Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shawarma Marinated Grilled Chicken

Grilling season is officially in full force and I have been looking for some new recipe ideas for quick weeknight dinners. I pretty much love all Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavored food and started looking for a chicken shawarma marinade. This one is a delicious option. I only had time to let everything marinate for about 45 minutes and it was still delicious. I made this with grilled veggies and a salad. But I have also served it with pita, hummus and zhoug (a spicier Middle Easter green chili sauce). This would also be great with a yogurt sauce with some garlic and seasoning. I pretty much always grill chicken thighs, but feel free to use whatever cut you prefer.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lighter Chicken Korma

I absolutely love Indian cooking and am a huge fan of anything with a sauce that can be poured over rice or mopped up with naan. Traditional Indian recipes tend to be on the heavier side with lots of cream or butter. I found this recipe and decided to give it a try. It's not as rich as a traditional korma, but the flavors are fantastic and this is a great recipe for the days you want Indian food with a lighter approach.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Greek Style Chicken Souvlaki Bowl

I always enjoy "bowls" as a dinner option since you get your protein, starch and veggies in one place. I haven't been making them lately, but recently went looking for a souvlaki bowl recipe. If you've never had souvlaki, it's originally Greek dish, which means the marinade is fresh and flavorsome. This recipe is really only "souvlaki" like in that the chicken is marinated in Greek flavors and there's a tzatziki style sauce involved, along with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. This is a great and easy to make dish and the leftovers taste just as good.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

My sister first made this soup a couple of years ago and my whole family loved it. It has been on rotation ever since then and is an easy, delicious Thai inspired soup. Your can make this recipe even simpler by using rotisserie chicken instead of cooking chicken yourself. This recipe and be adjusted to suit your flavor preferences and will still be great! We've had version with less chilies and have had to omit the fish sauce as well for dietary restrictions. Any way we've had it, this soup does not fail and the leftovers are just as great as day 1. My photos don't do this justice as I skipped the garnishes this time around, but trust me, this is delicious!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Homemade Garlic Naan

My sister's family and I recently made an Indian feast for dinner. We had some of the usual suspects, like chicken tikka masala and raita. But this time my brother in law was brave enough to try making garlic naan. I should preface this post by saying that he did all the legwork in making this naan and the rest of us simply got to enjoy it. But it was a fun process to share a kitchen with someone dabbling in naan making. We quickly discovered some group favorites. When the naan is fresh, everyone preferred the garlic naan, but on the next day, the few plain naan pieces we the winners as the garlic didn't taste as good on day 2. My brother in law also played with cooking temperatures for a bit before finding the ideal naan cooking setting. This will vary in each stove so experiment with what works best for your naan so it still browns and bubbles, but doesn't burn.
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