Healthy recipes for the upcoming Holiday season

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While the entire world quarantined itself amidst the global pandemic, people went on experimenting with food. Social media frenzy of new dishes whipped out by people lead to various viral recipes this season. So you all have plenty to try this holiday season of Christmas and new year. But are these all healthy? But hey! What if we tell you that you can fulfil your sweet cravings while taking care of your health? Or you just want to eat healthy and wholesome but decadent meals? Read on about these recipes compiled by Wedding Affair to find out some healthy ways to binge delicious stuff this season!

One-Pot Lentil Pasta


This pasta recipe contains lentils, pasta, creamy tomato sauce and is so deliciously awesome! In a large pot on medium-high heat cook oil, garlic, onion, bouillon cube, Italian seasoning, and red chilli pepper flakes for 2-3 minutes. Add splashes of water as needed to deglaze the pot. Add the pot 2 cups (500 mL) water along with the pasta, pasta sauce, cherry tomatoes, lentils, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and capers. Bring to a gentle simmer and partially cover with a lid. Cook for 10-15 minutes on medium heat until pasta is al dente. Check on it every few minutes to stir to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom or burns. When the pasta is al dente, add the spinach and reduce to wilt. Serve it generously into some bowls, top with some freshly sliced basil leaves, and enjoy! (Recipe: Pick up Limes)

Oats Laddoo

This recipe has only 3 main ingredients- rolled oats, sesame seeds and dates. Let’s talk about each in detail. Oats: rolled old fashioned oats here. They have more texture than instant oats. You can definitely use instant oats in the recipe. Sesame seeds: white sesame seeds. Be careful while roasting them in the pan, they can burn quickly once they start changing colour.

Dates: these laddoos are sweetened with dates, which is what binds them too. Make sure that the dates you use are fresh and not dry else you can have trouble binding the laddoos. Find the full recipe here. People also some ground cardamom but that is optional. You can even add some cinnamon or nutmeg here if you prefer those flavours. You must also add ghee for flavour and to bring it all together. If you want to keep this vegan, use coconut oil.

Mango Kulfi

Simmer milk on a low flame for at least 15 to 18 minutes till the milk reduces and thickens. Then add sugar and let it dissolve. Then mix the rice flour with milk to a smooth paste. Also, add the cardamom powder. Then cook till the mixture thickens. Then switch off the flame and add almond paste or almond powder/meal. Once cooled, add the mango puree and sliced pistachio. Pour the mango kulfi mixture in kulfi moulds or matkas/kulhads or cups. Cover and freeze for 9-10 hours. (Full Recipe on Veg Recipes of India)

Sesame panna cotta with maple toffee crisp

Combine ground seeds, milk, maple syrup and vanilla bean in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until the mixture almost boils. Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes to infuse. Remove vanilla bean. Meanwhile, place the gelatine and boiling water in a small heatproof bowl. Stir until the gelatine dissolves. Pour the gelatine mixture into the milk mixture. Stir to combine. Add the cream. Stir to combine. These are a couple of steps that initiate the process of panna cotta making. To check out the full recipe, head to Taste.

Banana Bread

The entire world is going ga-ga over the various versions available for this viral recipe. Well, we particularly love this one by Allrecipes. Plus quite easy too, much easier than pancake cereals. First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the butter mixture until smooth. Finally, fold in the sour cream, walnuts and bananas. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. x

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