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An air travel safety guide for your post-quarantine vacation

With talk of airports opening in a few places, it looks like we may soon be able to travel again, but with many precautions in place. In a post-COVID-19 scenario, it is crucial to stay informed and take adequate measures to stay safe, and avoid catching the virus. The risk of infection on an airplane, is actually quite low. Ventilation systems on modern planes provide a total change in air 20-30 times an hour. The risk of infection on an...

Cashew Curry Chicken Salad

My husband and I fell hard for the curried chicken salad from our grocery store, and I knew I could find a way to make something similar. This Greek yogurt chicken salad has become one of our favorites to take on trips to the beach.  Ingredients 2/3 cup honey Greek yogurt4 teaspoons lemon juice4 teaspoons honey1 teaspoon curry powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon pepper1/8 teaspoon ground ginger3 cups cubed cooked...

Fresh Broccoli Salad with Lemon

The slightly sweet flavor of this salad's dressing is a great contrast to the rich bacon. You can substitute cauliflower for the broccoli if you prefer Ingredients 1/4 cup cider vinegar1/4 cup lemon juice1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise1/4 cup sugar2 tablespoons prepared mustard1 teaspoon garlic salt1/8 teaspoon pepper6 ounces cream cheese, softened14 cups small broccoli florets (about 2-1/4 pounds)12 ounces fresh mushrooms, stems removed,...

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Salad

Take this colorful dish to the buffet at a family gathering, or enjoy it as a great meal all by itself Ingredients 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cubed1 tablespoon olive oil1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed and draineddressing:2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar4 teaspoons olive oil1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot1 garlic clove, minced1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon...

Thai-Chicken-Pasta-Salad

Ingredients 12 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti2 large carrots, julienned3/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter3 tablespoons water3 tablespoons lime juice3 tablespoons molasses4-1/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce3 garlic cloves, minced1-1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar1-1/2 teaspoons sesame oil1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes8 cups finely shredded cabbage2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast2/3 cup minced fresh cilantro3 tablespoons...

How to cope with the new situation during the coronavirus epidemic

The recommended measures of social isolation give the best results in fighting the epidemic, but they also bring changes in routines for all family members. It is natural to feel scared and anxious, that is a normal reaction to the state of crisis and uncertainty. Children can feel confused, sad, afraid or worried. They have much less experience than you and therefore fewer strategies to cope with the crisis. So here are several suggestions...

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas

Ingredients  ▢1 large head of cauliflower, trimmed and separated into florets▢2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas, drained if canned▢2 tsp coriander powder▢2 tsp garam masala ▢½ tsp onion powder▢½ tsp ginger powder▢½ tsp garlic powder▢½ tsp turmeric▢½ tsp red chili powder▢2 tbsp avocado or olive oil▢Salt and ground black pepper to taste▢5 spring onions or scallions, green and white parts...

Masoor dal

Ingredients  ▢1 cup whole masoor dal (brown lentils)▢2 tsp coconut oil (divided)▢1 large onion (finely chopped, divided)▢4 cloves garlic (peeled and left whole)▢2 tbsp coriander seeds▢1 tbsp sesame seeds▢2 tsp poppy seeds▢1 dry red chili pepper (optional, you can skip if sensitive to heat and if the garam masala you use has...

Mixed Bean Salad Recipe

Rich with weight loss-friendly protein and fibres, this fresh spin on salad is sure to impress. This salad is made with the goodness of dried beans, capsicum and tomatoes dressed in sweet and sour flavours, and is perfect for days you want keep it light. Ingredients of Mixed Bean Salad 200 Gram Assorted dried beans2 Segmented sweet limes1 Capsicum, shredded2 Tomatoes, shredded2 Onions, slicedFor the dressing:1 Raw mango, pureed4 Tbsp Olive...

Carrot Salad with Black Grape Dressing 

Ingredients For the salad:4 cups Carrots, grated1/2 cup Almonds (sliced), blanched1/2 cup Raisins, soaked1 cup Spring onions, slicedFor the French dressing:1/4 cup Olive oil1/2 cup Vinegar1/4 cup Sugar syrup (chashni)to taste Salt & pepper1 tsp Mustard powder1 (heaped) tbsp Garlic, chopped4 tbsp Onion, choppedFor the black grape dressing:1 cup Black grapes2 tbsp Garlic, chopped2 tbsp Onion2 tbsp Red wine vinegar4 tbsp Olive oilto taste Salt...

Karanji Recipe

Karanji is a Maharashtrian sweet savory snack often made for festive occasions like Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi. Karanji is also one of the sweet snack that is a part of Diwali faral. Karanji and gujiya are two Indian sweets which have a similar look and appearance. Basically both Karanji and gujiya are fried pastries with a sweet stuffing. The Goan version of Karanji is called as nevris. Ingredients For Karanji Stuffing...

Quick Mawa Modak In 25 Minutes

Ganesha festival is celebrated with a lot of pomp & grandeur in India. One gets to see the joyous spirit and energy of people celebrating ganesha festival. Its a great experience to see people singing the ganpati aarti during the day 🙂 This is a quick modak recipe and comes handy if you don’t have much time. These mawa modaks can also be served as neivedhyam to lord Ganesha. Your family will love these mawa modaks as they are...

Alu vadi or pathrode

Alu vadi or pathrode recipe With step by step photos – alu vadi also known as patra is stuffed rolled colocasia leaves snack that is popular in both Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine. Main Ingredients ▢ 20 medium sized colocasia leaves or taro root leaves or arbi ke patte For Alu Vadi Batter ▢½ inch ginger + 1-2 green chilies - made into a paste in mortar-pestle▢1 teaspoon coriander...

Saunf water for weight loss: Does it really work?

01/9​ Saunf water for weight loss: Does it really work? The weight loss journey can be a struggle for many. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly is not easy. Whatever you eat or drink, has an impact on your body and your weight loss journey. Thus, it is always said to be mindful of what you are eating as every step counts. Though there is no replacement for a healthy diet and workout, some simple remedies can speed up your...

Lose only excessive fat from your body

Why do generally people go on a diet? They want to lose excessive fat and shape their bodies beautifully. Although people tend to think that a diet means cutting off quantity of food, this is not its only meaning. It should actually be considered as a healthy eating plan. Both understandings for a diet are true, depending on what eventually we want to achieve. What to eat to lose only fat? The fat your body loses, is a result of decreased daily...