Chicken Salsa (recipe)

Ingredients:

  • chopped chicken breasts
  • smashed! garlic
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped green bell pepper
  • chopped green onions
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • chopped cilantro
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • vegetable oil
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • salt
  • avocado, chopped (optional)
  1. Saute chicken on skillet with some vegetable oil (we are not frying here!) until cooked and golden brown.
  2. Then mix the cooked chicken with the rest of the ingredients and adjust the flavorings to your liking.

It should taste very fresh, flavorful and not heavy.  Great with brown rice, whole-grain chips, warm pita bread, corn tortillas,
it’s endless!
What would you eat this chicken salsa with?
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Mini Kabobs Tuesday…

Asian Noodles (recipe)

Ingredients:

  • Whole packet of whole-wheat spaghetti (cooked)
  • Chopped green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Black seeds (do not put too much or it will be bitter)
  • Brown sugar (1 tblsp)
  • TJ Island Soyaki Sauce
  • Chili garlic sauce (depending how hot you want it)
  • Shredded ginger (be generous here)
  • 1 squeezed orange 
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Smashed! garlic (4-5 cloves)
  • few spoons of oil
  • Sliced top sirloin in slivers (make sure to slice against the grain)

Yes I know it’s weird to use spaghetti for an Asian dish but it tastes really great and it doesn’t feel so unusual.  The sesame seeds adds great texture and crunch.

I know some of you may not have Trader Joe’s so when I get the sauce, I’ll list the ingredients so you can still make this dish.  I apologize: I ran out as I was making the noodles and forgot to save the bottle!

  1. You can marinate the sliced meat overnight or for a few hours or just 10 minutes before cooking (like I actually did, ha) but I am sure it would have a lot more flavor if I did.  So add the TJ Soyaki Sauce until it coats all the meat pieces, add the ginger (make sure to add a lot, it makes is taste so much better) and the smashed! garlic.
  2. Heat the pan with oil and when it becomes hot enough throw in the meat and cook them until they are done.
  3. So sorry to not list the rest of the ingredients here (lazy cook and writer, sorry!) and add those in with the meat and mix well (except the noodles, oops, spaghetti).  Maybe have this on for about 10 minutes.
  4.  Then mix the spaghetti and make sure everything is coated and covered well.  Turn off heat.
  5. Of course you can adjust the flavorings to your liking (add/less ginger, more sauce, more/less orange juice…you get it.)
  6. Serve and garnish with black and white sesame seeds.

Enjoy!  Black seeds are blessed

Asian Surprise

Watch for this Asian Surprise recipe on Monday!  Plus it is really easy to make…

Feta: chickpeas and yogurt (recipe)

Ingredients:

Cooked chickpeas

Toasted pita bread

Yogurt

Tahini

Salt

Smashed! Garlic

Few drops of vinegar

Cumin

Paprika

Toasted slivered almonds

Extra virgin olive oil

Pomegranate seeds (optional)

  1. Layer the toasted pita bread on a nice, presentable serving dish so that the bottom of the dish is covered into bite size pieces of bread.
  2. Mix yogurt, some tahini (enough to taste the tahini but not completely overwhelming the yogurt), vinegar, smashed! garlic (enough to get a garlic breath, ha…eat a bunch of parsley after and you will banish the bad breath), and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add chickpeas over the bread with some of the water left over from cooking the chickpeas (if they came from a can, rinse them and boil in some water, just to make them warm, and then use some of that liquid for the bread so it can get moist but not too mushy).
  4. Spread the yogurt mixture over the chickpeas.
  5. Drizzle e.v.o.o., sprinkle cumin and paprika over the dish.  Then the slivered almonds on top and pom seeds if you have any.

It is a dish eaten warm or at room temperature.

If we have any leftover, we do eat it cold…told you it was easy!

Say Bismillah and share the goodness!

Dried Cranberries and Feta Cheese Salad (recipe)

Here is an easy and yummy! recipe that could be done, seriously like in 5 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • a bag of fresh baby spinach or mixed spring salad (different types of salad greens)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • a handful of dried cranberries
  • crumbled feta cheese

  • Rinse and dry salad greens.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and make sure to mix well until everything is evenly coated with e.v.o.o., cranberries, and Feta cheese.
This tastes so good.
I have not tried this but I am sure you could add grilled chicken breasts or some walnuts/slivered almonds to make it a lunch meal,
to take to work, a picnic, or potluck side dish!
What other ingredients would you add to the salad?

Pinto Bean Stew (recipe)

Ingredients:

(2) 15 oz. cans (rinsed) pinto beans (or dried beans that are cooked)

4-5 diced tomatoes

1 chopped onion

1 squeezed lemon

3-4 smashed! garlic cloves

Cumin

Parsley (fresh or dried)

Salt

Oil

  1. Sauté onions in oil until transparent.
  2. Add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add beans and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, lemon juice, cumin, parsley, and salt-cook until everything is soft.
  5. Adjust the flavorings to your liking (add more lemon, cumin, or oil if you prefer)
  6. That’s it!  Now eat it!

It’s easy, healthy, and full of flavor.

Good protein from the beans, lycopene from the cooked tomotoes, and cumin is a spice that is known to be good for the stomach (if I or my daughters’ bellies hurt, my husband makes potatoes and adds cumin to it and makes us eat it like medicine!).

Maybe I’ll share that recipe another time…

Share and enjoy!