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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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How does your garden grow?

28 Jul

A couple of months ago, I finally got sick of spending money on herbs at the grocery store and decided to have a go a growing my own.  With very little effort, my herb garden has become quite the success.  I originally purchased these plants for $2 each at Lowes and since then I can’t imagine how much money I have saved.  Also, having fresh herbs around really allows me to whip up great dinners with what I have on hand.  Thus far, I have planted basil, rosemary, Greek oregano, parsley, cilantro and mint.  I would eventually like to add sage and chives.

Are you growing herbs? Which ones are your favorite/do you use the most?

Fast & Furious Guacamole

26 Jul

It’s movie night at our house and that means snacks.  I’ll admit I can be a true couch potato so I try to chose healthy snacks.  This “fast and furious” guacamole is simple, super tasty, and healthy!

Fast & Furious Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 1 60z. container plain non-fat Greek yogurt (I like FAGE)
  • 1 large or 2 medium ripe avocados (I’ve used both hass and Florida)
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mrs. dash table blend

Directions

  1. Drop ingredients into a large bowl
  2. Using a fork, mash/blend/mix to combine
  3. Sprinkle with Mrs. Dash (or other salt seasoning) to taste

Tip: Celery and carrot sticks work as a great alternative to chips with this guacamole.

Yelp! I’m going to NYC and don’t have a food plan…

19 Jul

My husband and I are making a trip up to NYC very soon to visit his 95 year old grandmother (I will be asking what’s her #1 health secret).  One of our many topics of conversations around our NYC trip is where to eat.  We will only be visiting a couple of days and since there are only 3 meals (well sorta) in a day, we need to chose where we will eat wisely.  With so many amazing places to chose from in NYC, I would hate to be starving on a street corner settling for street meat.  I’m a firm believer that if you have a food plan, you will most likely make better choices about your meals. There have been a number of times when traveling that I was willing to settle for anything because I didn’t have a plan and as a result, either spent too much money, ate something that tasted terrible, or ate something terrible for me!  On this trip, I’ve turned to yelp.com for, well, Help! I’ve listed a couple of places that have caught my attention.

In Vino – Just the photos of the Italian restaurant remind me of my last visit to Italy!  I love how cozy and rustic it looks and the menu looks simple and well priced.

witchcraft – ok ok. You might think, “If she read the yelp reviews she would know better!”  I have to admit my food crush on Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio is the only reason I would consider going here.  If I decide to skip this, are there any recommendations out there for other “famous chef” cheaper (perhaps lunch) eats?

Grom Gelatto – I know you can pick up gelato on any block in NYC, but this place looks TOPS!  They use all natural organic ingredients fresh from their own farm!

Caracas Arepas Bar – I grew up eating arepas as a child so when someone says arepas, I say YUM!  Apparently, this place can get crazy busy because word on the street is it’s crazy good.

Taim Falafel & Smoothie Bar – Yelp reviews already warn that the line will be out the door for this wonderful cheap Mediterranean lunch spot.  Even though I’m not going to enjoy the wait, it’s usually a good sign.  I keep debating between this and Mamoun’s Falafel (both get great reviews).

Any other good recommendations? (Asian, Indian, & French food recommendations come highly appreciated!)