Cranberry Yoghurt Muffin – Oh So Delish

I always crave for sweet things.. chocolate, ice-cream, cakes, desserts.. I even like my water with honey & apple cider vinegar 🙂 And true enough, my dearest always say I am sweet enough for a bite!

So today I decide to try something a bit guilt free.. Cranberry muffin using yoghurt & canola oil.. just the sound of it makes it healthy and it tastes good too! It so happens I have cranberries, so I use this fruit. You can replace with any dried fruits you like – raisins, dates or blueberries.

Making homemade yoghurt is extremely easy, have you make yours yet from my previous recipe? Try make your own yoghurt as the ones sold at the stores are loaded with sugar even though it’s stated as “Low Fat”.  The friendly culture in the yoghurt can do wonders, and it has nutritional benefits beyond those of milk.

This muffin recipe is quick and easy to put together. Like most muffin batters, dry ingredients are placed in one bowl, wet ingredients in another. Mix the two together and you are done. Here I am using pink & red muffin liner (isn’t it pretty), which is harder compared to paper liner, and can stand on its own without the support of a muffin tray.

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The Journey is the Most Fun Part

How much rice do I need for 4 pax?

If I don’t have this ingredient, can the dish work?

Can I use aluminium sheet instead of baking sheet?

My sister was bombarding me with questions about the recipes I posted. And the questions caught me by surprise, because she’s more experience in cooking than me.

Oh yes sweetie, my answer to those questions is “trial & error”. That’s the fun of cooking & let your creative juice flow. Don’t be afraid to try. Oh ya, I have my fair share of burning pots & pans and inedible food!

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Ways to Enjoy Yoghurt

  Make Yogurt Part of the Perfect Snack

Make the perfect snack by pairing homemade yogurt with a high-fiber food like fruit (fresh, frozen or dried) and/or a high-fiber (flaxseed, wheatgerm, bran, chia seed, sesame seed, etc) breakfast cereal.  You can find many lower-sugar breakfast cereals/muesli. Or make your own granola.

 Whip Up a Yogurt Drink or Lassi

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Yoghurt – The Wonder Food

Yoghurt is my Wonder Food. Yoghurt can be used in many dishes / beverages, it is so versatile that I always have a big tub of yoghurt in fridge.

The most outstanding benefit yoghurt comes from the unique way yoghurt is made. Yoghurt is simply milk that is cultured with active live cultures. These cultures are the key to many of yoghurt’s health benefits. Active live cultures are basically good bacteria that are necessary for the body to function at its best. These good bacteria prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that cause bacterial infections and diseases.

Healthy levels of good bacteria also promote digestive health and boost the immune system. Good bacteria prevent imbalances in the body’s yeast levels, which can prevent various types o yeast infections. It has been shown that good bacteria can also prevent urinary tract infections.  If you are taking antibiotics, they may destroy the good bacteria present in your body. Eating yoghurt regularly can help restore your good bacteria levels. Active live cultures actually reduce yoghurt’s level of lactose, making yoghurt a delicious dairy alternative for anyone who is lactose intolerant.

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Chicken Kabsa

Rushing for time today, I decided to cook Chicken Kabsa. Learnt this recipe from Arabic friend, and it has been one of my favourite dishes to cook, because it’s so quick and delish!

Kabsa is an Arabic favorite rice dish popular in many Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates. Because Kabsa is really delicious, it became famous dish in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt

This is a chicken version of the Kabsa recipe, Shannon’s SIMPLIFIED version 🙂 Here I omitted the tomato, because I dont have it in my kitchen today. And I use brown rice, instead of white rice. When cooking brown rice, try to soak the rice for 1 hour before cooking. Or if you are like me, deciding to cook this recipe in the spur of the moment, add double the amount of water.

You can also replace chicken with Beef or Lamb Shoulder, the aroma of the red meat blended with the rice is is so good too!

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Homemade Granola – Healthy & Delicious!

Homemade Granola - healthy breakfast

I was getting bored with my usual selection of breakfast – oatmeal, bread, or boiled eggs, steamed sweet potato.. I love cereals but the price sold at supermarket is getting way too high and it’s not so fresh because of long shelf life.

When I found the recipe of Homemade Granola, I was super ecstatic. Not only it is healthy, the recipe is super easy that anyone can make it. I am someone who loves simple and fast recipes.

I make these granola once a month, and it can be stored in airtight container up to 2 weeks. Besides breakfast, I also love it as a mid-day snack. I am someone who gets cranky when hungry, so snacking on granola keeps my tummy happy 🙂

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