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Haryali Kebab with Mango Salsa

May 13, 2019

 

  • 1 pound chicken, boneless and skinless, cut into 1 inch pieces

Marinade

  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup mint, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

Transfer the yogurt, cilantro, mint, garlic, ginger, salt and coriander to a blender. Blend till smooth and marinate the chicken in the marinade overnight or at least 2 to 3 hours. Place on skewers and cook under a broiler or on the grill.

Mango Salsa

  • 1 large or 2 medium mangos, diced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 serrano chili, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt

Mix all the ingredients and garnish the chicken with the mango salsa and serve.

Chicken Mushroom and Chorizo Stew

February 11, 2019
  • One whole chicken, cut into 8 to 10 pieces, skin off
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Mix the flour with the salt and paprika in a medium shallow bowl. Dredge the chicken pieces in flour and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, add more if needed during browning of the chicken
  • 2 chorizo links, casings off and crumbled
  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 10 ounces, Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 10 ounces, Shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 to 4 cups mushroom or chicken stock
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a large saucepan with the olive oil. Add the chorizo and cook on medium high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or till golden brown. Take the crumbled chorizo out with a slotted spoon. Brown the chicken pieces in batches on all sides on a medium heat. Add more olive oil if necessary. Take the chicken pieces out. Add the parsnips, carrots and garlic. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes till golden brown. Add the salt and smoked paprika. Deglaze with the orange juice and add the stock. Add the chorizo and chicken and bring to a boil. Simmer with lid on for 20 to 25 minutes, till the chicken is cooked through. Take the chicken pieces out and reduce the sauce in the pan so about 2 cups are left. Check for seasonings and add the chicken pieces back, garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

 

Pork and Kale Chili

January 29, 2019

In spite of this dish having kale, this was a big, big hit. A great dish to make in this chilly weather.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound good quality ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 14 ounces can chopped fire roasted tomatoes with chili
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 14 ounces can of any kind of beans (I used black and pinto), washed and drained
  • Salt
  • 10 ounces baby kale, chopped

Heat a heavy large pan with olive oil. Add the ground pork and cook on medium heat, separating the meat with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the ground cumin, ancho chili and oregano and continue cooking and browning for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and a teaspoon of salt. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock and beans and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cover with lid and cook for 30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes to stir. Take lid off and add the kale and bring to a boil. Simmer for another 10 minutes until the kale is wilted and cooked through. Check for seasonings and garnish with cheese and serve.

Easy Citrus Chicken

January 7, 2019

Pan Seared Citrus Chicken
Here is another yummy, healthy chicken dish. This particular one  has Latin flavors. I started with marinating the chicken- I do think it is the key to amazing flavor every time. I marinated the chicken in orange juice, lime juice, agave, smoked paprika and garlic. I later made a sauce out of the left over marinade- always a good idea! To thicken the sauce, I dredged the chicken pieces in a bit of flavor before cooking. The dish came together in no time at all and it was delicious.

I served the healthy chicken breasts with citrus broccoli and some sweet potato oven fries.

  • 3 to 4 chicken breast filets, boneless, skinless and pounded thin (about ½ inch)

Marinade

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons agave
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated

Add the orange juice, lime juice, agave, salt, paprika and garlic in a small bowl and mix well. Add the marinade and chicken to a zip lock bag and marinate for 3 to 4 hours in the fridge.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Take the chicken filets out of the marinade and dredge in flour and salt (save the marinade for later). Brown the chicken on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take the filets out and add the marinade into the frying pan. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Add the chicken filets and cook on a medium flame until chicken is done (time will vary according the chicken thickness). Serve hot with pan sauce on top of the chicken.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

December 11, 2018

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

  • 4 to 5 chicken thighs, with bone, skinless
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

Sprinkle the salt and smoked paprika all over the chicken thighs and let sit for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup dried chorizo, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish saffron
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • 2 cups short grain rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a paella pan. Brown the chicken thighs on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes each. Take out and add the chorizo. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion, pepper and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minute. Add the bay, saffron and tomato puree. Saute for a minute. Add the chicken thighs and cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Take out and let cool. Add the rice and mix well. Add the chicken broth and check seasonings. Add salt. Bring to a boil and in the meantime, take the chicken meat off the bones and shred. Add the shredded chicken to the pan and mix well. Cook the rice on a simmer for 5 minutes, lower the heat and cover till rice is almost cooked through, about 15 minutes. Add the peas and tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes till the peas are warm. Stir in cilantro and parsley and serve warm.

Shrimp in Poblano Sauce

September 24, 2018

Shrimp in Poblano Sauce with Spinach Polenta

  • 3 poblano peppers, seeded and cut in half
  • 3 green tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut in half
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Transfer the vegetables onto the sheet and drizzle olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper and roast for about 30 minutes until the peppers and onion are soft. Let cool and carefully take the pepper skins off. Place in a blender with the cilantro and broth. Blend till smooth. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, deveined and shelled
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a large saucepan with olive oil. Saute the shrimp on high heat for 30 seconds on each side. Take out and sprinkle with salt and smoked paprika. Add the blended sauce and sauté on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the half and half and broth. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Cook on medium heat for just a few minutes till the shrimp are done- careful not to overcook. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro. Serve with fresh polenta.

Corn and Tomato Salsa with Steak Quesadillas

September 18, 2018

Corn and Tomato Salsa

  • 2 cups grilled corn (frozen from Trader Joes)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle in adobo sauce with chopped pepper if you want it spicy
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add the corn, tomatoes, chipotle in adobo, lime juice, honey, salt, green onions and cilantro in a medium bowl. Mix well and let sit for at least half an hour. Serve with steak quesadillas.

Steak Quesadillas

  • 1 cup leftover steak pepper and onion mixture, chopped
  • ½ cup avocado crema
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (any kind)
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 3 teaspoons extra light olive oil

Heat a non-stick pan and add one teaspoon oil. Add one tortilla and spread crema. Add a third cup of cheese and a third cup steak mixture on top of crema. Add the second tortilla on top and cook on both sides until golden brown – about 4 minutes each side on medium heat.
Serve with corn salsa and rice.

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