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Quick'n'easy Apple Cake

If you like baked goods, homemade is always the best way to go for a lot of reasons. You can quality control the ingredients, you can play around with flavors that you like and flavors that you dislike and find your own unique blends of flavors. Here is an adaptation of Italian Apple cake into a more intense flavored quick and easy apple cake. Best part of this cake is that even without any frosting or decoration the cake looks absolutely gorgeous and tastes awesome too. 

Ingredients: Flour (half all purpose + half wholewheat pastry flour) - 1 cupMelted coconut oil - 1/2 cupFree range organic eggs - 2Jamaican rum - 2 Tbs (or just use 2 tsp vanilla extract) Organic coconut palm sugar - 1/2 cupBaking soda - 1/2 heaping tspCitric acid - 1/4 heaping tspApples - 1 large or 2 medium.
Directions:  Preheat oven to 325 deg F.Line a 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil.Slice the apples to 1/2 inch thick slices.Mix the flour with baking soda and citric acid and whisk wel…

Long Beans Leaf Stir Fry (Payar Ila Thoran)

This summer is special at the quicknhealthy kitchen because this is the first time we have tried our hand at kitchen gardening, in a small way. Till recently I used to attribute good garden to 'green thumb' and I assumed that I did not have it in me. Well, now I know that green thumb is just another way to describe love, care and patience :-). So we have a small kitchen garden with a couple of tomato plants, okra, red amaranth and a few long beans creepers. Long beans is one of my favorite vegetables and I am so happy and proud to have grown them in my backyard. 
Long beans greens are edible too, tender leaves are especially nice. Long beans greens stir fry (payar ila thoran a.k.a chappupperi) is one of the long lost treasures of my native place Wynad, a pristine and beautiful place on the western ghats of Kerala. I am kind of rediscovering that old memory and the taste with this recipe.

Long bean leaves* - 1 bunch (about a cup when chopped and packed tightly)Cocon…

Fresh Fig Ice Cream

We are huge fans of dried figs, and we get wonderful organic dried figs at our local Costco. I have tried a lot of desserts and energy bars/balls with them. I have also made our favorite figs'n'honey ice cream. I had not tried much with fresh figs though, so this week when I found fresh figs, I was tempted to buy them and try out a fresh fig ice cream. Made with just 3 wholesome ingredients, how can you get better than that? It is vegan as I have used cashews instead of milk cream, and have used honey as the sweetener. The result is a simple and honest taste, so if you haven't tasted fig ice cream yet you definitely have to try it.  So go ahead and enjoy a wholesome vegan ice cream without any guilt.

Figs - 8 Cashew nuts - soaked in filtered water for an hourRaw Honey - 4 Tbs (adjust according to your sweet level)

Add soaked cashew and figs into a blender jar and process till nice and creamy. Add honey and process for a few minutes more till mixed well…

Lemon Balm Thai Style Green Curry

Have you heard of Lemon Balm before? No, it is not a balm that you apply on your forehead :-). I have not heard of it either, that is until my friend gave me a big bag full of lemon balm leaves from her garden as it was growing like crazy. She teased me to make a good recipe out of it so that she can also use them. So I decided to give it a try, it is always interesting to try new things with new ingredients, especially if they are fresh and local. 

So what is lemon balm? It is a perennial herb from the mint family with a lemony aroma. You can think of it as a mix between mint and lemon grass. It is used for a variety of home medications. As per WebMD, Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), vomiting, and colic; for pain, including menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia. Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they take it for anxiety, sleep p…

Watermelon Strawberry Refresher Juice

Happy Friendship Day to all !!! Thanks to all our friends and readers, QuickNHealthy has crossed 100K views today. So here is a toast to all of you!! 
Summer is the time for watermelons and we find different ways to use it. Summer is also the time you do outdoor activities and sports, and after the activity you feel like having a refreshing, yet light drink. So here is a refresher juice that is in the true spirit of friendship and summer. It is light, a great thirst quencher, looks wow, and is in season.

Watermelon - 3 cups (chunks)Strawberries - 1 cupDates - 4-5 (adjust according to desired sweetness)Blend everything to a beautiful and delicious smoothie to refresh your summer dayServe with ice, or just cool the juice and have it. I use frozen strawberries so you don't have to use ice at all.  Serves 3. Enjoy!!