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December 2011 Indian eRecipes Newsletter

Posted on 12/05/2011 at 09:34 PM by Madhu Gadia

December 2011
Happy Holidays
Dear Madhu,
First and foremost this month, I want to thank YOU for subscribing to this newsletter, buying my books, and joining my Facebook fan page. Indian cuisine and healthful foods are my passion, and your support has given me the strength to continue fulfilling my dreams. 

Thank you again! As I write this newsletter, I also start my annual list of feats and triumphs, “My Accomplishments 2011.” All year long, I make a To-Do list, and in December I take pleasure in closing the year with a done list, however small. I hope you, too, will take the time to focus on your 2011 endeavors and accomplishments. 

Perfect Gift:
Buying gifts can be stressful. There is the financial pressure as well as struggle of finding that ideal gift. As a shameless plug, how about The Indian Vegan Kitchen and/or New Indian Home Cooking

Healthy Holidays:
The holiday season can be a challenging time to stay on track with healthy eating goals. How can you eat well and enjoy your favorite homemade treats, office parties, and big meals? Here are just three simple ideas to celebrate the season without feeling guilty or deprived. After all, savoring food is part of enjoying the holidays.
  1. Plan ahead. A little planning can save you time and energy at meal times. For holiday get-togethers plan appropriate amounts and types of foods to be served. If you’re expecting 12 guests, avoid preparing food for 50 people. Too many leftovers can be your downfall during the holiday.
  2. Eat regularly. Don’t skip meals. Missing a meal is never a good idea. Avoid making the mistake of "saving up" on calories because you know you have a holiday party later. It usually leads to increased craving and overeating. You can include your favorite holiday foods into your meals to satisfy your appetite.
  3. Be Realistic. This may not be the ideal time for you to start a weight-loss program. But you can aim to maintain your weight through the holiday season. Help yourself to succeed with positive and specific self-talk and remember portion size matters. For example, if you tell yourself you’ll eat only half a slice of apple pie at the holiday dinner and pass on potatoes, you’re more likely to follow through than if you plan to skip dessert totally.
With so much to do, who has time to meditate? But how about just 5 minutes? Just sit back, close your eyes, smile, and breath in and out. Breath mindfully and naturally—do not force breath. And if you must (natural), think only of things you have accomplished today. 

December Recipes
Share these fun-to-eat flavorful spicy Indian appetizers along with your traditional holiday favorites. You just have to try these Spicy Cashews—10 minutes to make—as they are a hit at any party. Serve them with drinks along with peanuts and pretzels. I love the salty, sour, and spicy taste with a glass of wine or a cup of hot tea; I would love to hear what your guests think of them. I give credit for this Tandoori Wings recipe to my son. He did not create it, but in his very persistent way he insisted that I make some chicken dish from my book, New Indian Home Cooking at his high school graduation open house. So I took the Tandoori Chicken recipe and made tandoori wings—this is a fusion dish since chicken wings are not traditionally Indian. The word spread among his friends, and they actually came looking for the Tandoori Wings. And how about a platter of Quick Vegetable Pastries (Samosa Puffs), one of the most popular Indian snacks. The traditional method of preparing samose is time consuming, so I often make Samosa filling and use puff pastry sheets for the crust. These Quick Vegetable Pastries have all the taste of samose and take fraction of the time to prepare. And for a flavorful hot beverage, make my award winning Spiced Chai Latte

Wishing you all a Very Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year. 

Happy and Healthy Cooking!

Madhu Gadia
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