Archive | August, 2010

Easy Indian cooking…Yay for Chhole!

5 Aug

This dinner is one of my FAVORITES to make mainly because it’s super easy to make, low cost, healthy, and can be made in under 30 minutes!  It’s the perfect weeknight meal and is a great vegetarian dish.  Punjabi Chhole is an Indian dish made of chickpeas and spices. The spice packet can be made by combining spices you may already have but because I’ve yet to master the perfect blend, I purchase the Punjabi Chhole spice packet for $4 at fresh market.

Punjabi Chhole

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 15.5 ounce cans chickpeas
  • 1 15.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 packet Punjabi Chhole spice packet (Arora Creations)
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • cilantro for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat EVOO in large skillet over medium high heat
  2. Add onion and fresh ginger until translucent (about 2 minutes)
  3. Add chickpeas and tomatoes and cook until chickpeas are cooked through (about 5+ minutes)
  4. Add spice packet, tomato sauce, and water and stir to combine
  5. Turn heat to low and let simmer 5 minutes
  6. Garnish with cilantro

Serve with brown rice, naan, or whole wheat pitas. Serves 6.

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New fun running accessory

2 Aug

Since I’ve been running with my iPhone (which doubles as an iPod), I thought it might be time to find a better way to take it along with me while running.  I had been holding it in my hand and since I live in Florida and it’s hot outside, my hands would quickly become sweaty and I could feel the phone slipping.  This always made me nervous. I kept having visions of dropping the phone and the screen shattering into a million pieces.  I finally took some initiative, went online and found an awesome solution.

I purchased an arm band.  Sounds simple, but this one is great!  This arm band comes with a clip, a case, a screen protector, and a wipe cloth for your screen–all for $21.70 plus shipping!  The Marware SportShell Convertible Arm Ban ford iPhone 3G/3Gs works well because I have the arms of Olive Oyl (think Popeye) and usually have a pretty tough time using arm bands comfortably (especially while running).  This arm band stays on tight during my runs and doesn’t slip.  The clip is used to insert the phone into the arm band and is removable, but I tend to just leave it on so I can easily slip it into the armband without too much fuss (and you could also use it to clip on to a waist band) .

Marware SportShell Convertible Arm Band for iPhone 3G/3Gs