The Puzzle with Faux Meat

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Can a replacement for meat actually taste good?

As meat-lover, I could never part with the idea of going without meat for a prolonged period of time. But some alternatives to meat can be the tastiest food on the block: tofu, nut roast, tempeh (the healthiest replacement for meat) and paneer, are a couple of good examples which can easily replace meat in your diet, particularly in fried-form, and the meal would taste just as good. In the market, there is also an equally big supply of replacement for meats. Those could be used to make a different edition of your favorite dish and if you are smart then it will be tough to find out the difference until you actually give what you are eating more thought.

A good idea to try this out with is a vegetarian patty. It could easily replace a meat patty to create a burger. But what you will need to do to really make the veg burger almost as tasty as a meat burger is further add between the buns of the burger two or three cheese slices, two sliced onions, enough of mayonnaise (on the white sides of the buns) and also tone down the amount of sliced tomatoes and the size of the lettuce. The idea here is that if you have enough of some of your favorite non-meat foods inside the burger, then eating it will no longer feel like you have to compromise on taste because your burger is going veg.


Cold Cucumber Soup

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How to make a typical summer vegetable into cold soup to help deal with the heat

Summer is the perfect time to have cold soup around to snack on, whenever you feel like it and cucumbers are an excellent ingredient to pick to do that with. Firstly, slice four cucumbers, deseed the slices and place them in a blender, along with some water and a generous helping of cream fraiche to create a whipped mix. Secondly, slice two onions, a clove of garlic and four green chilies and add it to a saucepan with cooking oil; also, add a little bit of salt to the mix and then fry the ingredients on medium heat until the onions have turned golden in color. Thirdly, transfer the contents of the blender into the pan and mix it with the fried ingredients and let the soup boil for a couple of minutes. And finally, transfer the soup to a bowl and refrigerate it in order to chill it; serve the soup later on with some shredded cilantro as toppings.

Best Cereal Bars

Sweet and crunchy, the miniature form of cereal-based snacks are perfect for when you need to grab a quick bite

Cereal bars serve as convnient snacks for individuals on the run. As snacks, they can easily fit into your handbag no matter its size and are also tasty, in spite of providing a healthy kick, which means that it can really help you feel good about your waistline. My top picks of cereal bars:

  1. Kellogg’s Coco Pops Choco Bakes Bar (includes chocolates chips)
  2. Jordans Frusli Raisin & Hazelnut Cereal Bars (includes wholegrain oats, raisins and hazelnuts)
  3. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Breakfast Bars Blackberry & Apple (includes wholegrain oats, and a filling of apple and blackberry)
  4. Alpen Light Bars – Summer Fruits (includes a variety of fruits from raspberries to apples, as well a a dressing of yogurt and oats)
  5. Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars – Peanut Butter (includes wholegrain oats, a dressing of peanut butter and peanuts)

Best Healthy Cookies

Healthy cookies are simply great as light snacks

Sweet but healthy, the right type of cookie is an ideal option for a snack but what to choose at your nearest supermarket? Go for cookies that never compromise on taste but still help you to stay fit. I prefer cookies to not accompany a hot drink, such as milk, all the time, so the best healthy cookies are also the ones that tastewise really pack a punch and thus, avoid the need to have any dipping in order. Top picks:

  1. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Cookie Gluten Free
  2. Stauffer’s Original Animal Crackers
  3. Cadbury Milk Chocolate Finger Cookies
  4. Enjoy Life Handcrafted Soft Baked Gingerbread Spice Cookies
  5. Honey Maid The Emoji Movie Graham Snacks

Lemon Rice

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Flavored rice never got easier (and faster) to cook

Lemon rice is a sour alternative to plain white rice and is fancy enough to eat on its own, or with a generous helping of pickles. What is required to cook it are the following:

  • juice of freshly squeezed lemon,
  • long grain white rice,
  • chicken stock,
  • white pepper,
  • white onions, and
  • cilantro leaves.

Firstly, wash (and rinse) the white rice. Secondly, put the rice on the stove to cook, with a nicely measured amount of water and then add all the remaining ingredients to it. And finally, stir the mix and let it cook. Serve the lemon rice hot, with a tablespoon of pickles, to add further flavor to the rice.

Top 10 Desserts

Delicious and hard-to-resist, a day almost feels incomplete without having something sweet but which dessert is the ultimate best?

Desserts might be branded off as unhealthy and quite unnecessary to include in your regular diet but they are still very appetizing; also, so long as you exercise portion-control, eating dessert should not make you feel like a compromise needs to be in order in the future. My top ten favorite desserts:

  1. Chocolate Cake
  2. Cheesecake
  3. Fruit Custard
  4. Doughnut
  5. Christmas Pudding
  6. Cotton Candy
  7. Carrot Cake
  8. Butter Cookie
  9. Angel Cake
  10. Tiramisu

Why Eating Vegetables Is Great

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The only way to love your vegetables is to get incredibly choosy

Going vegan might sound like the least tasty option among all kinds of food choices in the world but the truth is that vegetables can be tasty too. It all depends on the choice of vegetables and the type of cooking – I have always felt that that is what separates vegetables from this idea I had formed in my mind whilst growing up that eating vegetables regularly meant always staying healthy in an unappetizing manner. It’s not true. Eating boiled green beans definitely taste a lot better than eating boiled carrots. Similarly, raw cucumber slices can never match the deliciousness of raw sweet corn. As long as you spend a good amount of time thinking over your recipes for the week, eating your vegetables shouldn’t feel like a chore at all; sometimes the right condiments to top your vegetables with, also works like an absolute charm.