Beet Red Juice with Apples, Carrots, Cilantro, Lemon and Ginger

pics of vegetables carrots, beet, apples ginger and lemon in Blood Red Juice by Arun Shanbhag

Now that M & Meera are in Boston, I worry less (about the house, yard or anything else) and explore culinary creations. Here is an all-natural Red Juice loaded with important nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. Continue reading “Beet Red Juice with Apples, Carrots, Cilantro, Lemon and Ginger”

Turmeric Milk: Soothing Elixir

haldi turmeric ginger milk by Arun ShanbhagTurmeric is an ubiquitous indian spice and a common ingredient of pre-mixed curry or masala powders. Turmeric (haldi, Konkani; haridra, Sanskrit) is also an essential component of fish marinade.

While I take for granted the turmeric used in cooking, I distinctly remember my grandma preparing scalding hot, turmeric milk whenever we had a sore throat or cold. And grandma admonished us to sip it hot, letting it course its way down the back of our throats. Haaiiii! She had alchemized this common root, to a piping hot, golden elixir, which not only got us back to school the next day (unfortunately), but also back on the playground (v good). Something magical about that turmeric milk! If she only knew!
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Omega-3s and Grilled Salmon: Food for the Heart and Brain

Salmon being marinated with spices for grilling by Arun Shanbhag
Come spring, I can’t wait to fire up the grill and throw some salmon on it. Not only is grilled salmon one of my favorite, salmon is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids improve heart health, have anti-inflammatory properties and as recent research informs, improve brain function. Yaay! Continue reading “Omega-3s and Grilled Salmon: Food for the Heart and Brain”

Oooooh, Those Red Peppers

After travel food, I was longing to stop by our local farm stand and pick-up my simple favorites! Iggy's whole grain sourdough round bread; baby carrots; crunchy red cabbage, freshly harvested asparagus, fuji apples, maradol papaya, and yes! a bag of red peppers on sale!

Bright red, crunchy, juicy and slightly tangy. Definitely not hot, more like a fruit. In the summer, they are best grilled. Now, I like to cut strips and eat as is. Quickly core a washed pepper, divide at the edges for broad flat pieces, wrap in a paper napkin and pack in a sandwich bag. The napkin absorbs the juices and keeps it crunchy. These are usually my mid-morning snacks. Give it a try, Yumm!

Pic of red peppers by Arun Shanbhag
Washed red peppers shot in natural light.

And if taste is not an a big motivator, they are good for your health too. Red peppers are loaded with vitamin C, B6 and beta-carotene: powerful antioxidants which neutralize free radicals generated by living processes. Free radicals are implicated in heart disease, nerve and blood vessel damage in diabetes, and cancer. Beta-carotene is essential for healthy eyes; and the reds contain capsacin, a natural painkiller useful for arthritic pains.


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