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Recipe: Lightened Up Chicken Korma

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skinny Chickpeas with Tikka Masala Sauce

Skip the Indian restaurant, you can make this delicious recipe any time you are craving a vegetarian Tikka Masala.

Ingredients

2 tbsp canola oil or unsalted butter
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (from a can)
1 cup light coconut milk
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp tumeric
2 tsp chili powder
juice from 1/2 lemon (1 tbsp)
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce can) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
freshly chopped cilantro for garnish
basmati rice or naan for serving

Directions

Heat the oil or butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 3 minutes, add the ginger, cook another 3 minutes until onions are golden brown. Add the garlic, cook another minute then add the tomatoes, coconut milk, spices and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes, stirring well. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

At this point you can puree the sauce in a food processor or blender…or not. Just depends if you prefer a silky smooth sauce. If you pureed it, return the sauce to the skillet. Add in the chickpeas and heat over medium heat until simmering.

Top with fresh cilantro & serve immediately with rice of naan.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Lightened Up Chicken Korma

The Indian dish Chicken Korma can be a pretty heavy dish, but I’ve lightened it up in this recipe without losing any flavor at all!

4 servings

1 cup basmati rice, cooked to package directions
2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
2 tbsp water
1/3 cup slivered, toasted almonds
1 tbsp Madras curry powder
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped and divided
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 13.5 ounce can unsweetened, light coconut milk
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup sliced white or crimini mushrooms
8 ounces green beans, sliced into thirds
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Cook the rice to package directions.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with some salt and pepper. Lightly brown the chicken for about 5-6 minutes, making sure to cook all sides. It does not need to be cooked through at this point. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate and set aside.
Puree the water, almonds, curry, 1/2 of the onion, ginger and garlic in a small food processor or blender. Set aside.
Add the remaining coconut oil to the same pan you cooked the chicken in. Add the rest of the chopped onions and sauté until lightly browned, about 10 minutes stirring frequently. Stir in the curry puree. Cook for one minute. Stir in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Stir in the tomatoes, onions and green beans, cook for 5 minutes. Add in the chicken, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in 1/2 of the cilantro. Sprinkle the rest of the cilantro over the top before serving. Serve hot with rice.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skinny Chickpeas with Tikka Masala Sauce

Skip the Indian restaurant, you can make this delicious recipe any time you are craving a vegetarian Tikka Masala.

4 servings

2 tbsp canola oil or unsalted butter
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (from a can)
1 cup light coconut milk
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp tumeric
2 tsp chili powder
juice from 1/2 lemon (1 tbsp)
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce can) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
freshly chopped cilantro for garnish
basmati rice or naan for serving

Heat the oil or butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 3 minutes, add the ginger, cook another 3 minutes until onions are golden brown. Add the garlic, cook another minute then add the tomatoes, coconut milk, spices and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes, stirring well. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
At this point you can puree the sauce in a food processor or blender…or not. Just depends if you prefer a silky smooth sauce. If you pureed it, return the sauce to the skillet. Add in the chickpeas and heat over medium heat until simmering.
Top with fresh cilantro & serve immediately with rice of naan.

This sauce tastes even better the day after you cook it! This gives time for all the flavors to marry beautifully.

~ Marla Meridith