjoy my last few weeks here and I can't do that if I'm feeling unhealthy.

So earlier this week I went shopping and got some veggies and meat- and made my little portion meals again- have been feeling better- so much so I started biking again!

Here is my little steak meals: Makes 5

Ingredients:

  • Beef steak - I cooked around 16oz (2 large steaks cut in strips)
  • Rice 2 cups-(I used a medley of brown and white basmati)
  • 3 medium zucchini 
  • Small onion
  • Radishes (as many as you like)
  • Shredded carrots (I bought a pack of it)
  • Corn, beans, peppers frozen pack (1 medium pack) 
  • Onion 1 small
  • turmeric 1/2 tsp
  • curryleaves
  • olive oil (or as you like)
  • garlic paste

Things I did:

I started off my putting the rice in the cooker and heated up the beans/corn combo in a pan with some garlic paste. 

Then I cut my zucchini- i put some in the oven with some garlic salt and the rest I sauteed in a zuccini curry (with curry leaves and turmeric) - THAT recipe shall be posted another day.

I cut some radishes- but midway I forgot about them- so only a couple of them have radishes.




I made 2 versions with some grilled zucchini and radishes and some with sauteed zucchini 




Per plate:
 



  • 1/3 cup of rice  - 71 calories
  • 1/3 cup of corn/beans - 47 calories
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots - 15
  • around 3oz of beef - 164
  • 1/2 cup of zuccini - 41
  • sprinkled radishes (5 ish calories)
Total 336 Calories- Its quite filling and low cal and YUMMMM.









Here is my song for the day: my awesome bandmate Ava Sophia released her debut single


She's amazing so CHECK HER OUT! (also on itunes etc)


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Pesto Recipe (Parsley & Mint)

My dear friends Shumi and Vivek bought me this superb processor for my birthday. (haha my friends know me so well!) I have been having a blast using it- mainly for spices. But I wanted to use it to make a dish, explore this cool toy!

Miranda's Heart www.mirandashearth.com is the awesome initiative that joins people from all over Boston once a month for music, food and art! If you guys have seen the video of my latest single "Graceland" you have seen one of the events which featured my music and thus became the premise of the video.



Each month the feature is on something special, and August was Food! The theme was "First time Recipe" - ie we all made something for the first time! It was Amazing- everyone's dishes were to DIE FOR. (That will be my next post- today is just mine) So I made Mint and Parsley Pesto for the lot with some Pita Bread.

The reason I used these ingredients is because I had them hehe.

 

So I had 2 bunches of Parsley, 1 mint, walnuts ( I hear pine nuts are the in thing for pesto but I didnt have any!) and garlic, olive oil.



So I put the Garlic, nuts and leaves in the processed. (Please note : I used 5 cloves of garlic but you should use 2 as mentioned in the recipe below, cos it was too much aaah)






After a few seconds of Pulsing I added the olive oil and parmesan and then zhhuuuuuu (that's me trying to be a food processor)



So while thats pulsing listen to this song we covered in Radio Shadhin this January- Aah my life is incredible :D




After  spooning the side parts down a few times and pulsing- here is the Finished blend.



Add a tiny sprig of Mint and VOILA!



Recipe:
  • 1 cup packed mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish
  • 2 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
Procedure:
In a food processor, combine the parsley, mint, garlic and nuts and pulse until coarsely chopped. Pour in the olive oil and add the grated Parmesan; process to a puree. Season the pesto generously with salt and pepper.

It's so quick and simple I love it!! 
Seriously I've been using it with EVERYTHING. In my quinoa bowls, with bread, my friend Sandra was over from NYC and we had this with Pita bread as our late night snack and hangout session.

Till next time lovers <3 div="">

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Crabmeat Sushi Recipe

I write this in woe. It's a coincidence or not, that I was actually at a sushi restaurant in Harvard square having an incredible meal with my friend Zoya when she suddenly got a message on her phone that Robin Williams had passed away.

Robin Williams, I hadn't thought of him for a while, after being a devout fan in my childhood. Have been weeping a few days, his suicide made no sense for awhile. But my friend JB and I talked about it, and here's what it is: he had an illness and it killed him, like many other people's illnesses do.

PS, if you my friends are suffering from depression please remember it really is a disease - seek help <3 p="">
Okay okay, I know what you really want see are my recipe pictures. So here it is- home made crab meat sushi.

So I started off with decorating the ingredients so I could take some pictures for you hungry bunnies!

(Crabmeat, Scallions, Sprouts, Avocado, White Rice)





Step 1: Cut up the crabmeat (100 gm) and mix with 1 tsp of Spicy spoon

Step 2: place white rice the in the middle of your nori sheet and layer avocado, crabmeat and sprouts



Step 3: pack ingredients, dab your fingers in water to wet the sides of the NOri sheet and roll it tightly


And cut in half or as many pieces as you like (I do half becuase its quick to eat and I'm lazy)






Song insert for the week: My first single Bhromor was recorded 10 years ago when I was in high school! I'm getting old- now I'm a double graduate 






 So for Lunch I had two sheets and this was my calories count:
  • Crabmeat 4oz - 100 calories
  • Avocado half0 80 calories
  • Spicy mayo 1sp - 20calories 
  • 2 Nori sheets - 10 calories 
  • Green sprouts- 30 calories
  • White rice 1/4th cup- 60
  • Soya sauce 2 tbsp (to dip in ) - 20 calories
Total : 320 calories . That's pretty decent for lunch. If I'm having this for dinner I'd have 3 sheets worth to be honest. I just try not to add too much rice. :)

Okay peeps, home made pesto coming up NEXT. Love you





Sunday, 10 August 2014

Teriyaki Sauce and some Meal planning

And I continue my newfound series of recipes, with this: Teriyaki..

The Teriyaki sauce has a sweet and soy favour I love! And thanks to one of my tuttees and the internet I combined a few recipes to make my own:

So first I made the sauce: (full recipe at the end) - with 1/2 cup mirin, 1/3 cup soya sauce and 1/4 cup rice wine and 1 tbsp suger. (You can lower you mirin and eliminate wine- its just an extra bounce and only use sugar)



boiled this on medium heat for 20 minutes or so


at one point it will be a glaze like sauce that I store in this cute cup!

I should actually get a new pan for the chicken, but I was lazy so I put the chicken breasts in with a tiny bit of olive oil.



stir stir stir




Once it is about done I added a bit more of the sauce I made and let it sit.

Then I chopped up some green onion - I LOVE the flavour it gives!






 Now I'm getting a bowl ready with 1/3 cup carrots, 1/3 cup green onions and 1/3 cup corn


 Added 1/3 cup quinoa too




So before we conclude here is my song excerpt of the post: I composed  for a film Shongram (my first film Yay) And this is a Nazrul Geeti that was arranged for this film by Adil Hadi and myself and sung by no other than Nazrul Geeti amazes Nashid Kamal (my mom, I truly think she sounds her best, and the non traditional arrangment brought out her voice)




  Can't wait for Dhaka when I will collaborate a lot more with her! (PS buy it here http://www.amazon.com/Rashmonchey-Dol/dp/B00K61KYZY)


Okay back to healthy heating stuff: 

I was making this meal to pack some lunches for the week. I feel like I do better when I have my portions pre planned, when I go to eat hungry I just eat mindlessly. So here's to a healthy new week for me. I am trying to lose 15-20 pounds before my album launch. Fingers Crossed!!





Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup sake/ rice wine
  • 1/4 cup Japanese soy sauce
  • 3/4 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 chicken breasts 4oz each 
  • Olive oil
  • 1 green onion
Procedure:
  • Boil soya sauce, mirin, sugar and rice wine for 20 minutes and then store away
  • use 1 tbsp of olive oil and fry chicken till brown
  • stir in the sauce on low heat and let boil
Serve with vegetables, quinoa, rice = whatever you chose.

For me, I calorie counted my bowl and here is what it was:
  1. Quinoa 2/3 cup - 150
  2. Corn steamed -40
  3. Carrots raw - 15
  4. Chicken 4oz  - 175
  5. Green onion - 3   
total: 383 calories (give or take)

That's a pretty decent meal. I decided not to cut carbs completely because it's unrealistic, I am sick of losing and gaining so many times. This time its not the diet but the portions Im fixating on.