Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Healthy eating-Spinach and Sprouts Upma-WBB


Few days back I was going through an article in a magazine and the title loomed large" Eat well and stay slim forever".Sounds so wonderful and perfect ...isn't it?? It needs so much of will power and effort not to over indulge in artery clogging fast food and less nutritious stuff.Sometimes we just opt for convenience over quality.Our eating habits are so ingrained that we are not aware of them.Health problems like indigestion,obesity,blood pressure clogged arteries are all because of increasing stress,imbalance in our lives and an unhealthy eating pattern.In today's world individuals juggling busy schedules and convenience foods is a common occurrence.

There are times when I just ignore the smell, the look , the taste and just wolf down the food without paying any attention.I have been trying to make a conscious effort from my side not to repeat these and have dinners and weekend meals together...no watching TV, no phone calls basically a distraction free meal so that we pay attention to what we eat, eat less and enjoy more.The eat less part is definitely for me:)).

Healthy eating requires planning and effort to include variety of food in your meals and following a perfect diet plan which I have been trying my best to inculcate in my household for the benefit of my 6 yr old growing up daughter and my hubby whose profession as a fighter pilot demands it.It is crucial for a fighter pilot to be fighting fit and in an excellent heart condition to be able to withstand the high and low gravitational forces when piloting a jet at high speed. He needs to have a perfect eyesight,quick reflexes and the ability to stay cool under pressure.

For my hubby who nurtures the passion and fascination of scudding through the sky with the ability to defy gravity with a multi -million dollar piece of machinery , the patriotic fervor, the hard work he has put to make his dream come true would be emotionally tormenting if he is scooped out of the profession because of any health problems . A mere weight gain and they are ordered to stop flying till they get back to shape!! For me it's a constant challenge everyday to rustle up a healthy meal and mentally rehearse" Healthy Eating"!!:)



Well thanks to WBB-Weekend Breakfast Blogging I ended up with a really long writeup.WBB is the brainchild of Nandita of Saffron Trail and is hosted by Suganya of Tasty Palettes this month.I am sending my spinach and sprouts upma as my entry to this event.
Breakfast is the most important and energy enhancing meal of the day.Eating breakfast everyday makes a big positive difference in your health.This nutrition packed upma is a hit in my household and I am sure you all will enjoy it.

You need:
1 cup sooji( semolina)
2 cups water
1 tsp rai (mustard seeds)
5-6 curry leaves
1 green chilli chopped
a pinch hing(asofoetida)
1 cup green mung sprouts
1 cup chopped or minced spinach
1 small onion chopped
2 tomatoes (blanched and chopped)
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
salt to taste,juice of 1/2 lemon

Method:
1. Dry roast the Suji( semolina) till it becomes brown and fragrant, keep it aside.
2. In a wok heat oil,add hing ,rai green chillies and curry leaves.
3. When it starts spluttering add onion,fry till it looks transparent and then add tomatoes.Saute
for 2 mins.
4.To this add sprouts and cook for 2-3 mins.
5. Add the spinach,salt,pepper and cook for 5 more mins stirring on low heat.
6.Add water and bring to a boil.Add lemon juice.
7. Add suji,stirring continuously and cook till dry.Serve hot with ketchup or chutney.

This recipe is from Nita Mehta 's Low Fat Recipes but lot of ingredients have been added by me according to our tastes.Enjoy the healthy breakfast !!


26 comments:

Pragyan said...

Hey Saswati..Looks tasty and delicious, the deadly combo!

Asha said...

Sprouts in Upma sounds wonderful!:)

Sia said...

thats sounds really healthy, packed with nutrition!

sra said...

Being a fighter pilot was once a fantasy of mine. With my physique, I'd never have made it, anyway. :) The upma is truly different, Saswati.

Happy cook said...

It looks really a very healthy brekfast

Kalai said...

Wow! Sprouts and spinach! What a great and healthy way to start the day! Nice one, Saswati. :))

Uma said...

Upma with mung sprouts and spinach sounds so healthy and yummy too. Wonderful entry.

DK said...

This is one healthy and delicious looking dish :)

I have some thing for you. Hop over to my blog to check out. Hope u like it

Meera said...

Sprouts spinahc upma - wow! Now that's what I call healthy. Wonderful recipe!!

masalamagic said...

Wow Fighter Pilot! That sounds like a glamarous cool profession! I'm sure its lot mroe than that!
This is my first time here Saswati! Nice going. Love your upma recipe. We love upma at home and i make ti atleast once a week - i'll surely try u're combo next time (i have to remember to soak some moong!). Good luck anc cheers!
Latha

Dhivya said...

nice comba..healthy and delicious too

Sig said...

A fighter pilot hubby... that is soo cool... :) Thanks for dropping by my blog Saswati... You have a great space here...

Annu said...

Wow sprouts Upma with spinach,sounds good.Will sure try.

Thanks for your nice comment in my comment.

Cham said...

Sprout in upma i could never thought. Great idea and very healthy entry.

Richa said...

Zdrastwiche!!

lovely combo of flavors and nutrition.
true, with a "conscious" effort it is possible to eat healthy ;)

evolvingtastes said...

Saswati, thanks for stopping by - enjoying your blog and your stories, and will return!

Suganya said...

Eating healthy is a life style rather than a phase in life. A lot of it comes to portion control too. Thanks, Saswati.

Vanamala said...

Sounds good upma :) will try it ....healthy one !!!

TheCooker said...

Like your version of the upma.

Sagari said...

wonderful upma saswathi,very nice recipeee

Saswati said...

pragyan,asha and sia thank you.

Sra thts really nice to know abt that you wanted to become afighter pilot..very brave of you.

happy cook and Kalai..yes it's really ahealthy way to start the day.:)

Uma thanx alot

hey DK thats so sweet of you...like it?.. I loved it:)

Saswati said...

Thank you Meera.

Thanx latha and yes u are right there's more than the cool and glamorous part and do remember to soak the mung:)

dhivya,Sig ,cham and annu thank you.

Richa do you know russian by any chance?

evolving tastes thanx alot.

Suganya thanx for visiting my space.

Vanamala...do try it and let me know.

Cooker and Sagari thank you.

sra said...

Saswati, that was hardly brave, I liked the idea of myself doing something grand, that's all. Anyway, I've tagged you for a meme, please check out my blog.

Cynthia said...

Upma sounds delicious.

santosh das said...

Saswati..Thank you so much for your wonderful recipies.
Accidentally i came across your profile while searching for some oriya recipies like Aloo chop.
Originally i have had an inclination towards cooking right from the beginning.
I got married recently and we both are employed so hardly find any time for cooking.
But Thanks to you.shall try the recipie today and let you know hoe it tasted.

santosh das said...

Saswati..Thank you so much for your wonderful recipies.
Accidentally i came across your profile while searching for some oriya recipies like Aloo chop.
Originally i have had an inclination towards cooking right from the beginning.
I got married recently and we both are employed so hardly find any time for cooking.
But Thanks to you.shall try the recipie today and let you know hoe it tasted.

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