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Socca Al-Arabia and a little more

Hello,

How is the week going? Mine is full of cooking so far. I made beautiful lunch the other day – all what my cravings were asking for. Thinking of the post of a fellow blogger regarding cravings i decided to incorporate all of them and at one in a wholesome protein rich food and as a package gluten free.

While sun is shining in Dubai, you do not really feel eating heavy loaded meals. We do not require here heavy loaded meals to keep our bodies warm, like some people need in northern countries. But our bodies still require good dose of protein and healthy fats to be injected regular. So here is the challenge comes to place – how to create protein reach food omitting huge amounts of meat or protein powders (even though my relationship with protein powder is beyond believe – do not feel that breakfast can be more fulfilling without it). But, even though – natural sources are all there too, so why not to stock up from your nearest grocery and make it into meal!

I was running late that day. After yoga I had to go for a quick grocery sopping and reached home by around 1 pm. Lunch had to be done in minutes.

Here is the 1 Hour – 3 Course – Wholesome Meal:

Salad- Sprouted Beans Salad (adapted from http://sumanjsingh.wordpress.com/ )

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I diced carrot, tomato, onion and cucumber, mixed with mixed sprouted beans and chopped coriander and parsley. Mixed 1 Tbsp of olive oil and juice of 1 lemon, seasoned it with Garam Masala and pureed over the salad, mixed it well and let it stand in the fridge while was preparing the rest of the dishes.

Starter – Chicken Livers in Pomegranate Molases (typical arabic “Mezze”)

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I soaked chicken liver (about 250 gr) in room temperature water for 1/2 hour. Then dried it up with paper towel and kept aside. Chopped onions into quarter rings. Heated some olive oil in the pan and dried them for 4 minutes on law heat so they will just become very soft and transparent. Added 1 minced clove of garlic and chicken livers. Stir died on low heat until livers became very pale and cooked through. Discarded extra fat and oil from the pan and return to fire. Added 2 Tbsp of Pomegranate Molasses, 1 Tbsp of lemon juice and 1/4-1/2 cups of water. Made it come to light simmer and waited till sauce got thicker up to our liking. Removed from fire and covered with foil to keep it warm.

Main – Socca (“Farinata”) Al-Arabia

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I discovered this lovely gluten free bread like goodness via website of two beautiful twins, girls who became one of my inspirations to change my lifestyle and eat healthy – this is their website Pure2Raw and all about Socca. Now there is a story of my relationship with Socca.

I made it first time 6 month ago during my annual vacation in Russia. That time i was not so much into healthy eating habits and did not know how easy it is to find Chickpea flour in Dubai. So, back in Russia, i suddenly found Green Pea Flour and was happy to give it a try. It was delicious even though completely not authentic. With time passed I found out that chickpea flour is sold in every grocery in dubai and called “Gram Flour” – so it was my pleasure to follow authentic recipe. i also found out there are millions of way to top it too 😉 so i got creative and felt like i just had to make it with Arabic Twist – it really is reminding me of taste of “Falafel” but just does not take such an effort of making it 😉

I mixed 1 cup of Garbazo Bean Flour with 1 cup of water and 1/8 tsp of salt, 1 tsp (or more) of ground cumin and Arabic Twist #1 – 1/2 tsp of “Baharat” (arabic All-Spice Mix) in the morning before yoga and kept it at room temperature. When i came back i checked the dough and added just 1 or 2 Tbsp of water more to thin it out. Preheated oven to 200 C. Added 4 Tbsp of Olive oil into 10 inch round pie pan (yeah, it is a shame, but i do not have that fancy cast iron pans). Sprinkled fresh rosemary leaves on top of the oil and placed it in the oven for 5 mins till oil becomes bubbly but not smoking. Took it out and pour the batter evenly spreading it around the pan. Returned back to oven and baked for 20-30 minutes, until it became nicely browned with crispy edges.

Took it out from the pan and cut in to portions.

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Now the Arabic Twist # 2 – this is very popular sauce saved with Falafel, fish or Kofta Dishes! Mixed 2 tsp of Tahineh with 2 Tbsp of lemon juice (i like it zesty 😉 and added some water to thin it out. Spread evenly on top of my socca.

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Diced some Tomatoes and placed them on top.

And, Arabic Twist #3 – sprinkled some Sumac (Arab’s fave – zesty spice added to salads, onions, spinach and on top of Tomato slices).

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It was so good, so light, so wholesome and completely Sugar Free and Gluten Free! Is in’t it perfect combination?

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So here it was – lunch of three dishes, ready in just one hour and all under the dietary guidelines. and so tasty too!

Tasted and approved by Mr. R (not big fan of healthy eating, i would tell you)

Hope you will try it out at home and enjoy it as much as We Did.

Feeling like short in time to cook too? What are your quick fix lunch ideas?

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Healthy low carb lunch

Good day! And the is really good if you start it with… Swimming. I woke up today fresh as never (considering me being back o. Track with my gluten free sugar free eating).
I had a hot cup of carob and chicory drink – yam – and no need for addictive coffee or cocoa 😉 while my mighty hot cereal was simmering on the stove. This cereal I bought from Organic Supermarket – they consist of millet, brown rice and corn. All grains are chopped and become really creamy after boiling in just water for 10 mins. I added some protein powder (love my “Raw brown rice protein” without any flavor and any artificial stuff), 2 tbsp flax meal and pinch of stevia. Was so delish!
After such a powered up breakfast – I decided to hit the pool, since was having gym day off. I even bough swimming glasses -)) and was swimming for good 20 mins or so -)) not bad considering that last time I really swam was in my teenage years ( I was really taking classes and participating in tournaments that time). Proud of myself – need to do it more often. Feel bad only that i did not stay at the pool for sun tanning a bit longer – too hot in Dubai at this time – I think hitting up to 48 C if not higher.
So went home, snacked on law fat plain yogurt and browsed Sugar website to catch up on showbiz news, health advices and beauty links. 😉
Around 2 pm I decided to make lunch. I do not like cooking for just myself and normally would just be snacking – but today was really in the mood for it. S here it is healthy low carb lunch for one in just 20 mins!

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“Salmon Omega-3 power up”
I took 2 salmon steaks totaling 200 grams – sprinkled with salt and pepper, cut few holes in them and stuffed sliced garlic clove (garlic is huge prebiotic food and must be in my diet as much as possible). In meanwhile I sliced 1/4 yellow onion and 1/2 stick of celery and layered that on the bottom of baking dish. layered salmon filets on top of it, sprinkled with Virgin Walnut Oil and baked in my Panasonic oven on convection mode for 15 mins at T 200C. Then placed it under grill for another 5 mins. In a meanwhile I washed and cut in three pieces baby asparagus, while snacking on some fresh tomatoes from Lebanon. Cut out two florets of broccoli and placed them in the steaming bowl for microwave. After fish was done, I put my veggies to steam for 3 mins on microwave mode.

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(finished all the half of tomato while was drooling over smells coming from the oven)
Drizzles some lemon juice over fish and aged balsamic vinegar over steamed veggies… And there it was! Incredible tasty, quick and protein loaded lunch!
Next meal is Iftar – hoping for something healthy 😉 and then shisha -))