Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

This recipe is such a great alternative to hummus. It contains minimal and simple ingredients to create such a healthy dip. The best part about this dip is that it doesn’t brown. Most avocado dishes will brown the next day, but this dip stayed green! If it does brown a tiny bit, your best bet is to add a little lime juice and mix.

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

creamy-avocado-yogurt-dip

Ingredients
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Pita chips, tortilla chips, cut up veggies-for serving

Directions

1. Place the yogurt, avocados, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and cumin in a blender or food processor. Mix until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. Scrape dip into a serving bowl and serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, or cut up veggies.

Recipe Source: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/creamy-avocado-yogurt-dip/

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Lemon Cumin Chicken with Homemade Pesto

I love finding recipes that turn chicken into something spectacular. This dish does just that! The homemade pesto is so delicious, and what I love about pesto is you can use it on absolutely anything! I love to make pesto in abundance and use it throughout the week.

Lemon Cumin Chicken with Homemade Pesto

lemon cumin chicken with homemade pesto

Ingredients

Marinade:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 large lemon
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Four 4- to 6-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts
Pesto:
1 1/2 packed cups fresh mint leaves (about 1 large bunch)
1 packed cup baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Cook’s Note)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 a large lemon)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Vegetable oil cooking spray

Directions
For the marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper flakes until smooth. Add the chicken and toss until coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. (Can also be made in a resealable plastic bag.)

For the pesto: In a food processor, blend the mint, spinach, cheese, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper until chunky. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until smooth.

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Spray the grill lightly with vegetable oil cooking spray. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Grill the chicken until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Place on a platter and serve with the pesto.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/lemon-cumin-chicken-recipe.html

Chicken Tikka Masala {Crockpot}

I am not a huge fan of ethnic food but I crave chicken tikka masala all the time! When I found this crockpot recipe I was more than excited to try it! This is, by far, the best crockpot recipe I have made so far considering I got a crockpot as a wedding present back in October. I haven’t used my crockpot nearly enough as I should, but this recipe makes me want to search for more great crockpot recipes!

Remember: Spices marinating for hours on end intensifies the flavor so be careful when adding the cayenne.

You may think 2 tsp of cayenne isn’t that much, but combining it with the cumin, and the masala, and the cinnamon, the flavor gets intense. As much as my husband and I love spicy food, 2 tsp of cayenne was a little overbearing (which is why I adjusted the ingredients accordingly).

Chicken Tikka Masala

chicken tikka masala

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins, or about 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 lbs.) – cut into 1.5″ cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 (29 oz.) can of tomato puree
  • 1½ cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • ½ tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 0-2 tsp. cayenne pepper (depending on your heat preference)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • Chopped parsley or cilantro, for topping

Directions

  1. Place everything up to the bay leaves in a large bowl. With a spatula, stir to combine everything and make sure the chicken is coated well.
  2. Gently place the mixture in the insert of the crockpot and add the two bay leaves.
  3. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
  4. When done, in a medium bowl, whisk together heavy cream and corn starch, then pour the mixture into the crockpot and gently stir. Let cook an additional 20 minutes to thicken up.
  5. Serve hot over a bed of white (or brown) rice, or as usual I put mine over couscous. I think a little thicker grain will be better with this though, like rice, to really soak up the great sauce.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe source: http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2012/10/19/chicken-tikka-masala-crockpot

Zesty Fish Tacos

The best gift I got from my bridal shower was a recipe book that had a bunch of recipes from my family and friends. One of those recipes was a fish taco recipe from my aunt. I tried it once and it was great but of course it was missing that “spicy” factor. I found another recipe from one of my new favorite shows, The Chew, and combined to 2 recipes.

Zesty Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Ingredients

Halibut (cut into 1/4 pieces)
2 tbsp lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
corn or flour tortillas (I used corn, but either will work)

For the Spicy Crema:
2/3 cup greek yogurt
2 teaspoons chopped Chipotle Peppers (in adobo sauce)
Salt

For the Lime Crema:
1/2 Greek Yogurt
1 whole green onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro (I don’t like cilantro so I didn’t use it but if you do, I suggest using cilantro)
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1.5 limes)
1/4 tsp lime zest
1/2 tsp salt

For the Cabbage Slaw:
2 cups shredded Purple Cabbage
1/2 Red Onion (slivered & rinsed with water)
2 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
Juice of 2 Limes
Salt
Cracked Black Pepper

Directions
Prepare the spicy crema: Stir together all ingredients and adjust seasoning to taste. Set aside.
Prepare the lime crema: Whisk together all ingredients and adjust seasoning to taste. Let it stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.
Prepare the cabbage slaw: Toss the ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside. This can be covered and stored in the fridge a few hours in advance.
(Tip: For the cabbage slaw, rinse the sliced onions in cold water to reduce their strong flavor. Or, you can substitute the raw onions for pickled onions, if you prefer.)

For the fish, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, chili powder and salt, and pour over fish. Marinate at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.

Add some olive oil to a pan and heat over medium-high heat. When the oil starts to sizzle, add in the halibut and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

Once the fish is cooked through it’s time to assemble!
To assemble, spread a tablespoon of spicy crema onto the center of a corn tortilla. Place a piece of  fish over sauce. Top with Cabbage Slaw. Add another tablespoon of the lime crema to the top. Garnish with lime wedges.

Fish Tacos

Recipe source: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Fried-Fish-Tacos-Clinton-Kelly