Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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There is no doubt that Indian cuisine is one of the flavorful and aromatic food out there, I love Indian food as much as I love middle eastern food…I enjoy cooking Indian food and I really love it when the delicious aroma fills up my kitchen, the spices, the texture and the flavor are amazing.


Tikka Masala was created in Britain by a Pakistani chef and as I heard from many Indian friends that this dish wasn’t known in India before it was created…but all of the spices that was used in the creation of this dish are used in Indian cooking everyday, so I guess for that reason everyone associate it this dish to Indian cuisine.

This is my take on chicken masala that I created, a healthy alternative and easier than the original recipe by using my slow cooker…I wanted to keep the flavors but without having the full fat that in the original or in many recipes that you would find on line, the original recipe has a full fat yogurts and creams… I created mine with low sodium chicken broth and thickened it with Flax seed Milled flour that added texture and amazing nutty flavor that I thought it was beyond delicious.


Normally this dish is served with rice or with the delicious Indian bread Naan, but I kept my dish simple, light and healthy.

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2-3 LB boneless and skinless chicken thighs or breast cut to bite size pieces.

1 tbsp. ground cardamom

1 1/2 tbsp. mild or hot curry powder

1/2 tbsp. black pepper

1/2 to 1 tbsp. sea salt or to taste

1/2 tbsp. garlic powder

1/2 tbsp. onion powder

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2-3 bay leaves

1 stick of cinnamon

2-3 tbsp. flax seed milled flour or all- purpose flour

1 sliced red bell pepper

1 sliced yellow bell pepper

1 sliced onion

1 cup of low sodium chicken broth or water

In a slow cooker inserted to the unit add, chicken, spice, salt and black pepper.

Add chicken broth, cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours depending on the size of the chicken you are using, stir twice doing the cooking process.

When the timer is close to the last hour, add the flax seed flour and stir until the chicken is completely coated.

Add the sliced onion and bell peppers, stir and cover to cook for the remaining time.

If you are allergic to flax seed or you’re not a fan you could remove it from the recipe, just serve the dish with bread or rice to soak up the delicious juices.


Super bowl party

We are having our humble super bowl party for four this year!

Made lots of delicious Tex-Mex small bits….

Fresno chili cheese poppers

Barbecue Turkey meatballs… ok this one is not a Tex-Mex but it’s loved by everyone!

Chicken tacos


Pico de gallo

Refried beans topped with cheese

Chips, lettuce and cheese to complete the meal!

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recently I became a big fan of Spaghetti squash, its a healthy alternative to regular pasta.

I was really skeptical about it and about how would it taste with pasta sauce, and I always wondered what was the rave about it….but I became a believer once I had a taste of it.

Trying to have a healthy lifestyle made me try and experiment with food that I never thought of eating, but I been feeling good about choosing the healthier food for me and my family…

The first time I tried spaghetti squash was the frozen kind that I bought at the grocery store but I thought to my self it would taste a whole lot better if I make it at home and thats when I became a big fan of this delicious healthy food !

This is how I made them

Preheat oven to 440

2 large spaghetti squash

Healthy cooking spray

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

Wash and dry the squash.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum paper (easy clean up), spray with cooking spray and set aside.

Cut the washed spaghetti squash in half, scope out the seeds and discard.

Spray the squash with cooking spray and sprinkle the top with salt and pepper.

Bake face down for 40-55 minuets..

Turn face up and bake for additional 10 minuets, I like them to have a chard top it adds smoky taste to the dish!

After baking let it cool for 15-20 minuets.

With a fork scrap out the inside of the squash to a bowl and you will have a delicious spaghetti ready to devour…

I packed the squash in small freezer bags to keep on hand when I need it, cheaper and healthier than the store bought version!


Fiesta chicken

Fiesta Chicken

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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We are the kind of people that could eat chicken every night and tonight was a no exception it was a slow cooker fiesta chicken night!

I called it fiesta chicken because of the the mix of the spices i used, this mix of spices added the most delicious mild spiced flavor!

This recipe is so easy to make, i used some of the chicken right out of the freezer, i had two pieces that I defrosted overnight in the fridge…I was thinking to grill them and to use as a topping on a salad but I changed my mind since I was on a mission to get my garage cleaned today!

Do you smell the aroma!! Ahhhhh Yummmm

5 boneless skinless chicken breast

1/2 tbsp sea salt

1 cup of water

1 cinnamon stick

1 tbsp dehydrated onion

1 tbsp dehydrated garlic

1/2 tbsp onion powder

1/4 tsp dry thyme

1/2 tbsp ground coriander

1/4 tbsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp hot chili powder

1/4 tbsp ground paprika

1/2 tbsp ground achiote pepper

1/2 tbsp ground pasilla chili

1/4 tsp all spice

2 chipotle adobados peppers

1 small can green chili sauce (mild)

Cilantro leaves for garnish

Add the chicken to the slow cooker, add water and all the spices, add the green chili sauce, adobados peppers and the cinnamon stick.

Cover and cook on high for four hours, after two hours left the cover and mix the chicken well with the spices, cover and continue cooking!

For my plate I served it with a mix of green salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar dressing, and for my husband I served it with vegetable tartars (he likes them a lot )!

this dish could be easily served with all the delicious tacos or burritos fixing but we chose the lighter version for tonight dinner!


Kofta – – Middle Eastern Meatloaf

Kofta-Middle Eastern Meatloaf

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Kota is the most beloved and most famous dish in the middle east, its delicious and ohh its so easy to make.

Every home has its own recipe to prepare this dish, its widely made in a pan like my mom’s recipe below, or as a Kabob on skewers, or long shaped meatballs.

The long shaped meatballs or the Kabob skewers are always served with Hummus , fries and pita bread.


Any way its prepared it will be delicious served with middle eastern salad.

1.50 lbs. Lean ground beef

2 cups Parsley

1 large Onion

4 Med Size Tomatoes

4 Med Size Potato

1 1/2 Tbsp. Black pepper plus extra (optional)

1/2 Tbsp. Table Salt plus extra (optional)

1 Tbsp. Curry powder

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

3 cups Water

4 Tbsp. butter cut to small pieces

Preheat oven to 450

In a food processor, separately chop parsley and onion, making sure not to over chop them, need a minced consistency not watery soup.

Add chopped parsley and onion to the ground beef, add salt, pepper, curry powder and olive oil, mix well until all combined.

In 9 x 13 inch baking pan with clean hands pat down the meat mixture, making sure its evenly distributed it in the pan.

Add sliced Potatoes and top with sliced tomatoes and butter, sprinkle with additional salt and pepper if you desire, add water and cover with aluminum foil.

Bake for 35-45 minutes depending on your oven, uncover and bake for additional 10-20 minutes.

let the pan cool for 5 minutes.





  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Maqluba is the national dish of Israel / Palestine, The dish can include a variety of vegetables, such as tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, carrots and eggplant! my favorite way to make it  with eggplant and cauliflower, chicken or lamb are the meats of choice to be used in Maqluba.


Maqluba latterly translates to “upside down” in Arabic, when the casserole is inverted, the top has the crusty layer of the rice, some chose to have the vegetable on the bottom instead of the rice, but my mom always made it with the rice on the bottom, I love it and so my family.


4 LB boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs.
8 cups cold water
1 stick of cinnamon
2 bay leaf
1 large onion thinly sliced
1 med cauliflower cut up to floweret OR
1 large eggplant cut up in to 3 inches circles
3 cloves of garlic minced
3 cups of Jasmin rice or long grain rice
1/2 tablespoon of black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon of salt divided
1 1/4 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon ground cardamom
6 cups reserved chicken broth
6 tablespoon olive oil divided
3 tablespoon butter


Preheat oven to 425

In a large stockpot add water, chicken, cinnamon stick and bay leaf, bring to boil, lower the heat to medium low and simmer uncovered to avoid spells for about 25 minutes, making sure to skim off the foam every few minutes until the broth is clear.

In the main time, spread the eggplant on to nonstick or lined baking sheet in single layer, drizzle 3 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle 1/4 of tablespoon of salt, work the oil and the salt in to the eggplant, roast for 30 minutes.

Rinse the rice with cold water and drain, set a side.

In a medium size nonstick pot add the remaining olive oil, butter and Sauté the sliced onions until golden, add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, make sure the pot is large enough in order to cook the entire meal in.

Add the sautéed onion and garlic to the rinsed rice, add all the spices, the remaining salt and pepper. mix well.

Remove the chicken from the broth on to a plate and let it cool for a minute, discard the cinnamon stick and bay leaf, reserve the broth.

Shred the chicken in to large bite size.

line the bottom of the pot with a layer of the rice and onion mixture, add a layer of eggplant or the vegetable you chose to use, repeat until all of the eggplant used and end up with a top layer of the rice.

Add chicken broth, cover and bring to boil, lower heat to simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes.

Let the rice stand in the pot covered for about 10 minutes.

Hold a large serving platter over the pot and invert the rice carefully and serve.

Some recipes have toasted nuts on top but i love this simple one! 

Served with plain yogurt or middle eastern salad

Cheese sauce

Cheese sauce

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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I tested a cheese sauce last night and it turned out delicious, hearty,
and cheesy goodness… And the meat added an extra delicious flavor.

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I also used the same sauce to test my homemade Nachos and it turned out as
delicious as the Penne dish.


Also tested this sauce with steamed vegetables and there are no words to
describe the flavor, all I could say that it is absolutely delicious.


I am still in the testing stages with this sauce; I have to try and work on
it few more time, so I won’t post it just yet.

I promise I will once I get it perfect and up to standard to post.