I always think how our need for food or cravings always depend on changing seasons. How a lot of it depends on the environment we live in and the impact weather has on our body. Our body temperature varies as per seasons & so does our desire for food.
Eating in tune with the season not only provides nutrients to our body but also makes us consume more of seasonal fruits & veggies at a particular time of the year. Effect of heat due to food intake & food selection specially happens during change of season. Similarly, seasonal foods can boost our health & have a positive impact over all. Being seasonal and organic, there are no chemicals required to produce this food, which helps our body & in turn also favours our beautiful planet…
I am pretty sure if all of mankind takes up certain duties towards our earth we can save the world from unwanted disasters. Global warming for instance has already taken a toll on our planet ….
Life is beautiful on earth, let’s make worth it…
As the season progresses, at this time of the year our choices change to cooling foods, which keep us hydrated and our system cool. We want to indulge in very light food which, at the same time, is very satisfying. I wonder sometimes, can we work a few tricks without turning on the flame in the kitchen?
Well, may be, this summer I want to work this trick for myself. I always make what my palate urges me to make and accordingly alter & experiment. Experimenting helps me broaden my horizon when it comes to cooking. I had few veggies in my refrigerator, I was wondering whether to bake or toss it up..Baking was out because I had thrown my oven a few months ago.. The only choice I was left with was salad.
The next step was to make a dressing which isn’t too high in calorie and at the same time, it should taste outstanding. I eat less but the best …
After brain storming I decided to toss up a salad with this lovely dressing. It further encouraged me to make a few salads for supper & try new dressings with my choice of veggies & meat. The choices are endless. I picked lovely fresh spinach, bell pepper, boiled corn, cherry tomatoes for colour & its tanginess & parsley to add that extra depth to the salad…
Dressing was as simple as it gets, some Olive oil, oregano, thyme , 5-6 garlic cloves, grated, red chilly flakes, Apple Cider Vinegar, salt, pepper, and it’s done! Make sure the dressing ingredients are well mixed & it is added just before serving.
Now let’s get innovative, don’t stick to what the recipe demands, save your trip to the supermarket and manage with what is available at home.
The standard veggies like iceberg lettuce, rocket leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, corn, baby spinach complement each other well and can be bought through out the year. I also like to add salami strips, sausages, tuna, salmon and seekh kebabs because I don’t always want to marinate, grill & shred the chicken, salad makes the task simpler. Once we have all the veggies in place we will need some yum dressing to make the salad appetising. I make my dressings at home as its A- cost effective, B- NO preservatives, C-Homemade-yummy
4 Easy Dressings which can be whisked in No-time
– Creamy Italian, Ranch, Honey Mustard, Vinaigrette
For Creamy Italian dressing, quickly blend
3 tbsp Mayonnaise,
2 tbsp-Red wine vinegar,
2 tbsp Sour cream
& olive oil,
1 tsp italian seasoning,
Salt as per taste .
throw in some parsley.
Ranch – You can quickly make ranch by adding
1/2 cup of buttermilk,
1/2 cup mayonnaise,
garlic powder ,
salt & pepper
Honey mustard Style
– 2 tbsp Honey,
1/2 cup- Mayonnaise,
3 tbsp- Mustard paste,
1 tsp Vinegar
Vinaigrette like Dressing
basil or other herb dried,
1 clove garlic,
1 tbsp mustard,
1 tbsp honey,
salt & pepper,
2 tbs apple cider vinegar,
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil.
These above mentioned DIY dressings can be altered as per individual taste & choice.
Hopefully in this post i have established my point of view in context to seasonal produce which offers us many options to come up with our own version of recipes and real satisfaction of serving our loved ones with a healthy bite. A truly satisfying feeling lingers over your palate minus any guilt.
I have a vision of taste and foresightthat gives me hands to stir up more.
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