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Stacie's Curried Chicken Salad A favorite of teas and showers and girly events, this fruity chicken salad has a slight hint of curry in the dressing and lots of crunch from the celery, pecans, and apple. Easy to throw together ahead of time and makes plenty to share. 2 C cubed chicken
1 apple, chopped
3/4 C dried cranberries
1/2 C celery, chopped
1/4 C pecans, chopped
3/4 C mayonnaise (or 1/2 c. mayo and 1/3 c. yogurt)
2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp curry

Combine chicken, apple, celery, cranberries, pecans, and green onion. Mix mayo, lime juice, curry, and toss with other ingredients. Serve as sandwiches or with crackers.

From: Stacie (via allrecipes.com)
This is one of those recipes that is easy, delicious and can be done without a lot of forethought. I've started keeping cans of chickpeas and tomatoes around just so I can make this dish (and others like homemade falafel) when we run out of groceries and don't want to make another run. Of course that means that we usually make this when we don't have a lot of time. So even though I've made this at least twice, no pictures yet. But take my word for it - it's worth a try.

olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin seeds (or coriander seeds)
½ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp ground ginger (I usually omit)
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cardamon (or 3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed)
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1 Tbs cilantro leaves, roughly torn, plus more for garnish
A pinch of cayenne, or to taste
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
6-8 Tbs plain yogurt, optional
A few lemon wedges, optional

Film the bottom of a large saucepan or Dutch oven--preferably not nonstick--with olive oil, and place the pan over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until it is deeply caramelized and even charred in some spots. Be patient. The more color, the more full-flavored the final dish will be.

Reduce the heat to low. Add the garlic, stirring, and add a bit more oil if the pan seems dry. Add the cumin seeds, coriander, ginger, garam masala, and cardamom pods, and fry them, stirring constantly, until fragrant and toasty, about 30 seconds. Add ¼ cup water, and stir to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the water has evaporated away completely. Pour in the juice from can of tomatoes, followed by the tomatoes themselves, using your hands to break them apart as you add them; alternatively, add them whole and crush them in the pot with a potato masher. Add the salt.

Raise the heat to medium, and bring the pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, add the cilantro and cayenne, and simmer the sauce gently, stirring occasionally, until it reduces a bit and begins to thicken. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Add the chickpeas, stirring well, and cook over low heat for about five minutes. Add 2 Tbs water, and cook for another five minutes. Add another 2 Tbs water, and cook until the water is absorbed, a few minutes more. This process of adding and cooking off water helps to concentrate the sauce's flavor and makes the chickpeas more tender and toothsome. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

Stir in the yogurt, if you like, or garnish with lemon wedges and cilantro. Serve.

Yield: About four servings

Original Recipe

dill_chicken_salad.jpgThis recipe is famous back home at ladies meetings and potlucks. The dill gives it a delicious spring flavor and if made in a food processor it makes a wonderful creamy spread for crackers or homemade bread. And don't forget the celery salt- it really makes a difference in taste. As with all chicken salads the measurements are approximate.

1/3 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. plain yogurt
1/2 tbs. dried dill
1/2 tsp. celery salt
juice from 1/2 lemon (optional)
~2 c. cooked chicken, chopped fine

Combine the first 5 ingredients thoroughly. Taste, adjust, and add to the chicken. Mix well and serve with bread or crackers. Alternatively: if serving as a dip, blend all ingredients in food processor until creamy.

Recipe by Debi Akiyama

carrotcakecookies_sm.jpgSweet fresh-grated carrot makes all the difference in these cakey spiced cookies. The filling is just greek yogurt mixed with honey, but it tastes decadent sandwiched in between the cinnamony orange layers. Cute enough for a party, but healthy enough for everyday, they are definitely going on my 'make again' list.

1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Wheat Bran
1/2 Cup Oatmeal
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (or fresh nutmeg, cause I'm sure you're more likely to have that around)
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
1 tbsp. Real Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Cups Shredded Carrot (not store bought- freshly grated in a cheese grater)
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
2 tbsp. Butter, room temperature
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins

Filling:

17.6 oz Container (about 2 Cups) 2% Greek Yogurt (Fage brand recommended)
1/2 Cup Local Honey
1 tsp. Cinnamon

Oven to 325°

1. In a small bowl, pour about half cup of hot water over the raisins and let them soak. In a bowl, whisk the eggs well. Add applesauce, butter, brown sugar and stir. Drain the raisins and add them, and the carrots to the wet mixture. In another large bowl, mix all dry ingredients and the nuts.

2. Gently, in thirds add the dry ingredients to the wet. You should get a pretty thick dough at this point, firm enough keep form on a baking sheet, but still more moist than your typical cookie.

3.Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop for large cookies, or a tablespoon for smaller ones and set them 2'' apart. Bake for 12-16, depending on cookie size, until edges brown a little and the middle is just set. Timing will vary.

In the meantime, mix all filling ingredients with a whisk and put in fridge to firm up.

Allow cakey cookies to cool before assembling the sandwiches. After assembling, freeze for 30 minutes or so to make them easier to eat.

Makes 20 Minis

Calories:124
Fat: 4g

Original recipe

soda_bread_sm.jpgThis hearty, rustic quick bread is my go-to when I want bread and only have an hour. It is only slightly sweet and so goes very well with all sorts of dishes. Best served warm & crunchy with butter and homemade jam.

1  cup  all-purpose flour
2  tablespoons  sugar
1  teaspoon  baking powder
1  teaspoon  baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1 1/2  tablespoons  cold butter or margarine
2  cups  whole-wheat flour
1/4  cup  regular or quick-cooking rolled oats
1 1/2  cups  plain nonfat yogurt or buttermilk
Milk
In a bowl, mix all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture forms fine crumbs. Stir in whole-wheat flour and oats.
Add yogurt; stir gently. If mixture is too dry to hold together, stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, just until dough holds together; it should not be sticky.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured board and knead gently 5 times to make a ball. Set on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pat into a 7-inch circle. With a floured knife, cut a large X on top of loaf.
Bake in a 375° oven until well browned, about 40 minutes - do not underbake! Cool on a rack. Serve warm or cool.

greek_pork_sm.jpgAlthough the dill-yogurt sauce and tomato salad give the dish a unique Greek flavor, the super easy marinated pork was the real star. It is so delicious and versatile I plan on using it for my go-to pork chop recipe with many other sides, like cheese grits and okra or rice pilaf and green beans.

Pork:
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning
2 tsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3-4 thick cut boneless pork chops
Cooking spray
Combine the vinegar, oregano, olive oil, and garlic in a zip lock bag. Add the pork to the bag and seal. Marinate the meat for 20 minutes at room temperature, turning after 10 minutes.Heat a grill pan or frying pan coated in cooking spray over medium high heat. Remove pork from marinade and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add pork to pan, and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan and let it rest for 2-3 minutes.

Dill Yogurt Sauce:
1/2 cup of Greek style (or regular) plain yogurt
1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp fresh dill weed, chopped (or 1/2 tsp dried)
1 clove of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until mixed thoroughly. Place in the refrigerator until needed.

Tomato Salad:
2-3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 bunch of green onions, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper
optional: chopped cucumber and kalamata olives
Combine all ingredients.

Original recipe

Quick sauteed Greek chicken in pitas with onion, bell pepper, and lemon yogurt sauce.

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups vertically sliced onion (about 1 medium)
1 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper (about 1)
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup grated English cucumber (optional)
1/4 cup 2% Greek-style yogurt (such as Fage)
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 (6-inch) whole-wheat soft pitas, cut in half
2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper (and oregano). Add chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until done. Remove from pan.

Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 3 minutes. Add chicken, garlic, and oregano; cook 30 seconds.

Combine cucumber and next 6 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon salt). Serve chicken mixture with yogurt sauce, warmed pita, and tomato slices.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup chicken mixture, 1/4 cup sauce, 1 pita, and about 1/4 cup tomatoes)

Nutritional Information
Calories:361
Fat:7.4g (sat 2.3g,mono 3.3g,poly 0.8g)

Original recipe 

This chicken salad is only slightly sweet from the apple, with a strong curry flavor & lemon tang. Serve in sandwiches or on lettuce.

3 c. chopped cooked chicken
1 large red apple, finely chopped
½ c. plain yogurt
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1-2 tbs. lemon juice
1 tbs. curry powder
1/3 c. chopped fresh parsley
¼ c. grated onion (optional)
Combine chicken and apple in large bowl.
In small bowl, blend yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice and curry powder.
Add to chicken mixture, toss to coat.
Stir in remaining ingredients.

Source: First Come, First Served... In Savannah
Naan is a puffy Indian flatbread, similar to a pita, but lighter in texture. It's traditionally cooked at a high heat in a clay oven. This recipe uses a bread stone in a 500 degree oven with similar results. Note that the dough has a rise time of 3-4 hours, so make the dough just after lunch if you're planning on serving it for dinner. The buttery soft bread is a perfect accompaniment to spicy Indian dishes like Spicy Indian Soup (Mulligatawny).

2 cups of All Purpose flour (Plain flour or maida)
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of baking soda
2 tablespoons of oil
2 1/2 tablespoons yogurt (curd or dahi)
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon of clear butter or ghee to butter the Naan
1/4 cup All Purpose flour for rolling
Dissolve active dry yeast in lukewarm water and let it sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.

Add sugar, salt and baking soda to the flour and mix well.
Add the oil and yogurt mix, this will become crumbly dough.
Add the water/yeast mixture and make into soft dough. Note: after dough rise will become little softer.

Knead until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough and keep in a warm place for 3-4 hours. The dough should almost be double in volume.

Heat the oven to 500 degrees with pizza stone for at least thirty minutes so stone is hot. Using a pizza stone will help to give naan close to same kind of heat as clay tandoor. Next turn the oven to high broil.

Knead the dough for about two to three minutes and divide the dough into six equal parts. Take each piece of dough, one at a time, and roll into 8-inch oval shape. Dust lightly with dry flour to help with the rolling.

Before putting the Naan in oven, lightly wet your hands and take the rolled Naan, and flipp them between your palms and place onto your baking/pizza stone into the oven. You can place about 2 Naan on the baking/pizza stone at a time. The Naan will take about 2 to 3 minutes to cook, depending upon your oven. After the Naan is baked(Naan should be golden brown color on top).

Take naan out of the oven and brush lightly with clear butter or ghee. Wait 2 to 3 minutes before baking the next batch of naan. It gives oven the chance to get heated again to max.

makes about 6

Original recipe (with instructional video)

This heavily spiced chicken soup is sweet from the apples and mango chutney, but has quite a bit of heat from the jalapeno and crushed red pepper. You can make the chutney ahead of time or use store bought. Serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt on top to cut the heat and fresh naan (Indian flatbread) on the side.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup chopped peeled Gala or Braeburn apple
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 c. white wine
1/3 cup mango chutney* Recipe Follows
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 c. frozen peas
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and sauté 3 minutes. Remove from pan; set aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add apple and next 4 ingredients (apple through bell pepper); sauté 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through salt); cook 1 minute. Stir in broth, chutney, wine and tomato paste; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes. Return chicken to pan, add peas.Cook 2 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups
Calories:236
Fat: 4.8g (sat 0.8g,mono 1.1g,poly 2.3g)
Original Recipe (Cooking Light)


Mango Chutney

1 1/2 cups cubed peeled ripe mango (about 1 medium)
1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon diced jalapeño pepper
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat 30 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; mash with a potato masher until desired consistency. Cool completely. Store chutney in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield: 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
Calories: 35
Original recipe (Cooking Light)

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