Stuffed Bell Peppers

Bell Pepper stuffed     Bell peppers sliced

Stuffed Bell Peppers:

Recipe Contributed By Mrs. Usha Mehta

Recipe Servings: 4

  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes

The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety. Red bell pepperscontain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you withantioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Thecapsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits

Hi Friends! Bell peppers stuffed with Rice , tomatoes, onions, dry fruits and steamed. A scrumptious dish!

Ingredients:

  • 3 bell peppers / capsicums
  • 6 tbsp basmati rice
  • 2 onions, or 1 1/2cup grated onion
  • 2 big tomatoes or 1 1/2 cup of tomatoes, grated
  • 2 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 3 tsp cashew nuts roasted & coarsely ground
  • 3 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper  powder
  • 1 tsp salt/ or to taste

Method:

Step 1.

Cut off  the tops of the peppers, scoop out seeds and membranes so that the capsicums become hollow.

Step 2.

Wash rice well soak for 15 minutes, drain. Grate the ginger, onions and tomatoes . Keep aside.

Step 3.

In a mixing bowl take rice, grated onions, tomatoes and ginger. Add salt, ground cashew and pepper powder and mix again.

Step 4.

Now stuff each Bell peper/capsicum 3/4 with the mixture, add one tsp oil to each capsicum . Place the stuffed Bell pepper/capsicums in a container.

Step 5.

Place a pressure cooker on high flame with two glasses of water. Put the Capsicum container inside the pressure cooker. When the water starts boiling, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes till the rice is cooked and capsicums become tender.

Step 6.

Serve hot.

Health Benefits of Bell Peppers:

Here’s a short list of the good things they can do for your health:

  • Bell peppers are low in calories! So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. Bonus: that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C!
  • They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful.  The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.
  • Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids,  particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. Studies show that it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief from pain and eases inflammation.
  • If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient.
  • The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
  • The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
  • Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells.
  • Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.

So, pop some bell peppers into your shopping basket, and start reaping their rich health benefits!

Ref. https://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-incredible-health-benefits-of-bell-peppers.html

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Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Sweet & savour

Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Hi friends! With richness of vegetables, this dish is a good accompaniment to Indo Chinese fried rice ,the sweet and sour vegetable is just what you need to enjoy with fried rice or Hakka noodles.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Course: Main, Indo Chinese
Serves : 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup capsicum, bell peppers, yellow and red, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup Cucumber, chopped into big cubes
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup carrots, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup onion , finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp celery, cut into small pieces
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste

For The Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2tbsp Soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown vinegar
  • 1 /2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Method :

Step 1.

Cut the cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, onions, capsicum into small cubes. Cut cucumber, into big cubes. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat the oil in a wok/ heavy bottom pan over high flame and add the onions and cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, onions, capsicum and sauté on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes stirring occasionally.

Step 3.

Take all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan, mix well and bring it to boil stirring continuously till sauce thickens, switch off the stove.

Step 4.

Add the prepared sauce and salt to step 2 vegetables, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring continuously. Serve hot.

Health Benefits of  Mixed Vegetables:

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin function as antioxidants. They’re the only carotenoids found in the retina, where they may help prevent age-related macular degeneration. One cup of boiled, mixed vegetables delivers more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The same portion of mixed vegetables has 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of manganese and 5 percent of the daily value of vitamins C and E. As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells throughout the body. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which gives it the ability to neutralize free radicals in lipids that have varied roles, such as providing cellular structure and transporting fats through the blood. Manganese has the job of protecting mitochondria, which are the structures inside cells that produce energy. Green peas are the highest source of vitamin C, while lima beans and carrots boost vitamin E. Lima beans also have at least double the manganese of other vegetables.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis. You’ll gain 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 13 percent of phosphorus from 1 cup of mixed vegetables. All of the vegetables have both minerals, but corn is low in calcium, while snap beans and carrots have less phosphorus than the others.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables with ground beef, onions and beef broth, and top them with mashed potatoes to make shepherd’s pie. Use them in a stir-fry with chicken and soy sauce or turn mixed vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to beef broth and undrained, canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Hakka Noodles with Veggies

Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Hi friends! Enjoy this healthy, scrumptious  fusion cooking at home.

Course: Main

Cuisine: Indo Chinese

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Level: Easy

Serves : 4

Vegetable noodles is a healthy Indo Chinese noodles recipe with good quantity of vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 300 gms , Hakka Noodles
  • 1 Cup Cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 Medium Onion , finely chopped
  • 1 Medium Carrot cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup French Beans, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium size Capsicum , cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup Spring Onion, finely chopped
  • 1tbsp Garlic, Finely Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Soya Sauce
  • 1tbsp green chili sauce
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt or /salt to Taste
  • 3 tbsp – Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar

 

Method:

Step 1.

Heat one liter water in a pan with salt and few drops of oil, when water starts to boil add noodles and cook until they are cooked. Drain noodles in a colander or sieve, use tap water to rinse noodles and keep side.

Step 2.

 

While noodles getting cooked, peel and cut thin strips of carrot, cabbage, , finely chop onion, beans, capsicum, spring onion, and garlic. Keep aside .

Step 3.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan add garlic, finely chopped onions saute for few minutes. Add carrot, cabbage strips, beans and saute for three -four minutes on medium to high flame. Add spring onions (white part) and saute until light golden brown saute until soft and pink add capsicum strips.

Step 4.

Now add salt, pepper green chili sauce, soya sauce, vinegar and mix everything well.

Step 5.

Add cooked and rinsed noodles and mix well to blend, add spring onion and mix again and cook for 1-2 minutes, switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Serve hot with vegetable Manchurian or sweet and sour vegetable curry.

Note:

To keep vegetables from getting over cooked , vegetables are cooked on high flame.

To keep the noodles from getting sticky , just keep cooked noodles under tap water and toss gently.

Health Benefits of Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin function as antioxidants. They’re the only carotenoids found in the retina, where they may help prevent age-related macular degeneration. One cup of boiled, mixed vegetables delivers more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The same portion of mixed vegetables has 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of manganese and 5 percent of the daily value of vitamins C and E. As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells throughout the body. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which gives it the ability to neutralize free radicals in lipids that have varied roles, such as providing cellular structure and transporting fats through the blood. Manganese has the job of protecting mitochondria, which are the structures inside cells that produce energy. Green peas are the highest source of vitamin C, while lima beans and carrots boost vitamin E. Lima beans also have at least double the manganese of other vegetables.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis. You’ll gain 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 13 percent of phosphorus from 1 cup of mixed vegetables. All of the vegetables have both minerals, but corn is low in calcium, while snap beans and carrots have less phosphorus than the others.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables with ground beef, onions and beef broth, and top them with mashed potatoes to make shepherd’s pie. Use them in a stir-fry with chicken and soy sauce or turn mixed vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to beef broth and undrained, canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

Vegetable Pasta

 

vegetable pasta with mixed vegetables is a simple and delicious dish

Prep time:20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time:50 minutes

Recipe type: Main course

Cuisine: Fusion

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients :

  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour/maida
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cups chopped white button mushrooms
  • ½ cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup French beans, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, finely cubed
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 Capsicum, finely chopped
  • 2-3 baby corns, Sliced vertically through the centre
  • 1 onion medium size, finely chopped
  • 2-3, cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp butter/ clarified butter
  • 2 tbsp grated cheddar or powdered cheese (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt or/ salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Method:

Step 1.          

In a pressure cooker, but for capsicum add all the chopped vegetables, 1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp of salt. Switch off the heat after one whistle. Let it cool and keep the steamed vegetables aside.

Step 2.

In a sauce pan boil water with salt add the pasta and cook the pasta for three minutes or till it is well cooked. Add a tsp of cooking oil in the pasta when it is getting cooked. Drain the pasta rinse with running water and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a pan heat butter on a low flame, add onions and garlic. Saute till the onions become translucent.

Step 4.

Add the chopped capsicum and saute till they are softened and almost cooked.

Step 5.

Add the chopped steamed veggies and stir well. saute for a minute. Switch off the stove, keep aside the sauteed mix vegetables.

Step 6.

For white sauce:

Take a heavy bottom pan add the all purpose flour/maida , dry roast on medium flame for 2-3 minutes.

Step 7.

Pour milk gently in to the pan and keep on stirring. Mix flour and milk and on medium flame continue stirring till sauce starts getting thickened slowly. Add salt, pepper and oregano, basil, dry mint powder, chili flakes and mix well.

Step 8.

When the sauce starts to thicken and reaches to thick pouring consistency, fold in the pasta and sautéed vegetables mix well. Switch off the stove.

Step 9.

Serve vegetable pasta hot garnished with little grated cheese or powdered cheese.

 

Note: As an accompaniment to the pasta, serve garlic bread and tomato soup.

 

Quinoa with Vegetables

 

Quinoa NG 1

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

Level : Easy

Category: Healthy Breakfast

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2  cups water
  • 3 medium size onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup French beans finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli florets cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup green peas shelled
  • 1/2 cup carrots finely cubed
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper/ capsicum, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried watermelon seed kernels
  • 1 level tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Almonds, sliced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

Method:

Step 1.

Take a sauce pan put Quinoa in it, add water, on high flame bring it to boil, reduce the heat to low flame until water is absorbed and quinoa looks a bit like sprouts. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Take all the chopped vegetables but for capsicum, in the pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup water and 1/2 tsp of salt in   the cooker. (After One whistle switch off the heat). Cool it, and keep the steamed vegetables aside.

Step 3.

Take a kadahi / wok, heat olive oil in it, add onions and sauté onions till light golden. Add chopped green bell pepper/ Capsicum, sliced almonds,watermelon seed kernels, fry for few more minutes.

Step 4.

To the fried onions, green bell pepper/ capsicum, add all the steamed vegetables, sauté for few minutes.

Step 5.

Add ,cooked Quinoa, salt to the sautéed vegetables , add juice of lemon, mix well.

Step 6.

Serve  hot  for a delicious and very healthy breakfast !

 

 

 

Mixed Vegetable Bake

Baked vegetables 

Ingredients:

For white sauce:

  • 2 tablespoon Fine flour / all purpose flour/maida
  • 2 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 teacups Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt/or salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper powder

Vegetables & cheese-

  • 200gms Pizza cheese (Mozzarella cheese-shredded)
  • 200 gms Potatoes (Boiled)
  • 100 gms. French beans (Finely chopped)
  • 100 gms. Carrots (Peeled and diced)
  • 100 gms. Capsicum (Cut into small pieces)
  • 100 gms. Peas (Shelled)
  • 100 gms. Cauliflower (Florets cut into small pieces)
  • 1 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
  • Knob of butter

 Method:

 For the white sauce

 Step 1.

 Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the flour. Cook for few minutes without browning the Fine flour / all purpose flour/maida, stirring throughout.

Step 2.

 Remove from the heat and gradually add the milk. Mix until well blended.

Step 3.

 Return to heat and cook slowly, stirring throughout until the sauce thickens. Add salt, pepper. This sauce is used with the vegetables.

For Vegetables:

 Step 1.

Take all the fresh vegetables in a pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup of water & ½ teaspoon of salt. As the pressure is formed in the cooker switch off the gas open the pressure cooker and strain out the vegetables & keep aside

Step 2.

 Take the steamed vegetables, put in white sauce, mix well.

Step 3.

 Take a greased baking dish, put in one portion of mixed vegetables in white sauce in the baking dish. Cover it with little bit of shredded cheese. Put in a second layer of mixed vegetables on it, Cover it with little shredded cheese.

Step 4.

Finally, put the layer of coarsely mashed potatoes with a knob of butter and cover with the remaining shredded cheese.

Step 5.

Bake in moderately hot oven till the top layer is golden and the cheese has melted.

Step 6.

 Serve hot with garlic bread slices or dinner rolls and tomato soup.

 

Stuffed Capsicum

capsicum-stuffed

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time : 15-20 minutes

Serves: 4

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2 Capsicums medium size
  • 150 gms Paneer /cottage cheese, grated
  • 2 medium size Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp green coriander leaves, washed well and very finely chopped
  • 3  medium size Potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 8 cashew nuts coarsely ground
  • 6-8 Kishmish
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed roasted and powder
  • 2/3 tsp Salt- to taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil (Olive oil/any cooking oil)

Method:

Step 1.

wash the capsicum well, remove the tops of the capsicums and slice them from the center into two equal halves ( we will get four pieces)

Step 2.

Take water in a deep pan, bring it to boil, put capsicum halves in it. Boil for 4-5 minutes when capsicum colour changes, strain and keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in a kadhai/ wok/ heavy bottom pan Sauté the onions lightly, add  grated paneer ,dry fruit, mashed potatoes mix well and fry for 5-6 minutes.

Step 4.

Add coriander powder, cumin powder, amchoor powder, salt and  mix all the ingredients well.Add salt and chili powder, cook on slow fire for few  more minutes, switch off the stove and cool the mixture. Add chopped green coriander leaves.

Step 5.

Stuff the capsicum halves with the mixture. Take a non stick pan and  put some oil, heat and place the stuffed capsicum halves in the pan.Cook on slow fire till capsicum is well cooked on all side.

Step 6.

Serve hot with all Indian breads.

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