Vegan(ish) Pasta Bake

We are not vegan, but I often enjoy trying new vegan recipes simply because they look delicious and are (usually) full of wholesome, nutritious ingredients. When I want to find a vegan (or vegan-ish with modifications) recipe, I usually look to Nisha at Rainbow Plant Life or Sadia at Pick Up Limes. Their websites have…

Teaching Kids About Thanksgiving

November is National Native American Heritage Month! I wish I could say I knew this before last Thursday, but a recent incident led me to this realization which I want to discuss further here. I thought hard about whether I would address this topic on my blog, but ultimately I felt a duty to address…

Five Fall Soups

One of my favorite things about the fall season is the comfort of homemade soups! Especially on colder and rainier days like today, a warm bowl of delicious soup just makes things so much better. Moreover, I love homemade soups because they are quite simple, quick to make, and healthy. I’ve already made a number…

Body Image in the 21st century

The helpful folks on social media I follow whom I mentioned in this podcast are: @BreeLenehan @justget.fit @deliciouslyfitnhealthy whose podcast I mention is Make it Simple And check out noom.com which was invaluable for me!

Ultra Healthy Oatmeal

Here we are, nearly five full months into 2020, and it is my first post for the year! Between having baby #3 and dealing with the pandemic, things have been interesting to say the least. I have been on maternity leave for nearly 10 weeks now, and I wanted to share a “recipe” for one…

How to Crave Salad

Years ago, a salad was probably the last item on a menu I would order and the last thing I would want to make/eat at home. However, I do not recall salads being as versatile, nutritious and delicious as they are now! You definitely need to be careful not to load your salads with unhealthy…

Carrot and Green Onion Thoran

Here is another simple, healthy, and easy recipe for thoran, a ground coconut-based vegetable side dish common in Kerala cuisine. What I love about thoran is that you can use any of your favorite vegetables; the base of the recipe stays the same! This is one of my favorite combinations, not only for the yummy…

Kerala Kadala Curry (Kala Chana)

As a kid, I really did not like this dish. Now that I’m a mom, I am not surprised one bit that I didn’t like this as a kid, ha! I always preferred chole, the softer white chickpeas in a delicious gravy that I ate on special occasions at Indian restaurants. Chole is traditionally a…

Heart Disease Risk in South Asians: My Two Cents

February is heart disease awareness month, and I’ve been especially interested in the discussions around cardiovascular (CV) disease risk (along with diabetes and insulin resistance) in the South Asian population. I am so glad to see so many South Asian medical professionals highlighting this important topic on social media, since the risk of diabetes and…

Kerala Parippu Curry (Dal)

Cold rainy afternoons call for comfort food. On my drive home, I decided to whip up some simple Kerala parippu curry (dal), rice, and some kind of vegetable side. Rummaging through my fridge, I found cauliflower, frozen broccoli florets, and frozen green peas, so I opted for a delicious and easy coconut curry using these…

My Favorite Healthy Social Media Accounts

The New Year is a popular time to think about resolutions. I never was one to make resolutions because honestly they always felt too forced, and by nature are set up for failure. I recently listened to a great podcast (episode #186) by Cassy Joy of Fed & Fit on rethinking resolutions. Instead of general resolutions…

Mom’s Recipes: Spicy Fish Curry

Here’s another red hot recipe (literally). In full transparency, I sought some help from YouTube because following my mom’s verbal instructions never yielded the deep red color that she achieves when she made fish curry. The picture above is actually from when my mom recently made this dish using Porgy. The last time I made…