Indian Spiced Braised Chicken with Chickpeas & Spinach

indian spiced braised chicken

Braising. Sound scary? It shouldn’t…it’s BEYOND EASY with a HUGE PAYOFF.  If you are looking for the ultimate way to impress your dinner guests without slaving away in the kitchen, then braising is the way to go!

This was the first Indian dish I’ve ever made from scratch (read: I didn’t buy Tikka Masala sauce in a jar, pour it over cooked chicken and call it homemade) and it was delish! Next time I may add a little more cayenne to kick up the heat index.  And if it’s TOO SPICY, you can always add a little more greek yogurt to tone it down.

TIP: Anything braised is even better when served 1-3 days later so this is the perfect MAKE AHEAD meal. Allow the braised meat to cool, then refrigerate and let all the spices do their thing. Make sure to skim any fat from the surface and rewarm before thickening the sauce.

Serve over basmati rice (or any white rice you have) or eat it alone like a soup and use Naan (Mediterranean flatbread) to soak up any extra sauce.  Throw some Bollywood music on your iTunes for added ambience and enjoy! Continue reading »

Sweet Potato Fries

FRIES…ooooooh yeah!!! Give me any kind of fried potato that I can dip into an assortment of condiments and I will be your best friend! You will seriously fall in love with these…salty & sweet….and much healthier than what they serve up at any fast food joint.

After much trial & error with less than stellar results (too soggy, too burnt, too undercooked, etc), I have finally mastered the art of the PERFECT SWEET POTATO FRY!

TIP: Try dipping them in maple syrup or honey mustard instead of the standard french fry accessory of ketchup.  Continue reading »

Honey Roasted Root Veggies

This super easy & tasty side was inspired by a recent trip to my favorite grocery store….Wegmans. For those of you who don’t have a Wegmans near you, I offer my sincere condolences. This place is HEAVEN!! They offer cooking tutorials, free samples, printed recipes and seasonal menus…really helps get the creative cooking juices flowing.

They have a monstrous assortment of every kind of everything…at very reasonable prices, I might add.

Now normally when I find myself in the produce section, it can be intimidating. There are so many oddities that I frequently think, “What the hell am I supposed to do with THAT?!?!”  If it wasn’t for the kind folks at Wegmans who offered me a sample of these roots, I may never have known what to do with them.

In the New Year, however, one of my resolutions is to experiment with new ingredients & flavors. So with that, allow me to introduce you to the roots. This is the perfect accompaniment to any Fall/Winter dish! Continue reading »

HELL-thy: Kale, Swiss Chard & Grilled Chicken Salad

I’ll be honest, whenever I see the word ‘HEALTHY’ next to any recipe, there is a little bit of me that thinks “BOOOOORING!!” Come on, you know you’ve thought the same thing as you’ve stared into a tasteless rice cake.

That being said, and in the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, I will include a weekly post called ‘HELL-thy’. Food that tastes too good to also be good FOR you. Sinfully yummy.

I have been wanting to use Kale & Swiss Chard for awhile but always thought they would be too bitter and harsh….WRONG!! This just might be THE BEST salad I’ve ever eaten. Not to mention it’s jacked with vitawhaaaats and minerummms.

It was a par-tay in my mouth from start to finish!!! TRY IT. I guarantee you will love it. Continue reading »