Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Mini Meal series: Of Gyms, Diets and Size Zeroes!

I hate gyms. And I have always hated the idea of working out. My only other tryst with gymming was more than 5 years ago when I enrolled at a gym along with a bunch of office colleagues and paid a 3 month fee upfront. Yes, you guessed it right - I actually went for less than about a week! And no, there was no fee refund. So I surprised myself when I started going to the gym again about a month ago (thanks to G's company)... not in any effort to lose weight, but to have some form of exercise worked into my daily routine now that I am on a break from work and have a tendency to just vegetate for hours together reading a book, watching True Blood or surfing blogs!

So the fact that I have been (almost) regularly working out for a month now is really quite something! Though I have a sinking feeling that this enthusiasm may not last too long, I'm making the best use of it while it lasts. And a part of that effort is the decision to eat right. You see around the same time that I joined the gym, I read this book "Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight" by Rujuta Diwekar - the nutritionist who trains Kareena Kapoor and is said to be responsible for her "size-zero" frame!

Before all you readers baulk and run away from my blog, let me assure you I have no intentions of being a Size Zero! But Rujuta Diwekar's entire fitness mantra had me hooked. It is not about starving or "dieting", but eating balanced meals and eating every 2 hours in the day. So that means, other than your regular 3 meals, you need at least 3 "mini-meals". And this is the regimen I have been trying to follow for me as well as Sid. Of course this means that Sid ends up lugging a bag full of big and little boxes to work containing roti-subzi, fruits, nuts, salads and rolls or sandwiches! But who said keeping fit was easy??! :D

So anyway, this whole regimen now means I have to think up of new and innovative, yet quick and easy mini-meals everyday. And what better way to record them than on the blog? So here is the first in my series of Mini Meals...

Mushroom Rolls

Button Mushrooms - 200gms
Onions - 1
Garlic - 8 cloves
Soy sauce - 1/2 tsp
Tomato sauce - as per taste
Olive Oil
Rotis - 2

Wash , clean and quarter the button mushrooms and thinly slice the onion. Chop the garlic cloves finely or mince them if you like. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of Olive Oil and fry the garlic till golden brown. Add the mushroom and saute for 5min. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and continue to cook till there is no water left in the pan released by the mushrooms.

Divide the mushrooms into 2 or 3 portions, add the raw sliced onions, a bit of soy and tomato sauces and roll them up into the rotis. Use a toothpick to keep them in place or just wrap them up in aluminium foil for a take-away Mini Meal.


Siddharth said...

I eat 6 mini meals. And 1 large dinner meal at the end. So there goes the diet! Rujuta.... Help!

Tejal said...

Your story sounds sooo similar to mine...almost down to finding Rujuta's doesn't help that I took classes with her..but unlike you I've never been able to go back to the gym..
Any reason for being on a break?

Karishma said...

This is such a great idea to post these mini-meals...and mushroom is one of my favs! Also, felt great to see you've added my blog to ur blogroll (you're the first, I think!)...thanks!

Anonymous said...

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- Norman

Swati said...

@Sid - lol! see, ur half way there. Now u just have to stop stuffing yourself for dinner every night!

@tejal - u took classes with her??! and am ashamed to report that promptly after this post my laziness caught up with me :( haven't been to the gym in 5 days now... hopefully tomorrow ;)
and no reason for a break really... was jus fed up of my television programming job!

@karishma! ur most welcome :) by the way, jus tried ur apple crumble recipe today and it has turned out great!

Swati Sapna said...

Thanks Norman :)

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said... looks simply amazing...mmm...truly mouthwatering..
First time here...u hv a wonderful space..visit mine as time permits.

Anonymous said...

first time visiting your blog,was hooked to it ,and this post caught my attention,as am reading her books and am breaking my head for new ideas for mini meals,please keep such posts coming