Healthy version of Butter Chicken


 

Hi there my lovelies! Hope you are doing well. Today, I will share with a healthier adaption of a recipe for a dish that is very close to my heart. I have enjoyed this many times at the dad’s old restaurant and I have made this dish few times myself. I am talking about my favorite Butter Chicken. The traditional recipe is rich and creamy. Today, I will healthier. Hope you enjoy making your favorite version. I look forward to hearing your comments. Happy reading.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup I Cannot Believe It’s Not Butter, divided
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (15 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 cup fat-free half and half milk (I have substituted for the traditional half and half)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks (I use boneless chicken thighs as well.
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (you can use peanut oil for a healthier version)
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori masala

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For serving:

  • Naan (Indian flatbread) and/or cooked Basmati Rice
  • Equipment: Meat mallet or rolling pin, Microplane

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook slowly until the onion caramelizes to a dark brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat along with the tomato sauce, half and half, salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then stir in caramelized onions.
  4. While the sauce is simmering, toss cubed chicken breast with vegetable oil until coated, then season with tandoori masala and spread out onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake chicken in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 12 minutes. Once done, add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes before serving.

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Healthy Chickpeas Salad


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Hi there my lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday. Today, I want to share with you a wonderful, healthy, and fulfilling salad recipe that is packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Most of all, it will keep you full for a long time. I often I have it for dinner and I am full all night. Best of all, you can add your favorite ingredients to it. I just like to keep it simple. This recipe serves up to 6 people.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 32-oz canned Garbanzo chick peas.
  2. 1 32-oz canned red kidney beans
  3. 1 regular cucumber chopped
  4. ¾ onion finely chopped
  5. 1 bunch scallion
  6. ½ bunch cilantro
  7. ½ lemon juice
  8. Salt and pepper for seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together, and add salt and pepper to season
  2. You can add different color chopped bell pepper to add color to the plate

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Healthy Greek Chicken Recipe


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Hi There my lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday afternoon. If you are anything like me, I bet you enjoy delicious homemade recipe, especially if it is delicious. Today, I want to share with one such recipe that my sister came up with and it’s absolutely heavenly. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. It’s quite easy to make as well and is full of flavor.

Ingredients: 

  1. 6 Chicken Breast
  2. 4 Tbs Greek Yogurt
  3. 2 Tbs Garlic powder
  4. 1 Tbs Ginger Powder
  5. 1 large red onion (chopped)
  6. ½ tsp dried basil leaves
  7. ½ tsp parsley
  8. 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  9. ½ tsp black pepper
  10. Salt to season
  11. 2 Tbs oil (I use extra virgin olive oil, but can try using extra virgin coconut oil as well)
  12. ½ Stick I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  13. 1 medium jalapeno chopped
  14. Chopped cilantro chopped
  15. 1 bunch scallion chopped (optional)

Instructions: 

  1. Tenderize the chicken breast with meat blade-tenderizer.
  2. Marinate the chicken overnight in the refrigerator with mixture of yogurt, garlic, ginger, basil, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Brush olive oil or Pam on baking pan and place the marinated chicken. Add thinly butter and red onion on top of each chicken, and add bake in the oven for 1 ½ to 2 hours at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the juice from the marinate into the chicken as well.
  4. Five minutes before taking your chicken out of the oven, top cilantro, jalapeno, and/or scallion.

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Let me know how yours come out. I loved how amazing this Greek yogurt chicken was. We served it with steamed and lightly seasoned beans, mashed potato (made from scratch), and corn on the cob. I want to thank my sister for this lovely recipe. The meat was so juicy and flavorful and most of all delicious!

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Thinking about Hospitality


Read this wonderful post by Recipe in a Bottle, and thought we all need some healing. I completely with her that we need healing and can be united by food. Hence enjoy the post. I remember bonding with old apartment neighbors in Washington D.C. each year through holiday potluck. We used to do the same for Thanksgiving at my previous job. Nothing brings people together like food. Check out more of her beautiful recipes and posts.

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In the wake of the Presidential election, I’m even more thoughtful about community building and neighborliness than before. It’s easy to assume the country is close and united when we have two moderate candidates in the running, but throughout this election cycle, I’ve been stunned by the differences in mindsets among the candidates, and by the closeness of the races: the country is divided.

I know that there are some disagreements that getting to know each other cannot solve. I know that being political is not a good way to run a food blog or host a dinner party or any of the things I claim. But I do think that talking to each other, knowing people whose experiences are different from our own, seems to be one of the only chances for getting out of this mess. Half of America is a stranger to the other half; they need…

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10 Guilt-free Superfoods for Weight Loss


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Hi there! With only 39 days to Christmas and 9 days to Black Friday, I know you may be already thinking about the extra weight that may come with this wonderful season. Yes, I am talking about the elephant in the room, weight gain from the all the festive food of the season. That’s why I want to share with you 10 great guilt-free superfoods that you can actually help you lose weight. These foods, along with exercise, will give you an extra boost to your weight lose plan.

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  1. Avocado: It’s prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. It is also the main ingredient in guacamole. Avocados are heart healthy, and are very nutritious, containing a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals. They are also very high in potassium, which should support healthy blood pressure levels. Additionally, they tend to be high in fiber, about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber can have various important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health. Numerous studies have found that a predominantly plant-based diet that includes foods such as avocados can help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight. Hence, when you go to your grocery store, grab some avocados.

  1. Almonds: These superfoods are not only packed with protein and skin-boosting vitamin E, they also have high fiber content that stops you feeling hungry. In 2007, researchers at Purdue University also reported that – despite the fact they are relatively high in calories – almonds themselves do not contribute to belly fat. Hence, swap out your usual mid-morning snack for a handful and see if it makes a difference.

  1. Leafy Greens: These vegetables are full of fiber along with vitamins, minerals, and plant-based substances that may help protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and perhaps even cancer. In general, the deeper the green the more nutritional firepower the leaves contain. If you need more incentive to toss bunches of kale, spinach, or lettuce into your grocery cart, a daily serving of leafy green vegetables may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 14 percent, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal. As best put by Glamour Magazine, the quickest way to flatten a stubborn stomach? Include a portion of leafy green vegetables at every meal.

  1. Oats: These superfoods are rich in fiber, so a serving can help you feel full throughout the day. It also contains healthy carbs that boost metabolism and burns fat. So, just add plain oats to vitamin D rich yogurt as part of a low-calorie diet to provide your body with slow-release, natural energy throughout the day, which keeps you feeling fuller for longer and can even lower your cholesterol. As described in Livingstrong, how you serve your oats can have a big impact on their weight-loss benefits. Hence, just stick to flavorings that add nutritional value and promote fat loss, and avoid sugary or fatty toppings (such as maple syrup) that add lots of calories. Boost your oats’ fiber content by adding a handful of berries — raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries — for only 25 to 40 calories per half-cup.

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  1. Beans: Beans are great source of wonderful nutrients such as proteins and fibers, and are low in calorie. It will it keep you full longer and are full of slow release energy. It’s high protein content will help firm up your muscles and keep you toned. I love having bean salad with sliced avocados to only provide energy all but also aid in weight loss. Swap your burgers for burritos, and your beef chilli for bean chilli.

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  1. Salmon: Salmon have some qualities that can help you lose extra pounds. Its nutrient-dense calories are easy to work into your daily goals, and it’s packed with protein. As an extra benefit, salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids is heart healthy and may help increase weight loss. Moreover, the fish oil you’ll get from eating salmon may boost your weight loss. In one study published in International Journal of Obesity in October 2007, young, overweight men who ate fish or took fish oil supplements lost 2 more pounds over four weeks than participants who did not consume fish.

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  1. Green Tea: Next time you go to Starbucks you may want to swap your regular Frappuccino with Green tea lemonade with honey. Green tea has been found to speed up the metabolism, which can aid the burning of excess fat in the body. It is also loaded with antioxidants and various substances that are beneficial for health. Swap your morning coffee with this superfood to help jump start your weight loss.

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  1. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a tropical oil that is made from the dried fruit (nut) of the coconut palm tree. Proponents say that it contains a healthy type of saturated fatty acid (lauric acid) that your body quickly burns for energy. According to Mayo Clinic, few small studies that have looked at coconut oil for weight loss suggest that coconut oil may help reduce waist size, but it doesn’t lead to significant weight loss or improved body mass index (BMI). However, remember this superfood is high in calorie, hence, you should use less.

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  1. Berries: Berries are great source of antioxidants that essentially act like little bodyguards protecting cells from damage, which can lead to premature aging and disease. But antioxidants are also linked to weight control. Some exciting new research from the University of Florida found that people who consume more antioxidants weigh less, even when they don’t eat fewer calories. So add of berries to your smoothies or your breakfast oat to boost your weight lose regimen.

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  1. Quinoa: This superfood is known as a complete grain, combining protein, fiber, B vitamins and complex carbohydrates all in one. Eating grains like quinoa will help to boost your metabolism, and burn belly fat faster. Although there are no human studies looking at the effects of quinoa on weight loss, quinoa contains all the necessary properties that have been linked to weight loss and improved health. Additionally, one animal study, published in Physiology & Behavior, found that mice fed a quinoa extract high in 20-hydroxyecdysone burned more calories throughout the day, and they absorbed less fat from their diets. Hence, try swapping your rice diet with this superfood.  However, remember that quinoa is high in calories, so it’s important to practice portion control if you want to lose weight.

Hope you enjoy reading this article as much as I loved writing it. Please let me know what superfood you use in your diet to speed up your weight loss.

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Healthy Roasted Chicken and Veggies


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Hi There! Hope you’re having a great weekend. I know it’s getting colder outside, and I have just a relief for you. I found a healthy roasted chicken and veggie dish for you, thanks to Yummly. It takes 20 minutes to make with prep time and is less than 250 calories. You can add any vegetables of your choice.

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Ingredients

  1. 2 medium chicken breasts, chopped
  2. 1 cup bell pepper, chopped (any colors you like)
  3. ½ onion, chopped
  4. 1 zucchini, chopped
  5. 1 cup broccoli florets
  6. ½ cup tomatoes, chopped or plum/grape
  7. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
  9. ½ teaspoon black pepper
  10. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  11. ¼ teaspoon paprika (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degree F.
  2. Chop all the veggies into large pieces. In another cutting board chop the chicken into cubes.
  3. Place the chicken and veggies in a medium roasting dish or sheet pan. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, and paprika. Toss to combine.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the veggies are charred and chicken is cooked. Enjoy with rice, pasta, or a salad. I also eating this with couscous.

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Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup


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Hi There! I know I am late on posting the recipe. Actually, I was out on a business trip, hence didn’t get a chance to post the recipe for you. As promised, I want to post the recipe for the shredded chicken tortilla soup that I have made. I got lots of complement on this soup. The recipe is inspired by the Cooking Light Magazine.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 6-inch corn tortilla
  2. Cooking spray
  3. 5 tsp Canola oil
  4. 1 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
  5. 1 cup chopped onion
  6. 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
  7. 1 tbsp chopped jalapeno
  8. 5/8 tsp kosher salt
  9. 2 minced garlic cloves
  10. 2 bay leaves
  11. 1/2 tsp chili powder
  12. 1/2 tsp paprika
  13. 1 tsp ground cumin
  14. 4 cups chicken stock
  15. 1 (14.5 oz) can unsalted diced tomatoes
  16. 3/4  cup canned unsalted black beans
  17. 8 oz chicken breast and dark meat
  18. 1/2 cup sliced avocado
  19. 4 lime wedges

Instructions:

  1. Cut corn tortilla into 1/2 inch strips.
  2. Coat with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
  4. Heat canola oil in large dutch oven over medium heat.
  5. Add zucchini, onion, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, jalapeno, 1/8 tsp kosher salt, garlic, bay leaves and cook for 7 minutes.
  6. Stir in chili powder and ground cumin.
  7. Add chicken stock and canned tomatoes.
  8. Bring to a boil.
  9. Add black beans, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 8 oz reserved chicken.
  10. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Divide among 4 bowls.
  12. Top with tortilla strips, sliced avocado, 1/2 cup cilantro, and lime wedges.

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Taylor Gourmet in Washington D.C.


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Hi There! Hope you are having a start of a wonderful weekend.Today,  I will talk about my experience eating from a menu from Taylor Gourmeta Philadelphian gourmet fast food type eatery located in Washington D.C. I have not have the pleasure of personally eating eating at one of their locations but I have ordered online from them few times.

History: Before I describe my experience about their food, let me give some about their background. This unique place was started by two Philadelphian buddies in 2008 grew up on what they called “the flavors of Philadephia’s 9th street Italian market and hoagies served by countless mom and pops shops throughout the city”. They brought their unique Philly hoagies and salamies to the H Street NE corridors and few more locations for us to enjoy. Their famous clients include none other than our current First Family.

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FoodI have had the pleasure of ordering online from them few times with my co-workers. My very first experience was their famous Ben Franklin Hoagies. It has a choice of breaded or grilled chicken with marinara sauce and sharp provolone cheese. What can I say about a their hoagies. It’s humongous, or at least for me. It’s a 16″ hoagie. I had to cut the hoagie into half and leave the other half for later. It’s great. My friend, who is a native Philadelphian said that Taylor had the closest authentic Philly Cheese steak that she has ever tasted outside of Philadelphia and that in itself is a huge accomplishment in my sense.  Now for their Rissotto Balls. These are fried mozzarella balls served in marinara sauce. The first time I tasted this appetizers, I fell in love them and every time I order from this place I have to have my rissotto balls in my order. These mouth watering fried cheese has the perfect amount of cheese with a crunchy outside. Now, if you in a food for salad there are plenty of options for you here. I for one love their Love Park Salad with arugula, pastina, cherry tomatoes, sweet basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, and Taylor vinaigrette. I love adding grilled chicken to my salad for extra protein. This mouth watering salad has the perfect combination of favors to play a perfect harmony with my taste buds.

Locations: Taylor Gourmet has locations in H Street, NE, between 4th and 5th Street K St NW, in Dupont Circle, and in Penn Quarter in Washington DC. It’s Virginia location include Fairfax and Ballston, Arlington locations. It’s also located in Bethesda neighborhood of Maryland.

Taylor, started by two Philly buddies brings in unique Philly tastes to the Washington Metro area. If you live near any of their locations don’t forget to check them out or order online. Hope you enjoy reading this blog as much I have enjoyed writing it. Don’t forget to follow me at instagram @allaboutme3181. or visit my Facebook page.

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