My diaper bag essentials

Once you become a mom you are faced with major changes in your life from bodily to emotional changes. Even your handbag changes into a huge bag filled with unimaginable items such as diapers and diaper rash cream 🙂

The contents of my bag changed from various stages of this 1 year and 3 months period. At this stage where my toddler is almost 15 months I carry lesser diapers, more clothes and essentials than the time he was a newborn.

I obviously use his diaper bag as my handbag too. I got a small clutch that contains all the essentials I need for that outing which fits into the diaper bag perfectly.

I have a columbia diaper bag from ‘Babies r us’. It is spacious, simple and nothing extravagant. I made my husband choose it as I didn’t want it to be a feminine product. He carries it comfortably as well.
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I got 2 other awesome gift diaper bags from my friends that I use for other purposes such as longs trips.

What does my one year old’s diaper bag contain:

~Minimum 10 diapers (depending on the trip)
~Diaper pad and wipes (I always carry extra wipes for refill)
~Extra clothes for the day
~Hat/beanie(hoodie), gloves and socks
~During summer I carried Sunscreen
~Lotions and vaseline
~Diaper rash cream (but Ash never needed it)
~Diaper disposal bags when you are out and about and need to dispose dirty diapers
~Baby food, snacks, baby cutlery, bibs and water bottle
~I used to carry a nursing cover when I was out and about and had to nurse Ash in public this came handy
~Some toys to keep Ash entertained
~Extra clothes for me as accidents do happen

Bought this on Amazon

Bought this on Amazon

My personal clutch contains:

~Keys
~Wallet and cellphone
~Chewing gum (it is a life saver for garlic eaters)
~Hand sanitizer (A must)
~Lip balm and moisturizer
~Some makeup and personal items
~Hair brush and a sample perfume
~Pocket tissues
~Pen and notepad even though all my notes are on my phone I keep these for emergency
~My very own water bottle and some snacks
~I do have a box of plasters just in case

I sometimes need to do some shopping on my own so I just carry my clutch bag with me.
These are the things I carry in my diaper/hand(bag). Trust me all of these things do fit in that bag. This bag contains many compartments for a better storage. It is always best to buy a bag that fits you comfortably and you know exactly where to look for that annoying ringing phone of yours.

Will love to know what do you guys carry in your diaper bags. Leave a comment below.

Pradeepa

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Quinoa – mung beans Dosa batter

I opened my kitchen cabinets to bags and bags of quinoa. I love quinoa for its rich nutrients. In my household Dosa is a favourite tiffin item that we rarely have. I thought of making a Dosa batter for the following day dinner. Decided to use quinoa in my batter.

This tiffin item is perfect food for weight loss and for its low fat content and high amounts of protein and fibre. It also helps to reduce the cholesterol in the blood system. Quinoa has a balanced set of amino acids. Methi or fenugreek seeds has a medicinal value as it reduces the discomfort of arthritis or joint pain and it helps to flush out your system.

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Ingredients needed:

1 cup Mung beans / green gram
1/4 cup quinoa
1 tbsp methi seeds
1 1/2 cup water to soak

Wash and soak all of the above for 6 – 8 hours (or overnight)

Grind the soaked mixture and add the following:

1 tsp Salt
1/2 inch ginger grated or chopped finely
1 or 2 green/red chillies chopped finely (depending on your taste)
1 tbsp Jeera / cumin seeds

So there you go it’s as easy and healthy as that.

Enjoy 🙂
Pradeepa

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Ash’s sleep training

Ashwin sleeping

I’m on day 6 of sleep training Ash to sleep in his own crib and room. It has been a great success thus far. I get to sleep 7 to 8 hours straight

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A surprise savoury

I am so tired of having dosa and sambaar or milagaai podi. I tried something new and wanted to share it with you guys.

I looked in my fridge to see what is available for me to cut up.. I saw lots of capsicum and sweet peppers. I had dosa mixture too. Hmm what can I make?? Was thinking loudly “I like having something western with the touch of eastern..” Then a bulb lit up in my head…

SPRINGROLL DOSA

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Chop an onion, 2 green chillies and sweet/bell peppers

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Very colourful, isn’t it…

Saute the above with a handful of coriander leaves (Add shredded cabbage to your pan, I didn’t have any on that day), make sure onions turn to a translucent colour before switching your stove off. Oops don’t forget the salt and pepper to taste.

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Spread a dab of chilli or soy sauce (any sauce for your taste) on the dosa

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I had some noodles left over. I love to mix and match.

Add the filling and fold the dosa.

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Be proud of yourself! You just made a whole new dish … well kinda 😛

I will make another blog on Dosa mixture at a later stage.

Enjoy

Pradeepa

 

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Coriander Chutney

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I found this interesting article about Coriander’s health benefits in Times of India.

Coriander or cilantro is a wonderful source of dietary fibre, manganese, iron and magnesium as well. 

In addition, coriander leaves are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and protein. They also contain small amounts of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, thiamin, niacin and carotene. Here go some of the health benefits of coriander leaves:

1. Coriander lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

2. A very good food for digestive system, coriander promotes liver functions and bowel movements.  Continue reading

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Making a spring roll wrapper

photo1My baked spring rolls with cabbage filling and coriander chutney

It wasn’t a perfect spring role for a first timer but it was edible. I followed an online recipe and added my own spice to it.  Continue reading

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Curry masala powder

This is originally my mother-in-law’s mixture that I’m sharing here. I remember back in the days when I was living in Mandavelli (close to Myalapore), old maamis (respected term for elderly or married women) used to sit on their porch with these flat weaved basket, generally weaved with natural materials such as wood splints, runners,figs or canes, sieving their spices or lentils by doing the “flipping of pancake” motion. Usually when one sieves one use left to right motions. The purpose of this sieving method is to separate the lentils and stones that may have been packet with these materials.

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Kulambu powder mix:

  • Malli
  • Jeeragam
  • Venthayam
  • Milagu
  • Kadalai paruppu
  • Manjal
  • Dried red chillies

Rasam:

  • Jeera
  • Thuvaram paruppu
  • milagu
  • Dried red chillies

The quantities can vary to one’s taste.

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Pradeepa 🙂

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Stuffed bell pepper or Zucchini

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Serves 8

This dish freezes well for future meals. Quinoa provides whole-grain goodness and a serving of protein.
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 Tbst olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped (½ cup)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tspn)
  • 1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup quinoa cooked and fluffed
  • 3 large carrots, grated (1½ cups)
  • 1½ cups grated mozzarella and parmasen
  • 4 large bell peppers or zucchini, ribs and inside flesh removed
  • 1 brinjal or a small egg plant

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  • Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.Stir in black beans, quinoa, brinjal, carrots, and 2 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.
  • Fill each bell pepper half with heaping ¾-cup quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with 1 tbsp remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes more, or until tops of stuffed peppers are browned. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer stuffed peppers to serving plates, and drizzle each with pan juices before serving.
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Cheesy masala toast

It has been long since I blogged. Lots of good things have happened in between in my life. I moved to my own place and within a month my baby boy, Ashwin, was born. My mom came over from South Africa to be with me. She helped me a lot. I’ve successfully recovered and now back into  action (blogging). My family and husband have been strong pillars of support during some rough patches of my pregnancy and being a new mom.

Since I’ve become a mom, I’m full time with my baby at home. I got used to many new things such as sleepless nights, quick showers and hurried preparations of food. It’s a whole new chapter of my life and thus far a beautiful and fun one.

My little champ is a milk a chugger thus I am constantly nursing him. In order for me to provide him with his nutritions I have to be well fed myself 😛 I started to research on quick but healthy cooking. I started to experiment and explore the ingredients in my kitchen cabinet. I do end up creating my own recipes at times. I feel like a scientist in my spice-land laboratory.

I didn’t create this recipe but I’ve tried it out a couple of times and would like to share this easy, quick recipe with my fellow followers.

Cheesy masala toast

This can be consumed with soup, pasta or on its own.

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Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat bread (quantity 4)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup mixed finely chopped veggies (I used spring onions, bell peppers, coriander leaves, carrot)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Quantity can be varied according to taste…

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit or 170 degrees Celsius
  • Toast the bread – this is optional but I like my bread crunchy and crispy
  • Mix all of the above ingredients in a bowl
  • Apply the mixture on top of the bread
  • Place it on a baking tray or foiled oven grill
  • Bake till the cheese melts, cut it in triangle shapes (while cutting you can hear the crunch)
  • Dip it in chilli sauce or ketchup and enjoy

Prad 🙂

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Orange & Cucumber water

A simple summer drink for you.

Many people I know of don’t enjoy drinking soft drinks or juices in that matter. Plain water does get boring so let us flavour it.

I was at my dietitian’s office the other day and found this interesting mixture of water. This is an ideal drink for quick energy and to keep yourself hydrated with some home made flavoured water.

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Ingredients are simple!

6 thin slices of British cucumber

5 thin slices of orange

6 cups of cold water

Sugar (optional)

Method

Mix all of the above in a tall pitcher and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve.

Tips

Instead of orange you can also add lemon or mint or all of the above.

Enjoy!

Prad 🙂

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