Posted on 12/01/2012 at 11:09 AM by Madhu Gadia
First and foremost, I want to thank YOU for subscribing to this newsletter, buying my books, and joining my Facebook fan page. I am eternally grateful for your support. I wish you and your family a Very Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!
As I reflect back on this year I am most happy about the success of the “Curry Bar.” It has been exactly one year since we started the Curry Bar, featuring my recipes at Aetna, where I work as the Wellness Director at the FLIK café. I organized, cooked, and trained the chefs to prepare authentic Indian food. I identified and adjusted the recipes from my books, the New Indian Home Cooking and The Indian Vegan Kitchen, for mass production. The Curry Bar was an instant success and has enjoyed continued popularity. The numbers speak for themself; approximately 150 people enjoy the Curry Bar daily. The customers tell us, the reasons for its success is the food is authentic, tasty, and has a homemade appeal. It validates my belief: Healthy and tasty foods go hand-in-hand.
Anymore, we all have a never-ending To-Do list, so it only makes sense that as we close the year with an Accomplished List. I hope you, too, will take the time to focus on your 2012 feats and triumphs, things that matter to you.
Buying gifts can be stressful. There is financial pressure as well as the struggle of finding that ideal present. Give the gift that keeps giving The Indian Vegan Kitchen and/or New Indian Home Cooking
Enjoy Holidays, Savor Food
It’s time to look forward to family, friends, and a table lined with your favorite foods. Spending time with loved ones is precious, enjoy! Arm yourself with some simple food strategies that help you enjoy food without guilt and unwanted weight gain. See “10 Tips for a Healthful Holiday.”
Take Time for Yourself
With so much to do, who has time to meditate? How about just five minutes? Just sit back, close your eyes, smile, and breathe in and out. Breathe mindfully and naturally—do not force breath. And if you must, think only of things you have accomplished today.
Finding time to cook is a challenge especially when you’re running around doing numerous holiday tasks. Resist the temptation to eat out to save time. Here are some delicious recipes that you can make in about 30 minutes. Serve them with a salad (buy a bag of ready to eat salad) and rice or whole-grain flatbreads for a complete and satisfying meal. Remember if you eat well, you will be less tempted to snack the night away.
In the kitchen, the most important time-saving step is to have the ingredients on hand. Make sure you purchase enough food for the week and have a running grocery list for the next week. The Baked Fish with Black Pepper is a huge hit at the curry bar. Sprinkle the fish with spices, let marinate for 5 to10 minutes and bake. The pink lentils are one of the quickest beans to cook. Once cooked, add chopped spinach and seasoning, and ta-da you have a hot bowl of Ginger-Spinach Pink Lentils. For quick and easy meals, I can’t say enough about having a few cans of chickpeas on hand at all times: it’s a staple in my pantry. Quick Chickpea Curry is one of my standbys on any “harried” day. With minimum effort I know I can feed the family a hearty meal and feel good about it.
Happy and Healthy Cooking!
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