comment 0

Breakfast Ideas (toddlers/adults)

My biggest challenge in the kitchen is to get a lot done in the least amount of time, as easily as possible!

While being a fan of fresh food, I also don’t want to live in the kitchen. This mashed potatoes recipe is just what you need, if you agree to everything I just said!

Very simple to make!

Ingredients/Instructions:

  • Wash, peal and boil 4-5 large potatoes
  • Mash or finely chop everything
  • In a pan heat 2 tbsp oil, medium heat.
  • Add 2-3 green chilies or chili flakes in the end
  • Sauté sliced onions until translucent
  • Add a cup full of green peas
  • Cook on low for 2 mins
  • Now add salt, turmeric 1/2 tsp sugar
  • While on low flame add the potatoes, mix until well combined, can add 1-2 tbsp water if it looks too dry
  • Top it off with some fresh herbs, cilantro/basil etc., potatoes are good that way, they take what you give!

That is it! Now use this to make a breakfast grilled sandwich, samosas, veggie wrap or just eat it the traditional way with dosa or poori!

This potato filling with bread is an award winning combination, I kid you not! Your kids will come running back for more, I can’t promise the adults would have not finished it all by then!

Stays in the fridge for upto a week, you can always put it in the freezer depending on your needs!

comment 0

Veggie Burger (Easy Delicious)

Try this because,

  • Easy to make!
  • Make once, eat all week!
  • Clean and fresh ingredients!
  • Very different from other meatless burgers!
  • Tastes much better than store brought!
  • Loaded with veggies!
  • Most of all, it is not dry and won’t fall apart on you. Nothing but tender, tasty, with perfectly crispy edges!

One thing quarentinelife though me, “make the best of fresh produce!”. My first attempt at making burgers, let alone plant based!

Without tempting you any further, here it is!

I promise you the best, tender, tasty, with perfectly crispy edges, that are easy to make, with a handful of ingredients that you possibly already have in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • Green peas – 3/4th cup
  • Green beans – 1/2 cup
  • Potato – one tiny lime sized
  • Chickpea flour – 4 tbsp
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Quinoa flour – 4 tbsp
  • Seasoning: Onion powder, garlic powder, chili flakes, turmeric, fresh coriander/cilantro & salt
  • Bread crumbs – 4 tbsp
  • For assembling: Burger buns, tomatoes, onions, lettuce/cucumber, bell peppers and a sauce of your choice

Instructions:

  • Slightly steam the veggies
  • Finely chop them/ or in their food processor
  • To this add the other ingredients mentioned in the ingredients list including the spices
  • Mix it all up into a tight dough by gradually adding water as needed
  • Let it rest in an airtight container for 30mins
  • Divide the dough into more or less 4-5 equal parts depending on the size of the burger buns you plan to use
  • Pat it into a think patty, while keep the center relatively shallow so they cook evenly
  • Time to coat it with breadcrumbs and stick them in the fridge, covered with a damp towel until ready to cook/at least an hour.
  • Cook them on a skillet, stovetop grill or a traditional grill
  • Takes about 3-4 mins on each side, basically until it turns golden brown with crispy edges
  • Let them rest for a couple minutes after moving them to the dish
  • Just don’t let them burn

Assembling:

  • Chop tomatoes, onions and peppers diagonally into circles
  • Leave them on the grill for a minute or so, not longer, you don’t want them to cook through
  • In a separate bowl, mix together your favorite hot sauce(we used Frank’s red hot), vegan mayo & ketchup
  • Stack them up as you please and enjoy with your favorite sides or make my delicious healthy fries!

Note:

  • Adjust the seasoning to your taste if needed
  • No, we did not use any oil or cheese here. It was not intentional, just a habit. Feel free to use oil to grease the pan to cook your veggie patty
  • Yes, using a hot sauce makes all the difference, even better when it is Frank’s Red Hot

Do tag me and let me know how you liked it!

comment 0

Know me 10 times better!

Have been seeing a lot of new faces around here, Facebook and on my Instagram. Thanks to all for the love, I FINALLY made it ok 1k on Instagram!

In honor of, inspired by a fellow blogger (more on insta) “let’s get to know each other a lil better”

Ten fun facts about me, I would love to hear your 10 or at least one!

10. The first thought that crossed my mind when I found out I was having a girl was “thank god I know to tie a cute bow” 🎁

9. I can’t do a top bun, it just falls right off. I’ve seen people do it without any hair ties, how? Teach me!

8. My top favorite shows are American Horror Story, Ozark & The Office.

7. I hate books, can’t stand them. Exploring audiobooks, I think I like it better this way.

6. I am always on a chill pill, not even kidding.

5. As a child I insisted on having a bicycle even though I didn’t know to ride one, my lovely friends helped me take it home from the shop!

4. I can sit by myself in a corner without any gadgets and not get bored for hours.

3. I love boarding school, every bit of it was amazing! There I said it, do you know anyone that didn’t hate their boarding school journey? I think we could be friends 😍

2. I hate takeouts, why do they exist? I might as well put something together, which should take about the same time as going though the menu and deciding what to order.

1. I can’t do same thing twice! Routine is boring for me.

Your turn!

comment 0

Vegan Tomato Omelette

A delicious flavorful vegan protein rich dosa/pancake that’s also easy to make. A quick bite < grab and go < meal prep, works in favor of. I simply enjoy quinoa not just because of its rich protein, iron and fiber content it simply moulds into any recipe easily, sweet to savory.

I am all about fresh, healthy, quick, easy to make, prep ahead recipes. Easy as in, not easy like tearing open a bag of chips, but definitely easy to navigate even for someone cooking for the first time.

Makes: 8 medium sized dosa/pancakesPrep time: 30min (Pre-Prep Required)

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa – 1 cup
  • Chickpea flour – 3/4 cup
  • Tomato – 1 finely chopped
  • Carrot – 1 small (grated)
  • Scallions – 2 finely chopped
  • Fresh herbs – basil/coriander
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper/chilli flakes

Instructions:

  • Wash and soak quinoa for 4hrs or overnight
  • Drain out excess water and blend the soaked quinoa into fine paste, add water as needed
  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl
  • Add water as needed until you’ve achieved pancake OR dosa better OR thick milkshake like consistency
  • If needed use extra chickpea flour to get to desired consistency

Cooking Instructions:

  • Heat a nonstick pan, on medium heat
  • Spray/grease with ghee/oil
  • Scoop out the batter and spread it using the bottom of the ladle
  • Cover and cook until golden brown on both sides OR longer for crispier texture
  • Serve with plain yogurt or enjoy as they are

Note:

  • Batter stays in the refridigator for unto 3 days
  • Cooked ones can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week
  • Feel free to swap the scallions to any greens on hand, just make sure to chop them real fine OR run it all in the food processor
  • Its ok if you don’t know all about consistency etc., they’ll still turn out delicious. Its a very forgiving recipe
  • Just don’t let them burn

Do tag me on Instagram @velvet_puja

Honestly its a made-up recipe and you would be one of very few lucky people that gets to be the judge.

comments 2

L’Oréal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid (Review)

<Smooth<Flawless<Baby Soft<Porcelain Skin with L’Oréal Revitalift Derm Intensives! 1.9% Pure HYALURONIC ACID is by far the strongest over the counter hyaluronic acid available. Also mentioned side by side pro’s & con’s of Loreal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid and some affordable alternatives.

Product ClaimMy Experience So Far
Plumps skinYES, starts showing up right away
Reduces wrinklesToo soon to tell, although forehead appears tighter & smoother than before
Reduces drynessYES, inspire not drinking enough water
2 weeks to start seeing resultsYES, I am 1 week down and I already see it working
Use twice a dayI only used it once a day/post shower
IMPRESSEDNo new breakouts
Tiny bumps on forehead reducing
No more dry patches
Scars & uneven skin tone is evening out
Dark circles reducing
Skin feels more awake and fresh
Wake up feeling like not to use makeup
*I stopped using every other skincare product 2 days before I introduced Loreal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid *Did not use any other skincare while testing this out *Everyting mentioned above is solely based on how I feel about the product *Have not read/watched any other reviews/first impressions by other fellow bloggers/influencers.
ProsCons
One and doneA bit expensive
Safe acidResults fade when discontinued
Non surgical/affordable
No down time
Safe and clean
Foundation glides on smoothly
Need less makeup
Makeup time cut down in half

Who Can Use/ Skin Type?

  • Suitable For Dry, Combination & Oily Skin
  • Normal to Sensitive Skin
  • Age 18+

How To Use:

  • 24hr patch test is recommended
  • Crack the top of these single use ampoules
  • Apply a generous amount in circular motion working your way down to the neck and chest
  • Use every night for long lasting results

Product Feel On The Skin On Application:

  • Very lite weight (perfect for summer)
  • Water like consistancy
  • Not stickey/greasy
  • Disappears into the skin

Affordable Alternative

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Serum

What You Need to Know About the L'Oréal Paris Derm Intensives 1.5 ...
AFORDABLE ALTERNATE

Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Ampoules - L'Oréal Paris