PB energy bites

???????????????????????????????????? Snacking is one of the best way to stay fit and  sharing with you this super easy recipe. This recipe is especially good for women as it contains  essential nutrients like Iron from dates, Vitamins from sunflower seeds , Protein from i2cook peanut butter, Essential fatty acids from cacao nibs and Calcium & Fiber from chia seeds. The good news is that these energy boosters can be customized to your liking. You can add chocolate chips, walnuts or any kind of ingredient that you like.

Ingredients:

200 gms dates, pitted

2tbs i2cook peanut butter

1tbs cacao nibs

1tbs roasted sunflower seeds

1/2 tbs chia seeds or flax seed powder

Procedure:

  1. Pulse the dates in a blender into fine pieces so that it has enough stickiness to roll into a ball
  2. In a bowl mix all the ingredients along with dates
  3. Roll into a ball of desired size
  4. This can be stored in an air tight container for a week or refrigerated for a month. Yields about 15 medium sized pieces.


Introducing a new product & recipe for nutty noodle

Spicy Peanut Butter  is a versatile product and works great for salad dressings or noodle based dishes. You can also mix this versatile product with your plain rice and curds. At i2cook, we have also introduced a new product called the “i2cook Peanut Crunch” which are powdered peanuts, can be added to your noodles, salads, soup, sabudana kichidi or Indian style vegetable as garnish. Sharing with you a very easy recipe for a lazy weeknight or weekend dinner. Feel free to use your favorite veggies or meat. This meal is not only satisfying but can also be prepared under 15 minutes.

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Peanut crunch

i2cook peanut crunch

Ingredients

1 packet hakka noodles – 200gms (wheat), cooked and water drained

1 medium sized onion, peeled & sliced

4-5 peeled garlic, finely chopped

1 small capsicum, de-seeded and sliced

1 medium carrot, cut in thin strips

4-5 mushrooms, sliced

4-5 baby corn sliced & cooked (optional)

100gms i2cook spicy peanut butter

1/2 tbs soy sauce

1/2 tsp coconut or palm sugar

salt to taste

coriander or spring onion for garnish

i2cook peanut crunch (powdered peanuts for garnish)

toasted sesame for garnish (optional)

Procedure

  • Heat oil in a wok and add garlic. Allow it to brown a little and add onions.
  • Once the onions are soft, add carrots, mushroom, capsicum and babay corn. Cook until done.
  • Take peanut butter, soy sauce, sugar in a bowl and add some water to form a smooth paste. Add this to the cooked vegetables and cook for a minute.
  • Add salt to taste and noodles, mix well. Turn off the gas.
  • Add some peanut crunch and coriander as garnish. Serves 2.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

DSC_0232PB banana smoothie is high in protein and healthy fat, this recipe makes for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or after-workout snack. It’s easy to make , full of all sorts of delicious and healthy and protein-rich ingredients, and it’s the perfect use for ripe or overripe bananas. The yogurt creates a smooth desert-tasting consistency while providing  healthy digestion. Adding ice is optional, and makes for a thicker, cooler smoothie. I prefer to drink it chilled!

Drink this after a workout to recharge your energy with heart healthy fat and protein. Banana adds additional fiber with Potassium, Manganese (helps in bone structure) and Vitamins. Yogurt adds probiotics which helps in healthy digestion along with calcium. You can also add nuts like almonds, walnuts or flax seeds to this for an extra crunch. I added some raw organic cocao nibs.

Ingredients

1 large banana or 2 small, peeled & roughly chopped

1/2 cup yogurt

1 tbs i2cook peanut butter

a pinch of cinnamon powder

1 tsp or more coconut sugar (optional)

Procedure

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve chilled!


Peanut Butter Blondies

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I’ve been addictive to these blondies and everyone at home just love it! These are made with real nuts and addition of choco chips makes these an heavenly treat.

Baking with nut butters negates the use of butter since nut butters contain their own fat/oil. You can use any nut butter as the main ingredient and these can be made vegan or gluten free or flour-less. Blondies are like brownies but contain less of cocoa or chocolate. As the name suggests, they are brown in colour. They are  great as a snack or you could have them as  dessert with some  ice-cream.

Ingredients 

500 gms nut butters like  peanut butter or almond butter

2 eggs or 30 gms flax seed powder lightly beaten with 6 tbs of water for egg-less version

1 tsp baking soda

120 gms raw sugar

25 gms choco chips

20 gms nuts or cocao nibs

Note: I usually prefer to add some crunch to my blondies by adding cocao nibs or nuts

Procedure

  1. Measure all the ingredients and keep aside.
  2. Lightly beat two eggs in a bowl.
  3. Mix the nut butter, raw sugar, soda , choco chips and nuts into the wet mixture very softly.
  4. Line 10×10 inch baking dish/pan with aluminium foil or parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly throughout.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degree centigrade for about 18-20 minutes.
  6. Once done, allow it to cool before cutting them into desired shapes. Serve warm or at room temperature.  This recipe makes about 25 pieces.

 

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Introducing i2cook’s Spicy Peanut Butter

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Spicy peanut butter is the new addition to i2cook family of organic products. After all the hoopla over the peanut butter, at i2cook we introduced something more suitable for the Indian palate. The idea of creating a spicy version of peanut butter was to make it more versatile as a condiment which can be used in both Indian and Western cooking. The best part about this product is that it is made with no added oil.  The combination of peanuts and spice is something we Indians have brought up with and you can’t go wrong with the combination right!

Spicy peanut butter can be used to make Thai dishes like Thai peanut dip, pad Thai or chicken satay. It is also great with khakara (Indian crackers) or you could also make peanut chutney by grinding it with some coconut. Since, it is in the wet form, you don’t have to add extra ghee or oil to moisten. You could eat it directly with your dosa, idli or chapathi. It is also great as a spread to make rolls of your desired filling. Needless to say that our spicy peanut butter is also great as a spread for sandwiches.

 

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A note on peanuts: The peanuts are sourced from an organization which believes in  organic farming and practises multi-cropping and crop rotation to preserve soil fertility. Since there is absolute no use of pesticides, the farmers use neem and cow urine to keep the pests at bay. 

 

Our spicy peanut butter is available on our online store i2cook.com and in other stores too.

 

Spring roll

Recipe for Thai peanut dip

10ogms of spicy peanut butter

1tbs of soy sauce

1tsp of coconut or palm sugar

 

Mix all the ingredients together and add some water for a thinner consistency. Serve at room temperature with spring rolls. You could also use this as a dip to serve with some sliced cucumbers and carrots.

 


How do I convert my kitchen to organic?

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I’m here to share my experience with organic food and how it changed my kitchen!

My kitchen still functions the same with any recipe from any cuisine that I like to cook. The only thing that has changed is that 99% of the ingredients that I use now are sans pesticide. Sounds unbelievable doesn’t it….

There is a lot of information on the internet telling you that organic food is good for you or that there is no proven fact that organic food is more healthier compared to the conventional food. My theory is very simple, if my food is grown artificially or ripened or polished with the stuff that I cannot even pronounce, I prefer to stay away. I like my bottle of peanut butter to taste like peanuts and nothing else. For me, it doesn’t matter if I have to consume my condiments within a certain period of time. I prefer it this way as it gives me more confidence that there has been nothing artificial added to it to make it last long.

I was first introduced to the term ‘organic’ when I was interning in an Architect’s office in Auroville. I used to have my lunch everyday at the solar kitchen where most of the ingredients were grown locally and were organic. As a young individual, I never realised the importance and forgot all about it. In the year 2011, I was reintroduced  to organic produce through Farmer’s Market. This is when I took notice. The first thing that hit me was the taste. The produce were not only fresh but had a sweet, refreshing taste. I started cooking with organic produce and noticed that my cooking tasted of pure ingredients and that I didn’t have to do too much to enhance it. Thus my journey to  learn about different organic ingredients started.

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My approach has been slow but consistent. Organic food is 10-20% higher priced than conventional foods. My theory here is more simple, If I’m cutting down on my one or two bill(s) of eating out, I can buy better quality ingredients for my family.  I first made a note of all the ingredients that we consume at home and narrowed it down to the most consumed first. For example, rice is the most consumed ingredient at home and I changed it to organic first. I gradually made a progress and have converted my kitchen into an organic one over a period of 12 months. Now we eat out less and still save more on groceries than before!!

I eat organic food and I’m not a vegetarian!

It is very difficult to source organic meat. I’m told that there are organic chicken available in some parts of India. I haven’t come across any and I don’t see it available in Mumbai or Bangalore (as a retail product). I do eat fee range chicken or eggs and studies have proven that they contain more nutrition than the injected ones. I have shared more information on free range in my old blog post. I prefer the locally available seasonal fish in comparison to the frozen ones.

Does organic food taste good?

I’ve been asked this question by several people. I hope the pictures convince you that organic food is not boring as it may sound 🙂

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Asian style lettuce wrap with i2cook’s peanut butter. Click on the image to view recipe.

Millet & sundried banana bread

Crackly dried fruit bread with coconut oil. Click on the image to view recipe.

Do I eat out?

As a blogger, I get invited to a lot of restaurants for tasting. Organic food is a part of my daily diet and I tend to be strict about it at home. However, there are some exclusive restaurants in different parts of the country serving some locally produced and organic food like Tattva in Delhi, Carrots in Bangalore or The Pantry, Birdsong in Mumbai.

Where to buy organic food?

There are a lot of options now from where you can buy organic food. Our online store i2cook is a 100% organic store. There are also stores in different cities which stock fresh organic produce from nearby farms. Cities like Mumbai and Bangalore are holding Farmers market selling organic produce regularly. Esvasa has a good list of stores across India selling organic produce.

Read more….

Debate on organic food

Organic vs. conventional & a chart for fruits/vegetables

Why organic food might be worth all that cost….


Peanut Butter & Some Gluten Free Cookies

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Today, I’m here to discuss “why peanut butter is good for you?”

Helps you lose weight

Yes. It may seem a bit counter-intuitive. It is the combination of fiber  and protein that fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall.

Packed with nutrition

Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.

Good fat

It is a full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A recent study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in mono had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat. An excellent source for all body builders.

How do you choose your jar of peanut butter?

Peanut butter is relatively unprocessed food. It is peanuts, roasted and ground to make peanut butter.The fat content seem to be more or less same in all the brands.  However, commercially made peanut butter are not only made with whole peanuts but other nasty things and can be high on sodium (also the higher sodium content tends to mask the taste of peanut butter).

Sugar is not a very big concern if your using it plain. But if your combining your sandwich with honey or jelly, look for  less sugar. Raw sugar is better than refined sugar.

The main problem with peanut butter is that it’s so incredibly hard to resist. If you eat only small amounts at a time, then it probably won’t cause any sort of harm. However, it can be almost impossible to stop after eating just a little bit 😉

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I always like to stock my pantry with some cookies. They come handy when you need a quick bite and not feel messy or too full at the same time. I’ve started doing a lot of gluten free baking since one of the major ingredients are nuts and I like to incorporate these in my baking (peanuts belong to the legume family).

These soft, chewy cookies are so easy to make and with just 4 ingredients. The addition of sea salt takes these cookies to a different level!

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Ingredients for sea salt & peanut butter cookies

(makes 18-20 cookies)

250 gms peanut butter, smooth or crunchy ( I used i2cook’s peanut butter)

100-120 gms raw sugar (depending on how sweet you like your cookies)

1 egg, lightly beaten

3/4 tsp baking soda

some sea salt to sprinkle

Procedure

  1. Weigh all the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Scoop some dough on the baking pan, lined with parchment paper. Press them down with the help of a fork. Sprinkle some sea salt on each cookie.
  3. Bake them at 160 degree centigrade, in a pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes or depending on your oven settings.
  4. Once baked, allow them to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring on to a wire rack.
  5.  Once completely cooled, store them in an air tight container.

Pack these cookies in fancy jars and they make a great gifting option. 

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More Peanut Butter Recipes

Grilled chicken with warm peanut butter sauce

Banana and PB smoothie

No bake PB and oat cookies

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls

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