Flip Cookbook

Girl geek foodies making healthy cooking fun and easy.

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Sugar Free Sunday & The Case of the Missing Sugar

Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed β€” it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!

My apologies for missing the last two Sugar Free Sundays. The summer has officially started and with that have come a host of activities. I paddle boarded for the first time. I’ve gone kayaking twice already. I’ve started my segmented hike around the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail. I’ve had old and new friends visit from around the globe. I’ve had family come up. Yes, it’s been quite an amazing start to summer.

tomatoes

The LA Times publishes an interesting article titled “Why supermarket tomatoes tend to taste bland”. Researchers have now found the reason why the supermarket tomato has lost it’s flavoring.

Turns out tomato breeders have been breeding plants based on the even colored fruit that it produces. This is what makes the store bought tomato look perfectly red without any difference in hue. It’s what we, as consumers, have demanded through our purchasing power. And the market delivered. Little did they know that by breeding the plants that produced this “perfect” looking fruit, they Read More

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Creamy Tomato Soup Without the Cream

Sick, stuffy and sluggish – that pretty much describe me right now. I think I have the flu. Ugh. But .. but!! The benefit of being sick is that I get to drink lots and lots of soup. It’s one of my favorite stuff to make and eat (even when I’m not sick). And it’s also one of the few food items that soothes me when I’m not feeling well. Especially creamy soups. It’s quite literally comfort in a bowl.

One unique thing you’ll notice about this tomato soup is the inclusion of Calabash. Calabash is a popular squash in India. It’s known regionally as “Lauki” or “Dudhi”. I generally eat it diced and cooked in Indian spices. In this recipe I use it as a thickener. It’s what makes this soup thick and creamy without the need for any cream. I can hardly stand diary when I’m seriously sick. So it really is a perfect recipe for this week! Also I think it’s more nutritious than using cream or a thickener like corn starch.

Until recently, I only could find this squash in Indian grocery stores. But since last year, I’ve seen it at Whole Foods quite regularly. Read More

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Caprese Sandwich

H loves Caprese anything! Some mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and he is in Caprese heaven! πŸ™‚

While the house recovers from cold and ear infection this week, we’ve been on a simple, quick to put together diet so to speak! We’ve had take-out from a few Thai restaurants, does the hot curry open up your nasal passages or what? πŸ˜› Then, we’ve been buying soup from Whole Foods. To complete the meal we’ve been making different versions of sandwiches to go with the soups. This particular sandwich has been one of them. The prep time simply involves washing and slicing the tomatoes and washing the basil leaves. Tadaa! So here comes my hubbies favorite sandwich!

Now, (i) apologies in advance for posting a mostly “to taste” recipe. Actually, correction: this is more an idea than a recipe by itself. I’m hoping you’ve made enough Caprese salads or have the taste profile that you like. (ii) I’m missing a couple of images for grilling the sandwich and flipping it.

Caprese Sandwich

Makes: 1 sandwich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ready in: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of your favorite bread (Gluten-free if needed)
  • shredded mozzarella cheese to taste
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • few leaves of Read More

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Indian Chutney Sandwich

In my Mint Chutney post I mentioned growing up as a teenager eating these sandwiches on the street… you would see this huge crowd, get close to see what was going on… you would find a guy with his bicycle parked to the side of the road, with all and I mean all ingredients in this big bin which would sit behind his cycle. Talk about squeezing a taco truck onto a cycle… that is what it was! He would be a one-man show! The guy who makes the sandwich and also handles the money… Umm, hygiene… we all overlooked it. I think the understanding was I’m building my immunity, or did I just ignore it waiting for the sandwich to be handed over? Aah, memories… πŸ˜›

You can vary this sandwich, skip the potatoes, go with just the tomatoes and cucumbers or even just cucumbers… My 2 year old has been lapping them up just plain! Bread, butter and the chutney! πŸ™‚ Which makes me a satisfied and happy Mom! πŸ™‚

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

NOTE:
1. If you don’t care what kind of bread you consume, then these would be best with a soft white bread.
2. Use a bread that doesn’t have Read More