Strawberry Overnight Oats

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I like the flavor of pure maple syrup. Maple syrup can me substituted with honey or sweetener of your choice.

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Ingredients:

  • Quick or rolled oats – 3 tbsps
  • Chia seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Almonds – 3, chopped
  • Maple syrup – 1 tsp
  • Strawberry – 3, sliced
  • Milk – as required.

Method:

  • Mix oats, chia seeds, almonds, maple syrup and strawberries together in a jar.
  • Pour milk and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Enjoy yummy oats in the morning.

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Lunch box idea 1 with snacks

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My daughter started Kindergarten and it is time to start packing lunch. My husband comes home for lunch so the concept of packing lunch is new to me. My daughter made it easier by choosing the menu for her first day of Kindergarten.

Snacks:

  • Baby carrots

Menu:

 

Overnight Blueberry Oats

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I love to incorporate oats to my breakfast but always prefer the savory version of it. My 5 year old hates it. It is a struggle to make her eat oats. So I came across a recipe for overnight oats in a tv show. Decided to make it with ingredients in hand and Viola….. My daughter enjoys this fruity cool oats. It is also refreshing during the hot summer mornings.

Ingredients:

  • Quick 1 minute oats or rolled oats – 1/4 cup
  • Blueberries – 1/4 cup, adjust according to preference
  • Maple syrup – 1 tsp, adjust according to taste
  • Milk – 1/3 + 2 tbsps

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a box or mason jar and refrigerate overnight.
  • Enjoy!

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Carrot cake for dogs

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Our little guy Bheem turned 1 year old. He loves carrots, peanut butter and ice cubes. The minute I peel a carrot, he jumps out of his crate.  So we decided to celebrated his birthday with a homemade carrot cake. I decided to cut the cake in the shape of a bone. Decorated it with Bheem’s favorite fruits and treats.

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Ingredients for cake:

  • Wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Baking soda – 1 tsp
  • Peanut butter – 1/4 cup
  • Vegetable oil -1/4 cup
  • Carrot – 1 cup, shredded
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Honey – 1/3 cup
  • Egg -1

 

Ingredients for frosting:

  • Cottage cheese/ soft paneer – as required
  • Honey – as required

 

Method for baking cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Prepare an 8 inch cake pan.
  • Mix flour and baking soda in a bowl.
  • All the rest of the ingredients and mix well until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.

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  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool down for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cake onto a wire rack and let it cool down completely.

 

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Method for frosting:

  • Whisk soft paneer and honey together until well combined.
  • Top the cake with frosting.

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Buttermilk Pancakes

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These pancakes are light, fluffy and flavorful.  This recipe is from Martha Stewart.

If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own.  Mix 2 tsps of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and let it stand for 5-10 minutes. Use it in recipes that calls for buttermilk to make pancakes and cakes. The recipe below calls for 1 + 1/2 cups of buttermilk.

Check out my other recipe for pancakes using milk.

The recipe below yields 9 6-inch pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 + 1/2 tbsps
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
  • Egg – 1
  • Buttermilk – 1 + 1/2 cups
  • Unsalted butter – 2 tbsps, melted

Method:

    • Whisk flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda together in a bowl.
    • Add egg, buttermilk and melted butter. Whisk to combine. The batter should have small to medium lumps in it.
    • Heat a griddle by greasing it with butter or oil. (Cook on medium heat)
    • Test the griddle by sprinkling water on it. The water must sizzle immediately.
    • Pour batter on the hot griddle.
    • The batter will spread on its own.
    • Bubbles will appear on the pancake.

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    • When the edges of the pancake looks slightly dry(for approximately 2 and a 1/2 minutes); flip the pancake and cook the other side (for approximately 1 minute).

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  • You can notice the bottom side turn golden brown; remove the pancake onto a plate.
  • Serve hot with warm maple syrup.