Baked Orzo with Chicken, Tomatoes and Peas

Baked Orzo with Chicken, Tomatoes and Peas

Baked Orzo with Chicken, Tomatoes and Peas

I think the reason many people like casseroles so much is because its an ultimate comfort food. How can you resist a warm, creamy, cheesy dish? This casserole is a dinner everyone can appreciate and enjoy. It’s super easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of prep time, so it’s perfect during the week for busy moms and dads. Kids will love the casserole because of all the kid friendly flavors like chicken, cheese, tomatoes, and peas.

I did however tried to keep it light and nutritious, but sometimes you just need a good comforting casserole for dinner, am I right? Hope you enjoy this one!!! Continue reading

Meal planner – Week 1

 

Meal Planner

Weekly Meal Planner

 

Welcome to My Meal Planning Corner! I am starting a new feature on my blog, where I would share easy, flavor-packed meals that you can throw together even on a busiest week nights! Continue reading

Chicken Skewers with Dandelion Pesto

Chicken Skewers with Dandelion Pesto

I remember my father used to spend hours to digging out dandelions by the root and I always thought of them as one of the most ‘annoying’ weeds that find a way to spread in your yard. Then I came across them in the grocery story and decided it was time to experiment with different ways to prepare and use them. Dandelion greens are the most nutritious leafy vegetable that you can buy, slightly bitter and earthy. Cultivated dandelion greens from the store are less bitter than the wild ones, but in both cases taste great when properly prepared. Blanching them first for few minutes will help to get rid of some of the bitterness. Pairing them with salty Parmesan cheese, nuts and red wine vinegar will compliment the taste. Divide any pesto leftovers into portions and keep in on hand in the freezer. I served these chicken skewers with wild rice and a side of garden salad. This pesto is also great with pasta, scramble eggs or flat bread.

Chicken Skewers with Dandelion Pesto

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20 minute Sweet and Sour Chicken

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About 20 years ago, my sister-in-law gave my husband a very authentic and very complicated Chinese cookbook. We moved this book through 7 houses and two countries and I never noticed it. The other day, it literally feel into my lap. It explains in great detail the technical side of authentic Chinese cooking. I read through it and am using it for inspiration, as well as to improve my understanding of Chinese cooking.

This recipe is completely inspired by the book’s authenticity and traditional techniques, but with my own added twists and simplified process. The result is a subtle take on sweet and sour chicken that is easy, delicious and takes 20 minutes. It can be eaten simply with rice or used in an appetizer or other main dishes.

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Lime Coconut Chicken Burger + Red Cabbage Slaw

Lime Coconut Chicken Burger

 

When we lived in India, we traveled throughout Asia quite frequently and were able to taste and experience the cuisines of many different countries from China to Sri Lanka. Since we have been back, I have been looking for ways to combine these tastes to create something new. Continue reading

Chicken Kebabs with Smoked Paprika Orange Sauce

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My husband has been asking about kebabs, so when the weather turned to the warmer side, I am firing up a grill. This time, I decided to try a chicken kabob with a delicious smoked paprika orange sauce. When making kebabs, I like to marinate the meat overnight or at least few hours before the grilling. It tenderizes the meat and enhances the flavor. For this particular kebabs I used citrus base marinade of lime and orange. To that I added some garlic, onion and fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro and mint. For the seasoning, I used cumin, turmeric, some smoked sweet paprika and a little bit of red pepper flakes. Smoked paprika orange sauce compliments the chicken kebabs perfectly. You can serve these kebabs with grilled vegetables, fresh lavash bread, salad or brown rice.

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Baked Chicken with Coconut Chili Sauce

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I am always looking for different ways of making chicken. Chicken is easy, cheap and can take on unique flavors, especially if you are creative with your sauces. This recipe is a great example of taking ordinary chicken and making an extraordinary flavor combination through the sauce. The combination of garlic, ginger, onions, tomatoes, chilies, fresh lime juice and spices goes perfectly with the coconut milk. This fragrant dish is perfect to serve with some steamed rice and veggies like broccoli. It’s a bit like a chicken curry, but with a twist that will appeal to non-curry eaters. I decided to bake chicken in a coconut chili sauce to keep the skin crispy and golden brown. The sauce comes half way so you are actually ‘braising’ the chicken in the oven. When the chicken is done it will be super tender with a golden brown skin. I used chicken thigh meat because of the deeper flavor, but you can use chicken breast meat if you prefer. Don’t be shy with the sauce, as I said, it’s the best part! Continue reading

Chicken in a Creamy Tomato Artichoke Sauce

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You are looking at the simplest chicken dish that full of flavor and come together in less than 30 minutes. This recipe could not be easier, yet packed with flavors from tomatoes, artichoke, parmesan and mascarpone cheese. Simply cook the chicken in the pan and then make the sauce in the same pan! Very affordable meal and perfect for a week night dinner. Serve over pasta, rice, etc and a side of steamed vegetables like broccoli. Continue reading

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Corn and Winter Greens

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You gotta love a dinner where you can use only one pan. I know my husband does as he normally does the dishes. This recipe definitely falls into the category of easy-peasy! There is so much to love about this dish. It’s full of colorful and healthful vegetables with a touch of lemony flavor. Chicken is browned in a little olive oil then removed to a plate. And with that, the bulk of the work is done. All that remains is to add the remaining ingredients to the pan, cook a little bit, bring the chicken back to the pan and simmer for a few more minutes for flavors to combine. Not only is this dish easy enough to make on a weeknight, but it will also not fail to impress any dinner guest!  Continue reading