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2012 – A Recap of my favourite posts

Today is the last post for this year.

Woot! 2012 was such a beautiful year with loads of busy and exciting days. Where do I begin? The year started with me registering for some online courses on clinical operations followed by a job and a change to a new job, my son started his Montessori school, I received new opportunities through my blog, made new blogger and personal friends along the way, lost close to 30 pounds in the last 12 months, tried my hands with couponing (which I sucked big time and ended up shopping more than what was needed), traveled to new destinations in little breaks we got, tried my hands on Cajun cooking, tried to become a better baker AND importantly I moved to my own website. Overall,  it was a fantastic 2012 with lots of learning, healthy eating and cooking.

I am wrapping the post with a list of recipes that my family, friend and I enjoyed eating. I will meet you all in January, 2013 with a dessert post and my plans for the new year. Happy New Year to all!

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

1.  South beach diet phase 1 meal ideas

I lost close to 30 pounds by following South beach diet, Tony Horton P90 Workout, regular Spinning & Yoga at work. I have received a lot of kind response from readers that this post was useful as they were following South Beach Diet Indian Menu

2.  Chocolate Mousse with avocados ( Vegetarian)

I had cut down on desserts due to my weightlos journey. Sometime I do crave for something chocolat-y. This recipe is a keeper for those who love chocolate, for those who are vegetarians as there is no eggs in it and also for those who are on a weightloss regime as it uses all natural sugar and avocados.

3. Salmon Quinoa Patties

I shared my story on gestational diabetes in this post and many to-be-moms who are suffering from gestational diabetes have found series of my menu list useful. I have tons of moms from my OB/GYN’s office contacting me with their sweet feedbacks.

4. Butter Chicken without butter and heavy cream

Another killer recipe for the famous Indian dish – Butter Chicken. This version is made with silfen tofu and there is no butter or heavy cream in it. I make Indian Burritos with whole wheat tortilla, little basmati rice and this butter chicken topped with tons of cilantro and salsa.

5. Indian Tarts with Peas and Paneer

An quick and easy appetizer to please your guests. You can even make pockets with it and turn it into Indian puffs.

6. Adzuki Beans Masala

A bean that I got introduced to in 2012 and I am thankful for that. I have made soups, rice dish and curries with it. A must have in the pantry if you want to store some low glycemic index foods.

7. Roasted Cauliflower Popcorns

Thanks to Dr. Oz for introducing this idea in his show. I followed their exact recipe but tweaked it to my Indian taste bud. Cauliflowers were seasoned with cumin, chili and coriander powder.

8. Mother-in-law’s Chicken & Lamb Biryani

Kick ass recipe for any true Tamilian who is looking to create an awesome biryani at home.

9. Salmon with Indian spices

An array of healthy Salmon recipes.

10. Homemade Ice Creams

Who wouldn’t like a vegetarian ice cream? That too homemade and no need for an ice cream maker. This was one of the most popular recipe in my blog so far.

12. Deep Fried Zucchini Blossoms

I had tried my hands on Zucchini Blossoms for the first time and I am sure you will love this recipe.

13. Creme Brulee with Mango Puree

An Indian twist to all time famous French dessert – Creme Brulee. Mango puree and cardamom were added to the original recipe.

14.  Courtrallam Chicken Pepper Fry

A post about my childhood trip to Courtrallam Water Falls in Tamil Nadu and the recipe for the dish that was eaten by every tourist who visits Courtallam.

15. Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Bread without added sugar or eggs

One of the most healthiest and tastiest recipe for making banana bread. I have used honey, ripen banana and apple sauce to sweeten it.

16. Mooti Choor Ladoo

No Indian festival is complete without eating mooti choor ladoo. This is considered to be the hardest recipe to crack. I couldn’t find a good recipe that would work. So I got the recipe from my wedding caterer and he shared with me some of the tricks to get it close to store bought ones.

17. Rasamalai

This is one of the most famous dessert in India. I posted a semi-homemade recipe with store bought rasagullas. A must try Indian sweet to impress a huge party.

18. Rasam

One of the common comfort food for any South India. Rasam has been my go to recipe while on Phase 1 of South beach diet as it fits all the requirements for phase 1.

19. How to posts?

A list of posts that gives ideas on how to plan a party, how to organize the kitchen and how to make homemade dishes like ghee from scratch in the kitchen.

20. Pineapple Pudding and Mango Mousse

The two famous dish at my work as I have been requested to make either one of them for every party that was organized. They are so quick to fix and involves mixing all the store bought ingredients and letting it set in the refrigerator overnight. A true blessing to prepare on a working day.

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