|Chicken tikka masala with rice|
Food Diary (October 15, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with plums and flax seeds
Lunch: Pickled carrot and apple salad
Dinner: Chicken tikka masala with rice, muesli
Baking/sweets: Oatmeal cumin crackers
Recently I was sent a pack of Tikka Masala sauce from Kelda’s exotic sauces range to review. Kelda exotic sauce range also has Thai red curry and Thai green curry. The sauce pleasantly surprised me. Here’s my take on this sauce:
Taste: the taste is mild, not overly spicy. Personally I would prefer a spicier sauce but I suppose the level of spiciness is suited for the mass market. The sauce was quite aromatic also, the smell stayed in the house for quite some time.
Convenience: it is really convenient for sure. A meal can be ready within 10 minutes. All you need to do is to sauté the chicken (or other meat or vegetables), add sauce and warm for a few minutes.
Price: a 400ml pack of sauce retails for 22-30 SEK (about US$3.30-4.50) and one pack serves four. The price is a little on the higher side but considering it is a convenience product, it is not so bad.
This sauce exceeded my expectations. Surely chicken tikka masala would taste different if all the spices were freshly roasted and grounded but considering that this is a convenience product the outcome did not disappoint at all.
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This is another one of those articles that has a list of food that do something special for you. This article has a list of 8 Foods that Fight Fat. I don’t know how effective these foods are at fighting fat. The selected foods increase the body’s fat-burning power by strengthen the liver so that it burns fat better. The liver is the body’s main fat-metabolizing organ. The 8 magic foods are:
Leafy Greens: Spinach, spring mix, mustard greens, and other dark leafy greens are good sources of fiber and powerhouses of nutrition. Research demonstrates that their high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants helps prevent hunger while protecting you from heart disease, cancer, cataracts, and memory loss.
Beans and Legumes: Legumes are the best source of fiber of any foods. They help to stabilize blood sugar while keeping you regular. They are also high in potassium, a critical mineral that reduces dehydration and the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
Garlic and Onions: These contain phytochemicals that break down fatty deposits in the body, while also breaking down cholesterol; killing viruses, bacteria, and fungi; and protecting against heart disease. With a little help from garlic and onions, you can burn fat while warding off illness.
Cayenne: This hot spice lessens the risk of excess insulin in the body by speeding metabolism and lowering blood glucose (sugar) levels, before the excess insulin can result in fat stores.
Turmeric: This spice has one of the highest known sources of beta carotene, the antioxidant that helps protect the liver from free radical damage. Turmeric also helps strengthen your liver while helping your body metabolize fats by decreasing the fat storage rate in liver cells.
Cinnamon: Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture showed that a quarter to one teaspoon of cinnamon with food helps metabolize sugar up to twenty times better than food not eaten with cinnamon. Excess sugar in the blood can lead to fat storage.
Flax Seeds and Flax Seed Oil: These seeds and oil attract oil-soluble toxins that become lodged in the fatty tissues of the body. Once attracted, they help to escort fat-soluble toxins out. That spells fewer fat stores and a trimmer you.
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