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Masala Kale Chips

I am obsessed with potato chips and eat them all the time.  My favorite are Masala Chips from India and luckily for me (unlucky for my thighs) I can get them from my Indian Grocery Store.  So, I tried to use the same flavor of ingredients as in my Kale Chips.  The end result was delicious.  If you like a salty chip you may have to add more salt at the end of baking, I sure did!  If you think your child will not even look at Kale Chips…You will be surprised……My son couldn’t & wouldn’t wait until I took picture for this blog entry.    Encourage your child to try different veggie chips, they may like them.     🙂

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Saag

Makes 4 Servings of 3/4 cup each. Nutrition per serving: Weight Watchers 3 + points ~ Calories 137.3 ~ Fat 3.7 g ~ Carbs 21.8 g ~ Fiber 9.0 g ~ Protein 9.4 g

Saag is a known as a good luck type of dish that is made on special occasions.  Apparently, it has special powers to assist  families in “mingling & mixing” together especially during weddings. (I was told this by my Aunt)

Saag is a North-Indian dish that is a “catch all” term that for various green leafed dishes.  It can be made with greens such as: mustard leaves, Spinach, Kale, Broccoli Rabe, Broccoli…as well as other healthy green veggies.  Saag is very versatile and can be mixed with Paneer (Indian Cheese), potatoes, chick peas, chicken, goat or lamb.   This recipe is a basic recipe for Saag that I learned from my mother.   It can easily be transformed to any dish containing saag, such as:  Saag Paneer.  OR you can try my Chicken & Saag Curry Recipe Read More…

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Indian Chicken Curry

Nutrition per drumstick: Weight Watchers Points + 3 ~ Calories 111.7 ~ Total Fat 3.7 g ~ Carbs 5.4 g ~ Fiber 0.8 g ~ Protein 12.5 g

Chicken Curry is an easy breezy dish to make on a weeknight.  I picked up some curry powder from Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago because I had received  several emails & questions regarding how to use curry powder in lieu of garam masala.  I normally don’t use curry powder but I bought it and used it in this dish due to popular request……  I do have to say that I can see using curry powder if you don’t really use a lot of tumeric, mustard, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg & saffron on a daily basis.   The chicken curry was quite tasty; I did have to add more cumin powder for more of an “ethnic” taste.   Read More…

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Samosa Cups

Makes 8 samosa cups. Serving size: 1 cup. Nutrition: Weight Watcher Points + 4 ~ Calories 146.7~ Fat 4.6 g ~ Carbs 24.2 g ~ Fiber 2.0 g ~ Protein 4.1 g

Samosa Cups have all the flavor of a traditional samosa without all of the fat & calories!! Fried Samosas….NO MORE!! This healthier version of a samosa does not require deep frying. Making samosas have never been easier. Whip up a batch today to enjoy a savory and healthy snack while you are drinking your tea or coffee. Serve with Tamarind Chutney,  Cilantro/Mint Chutney or even Ketchup. You could throw some chopped onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, chaat masala, yogurt, and chutney on top to make it a Samosa Chaat. Yummmm……..

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Butter Chicken aka Murgh Makhani

Happy Tuesday!   Valentine’s Day is only a week away.   This year make something elegant and special for you and/or your significant other such as this Butter Chicken recipe.  It looks & tastes fancy but is really easy to put together.

Makes 6 servings of 3/4 cups each serving. Nutrition per serving: Weight Watcher Points + 5 ~ Calories 203 ~ Fat 6.2 g ~ Carbs 9.1 g ~ Fiber 1.0 g ~ Protein 29 g

My mother is known for her butter chicken and NO ONE can make it like she does…Not even ME 🙁   As many times as I watched her make it and helped her make it….I can never get it the same as hers.  However,  mine does come pretty close.   This dish is for all of you that love Indian food.  I bet your “go to” dish at an Indian restaurant is Chicken Tikka Masala; right?  Well, this is a “skinny” version of the famous dish.  Why is this dish called butter chicken instead of chicken tikka masala?  Well, that is because in chicken tikka masala you pre-bake the tandoori chicken tikka (boneless pieces) prior to adding them to your sauce.  So, this is an easy and low-fat way to satisfy your craving for this world renowned dish.  Trust me; you will not miss all the heavy cream & butter that is usually put into this dish.

Serve with steamed basmati rice, naan, roti or papad.  I enjoy eating it with steamed rice and crunchy papad.

Leftovers taste even better the next day 🙂

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Rajma (Indian Style Red Beans)

Makes approximately 5 servings of 1 cup each. Nutrition for 1 cup of Rajma: Weight Watchers Points + 2 ~ Calories 103 ~ Fat .2g~ Carbs 35 g ~ Fiber 20 g ~ Protein 11 g

Rajma is my 3 year old’s favorite food.  Whenever I ask him what he wants for lunch or dinner….he always replies “beans and rice; the red ones”  So, needless to say that this is probably the single most cooked food in my house.  It is my go-to food when my son feels like being picky.  It is not his fault that he loves this dish; I think all children of North Indian descent grow up very fond of Rajma.  I know that I used to (and still do) ask my mom to make it as well.  It a a healthy comfort food that I hope you will enjoy as much as we do.  This low point, low fat, high fiber dish is a staple in our house.  Serve it up with some basmati rice & raita  for a low point  lunch or dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken is flavorful Indian comfort food.  Serve with some veggies for a healthy meal!  You can easily substitute boneless skinless chicken breast,  tenderloins or thighs if not a fan of leg quarters.   Shown here with Mint & Cilantro Chutney (green Indian chutney), Kale Sabzi and Tandoori Naan

 

 

 

 

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