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Homemade Half Whole-wheat Bread

If you haven't tried homemade bread yet, then you are missing out on a big scale. And once you have tasted it you would never opt for the store-bought ones. But making your own bread sounds like a mammoth task right? Well, it's not so true. It is time taking I agree but not complicated or difficult. It might look like a lot of effort the first time you make it, but by the time you have gone through the entire drill you would realize that it is a lot simpler than you thought. And you would be perfectly comfortable at your next attempt. Hope I motivated you enough with all this talk, so now let's get into the real deal, the recipe.

This particular recipe for homemade bread takes care of both you taste buds and your health. Some of us are not so fond of the texture of whole-wheat bread but we all know that it's healthier than the regular white bread. But with this half whole-wheat bread you would be choosing a healthier option without compromising with the taste.

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Save the Date for Taste of KC 2017 on Thursday, May 18 presented by The Pitch Kansas City

Do you binge on shows like Iron Chef, Master Chef or Chopped and often wish that you could witness something like that live? Well, here's your chance to experience the same kind of gastronomical thrill right here in Kansas City.

Yes, it's that time of the year again when some of the most talented KC chefs will battle for the Golden Fork at Taste of KC 2017 presented by The Pitch Kansas City on Thursday, May 18. This year's competitors include:

Defending champion Shaun Brady from Ambassador Hotel Kansas City, Autograph Collection
2013 winner Jason Wiggen
2012 winner Charles d'Ablaing from Rosso at the Hotel Sorella
2011 winner Jesse Vega
David Nevels from The Aladdin Holiday Inn Hotel
Bryant Wigger from Hotel Phillips

There could be nothing as amazing as witnessing these incredible chefs live in action, dealing with the pressure of competition and crafting their master creations. But the event has to offer more than that. You can sample KC's best restaurants and try …

Eat, Drink and Learn at Seafood Soiree on Saturday, April 22 @ Kansas City Zoo

Do you love seafood? Do you dig in for your share of shrimp cocktail, crab rangoon dip or smoked salmon whenever you get a chance? Will you be in or around Kansas City on Saturday, April 22? Then there is good news for you as Kansas City Zoo is organizing one of the coolest seafood events in KC on that day. This would be the fifth annual Seafood Soiree organized by them in collaboration with Seafood Watch to promote sustainable seafood. This could be a perfect way to celebrate Earth Day this year.

Nothing could sound better than spending an evening among the penguins in Helzberg Penguin Plaza, tasting delicious seafood, sipping on your drink, getting enlightened about sustainable seafood and supporting a great cause. Wait, there is more to it. There would be live music too by Calypso Bluz Tropical Steel Drum Duo. Even that doesn't end the list, there is more.

You may have dined at KC's best restaurants but how often do you get to watch the premiere chefs live in action? You c…

Gobbling up GM Diet (Day 7 of 7)

Finally, it's the last day of this diet. I think we all start any diet with a certain amount of doubt, fearing our temptations, we too did. Yet we challenged ourselves and supported each other to overcome it. Good thing about this diet, it ends in just seven days.

If you missed the previous posts, please click on these links: DAY 1 , DAY 2 , DAY 3 , DAY 4 , DAY 5DAY 6


1 cup of BROWN RICE, VEGETABLES (except potatoes), FRUIT JUICE and 8 to 10 glasses of WATER

On this day you can have one cup of cooked brown rice. There is no limit to the veggies and you can also drink fruit juice. The fruit juice should either be freshly squeezed or 100% natural, not from concentrate and with no added sugar or flavors.

Let me now take you through our Day 7 meals. The timings of the previous day remained unchanged, four meals instead of six.

BREAKFAST (8:30 am)

Veggie Bowl and Orange Juice

I kept it simple to start the day, just boiled some vegetable and seasoned it with salt and pepper.


Gobbling up GM Diet (Day 6 of 7)

We are already approaching the end of this diet, 6 down and 1 more to go. The introduction of protein on the previous day was really a welcome change. We also noticed a certain loss of appetite as we felt full even after having small portions.

If you missed the previous posts, please click on these links: DAY 1 , DAY 2 , DAY 3 , DAY 4 , DAY 5
VEGETABLES(except potatoes) and 20 oz/ 500 gms of  BEEF/ CHICKEN/ FISH and 8 to 10 glasses of WATER

Vegetarians can have similar portions of BROWN RICE, LENTILS, KIDNEY BEANS, PANEER.
This day is almost similar to day 5, only the tomatoes get replaced by vegetables. As there has been a two day gap since the body got the nutrients and fiber from veggies this resumption is necessary. You are again allowed 10 oz/ 500 gms of protein on this day. We were craving some rice for quite some time so we balanced out that with reducing our protein intake. We included a cup of rice and had 10 oz/ 250 gms of chicken (boneless, skinless) which is half the p…

Gobbling up GM Diet (Day 5 of 7)

5 down, 2 more to go, and we are still not fed up with this diet. The bananas and milk, although limited, definitely refreshed our spirit and also our palate. Moreover, the coming days look like more in the comfort zone.

If you missed the previous posts, please click on these links: DAY 1 , DAY 2 , DAY 3 , DAY 4


6 TOMATOES and 20 oz/ 500 gms of  BEEF/ CHICKEN/ FISH and 10 to 15 glasses of WATER

Vegetarians can have similar portions of BROWN RICE, LENTILS, KIDNEY BEANS, PANEER.

This is for the first time you are allowed to eat meat in this diet. This is to fulfill the protein needs of the body. If you are having chicken, you should have skinless  boneless chicken breast as that is the leanest part of a chicken. Even if you are pork lover you should not go for it because it is higher in fat and the only thing you would like to give your body is some protein and not fat. You can either bake or lightly saute you choice of protein with seasonings. You can eat the tomatoes in any form,…

Gobbling up GM Diet (Day 4 of 7)

We have now crossed the half way mark, 4 down and 3 more to go. I can't even imagine that we survived three whole days just having fruits and vegetables, that too without a drop oil, fat, protein, sweetener or any processed food. I really feel good about it.

If you missed the previous posts, please click on these links : DAY 1 , DAY 2 , DAY 3


6 to 8 BANANAS and 3 Glasses* of MILK (preferably skimmed) and 8 to 10 glasses of WATER

*(According to the standards : 1 glass = 8 oz)
If Minions were on this diet, I am sure they would repeat day four for all seven days. Even we were happy about the bananas since they were not allowed previously. We kind of like bananas but have them rarely as they are known for putting on weight. But they are very important this diet to balance out everything. For people who do not like milk or cannot digest milk (like me), can replace it with unsweetened soy milk. 
Let me now take you through our Day 4 meals.

BREAKFAST (8:30 am)

Bananas: 2
Milk: 1 gla…

Gobbling up GM Diet (Day 3 of 7)

Wow, we are almost half way through, 3 down and 4 more to go. This diet is not only helping me detox and lose some weight but also pushing me to innovate recipes (oil free) and develop some amazing flavors.

If you missed the previous posts, please click on these links : DAY 1 , DAY 2


FRUITS and VEGETABLES(except potatoes and bananas) and 8 to 10 glasses of WATER

This day is basically a combination of day 1 and 2. Once again there is no limit to the quantities you can consume. But you are not allowed to have the single potato you were allowed the previous day. This is because the body receives the required carbs from the fruits. And also bananas remain banned.

Let me now take you through our Day 3 meals.

BREAKFAST (8:30 am)

Apple; 1/2
Cantaloupe: 1 cup
Watermelon: 1 cup

SNACK (11:00 am)

Orange: 1 Grapes: 10 to 12

LUNCH (1:00 pm)
Special Veggie Soup (zero oil)
Onion: 1/4 cup
Garlic: 4 cloves
Cabbage: 2 cups
Bell pepper: 1
Tomato: 1
Carrot: 2
Celery: 2 sticks

This soup was made with ze…

Gobbling up GM Diet (Day 2 of 7)

Well, we are 2 down and 5 more to go. As we went to bed at the end of Day 1, I was almost dreaming of the first savory bite of the next day.

If you missed the post on Day 1 please clickhere.


1 POTATO, VEGETABLES and 8 to 10 glasses of WATER

You are allowed to have only one potato (baked/boiled) for breakfast. There is no limit to the amount of veggies that you can eat, either in raw/cooked form. But you cannot use oil to cook, or use in very sparingly if absolutely necessary. You can use salt (just enough) and any other herbs or spices to season the vegetables.

Let me now take you through our Day 2 meals.

BREAKFAST (8:30 am)

Potato (boiled): 1 - mashed and seasoned with salt, pepper and some parsley Green beans (boiled): 1 serving - seasoned with salt and pepper
I think I have never been so happy to see some mashed potatoes on my plate and it tasted really good with the simple seasoning.

SNACK (11:00 am)

Bell pepper: 1

They say ' you eat with your eyes first' and I agree. T…