Goan Coconut Chicken Curry with Spiraled Sweet Potato

Goan Coconut Chicken Curry with Spiraled Sweet Potato

The Indian region of Goa is known for its tropical beaches and rich seafood curries.

This region of India is known for their Goan simmer sauces. They can be medium spiced to very spicy.

The flavors in this sauce include coconut, ginger, and tangy tamarind. Together they taste incredible when simmered with meat and vegetables.

The meats can include, lamb, goat and chicken. The vegetables can be an endless choice, such as broccoli, peas, carrots, onions, and cabbage.

Goan Coconut Chicken Curry with Spiraled Sweet Potato

1 lbs. boneless chicken thighs, cut into cubes

1/2 cup coconut milk

Salt to taste

1/4 tsp. turmeric powder

1 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. oil

1 1/2 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste finely chopped

1 medium yellow onion

1 tsp. Garam masala powder

1/2 tsp. red chili Red chilli powder

1 tsp. cumin powder

2-3 cups chicken stock

In a medium bowl add chicken, salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice and mix well. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add ginger-garlic paste, stir and sauté well. Add onion, mix and sauté on high heat till translucent.

Add chicken mix and stir in and cook for 1 minute. Add garam masala powder, chilli powder and cumin powder, stir in and cook till the oil separates.

Add chicken stock, stir to mix, cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add coconut milk, mix well and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Goan simmer sauce with Chicken

In another pan over medium heat add 1 tbsp. oil. Next add spiraled sweet potatoes and cook just to warm spirals.

Sweet potato spirals

Next add warmed spirals to Goan sauce and mix in.

Plate and top with chopped spring onions, chopped cilantro and goat cheese.

Look how mouth watering delicious it is.

Close up  Goan Coconut Chicken Curry with Spiraled Sweet Potato

Hyderabadi Chicken Korma

Hyderabadi Chicken Korma

This delicious and flavorful chicken korma is everything you need to lift up your mood!

Hyderabadi Chicken Korma is an ultimate delight for chicken lovers!

The first korma recipe originated from the Indian Subcontinent back in the 16th century.

The word korma is derived from an Urdu word with the meaning “braise.”

Braising of meat is often referred to as pot roasting though some cooks make a distinction between the two methods, based on whether additional liquid is added.

Typically, the chicken korma recipe is known as a dish in which meat and veggies are braised with stock, water, and yogurt or cream.

The korma can be mildly spiced or fiery and can be made with chicken, meat, veal and beef.

Making Hyderabadi Chicken Korma

This Korma has tender chicken thigh meat pieces cooked in butter and is made using a melody of spices.

First we made the sauce, then we cooked the thigh meat pieces in butter then added the sauce and vegetables.

16 ounces chicken thigh pieces

2 onions, chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1 Bay leaf

3 Cardamom pods

1 inch cinnamon stick

2-3 Cloves

1/2 curd

15 cashews (soaked in warm water)

to taste salt

to taste red chilli powder

Grind tomatoes and cashews to make a paste, set aside.

In a medium fry pan over medium heat, sauté onions and ginger-garlic paste, about 1 minute.

Next add tomato-cashew paste, salt to taste and about 1/8 to 1/4 tap. red chilli powder

Mix until combined. Pour into a large measuring cup and set aside.

In medium fry pan over medium heat add butter until melted.

Next add chicken pieces and cook until chicken is oblique.

Next add the Hyderabadi Korma sauce and mix in. Then add 1cup peas and carrots and mix in.

Let cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to continue cooking another 5 minutes.

Close  up of Chicken  Korma

Plate server over rice. Here is plated the Chicken Korma over a Ginger Turmeric Rice.

Plated Chicken Korma over rice

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Savory Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Savory Sweet Potato Hash

If you’re looking to introduce vegetables into your breakfast sweet potatoes will do the trick.

Sweet potatoes are considered a root vegetable. Tubers that come from the morning glory family scientifically named, Convolvulaceae.

Harvesting sweet potato  tubers

Sweet potatoes are native to Central and South America.

They typically have brown skin and orange flesh but also come in purple, yellow, and red varieties. There are over 400 varieties.

Variety of sweet potatoes

In the United States and some other countries, sweet potatoes are often called yams, even though they’re different species.

They can vary in size, measuring up to 12 inches long and weighing up to about one pound.

Nutrition of The Sweet Potato

The sweet potato provides a variety of nutrients, including vitamins A – B6 and C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants.

The potato contains complex carbs that digest slower, therefore not elevating your blood sugar.

They also contain antioxidants and are three times more concentrated in the skin than the flesh.

The antioxidants include: polyphenols, ascorbic acid, carotenoids, tocopherols, α-lipoic acid, and selenium.

Cooking With A Sweet Potato

The sweet potato is probably one of the most-versatile vegetables to cook with.

There are so many ways to use sweet potatoes as the possibilities are endless.

They can be used in both savory and sweet applications, when cooking or baking.

Typically, they are served either baked, roasted, steamed, boiled, simmered, or fried. In dessert form, as a sweet potato pie.

And that’s what’s happening here – frying shredded sweet potatoes into Savory Sweet Potato Hash Browns.

¼ pound diced smoked bacon

½ pound sweet potato, shredded

½ cup diced sweet onion

1  teaspoon dried chives

½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

½ teaspoon granulated garlic

salt and ground black pepper to taste

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Chop in bacon until just crisp. Be sure to cut in enough bacon fat, which will be used to cook shredded sweet potato.

Next add diced onion and cook until onion is fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Next add chives, thyme and garlic. Stir in and then add the shredded sweet potato and cook for about 5 minutes for soft hash browns or about 8 to 10 minutes for crispy hash browns.

Plate and serve topped with a sunny side up eggs.

Sweet potato  hash browns with egg

Pumpkin Pecan Risotto with Dried Cranberries and Goat Cheese

Despite its appearance, risotto is not a type of rice but rather an Italian dish made with a special high-starch short-grain rice.

Which includes the Arborio, Carnaroli and the Vialone Nano rice.

The Rices Used To Make A Risotto

This special type of rice can absorb quite a bit of liquid without becoming mushy.

A basic risotto is particularly prepared with Arborio rice, bone broth, shallots, butter and salt.

Once you have the basics, you can add just about any other food that you would like.

This risotto includes dried cranberries, pecans, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, goat cheese, and Italian parsley.

The History Of Risotto

The history of how Risotto became an Italian dish is quit simple.

The story of risotto begins in the 14th century B.C. with the Arabs bringing rice to Sicily and Spain during their rule.

Rice Fields In Northern Italy

Italy was the ideal place to grow short-grain rice due to the humid weather and abundant flat land.

Till today, the Po Valley (Italy) is one of the largest rice producers in Europe and rice is eaten extensively throughout northern Italy.

Making A Risotto Is Not Time Consuming

Making a risotto with any of the rices we noted at the start of reading this article, takes as long as cooking an Asian rice or Mexican rice.

But the difference is, it is hands on from start to finish. Which is about 20 to 25 minutes. And I will say, It is worth it.

If you prepare a risotto the right way, or in other words, follow the recipe, you will have a creamy delicious risotto.

Pumpkin Pecan Risotto with Dried Cranberries and Goat Cheese

• 4 cups bone broth (or vegetable stock)

• 1 cup canned pumpkin puree

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

• 1 shallot (minced)

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

• 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

• 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar red

• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

• 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

• Fresh ground black pepper

• 1 cup crumbled goat cheese

• 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the stock and pumpkin over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to low. Cover and keep warm.

Melt the butter in a large dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat. Once the foaming subsides, add the shallot and salt.

Cook until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add the thyme and rice and cook for one minute longer.

Add the white wine vinegar and a ladle of warm stock and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated. Add another ladle of stock, and continue cooking until evaporated again.

Continue cooking, adding a ladle of stock at a time, and allowing to evaporate in between each addition. Cook until the rice is done, but has a bite to it, it should be creamy in texture, and will take about 20-25 minutes.

Mix in the parmesan, half of the parsley, and nutmeg. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining parsley, goat cheese and dried cranberries. Serve immediately.

Roasted Red Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan

These roasted red potatoes with garlic parmesan are simple and fast to make. A perfect side dish to any dinner and sure to please.

They are toasted with olive oil, minced garlic, along with a little Himalayan salt and black pepper.

You can also mix dried thyme, oregano, and basil if you wish.

Once they’re done let them cool a few minutes then toss them with more grated parmesan if desired and garnish with some chopped parsley (cilantro well work as well).

The History of Red Potatoes

The Red potato was first cultivated in the mountains of Peru.

Spanish explorers brought the potato with them on returning voyages and introduced them to Europe in the 1560s.

When the potato became popular and spread across Europe, they were also carried to the new world or North America.

Why Red Potatoes Are Red

The color in red potatoes is due to anthocyanains, a common pigment which is associated with being rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Antioxidants make the spuds more nutritious and a diet rich in antioxidants helps to lower your risk of cancer.

The Potatoes Nutrition

You will receive the most nutritional benefits from red potatoes by eating their skin along with the white flesh.

Red potato are a good source of vitamin-C, vitamin B-6, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.

According to Harvard Medical School, your body needs vitamin-C to form collagen, which is an essential connective-tissue protein.

Vitamin-C also helps fight infections, maintain healthy bones, and helps with iron and copper absorption.

They are also fat, sodium and cholesterol free.

These potatoes have less of a starchy texture and more of a waxy one. This makes them excellent for use in salads, soups, roasted or boiled.

They also keep their color when cooked as well as their shape. Therefore, no need to peel them.

Roasted Red Potato’s with Garlic Parmesan

1 1/2 lbs red potatoes

2 tbsp. oil

2 cloves garlic minced (1 tsp.)

½ tsp. salt or to taste

¼ tsp. freshly cracked black pepper or to taste

¼ cup. freshly grated parmesan

2 tbsp. chopped parsley for topping

Optional

1/4 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. thyme

1/2 tsp. basil

• Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper and set aside.

• Rinse and scrub potatoes well. Cut each potato into bite sized chunks. Use a paper towel to pat potatoes dry.

• In a large bowl, toss potatoes with the oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper making sure they are fully coated (at this step optional to mix in other herbs).

• Spread potatoes evenly across baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring about halfway through.

• Remove potatoes from oven and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to blot off any excess oil. Allow to cool for a few minutes.

• Toss potatoes with the freshly grated parmesan cheese, garnish with parsley.

Good Reasons To Eat Your Fruits And Vegetables Every Day

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, and variety is as important as how many servings you eat every day.

No single fruit or vegetable will provide all of the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy body.

A diet filled with plenty of different fruits and vegetables can help to reduce your risk for major disease.

Baked Beets and Sweet Potato Chips

Such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, just to mention a few.

All fruits and vegetables contribute to a healthy heart, though green leafy vegetables, like lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and mustard greens, have shown to be strongly associated with decreased risk of heart disease.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale – and citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit (including their juices) also contribute to a health vascular system (BMJ).

Citrus Herb Roasted Vegetables

Eating non-starchy vegetables and fruits like apples, pears, and green leafy vegetables may even promote a healthy body weight (PLOS Medicine).

Were as starchy vegetables like corn, peas and potatoes tend to be linked to weight gain, rather than weight loss (The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition).

Apples and pears are a great example of eating different types of fruit to receive your daily intake of vitamins and minerals if you want to maintain a healthy body.

Apples have more vitamins than pears, namely vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin B1. The vitamins are more abundant in apples than pears.

Apple Mango and Radish Salad

Were as pears contain more minerals than apples. Like iron, calcium, magnesium, and especially copper and zinc.

Red Pear and French Bean Salad

Both of these fruits though, contain potassium, phosphorus, and sodium.

There are at least nine different family types of fruits and vegetables that exist, and each with potentially hundreds of different plant compounds that are beneficial to your health.

Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad

That is why it is important to eat a variety of different types and colors of produce in order to give your body the nutrients it needs.

This will not only ensure a greater diversity of beneficial plant compounds, but also creates eye-appealing meals.

Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Health Benefits of Eating Root Vegetables

Most root vegetables are high in complex carbohydrates, which break down into sugar in your body to give you the energy you need to function properly.

Carrot Cranberry Salad

Root vegetables are high in fiber and phytonutrients, and low in fat as well as in calories.

They also contain vitamin C, beta-carotene, and essential minerals like potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron.

Roasted Root Vegetables with Brussels sprouts and Bacon

Pros and Cons of Eating Root Vegetables

Accordingly Harvard Medical School, most root vegetables have starch, a kind of carbohydrate that the body breaks down into glucose for energy.

Some are higher in starch like sweet potato’s and others are lower, like carrots and onions.

But don’t let the starch discourage you from eating them.

These type of vegetables are still fresh whole foods that contain many vitamins and minerals. Eating a variety of them is good for your health.

Harvard recommends eating just one serving of root vegetables per day. And not with another starch food, like rice.

They also recommend not eating the same root vegetables all the time. Instead, eat a variety of them to get a wider selection of nutrients.

Cashew Pork and Vegetable Stir-Fry

China is the number one pork consumer around the world. Every year, nearly half of the world’s pork is eaten by the Chinese.

The Chinese not only love pork but also are good at cooking pork. The methods they use are stir-fried, steamed, boiled, and braised. They love their flavorings as well. Such as salty, sweet, and spicy.

The Stir-Fried Method

Stir-frying is a a Chinese cooking technique in which ingredients are fried in a small amount of very hot oil (usually peanut oil) while being stirred or tossed in a wok.

The technique originated in China and has spread into other parts of Asia and the West.

The English-language term “stir-fry” was coined by Y.R. Chao in Buwei Yang Chao’s book How to Cook and Eat in Chinese (1945).

Though you don’t absolutely need one, a wok is the one piece of cooking equipment you may want to purchase if you plan to cook stir-fries on a regular basis.

Using A Wok To Make Chinese Stir-Fries

Cashew Pork and Vegetable Stir-Fry

1 pound pork tenderloin

2 large carrots, sliced into match sticks

2 celery ribs, sliced into match sticks

1/2 cup cashews

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

SAUCE:

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

3/4 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon cornstarch

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/3 cup corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

Cut tenderloin into thin strips and set aside.

Combine sauce ingredients and mix well.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add sliced vegetables and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Remove vegetables and set aside.

Add remaining oil to skillet. Add pork and stir-fry for 3 minutes.

Return vegetables to pan with sauce and cashews. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened.

Serve with rice if desired.

Sesame Blood Orange Chicken

If you like crispy chicken and love the flavor of blood oranges, than you should give this chicken thigh recipe a try.

It’s coated in sesame seeds and baked until crispy then drenched in a sweet Asian inspired orange sauce.

And because blood oranges are in season, they were used in place of navel oranges.

As the name suggests, blood oranges are red in color, sometimes in splotches on the outside but definitely on the inside.

The concentration of the red inside depends on the particular type of orange and growing conditions.

Squeezing them is when you truly understand where the “blood” reference comes from, as the juice resembles the ruby red of a cranberry as opposed to the yellowish tone of regular orange juice.

The blood orange taste a lot like ordinary oranges only they’re slightly more bitter but less acidic.

Some types are actually sweeter than the average Navel or Valencia orange.

Blood oranges originated in Sicily and Spain and varieties include: Maltese, Moro, Sanguinelli, Scarlet Navel and Tarocco.

Nutritional Value Of Blood Oranges

Blood oranges contain a long list of antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavanones, anthocyanins, and ascorbic acid, which help in reducing oxidative stress in the body, according to a published study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry .

Consuming these varieties of oranges increases vitamin C and zeaxanthin content in the body, helping to fight infections and improving overall health.

Blood oranges contain high amounts of Vitamin C. Up to 130% of the recommended daily amount.

The presence of vitamin C in blood oranges helps to prevent the risk of developing scurvy and reduce any other inflammation caused by oxidative stress, as published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine.

They also contain potassium, Vitamin A, iron, calcium, and fiber.

With their antioxidant properties, in particular one called anthocyanins, the oranges are said to be beneficial in lowering the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Sesame Blood Orange Chicken

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/2 cup tapioca or cornstarch

1/4 cup sesame seeds

2 tablespoons oil

ORANGE SAUCE

1/4 cup honey

Juice and zest from 2 oranges

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 -inch piece of ginger, grated with a Microplane or very finely minced

1 garlic clove, grated with a Microplane or very finely minced

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Add the tapioca starch and the sesame seeds, seal the bag, and shake to coat the chicken.

Drizzle half the oil on the baking sheet then lay the chicken on top. If there are sesame seeds remaining in the bag, take them out and press them into the tops of the chicken. Drizzle with the remaining oil. Place the chicken into your oven and bake for 35 minutes.

While the chicken is baking, make the sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small pan over medium-high heat. Boil for 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Remove the chicken from the oven and dip each piece in the sauce then set it back on the baking sheet. Turn your oven to broil and put the chicken back in the oven for 5 minutes.

Keep a close eye to make sure thighs do not burn.

Teriyaki Cheesesteak Sandwich

Caramelized savory and sweet beef and onion teriyaki, lightly toasted hoagie buns, and yummy melted white cheddar cheese.

That’s our Teriyaki Cheesesteak Sandwich. Th sandwich is made with thin slices of ribeye steak.

This sandwich will give you a smooth, buttery, and flavorful experience in your mouth and will end with happy bellies.

The Teriyaki Cheesesteak Sandwich

Birth Place and Popularity of The Cheesesteak Sandwich

Philadelphia (USA) is the birth place of the cheesesteak sandwich and is a popular regional fast food to this day.

The cheesesteak, well actually the steak sandwich was a creation of the 1930’s by a hotdog stand owner named Pat Olivieri.

The exact story behind its creation is debated. But the sandwich became so popular, that Pat opened a restaurant called – Pat’s King of Steaks – and is in operation till this day.

Pat’s King of Steak

But wait, if Pat did not use cheese on his original creation, then why is it called a cheesesteak sandwich?

The media syndicate – Thrillest– writes that a manger at Pat’s named Joe Lorenzo, an overly confident manager, dropped a little Provolone to complete the masterpiece.

Later in 1952, Cheez Whiz hit the market. And since then, the Philly Cheesesteak and Cheez Whiz have become very close friends.

Variations of cheesesteaks are now common in many restaurants and fast food establishments.

Such as the mushroom cheesesteak, pepper cheesesteak or a pizza cheesesteak among many others.

Out side of Philadelphia, the original sandwich is referred to as a Pilly cheesesteak.

According to a media syndicate named – Mashed – Pat’s King of Steaks can turn out upwards of 6,000 cheesesteaks per day.

Teriyaki Cheesesteak Sandwich

This recipe makes two servings. To make additional servings, per serving add 1/2 onion, 1/3 pound of meat, 3 cheese slices, 1/8 cup teriyaki, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper and 1 hoagie roll.

¾ lb ribeye, mostly frozen

1 onion

6 slices aged white cheddar

¼ cup Teriyaki sauce

2 tbsp oil

½ tsp ground black pepper

2 hoagie rolls

Thinly slice onion. Slice ribeye into thin strips (easier to do if meat is half frozen)

Oil a 13×9 inch glass baking dish. Add sliced ribeye, onion, teriyaki sauce, black pepper and mix well.

Then evenly spread the onion meat mixture across the tray in a single layer, with onions on bottom and meat on top.

Position tray about 5 inches away from the broiler and broil on high for about 10 minutes or until the beef is caramelized and the onions are softened. Be sure to check it every couple of minutes to prevent burning.

Remove the glass dish from the oven. Blanket the beef and onions with the 6 cheese slices and place the rolls cut side up in another glass dish.

Place under the broiler on low for about 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has fully melted and the bread is slightly toasted.

Plate cooked cheesesteak between to slices of toasted hoagie bread. Add your favorite side dish and enjoy.

Ham Asparagus Alfredo

The name Asparagus comes from the Greek word meaning “shoot” or “sprout.”

The shoots grow from a crown planted in sandy soil and can grow 10 inches in a 24-hours under the ideal weather conditions.

There are three colors of the plant, white, purple and the most common color, green.

White – Purple – Green Asparagus

White asparagus is more delicate and difficult to harvest, and the purple variety is smaller and fruitier tasting.

Nutritional Value of Asparagus

This vegetable’s profile is one of the most nutritionally and well-balanced of most eatable vegetables.

It is high in folic acid and a good source of potassium , fiber, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6, C,E, and in smaller amounts, iron, zinc and riboflavin.

It’s an excellent source of vitamin K, an essential nutrient involved in blood clotting and bone health (Source: National Library of Medicine).

Asparagus contains high amounts of flavonoids, and these plant chemicals have been found to help lower blood pressure.

Research suggests that increasing potassium intake while reducing salt intake is an effective way to lower high blood pressure.

And that’s good reason for you to prepare a plate of Ham Asparagus Alfredo.

1 lb. jumbo asparagus, ends trimmed

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1/3 cup shredded mozzarella

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt

Freshly ground black pepper

8 ounce cooked ham, chopped or 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Grated Parmesan, for serving

Using a julienne peeler, peel asparagus into long, thin strips by holding the asparagus by its tip to keep it steady while peeling.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Next add heavy cream and cream cheese and cook until cream cheese is completely melted.

Next add mozzarella, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Place another large skillet over medium heat and heat remaining tablespoon of oil.

Next add asparagus noodles and cook until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Using tongs, plate asparagus (between 3-4 plates) and spoon Alfredo sauce over top.

Serve topped with cooked ham and Parmesan cheese.