How to make a healthy Iftaar snack!


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If you’re a Muslim.. RAMADHAN MUBARAK! Living in London means that our fast is 20 hours long giving us just 4 hours to eat food that keeps us nourished for the day! So my family and I have developed a new meal system which means that we’re eating healthy but still feeling full enough!

Bare in mind.. This recipe is just a snack and not a good replacement for a whole meal!

Serves: 3-5

Ingredients:
• Handful of rocket or mixed leaves (spinach, watercress, lettuce, lambs lettuce, mixed leaves, basil are all good alternatives and I love mixing loads of these together too)
• 6-10 Mixed olives (If you live in London, go the Delicatessen of your local supermarket and you can choose some of your favourite flavoured olives and if not, just buy the jarred type)
• 2-3 inches of Cucumber
• Half a red onion (medium sized)
• 6 Picollo red cherry tomatoes (quartered)
• 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds (you can of course swap for pumpkin, sesame seeds etc. but I love the subtle taste and soft crunch of these)
• 1/4 red/orange or yellow bell pepper
• 1 inch cube of feta cheese
• 1 tablespoon extra Virginia olive oil
• Optional to add lemon
• Can add grilled chicken, leftover steak etc
• Can also add pepper but the kick for mine comes from jalapeño olives!

Method:
Here’s the beauty.. It’s up to you! You can cut these however you like, but I like to keep mine relatively small just for the ease of eating it. Mix it all together and serve however you like. As a side salad (although I find it very filling) or you can eat it alone!

A lot of Asians have the habit of opening their fast with fried food and all sorts of unhealthy foods. Remember, you may not have eaten for some hours so that doesn’t mean to stuff yourself to he brim of fatty food. Instead, try making this salad (which takes less than 10 mins) and feel good about yourself!!

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How to love your body


When it comes to food and my skin and general health, I’ve spent a little bit of time trying to master what my body likes and dislikes! There’s a lot of things I’ve noticed over time which my body reacts to positively and here they are:

When it comes to my skin. A few years ago, I would get painful and mountainous spots on my face for no apparent reason that I would blame to my teenage years! BUT NO.. The reason was milk which, I would drink like water! After not drinking it for a while because I was on holiday, my skin looked like it was brand new! The lack of this then led me to my doctor who confirmed that I had a slight lactose intolerance to dairy so that meant cheese, cream, yoghurt etc. would break my skin out. So I have swapped my cows milk for soya milk and rice milk which isn’t great and to be honest I miss my old milk but I’m happy my skin is cleaner than ever now!

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In keeping with what I noticed from my holiday, I also noticed how well the sun affected my skin! I noticed how beautiful and glowing I would notice my skin after sitting in the sun for a while. We don’t get a tonne of sun in the UK but, when we do I slap on my sunscreen and sunbathe like a dog out of a window!

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The way I eat is another big factor! I have always loved eating salad and fruit and for me the best lunch was a big bowl of hearty salad! I noticed that whenever I eat it regularly, my skin becomes so smooth, my scars vanish quicker and I don’t break out at all.

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Drinking water which is the age old tale! I notice when I drink water in the morning and before I go to bed, I feel refreshed and calm down quicker! My skin feels and looks amazing! And also, my body feels so good! I lose weight quicker too!

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The main thing I think is that I have trained my body to react or not react to certain foods! There’s a lot of folk tales about what happens when you eat certain food but eating a little of everything and changing your meals on a daily basis is a big deal! You should let your body know that if it doesn’t like milk, you’re still going to drink it every now and again (just like I do and now my body has adjusted to it better).

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A lunch so healthy, you’ll turn into Superman!


I’ve been on a health kick recently and one of my favourite things to eat, as you guys know, is salad! I’m trying to eat a bowl (a bowl the size if my head) everyday! Whenever I have salad, I feel like I’m hungry an hour later again and I start binging so I cracked it.. Glug down some milkshake after! It keeps me full for so much longer and tastes yummy!

Cut up whatever vegetables/fruit you like in your salads. You can see this one isn’t too extravagant!

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I like to pour in 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil which helps to remove the dryness of the salad and half a lemon-ish for extra flavour!

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For the milkshake you should choose your fruit of choice! Just ensure its extra ripe! You can my bananas are briefing so were really sweet.. Having a riper fruit means you won’t need to add sugar or unhealthy sweeteners

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Break them up into small pieces and put in your blender

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The consistency I was aiming for was not a smoothie! I don’t like bits or smoothie-like consistencies so, I want to add as much milk as possible to keep it light. You can see I’m using semi-skimmed milk

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To 2 bananas I added 3 & 1/2 cups of milk (875ml) which is a lot! But you can share with someone or make 1 banana or keep it in the fridge until tomorrow! Start blending…

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And you’ll have a thick but not gloopy milkshake which doesn’t need anything else added to it

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This is a really easy and quick lunch (will take you 20 mins to make the night before and leave it in your fridge until tomorrow)!

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EID IS MY FAVOURITE DAY EVER!!!!!!


FOOOOOOD!

So this year for food, we done things a little differently!

The menu:
PIZZA!
Pop corn chicken
Potato wedges
2 types of salad
Garlic bread

Dessert is BIRTHDAY CAKE!! Get ready for pics!

BLOGGING DAY #6


The end of the day is here and it’s been lovely today! I really like blogging like this because when I look over it, it reminds me of the lovely things I did!

Little things people take for granted a lot! Today when I woke up and the sun was shining, I went straight into my garden and just sat in the sun for half an hour before enjoying an amazing breakfast!

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Watching the movie! I had Tania (my little qu’ran student), over watching it with me! We had a lot of fun watching the movie and playing games too! Look at some of the stuff we made with yarn!

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As well as that, I got to do some pampering too! I love pulling out my facial masks, creams and lotions and potions to treat myself at the end of the week! (No, I don’t use ALL of this stuff, LOL).

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Night night, All
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BLOGGING DAY #4


After coming home in the evening time, me and mum were STARVING! And we had no clue what to make for dinner! The worst thing about the heat is that you don’t want to stand next to a hot stove and be in the boiling kitchen!

So I got my knives, chopping board and some vegetable! The idea was that we would make wraps! But rather than using the fajita wraps, we would use either roti that was very thinly made or pockets!

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I cut as many vegetables as I could find! Tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeño peppers, red pepper, onions, grated carrots and I also chopped up some coriander! You ain’t Asian if you don’t use coriander!

We then got the wraps on! Mum made some mince meat! She made it as spicy as she can!

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Method:
• Brown onions slightly in oil
• Add garlic and ginger (to taste)
• Add your mince
• Time for spice! 1 teaspoon turmeric, chilli powder
• Add the lid on the pan for about 20 mins or until you think the meat is cooled and TADAA!

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Get your wraps ready and add the salad, mince and any sauces you like! Personally, I like a squeeze of lemon because momma made the mince so spicy! I also found some chicken leftover from the day before which is what you see in the bowl! This makes it more like the traditional fajita!

Cooking BBQ.. Pakistani/ Indian style!


The main ingredients that go into a BBQ are smoke and a lot of fire.. But when you’re Asian, like me.. You need SPICE IN YOUR LIFE! And I don’t mean baby, posh, sporty, scary and ginger!

We made a large variety of BBQ and I’ll give you a run down of the spice we used, as well as some stations which I think would taste good!

Vegetarians.. IM SORRYYYYYYYYYY!!

Ok so the menu consisted of:
Lamb tikkas
Chicken tikkas
Whole boneless chicken
Prawn skewers
Kebabs
Salad
Various sauces

1.) LAMB TIKKAS!!! These were the best.. Hence their poll position in my recipe guide! So my aunt got lamb tikkas which were pre-cut from the butchers who were more than happy to cut if for us since we spent about £100 on meat :)

The lamb tikkas were marinated for about 18 hours in about 3- 4 whole lemons which were juiced, 2- 3 table spoons of olive oil and 1 table spoon each of grated garlic and ginger. Then theres the spices.. I’m sure no matter where you live, theres an Indian shop nearby which sells tonnes of colours and spices! You’ll need, 1 and half teaspoons of: red chilli, turmeric, chaat masala! Youll then just cellophane wrap it in a bowl and keep in the fridge to marinate! Before you’re about to Barby the suckers, dab a tiny bit of water around them and cook the
for about 5 mins each side until gorgeous and sizzling!

2.) Chicken tikkas! Exactly same way! In fact.. The boneless chicken was also done the same way! instead of adding the cumin though! We added black pepper for flavour! The chicken was BEAUTIFUL! Especially the whole chicken because it was soft and moist when we ate it! I would add around 5-6 lemons to the chicken though because it picks up the flavour better! Also, a good sauce on the side or chicken gives a lot of flavour!

3.) Kebabs! The spices used were chilli powder, cumin, turmeric, chaat masala! Chop up some very finely cut coriander and onion in their too! Add some garlic and ginger paste and allow your nose buds to go wild! Grab a skewer, roll the meat around and it and you have a yummy kebab! No measurements because it’s best if you add to your taste! I like them REALLY spicy! For about 1 kilo of meat, I would use more than 1 tablespoon of each spice! That’s far too much for some people!

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4.) The prawns were pre cooked because they were already pink when they were bought! We chopped up some peppers (Red and yellow) and we just alternated between prawn and pepper on the skewer! We allowed the pepper to burn a little and it tasted GORGEOUS! Literally like 3 minutes, changing the side every now and again!

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5.) Salad:
Lettuce
Cabbage
Peppers
Onions
Cucumbers
Boiled potatoes
Tomatoes
Kidney beans
Chick peas
Feta cheese
Nando’s Peri Peri sauce.. and WHAM BHAM THANK YOU MA’AM!

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6.) The sauces! Grab some fresh mint and grind this until like purée! Add some whole green chillies and salt to taste and mix with yoghurt! This makes an amazing sauce with chicken and lamb!

7.) For drinks we made Mojitos! We got some fresh mint, crushed ice and some flavoured soda water which we poured over the ice and mint and added a small slice of lime! Why added over??? We found the flavours were stronger and had a bite this way and kept us refreshed ALL DAY!

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THIS WAS THE MOST AMAZING BBQ EVER! We enjoyed it so much! Even though a lot of my family were constantly moaning about the sun (the ones which usually complain of it raining all the time!), I loved the weather! Hope you guys like the recipes! Make it your own and remember you can add and remove spice as you wish! So test one but of the meat and adjust the spice as you go

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