Lose weight on a fruit-and-nut diet

To be fair, there is more to macrobiotic food than just fruit and nuts, like, for instance, whole grains and veggies! In The Beauty Diet, dietician Shonali Sabherwal wants to introduce you to a lifestyle that she promises will leave you with more energy, without your having to compromise on taste. Select recipes from the book

Brown Rice Salad

Makes for a great meal to carry to work or when you are on the run, as it can be had cold.
Serves: 4
For the Brown Rice:
 2 cups of cooked brown rice
* 3 cups boiling water
* 1 small onion, diced
* 6 green beans, cut diagonally
* 1 cup cabbage, finely chopped
* 1 cup carrot, cut into small cubes
* 4 tbsp sunflower seeds (optional)

* Add beans, carrot, and onion to boiling water. Do not over boil as they should be crisp.
* Retain water as you lift the vegetables out with a strainer.
* Blanch cabbage in the same water just for 1 minute.
* Mix all the other ingredients and use a basic vinaigrette dressing.
* The remaining water can be used as a broth in a soup.
For the Vinaigrette Dressing:
Makes: 1 1/2 cups
* 2 small garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
* 2 pinches of sea salt
* 1/3 cup lemon juice
* 1 to 3 madras onions (shallots), minced
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
* Add all ingredients except oil in a small mixie jar and whisk together.
* Slowly pour the olive oil in a steady stream This will make your dressing creamy.
* Taste to adjust seasoning.
* You can store this in the refrigerator for two meals.

Gratifying Green Smoothie
Get your daily dose of greens. Makes for a great filler in between meals.
Serves: 2
* 1 banana (optional)
* 1 apple, chopped
* 1/2 cup water or vegetable stock
* 1 cup of sprouts
* 1 tbsp spirulina powder
* 2 tsp lemon juice
* 1 tsp of wheat grass powder
* 4 tbsp aloe vera juice

* Put the fruit and water/ stock in a blender, and blend until smooth.
* Add all other ingredients, and blend again until smooth.
* Pour into glasses and enjoy.

Baked Pears (or apples)
Serves: 4
* 2 apples or pears, cored
* 1/4 cup mounaka raisins
* 1/2  cup walnuts, chopped
* 1/4  tsp cinnamon
* 1 tsp stevia powder
* 1/4 cup sugar-free apple juice

* Soak raisins in apple juice for 40 minutes.
* Mix the walnuts, mounaka, stevia, and cinnamon.
* Stuff the core with this mix.
* Wrap each half in a foil.
* Put in a baking tray and cover inch of baking pan with apple juice.
* Bake for 20 minutes.
You can just bake apples or pears and add some cinnamon, and sprinkle with raisins and nuts.

Red Bean Cutlets
Serves: 4
* 1 1/2 cups red kidney beans, cooked
* 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 red bell pepper, roasted, skinned, and finely chopped
* 1/2 cup chopped celery
* 2 garlic pods, finely chopped
* 2 tbsp of extra virgin oil
* 1/2 tsp chilli powder
* 1/2 tsp dried thyme or any other herb you would use for seasoning
* sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
* 1 tbsp parsley or coriander leaves

* Heat oil and add all the vegetables starting with onion and garlic, and then add the dry herbs, and sea salt and pepper. Stir occasionally and keep it covered to let it cook in its own juices for about 10 minutes.
* After 10 minutes, take it off the heat and let it cool.
* Once cooled, add the brown rice and kidney beans and blend in a food processor.
* Shape into cutlets and pan fry.

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