Peanut avocado Protein Bowl

Vegan Protein Bowl with Peanuts and Avocado

Healthy Living, Ramadan, Vegan, Weight Loss Recipes

Learn how to assemble this versatile Vegan Protein Bowl. The main ingredients in mine are Avocados, Peanuts, Lettuce, or any other greens, and lots of Cilantro and Peppers for Flavor. Who said you cannot get enough protein as a vegan? Beans, Nuts, Seeds, Most Grains and Lentils will provide you enough protein for your daily requirements. And anything goes in this vegan protein bowl.

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Ingredients and Method to make Vegan Protein Bowl

  1. Peanuts – 1 cup
  2. Onion – 1/4 cup chopped finely
  3. Tomato – 1/2 cup chopped finely
  4. Green or red chilly peppers – 1 chopped finely
  5. Cucumber – 1 cup cubed or sliced
  6. Carrot – 1 cup cubed or sliced
  7. Lemon Juice, Salt and Pepper to Taste
  8. Avocado – 1 cubed or Sliced
  9. Chopped up Lettuce or any other Salad Greens.
  10. Sesame Seeds or Chia Seeds for garnish
  11. (Totally Optional) Some Noodles or Brown Rice for Carbs
  12. (Optional if you are fancying Poke) This Poke Sauce – 1 Tbsp

Vegan Protein Bowl

To Assemble the Salad Bowl, Start with a bed of Lettuce.

Top with Peanuts, Avocado, Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrot, Chilly Peppers.

Add your noodles or rice at this time. Squeeze Lemon juice on top. Sprinkle the Chia or Sesame seeds.

Squeeze of Lemon, Salt and Pepper.

Or if you are using Poke Sauce, Add that and mix.

Variations of Vegan Protein Bowl

Like all my recipes, this is a mix and match whatever recipe. For Protein, substitute peanuts with chickpea, almonds, or other nuts, or this Schezwan Tofu. Or these Curry Roasted Chickpeas – No one can eat just once. Or any of the Canned Beans. You could also use other vegetables such as shredded cabbage, bell peppers, radish Spinach, Broccoli, Arugula, Moong Bean Sprouts.

Once you learn to assemble a vegan protein bowl (or for that matter a protein bowl with meat) you will never get bored, and never go hungry again. That is for sure.

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Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #102

Haha I thought this was pretty funny. #justdoit

Energizing Morning Smoothie

Children Health, Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, longevity, Vegan, Weight Loss Recipes

These energizing morning smoothie recipes are great for non-chefs like you and me. Even better for busy people on the run. You make them ahead of time by mixing the ingredients in a personal size Ziploc bag, or large Ziploc bags if making for 2 or 4. OK, before you start bashing me for being the turtle killer, These re-usable bags or mason jars will work too for storing the smoothie meal prep mix.

Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

If you have never eaten much fruit or vegetable, this is the easiest way of getting them in. Get the Ingredients you want on a weekend and prep them in a reusable bag and freeze. Weekday mornings will be a breeze. Blend. Pour, Done. And Look at these. They are so Beautiful and Fancy as well!

​What Ingredients do I need in an Energizing Morning Smoothie?

So, If you are like me – I dont even make Smoothie meal prep bags. I throw in a handful of this, a tad bit of that and my Essential Ingredients.

Here are some pick and choose, whatever you fancy any week type ingredients. Either Use Any seasonal fruits or vegetables. Or if short of time to go shop, Get some big bags of Frozen Mixed Berries, Pineapples, Mint, Oranges, Avocados, A milk alternative such as Almond milk (if you like your consistency thinner.)

Essential Ingredients – What goes in Every Smoothie?

And here are some Ingredients that I always add – 8-10 Fresh mint leaves, a handful of mixed greens, peel half a Lemon and throw that in, an inch of ginger, 1/2 tsp of Ceylon Cinnamon powder. Pinch of Salt, Pepper, Cayenne pepper. – Most of these ingredients help you burn fat and provide countless other health benefits.

On many occasions, I also add chia seeds, flax seeds, and/or a protein powder like Orgain if I am looking for an extra boost of protein.

If I feel aches and pains coming along (I have Scoliosis, so aches and pains are a given.) I add half a banana or pitted dates for added phosphorus content.

Your body will pretty much tell you what you need in that glass of green goodness.

How do you make your Smoothie?

Peel those Oranges and Lemons, You might want to leave a little bit of zest in, it actually has nutrition and tastes good. Wash the greens and herbs. As you wash and peel the ingredients, either send them in your meal prep bags if preparing for later. If using immediately straight away put it in the blender jar. Once all ingredients are in your blender, Blend and Pour. If you have the Fancy Vitamix or Blendtec, it’s perfect. Put it to use finally. Or a super simple Oster or any high-speed blender will do too. I have an even simpler 14 Speed Oster Blender and that makes perfect smoothies too.

Beside the time saving, why should I drink smoothie in the morning?

Smoothie is a delicious, fancy and healthy alternative to a Standard American Breakfast of pancakes and muffin. Even if you are a coffee or tea drinker in the morning, temporarily try to switch to a Morning Smoothie with the right ingredients and you will notice a positive change in your energy levels and it will help combat the fatigue and mid-morning slump almost immediately.

If your diet has been mostly meat-based and unhealthy processed carbs and sugars, and you deal with acidity and other digestive issues, the added fruits and vegetables and the essential ingredients I mentioned, will make you feel healthier and you will have an energetic workday almost immediately. I am sure you can go full extreme – alkaline diet or do a detox or may have already done it. But like I said many times before, you do not have to do extreme of anything at all. Everything in moderation is perfect. And a glass of smoothie in the morning every now and then is just the right thing, to begin with.

If you like this post, you may like some of the others as well.

Ha. I did not realize how obsessed I am with energizing your mornings. Here is another post, you may like if you are still reading. Energizing Morning Routines Part 1 – Breakfast. I never wrote a part 2 of this post, but I guess I will soon. No time for Smoothies and you already eat a lot of fruits and vegetables every day, then try this Metabolism Boosting Mint Lemonade in the morning.

How do you get your kids to drink a Smoothie?

My kids eat most of their fruits and vegetables. But Since kids are picky I told them that a green smoothie is a Hulk Juice. It makes you Strong like Hulk 🙂 And they Love it. Sometimes I just tell them I did not make it for them and all of the Hulk Juice is mine and they want to borrow a few sips of mine too.

Also love him or hate him, Tom Brady makes his smoothie and drinks it too. I mean if the man lasted this long in the NFL, and shows no signs of aging he must be doing something right. Here is a recipe for Brady’s Tom’s Favorite smoothie.

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #61.

weightloss mint lemonade

Metabolism Boosting Mint Lemonade

Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, longevity, Vegan, Weight Loss Recipes

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

Thats Mint.

Some old Metabolism Boosting Mint Lemonade Recipe from my secret vault. This is from the time I was trying to lose my own weight. My daughter recently started having digestive issues with beans and legumes, So I thought it is just the time to revise the recipe and share it. I want you to know why you should add mint to your every day diet. As well as optimize this post for the SEO so it can be found on the Interwebs (Hint: Metabolism Boosting Mint Lemonade) ​

Having a bloated belly after binge eating on chemicals, food additives and High Fructose Corn Syrups? We have a Mint Lemonade for that!

Ok. No Bebas Mojito.

You probably know mint the best from the Mojito. So while mint is still beneficial, any which way you get it. One of the better ways of getting some mint into your diet is to use it in this early morning mint lemonade.

​Ingredients and Method to make a Quick Early Morning Mint Lemonade:

You need: A glass of filtered water. Fresh Lemon or Lime. And Fresh Mint.

Following Ingredients Totally Optional. They would make your mornings energized and keep you feeling good all day beside providing additional weight loss benefits.

Cumin Powder. Himalayan salt or Rock Salt. Cayenne Pepper.

And Raw Local Honey if you can find it from your local farmers market.


Warm a glass of filtered water in a microwave for 1 minute. Crush the Mint Leaves or Rough chop them quickly and Add to warm water. Add half a lime/lemon juice. Done. Drink it up. And eat the remaining mint leaves.
**And If you are in the mood for those optional ingredients then add small pinches of cumin powder, Himalayan salt, cayenne pepper, and 1/2 tsp honey and stir well.

I actually chew on the mint leaves every time I pass by the plant.

Health Benefits of Mint in Everyday Diet.

Mint has been used for thousands of years in ancient cultures for treating aches and pains, digestive issues, flatulence, diarrhea, stomach flu, and a variety of diseases. This Study shows several health benefits of mint. Mint is anti-inflammatory, as well as helps improve the functioning of digestive system, thus improving metabolism and helps rid of bloating and water weight.

Peppermint Oil, Menthol extracted from mint has also been used as an analgesic – pain reliever in everyday aches and pains.

Add a few drops of Pepper mint oil to a carrier oil such as coconut, almond or jojoba oil and apply to the scalp to stimulate hair growth. Actually the reminds me I want to write a whole entire article about the hair growth, and healthy hair another day!

The aroma of mint, menthol, and peppermint oil has a very calming effect and it can act as a natural appetite suppressant.

Where do you get your mint from?

Mint quite literally grows like wildfire, does not need much attention at all. Whether or not you are into gardening, get a small mint plant from your local grocery store. Or Get a herb kit like this to start a window sill herb garden. Transplant it to the ground when summer comes. Mint comes back every year. You will produce enough to share with the whole neighborhood.

No Mint. No Problem. Do not forget to drink water. Check out my other post about Water Hydration Matters: Drink More Water.

Have you read my mini ebook, Desk Job Weight Loss yet?

Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.

Metabolism Boosting Mint Lemonade

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #49.

cabbage stir fry recipe

Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe with Fat Burning Spices

Easy Cooking, Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Vegan, Weight Loss Recipes

You are going to love this cabbage stir fry recipe. If the only thing you could possibly do with your cabbage is coleslaw, or cabbage patch dolls (by the way those cabbage patch dolls could be worth thousands if you still have one).

Sometimes, the only way to get inspired to cook for weight loss is to find simple recipes that cook in no time.

And I am not talking about all the rage cabbage soup diet that keeps resurfacing every now and then, and someone comes along and tries to prove that they lost 200 lbs on the cabbage soup diet. Ummm No. Thank You. I like cabbage, but not so much to eat -200 lbs of it!

Cabbage is one of those underrated boring foods that are often ignored. Only if you knew how to cook it like this Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe I am about to teach you!

If you want to know how good cruciferous vegetables like cabbage are for your health, check out this other article I wrote about this. Did you know eating Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts helps prevent Cancer?

My favorite way to prepare cabbage is to make a stir-fry with a little coconut oil (like a tablespoon) and whatever veggies and protein I have on hand. It’s a super simple recipe and tastes delicious because of my stash of secret spices. I used the regular green cabbage for this meal, but any kind will do. The other types are Red, Savoy, Napa, and Bok Choy.


(Serves: A lot. Eat as much as you can and save in Lunch boxes for later)

  • ​1 Large head of cabbage (chopped) – 8-10 cups
  • ​Onion (preferably red onion) finely chopped – 2 cups
  • ​Tomatoes chopped – 1 cup
  • ​Grated Ginger – 1 Tbsp
  • ​Minced Garlic – 1 Tbsp
  • ​Green Peas – 2 cups
  • ​3 green chilies, thinly slice lengthwise – (can increase/reduce the quantity per taste)
  • ​Turmeric – 1 tsp
  • ​Cayenne pepper – 1 tsp (or less as per taste)
  • ​Ghee/Coconut or Olive oil – 3 tbsp
  • ​Salt – to taste
  • ​Cilantro chopped – 1 cup (for garnish)

Tempering Spices**

Cumin seeds – 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp, Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tsp (optional), Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp (optional), Asafoetida – 1 pinch (optional)

**All tempering Spices Optional. However, You will take the taste of your food to another level. As well as accelerate weight loss as well as speed up your metabolism too.

How to cook the Cabbage Stir Fry:

  1. Heat oil in a wide non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add those tempering spices first – Cumin, Mustard, Nigella, Fenugreek, and Asafoetida. By this time you must learn to love the sizzle and aroma of these spices!
  3. Add onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, and green chilies (or Jalapeño) and mix for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Finally, add everything else (except cilantro) and mix well.
  5. Cook covered for about 15-20 minutes. You may have to stir 2-3 times in between to check if done.
  6. ​Turn the heat off and garnish it with cilantro.
Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe

Serve hot with your whole grain tortillas such as these from angelic bakehouse.

In this version I have added carrots, zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms – really anything goes in this recipe.

You could also add minced turkey, chicken, beef or beyond meat in this recipe, without changing the cooking times. just add extra salt/pepper to account for taste.

Can I eat this Cabbage Stir Fry If I am counting Carbs or Calories?

Cabbage is a perfect low-carb and low-calorie vegetable if you are into carb counting or calorie counting. And whatever you are counting, you could cook and eat many variations of this cabbage recipe as much as you want without putting on weight.

Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.

You know Murphy’s Law. It’s “If something can go wrong, it will”, but do you know Cole’s law?

Shredded Cabbage, Mayonnaise, maybe some Shredded Carrots.

~Jokes from Upjokes.

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #48.

Cauliflower Curry Recipe

Curried Cauliflower Recipe aka Aloo Gobhi

Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Vegan, Weight Loss Recipes
Curried Cauliflower Recipe

 Time to revise and simplify this old Curried Cauliflower Recipe. My kids call Cauliflower, the Green Broccoli. This old neglected vegetable has been the center of all social media attention in recent days.  I tried it all - cauliflower rice, Cauliflower pizza to belong to the new social media and diet Industry trend. However the verdict around here is, no recipe can beat this Curried Cauliflower Recipe from the old times.

This Cauliflower recipe will get your cauliflower cooked without the unnecessary hassle and processing to make fake rice, drain water and all the hum drum. This is the most delicious and effortless creation you will ever make of this everyday vegetable. Ok rant over.

On to the Curried Cauliflower Recipe.

Ingredients and Cooking Method

If you have One Large Super sized Cauliflower, like the ones in the present day grocery stores, use only half. Unless you have a very large pan to cook this in. The idea is to use the quantity that fits in the pan without over crowding it. Cut Cauliflower into small florets about 2 inch in size.

Additionally you will need 1 large potato cut in one inch cubes. (Skip the potato if you are strict calorie counting). 1 large Tomato chopped in bite size pieces. 

More Optional Ingredients - A cup of green peas, A cup of cut up Carrot (frozen is fine.), 

2-3 Tbsp. Olive Oil. Some thai green chillies (or jalapenos) finely chopped (if you are into eating spicy and hot food). 1/2 tsp Turmeric. 1/2 tsp Paprika. (again optional, if you can tolerate the spice level). Salt to taste. 

And now the Secret Sauce.

If you want to become a professional at making Curries; here is what you need to do. Go to your local grocery store and pick up a pre made Indian Curry sauce or order one online such as this one.

If you have time on hands, and really want to learn the basics, you can also prepare some over a weekend using this recipe for a Brown Curry Sauce. It totally makes your weekday cooking much easier. It also tastes 100% better than anything that comes from the jars in stores. 

For this recipe, you will need about 1/2 a cup of Brown curry Sauce, whether you are using your own or the store bought one.


Totally Optional, but this is going to take your recipe to the next level. Use tempering spices - 1 tsp Cumin seeds, 1 tsp Mustard seeds, 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds, a pinch of Asafetida powder.

And A cup of chopped Cilantro for garnish. 

So here is how you cook this curried cauliflower:

In your largest pan, heat oil at medium high heat. Add the tempering spices (Cumin, Mustard, Fenugreek seeds and Asafetida powder).

Add the potatoes, tomatoes, brown curry sauce, salt, green chilly peppers and turmeric. Cook covered for about 3-4 minutes. All you are doing at this point is, getting potatoes a head start because they take slightly longer to cook. 

Finally add all of the other ingredients except the cilantro. Simmer and cook covered for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let rest another 5 minutes or so. Garnish with Cilantro.

Serve with this Quinoa Recipe with Almond and Pistachio. or these Whole Grain Wraps

How do you cook your Cauliflower?

Cauliflower is one of the cruciferous vegetables that scientists have been researching for years to prove to us how good it is for us. Now that we all are finally paying attention and celebrity influencers are gung ho about it its time you try this recipe out.

Ok Who am I kidding? It is time to try this out and put it on your weekly menu only because how easy it is to cook, its delicious and great for your health. Also if you need any more convincing about the goodness of cruciferous vegetables, take a look at it again here below.   

Did you know eating Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts helps prevent Cancer?

Related to the Curried Cauliflower aka Aloo Gobhi reference, Who recognizes the line below:

"Anyone can cook Aloo Gobhi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?"

If you have not watched the movie, definitely find it on your video streaming service. Lots of fun, comedy, and quirkiness of Indian Culture. Or stream it on Amazon - Bend it like Beckham.

Still struggling to reach your weight loss goals due to a sedentary desk job, you know you can download my free Desk Job Weight Loss Playbook here.

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #46.

Guacamole Recipe

Easiest Guacamole Recipe You will ever make.

Easy Cooking, Easy Low Carb Recipe, Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Protein, Vegan, Weightloss

This is the easiest and possibly the most delicious Guacamole Recipe. You could make it even if you have never cooked before. You probably need some basic knife skills. This recipe is so forgiving, that you can pretty much use more or less of any ingredient you want without even knowing it.

Here are all the Ingredients and the method. 

In a large mixing bowl Add 2 Large Avocados chopped in 1'' pieces, 1 Tbsp. fresh minced Garlic, 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, 1 Cup tomato cut into bite sized pieces, 3 Jalapeno Peppers chopped finely (deseed them if you cannot eat hot and spicy food), 1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, Squeeze Juice of 1 Lime. Salt to taste (start with about 1/2 tsp), 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper. 
Mix well. Give it a taste to make sure you like it or if you need to add more spices or ingredients. 

What do you eat your Guacamole with?

Pair it will all kinds of Chips and Crackers. Top a whole grain or Ezekiel Bread Toast with Guacamole.  Or use it with a Bagel. Use on your Tacos, Burritos, Burrito Bowls, Salads. Use it to pretty much dip anything dip-able. Celery, Carrot, Cucumbers, Fries, Fish Sticks, Chicken Finger. 

It will pretty much pair with any of your Game Day Snacks. Check out some healthy game day snacking ideas here.

These Curry Roasted Chickpeas mixed in the Guacamole are quite literally to die for. Top it with a Tamarind sauce if you have some on hand. Yumm. Yumm. Yumm.

Comment below and let me know if Guacamole is a part of your game day menu?

If life gives you Avocados, Make Guacamole.

~Not sure who said it, but It must be a healthy, wealthy and wise person!

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #38.

Tofu Bhurji (Stir Fry) or Curry Scrambled Tofu Recipe

Easy Low Carb Recipe, Healthy Recipes, Vegan

If you are a vegan, and miss scrambled eggs this may be just the perfect substitute for you. If you eat eggs, you must still try this delicious recipe with immune boosting spices. This Tofu Bhurji Recipe is your basic template for a Stir Fry Recipe with Indian Spices. "Bhurji" is the hindi word for a Stir Fry. Once you master this you can cook a curry based stir fry with ease. 

I am sure you have had all of the variations of Tofu on Asian Recipes. Tofu is essentially a bland plant protein without any taste, and gooey creamy texture.

You need the following Ingredients for Tofu Bhurji

 (For 4 servings) 

1 Block of Extra Firm Tofu: chopped in small Cubes. 2 cups of chopped onions, 1 cup chopped Tomatoes, 1 cup green peas, 1 cup chopped bell pepper

Optional - about 1/2 cup Cilantro for garnish. I also use 2-3 thin thai green chilly peppers, only because I am  pepper crazy.

Standard Tempering Spices 

Pinch of Asafoetida, Cumin Seeds: 1 tsp, Mustard Seeds: 1/2 tsp, Nigella Seeds 1 tsp.

For the Curry:

1 tsp. Turmeric Powder, 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder, 1 tsp Coriander powder, Salt to taste, also tiny sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper powder to taste. **Pepper makes every thing delicious!

Olive Oil, Ghee or a choice of healthy Oil - 2-3 Tbsp for frying.

Method: Heat Olive oil over medium-high heat in your largest non-stick pan. Add the tempering spices, immediately followed by onion green peas, green chilies, and tomatoes (or other choice of veggies). Fry until onions are lightly browned and add salt, turmeric powder, cayenne pepper and coriander powder. Mix well about 2 minutes. Finally add the Tofu and stir gently. Cover and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Your Tofu Bhurji is Ready.

Garnish with cilantro and serve either with a Ezekiel Bread Toast. Or Side of whole grain flat bread. **Also Optional - Squeeze in some Lemon juice for more deliciousness. 

If you like this recipe, you will also like this Curried Scrambled Eggs recipe. Or this Curried Scrambled Paneer Recipe too.

How is Tofu made?

Much like "Paneer" and other forms of Cheeses are made from coagulating milk, Tofu is made from Soy Beans. Soy milk is coagulated and then water is removed to make the firm blocks of Tofu. Tofu is usually made during winter, since tofu did not spoil as easily in cold weather. Tofu is about 8% Protein, which is pretty high compared to other plant proteins.

How much Tofu is Good For You?

There have been many conflicting information about the Soy, Tofu, Endmame and Soy Beans all around the social media. The most common one is that Soy based products cause hormonal imbalances particularly with Estrogen. I have heard both claims that it causes breast cancers, and it prevents breast cancer. 

Soy based foods such as Tofu are great source of plant based proteins and fats. And when eaten in moderation - once or twice a week, it is beneficial for weight loss as well. I have not found any credible human studies that have determined harmful effects of Soy yet. 

While there are many studies such as this one here, that talk about many health benefits of Tofu. 

Tofu is one of the low-carb sources of Plant Based Proteins, unlike many other plant based sources. It also contains Potassium, Selenium, Vit K2, Iron, which are essential micronutrients good for you. Tofu and Soy based proteins also help lower the bad cholesterol levels and raise the good cholesterol. Soy is also beneficial in preventing Osteoporosis and Breast Cancers. 


There is much more the above study talks about. However like everything else eat in moderation. Do not over do it. Even if you eat the plant based foods, Tofu is still a great alternative source of Protein. So enjoy it once a week if you want to. Try the easy asian recipes as well as the curried  one mentioned here as well.

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #35.