Indian food

Craving Indian Food

I was craving Indian food tonight. For dinner, I made some couscous and topped it with Trader Joe’s Dal Makhani. I love their Indian food! It’s got a lot of flavor in it and the lentils are packed with fiber. They are also Vegetarian.

I steamed some cauliflower and broccoli and added that to the top of the Dal Makhani and also added some chickpeas.

I added a little bit of Goddess Dressing to the veggies but realized later I didn’t really need it. The lentil stew was flavorful enough! The only thing missing from dinner was some Naan bread or maybe pita bread. But it’s not like the meal wasn’t complete without it.

Dinner Stats:

1 Serving of Dal Makhani (2 servings in a package) = 170 calories

1 Serving of Couscous (plain) = 220 calories

Goddess Dressing = 120 calories

Cauliflower and Broccoli = 25 calories for 1 cup

Those are good numbers for me! I feel full and satisfied with dinner.

While I ate dinner, I watched the rest of “Lovely Bones” and then did the Foam Roller. I am so excited to write the update about today’s adventure to Foot Traffic!

Have a great night! πŸ™‚

Benefits of Indian Food

For lunch today I went to the Tao of Tea with a good friend. I’d never eaten there but I absolutely love their tea! The Jasmine Pearl is my favorite.

We got the edamame, dal with basmati rice, and miso flatbread with salad.

I absolutely love Indian food. I could eat it every day. Thankfully, it’s also a healthy way to eat! If you’re getting a craving for going out to dinner, skip the pizza joint or the Olive Garden and try a local Indian restaurant. Studies have shown a diet rich in the spices commonly found in Indian food can have these benefits:
*It may help arthritis
*Some of it is low in calories
*High fiber
*Indian recipes frequently use chickpeas and lentils (high in fiber and resistant starch)
*It can lower cholesterol and promote heart health.
*It’s super tasty!

Soybeans (edamame) also has the benefits:

* helps reduce risk of heart disease;
* improves bone health;
* reduce the effects of PMS;
* help reduce certain types of cancer.

Great article on the benefits of Indian food: