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Kanchan Koya
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Ancient healing spices for kids and everyone else 🌿 👩🏽‍🍳Foodie Mama with a Biomedicine PhD 👩🏽‍🔬Food is your best medicine Order the new cookbook 👇🏽

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Moroccan mint frittata muffins for @thefeedfeed @conscious_cooking Chinese New Year brunch today in Brooklyn💯 ✨ Amazing to connect with the faces behind these Instagram squares, swap cookbooks and kitchen items, taste incredible food, and snap a pic of my dish on this gorgeous marble slab set up by the feedfeed themselves (it was an instafoodie brunch after all ☺️). ✨ It’s so important to take the conversation offline and into the real world where real connection must continue to happen. Thanks the feedfeed and Christine for facilitating that through a lovely event. Felt lucky and honored to be a part of it. Also stoked about my goodie bag with @gothamgreens basil, @sirkensingtons chipotle mayo, @healthade kombucha and @luciniitalia EVOO. Yum! ✨ #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #community #instafoodie #realworld #facetoface #thenewhealthy #foodblogger #kaleyeah #weekend #brunch #brooklyn #mompreneur #facetoface #CNY #cookbook #connection | #spicespicebaby
Rosé all day. Wouldn’t that be nice? 😉 But lets be honest, sometimes #momlife is too busy to even make dinner let alone sip on a refreshing beverage while you do it. . . Today I wanted aloo gobi, an Indian preparation of potatoes and cauliflower, but kiddo had soccer and it just wasn’t going to work. So I thought why not put all the ingredients into a roasting pan for a busy mama’s version? #genius #nahjustmakingitwork . . RECIPE Place one chopped head of cauliflower, 4-5 small quartered potatoes, two big handfuls of halved cherry tomatoes, a knob of grated ginger, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 a finely chopped onion, 2 teaspoons ground coriander, 3 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon turmeric, pinch of cayenne, salt, pepper, and 3 tablespoons olive or coconut oil into a roasting dish. Toss well to combine. Roast at 425F for 40 minutes tossing the veggies at the midway mark. Top with fresh cilantro. Enjoy as a delicious, spiced side. . . #indianfood #aloogobi #momlife #easyrecipe #eatyourveggies #eattheworld #healthykids #curryinahurry #spiceupyourlife | #spicespicebaby
OK, I’m going to stop saying I’m doing #whole30 because let’s be honest, wine on weekends, legumes, and a little dairy have all been happening. But I have been grain and sugar-free for 2 weeks now and feeling pretty great ???? . . Whatever plan or non-plan you’re on, these loaded sweet potato nachos are going to hit the spot, I promise. Perfect for #meatlessmonday and a messy kid’s meal, I am inhaling them as I type. . . RECIPE ????Steam sweet potato slices until tender. Sprinkle with a little coriander and cayenne. ????Warm cumin seeds in olive or avocado oil. Add chopped garlic and cook until just pink. Add baby spinach and cook until wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste. ????Whisk together Greek yogurt (or dairy-free yogurt) with cumin, salt, minced garlic (optional) and lime juice. ????Top sweet potato slices with spinach, red or black beans, spiced yogurt, salsa, fresh cilantro, and hemp seeds (for added protein and good fats). . . #nachos #grainfree #sugarfree #eatyourveggies #plantpower #spices #nom #easyrecipe #kaleyeah #nourishyourself #nutritionschool #spiceupyourlife | #spicespicebaby
You know that moment when you take a bite of something, and it’s as if you’re instantly transported to a very specific moment in your childhood. And you feel warm and fuzzy inside. That happened to me today with this bowl of ‘patli palak’, literally translated ‘thin spinach’. More appropriate would perhaps be spinach soup? Regardless, it’s freakin delicious. . . RECIPE Steam about 4 cups of frozen spinach until softened. Blitz into a purée with a couple splashes of water into a soup like consistency. In a tablespoon of medium hot avocado oil or ghee, add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, 4 minced cloves of garlic and one de-seeded green chili (optional). Just as the garlic turns pink, tip the spiced oil into the spinach and stir well. Add 1-2 tablespoons of tamarind paste and salt to taste. Inhale. You can watch me make it on #stories too if you need a bit of a visual instruction. I hope you love it ? . . #palak #spinach #indianfood #childhood #memories #foodislove #spices #thenewhealthy #eattheworld #eatyourveggies #kidapproved #healthykids #spiceupyourlife #spiceupyourhealth | #spicespicebaby
Curry leaves & mustard seeds. If there was a spice match made in heaven, this would be it ?? . . In southern India, raw veggies are often tossed with mustard seeds and curry leaves tempered in oil with lime juice, chili, salt and a pinch of sugar. These zesty, bright and fresh accompaniments to traditional meals of lentils and veggies with roti or rice are called koshimbir. They are delightful even off the Indian plate as a complement to meat or fish or part of a #buddhabowl YUM! . . Moreover, curry leaves (not to be confused with curry powder) can enhance pancreatic health, reduce oxidative stress and battle unwanted inflammation. Mustard seeds contain phytonutrients with anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory powers. Once again #boom #foodismedicine ???? . . Here I tossed raw shredded beets with the delightful combination above and it is ? Mega #kidapproved because of the shredded veggies, sweetness of the beets and pinch of coconut sugar ? . . The recipe for this salad with shredded carrots instead of beets is on page 132 of the Spice Spice Baby cookbook, link in bio ??but you can watch me make this version on my stories ?Have you cooked with curry leaves and mustard seeds? What’s your fav recipe with this heavenly match? . #curryleaves #mustardseeds #spices #indianfood #eattheworld #eatyourveggies #healthykids #kidsfood #toddlerfood #thenewhealthy #plantpower #salad #spiceupyourlife #spiceupyourhealth | #spicespicebaby
Carom. Also known as Ajwain or Ajowan seeds. My guess is if you don’t have an India connection you probably haven’t been exposed to it much. But no worries! I’m here to help you get your Carom on because, well, like all spices, this tiny seed is packed with some serious superpowers ???? . . ✨Carom enhances digestion by boosting pancreatic enzymes. It also reduces flatulence ?and the transit time of food in the digestive tract. I had Carom tea like it was going out of business after my C-section and trust me, it works to help ahem digestive issues. . . ✨Carom kills nasty bacteria and may even enhance the effectiveness of some antibiotics. . . ✨Carom could suppress excess appetite and help in obesity control. . . Lentils can be hard to digest for some so I decided to give these red lentil pancakes inspired by @thefamilyfoodproject and @healthylittlefoodies a hit of Carom seeds tempered in avocado oil with turmeric, onions, ginger and garlic (carom seeds can be bitter and pungent but this is mellowed out with heat and a good fat source). Red lentils soaked overnight were then blitzed with that spiced onion mixture, salt, pepper, lemon juice into a batter. Pan fried like pancakes in some more avo oil and topped with yogurt, cumin, cayenne and tamarind. Baby’s and mama’s lunch sorted ????. Pages 40 and 41 of the Spice Spice Baby cookbook are devoted to Carom, link in bio ? . . #carom #ajwain #spices #foodismedicine #digestionboosting #guthealth #babyledweaning #babyfoodideas #thenewhealthy #plantpower #ancient #wisdom #onmyplate #kaleyeah #spiceuoyourhealth #spiceupyourlife | #spicespicebaby
Turmeric Avocado & Lentil Puree
Babies can enjoy the health benefits of turmeric too! Experts unanimously agree that the bland food we have grown accustomed to feeding babies has no scientific or health basis. In fact, offering babies flavorful nutrition with herbs and spices can make for healthier, more adventurous eating for a lifetime. Let's shape those taste buds early on. This gently spiced turmeric lentil avocado puree is the perfect base to add in carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, cauliflower or really any veggie you have on hand. Or offer it to baby as is for a creamy and nutritious puree.
Recipe
Food is love. Especially when it’s Cranberry Chocolate Cashew Fudge with no refined sugar and cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla magic. Hope your day is filled with magic. And love. Happy Valentine’s Day 💕❤️ ✨ . . RECIPE In a food processor, blitz together 2 cups roasted and unsalted cashews, 1/4 cup oat flour, 1/4 cup honey, maple or @justdatesyrup, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, pinch of vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt. Press the dough into a loaf pan. Stud with chocolate chips and cranberries and dust with Ceylon cinnamon. Freeze for 2-3 hours. Slice and enjoy! . . #valentinesday #eatpretty #healthyrecipes #healthykids #fudge #thenewhealthy#iamwellandgood #foodislove #momlife #mindbodygram #healthyfood #motherhood #kids #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #f52grams #eeeeeats #buzzfeast #spices | #spicespicebaby
🌿Coriander🌿Allow me to introduce one of my all time favorite, somewhat under appreciated spices - coriander 😍You’ve probably seen fresh coriander (or cilantro) leaves but have you ever smelled / eaten / cooked with coriander seeds?! I’m about to get you to do all of the above STAT. Let’s go🙌🏽👇🏽 . . 🌿Coriander’s use dates back to the 2nd century BC when it was cultivated in Asia and Southern Europe - random, cool historical fact: it only arrived in North America in the 1600s. 🌿It was traditionally used as a perfuming agent (one whiff and you’ll know why mmmm) and to help digestion (hence added to beans and lentils in traditional recipes). 🌿Coriander is a member of the parsley fam and is widely consumed in India (where it’s called dhania), East Asia, Morocco, Northern and Eastern Europe and Russia. 🌿Moroccan coriander seeds are smaller and Indian ones larger #spicenerd #factoftheday 🌿Coriander seeds have warm, woodsy, citrus and pepper notes. To get the most of this spice, combine ground and gently crushed whole coriander seeds in recipes #gamechanger 🌿My favorite coriander pairings are roasted cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, beets, eggplant, potatoes and tomatoes. Also amazing in chicken and shrimp curries and hummus! 🌿Modern science has unearthed the anti-diabetic, cholesterol-improving, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial powers of this ancient spice. . . Do you use coriander? What’s your favorite dish to add it to? Inspire us all below 👇🏽✨💕 . . #spices #spicetiptuesday #coriander #thenewhealthy #iamwellandgood #healthyfood #nature #foodismedicine #healthykids #familyfood #nutritionschool #eattheworld #thekitchn #india #indianfood #f52grams #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #mindbodygram #healthymama #spiceupyourlife | #spicespicebaby
Helping you kick off your Monday with a very Not Sad Desk Breakfast 🙌🏽 ✨ Golden Overnight Oats in almond milk with vibrant, earthy turmeric, a hint of black pepper (to boost turmeric’s powers), floral, minty cardamom, sweet vanilla, creamy raw honey, chia seeds and crunchy roasted pistachios. And a second bowl because it is the week where we remember to take special care of the ones we love 💕 ✨ #f52breakfast #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #thenewhealthy #loveday #onmyplate #mondaymood #healthyeats #spices #turmeric #spiceupyourlife | #spicespicebaby