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Fish Tikka Masala

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


My family loves our lighter chicken tikka masala sauce so much that we decided to make the Indian curry dish with fish instead of chicken. I knew it was a successful meal when my son devoured the fish just as quickly as he does the chicken.

Lentil Dal

Friday, April 30, 2010


Lentils are part of the legume family and though they are small they pack a nutritional punch. They are high in protein so are often a staple in vegetarian diets. Lentil dal is an Indian dish made of stewed lentils that is usually seasoned to taste. Serve with rice or naan bread.

Fiesta Chicken

Friday, April 23, 2010

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This dish was one of my husband's favorites growing up. Now that I have made it, I can see why he liked it so much. It is a great meal for the work week because it comes together quickly. You can even make it ahead and let it chill for several hours or overnight. Kids will like the cheese-stuffed chicken. I like to serve it with Mexican rice, beans and cheese-stuffed Anaheim peppers.

Red Enchilada Sauce

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


This enchilada sauce is a cinch to make but it isn't lacking in flavor. In a side-by-side taste test with a more in-depth and time-consuming sauce, my family chose this one as the favorite. I have given rough quantities of the spices that I use but I usually end up doctoring the sauce to taste.

Arroz (Mexican Rice)

Sunday, March 28, 2010


After trying many recipes and receiving tips from several restaurant owners, this recipe is the closest that we have come to matching the arroz served in Mexican restaurants. It is simple but you can alter the seasonings and add as many vegetables as you would like (such as carrots, tomatoes, peas, corn, and peppers).

Chili Con Carne

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Chili con carne (Chili) is Spanish for "chile peppers with meat." Traditionally, chili is a simple stew made of chile peppers, meat, cumin, garlic and onions. In my variation of chili, I include tomato paste to get the flavor of tomatoes in the broth without the chunks of tomato. I also use pinto and black beans for extra lean protein and fiber. Serve it with warm corn bread and honey.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Over the past couple of years we have made Tikka Masala many times in an effort to perfect it. It typically has heavy cream so our goal has been to create a lighter version while matching the restaurant creaminess and flavor. The last time we made this, our fifteen-month old son couldn't get enough of it!

Taco Meat

Monday, January 4, 2010


This taco meat doesn't require any store-bought seasoning packets but it is just as easy to make. It is so juicy and flavorful that you can easily substitute ground turkey or chicken for a healthier option (and some people might not even notice a difference!).

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