Easy Indian….

September 25, 2011

We LOVE Indian food!  It is one of our favorite choices when we go out to eat and Taste Of India is a great restaurant just a few miles from our house.  When we are craving Indian, but can’t make it out, we make it at home.  This is one of the easiest, most delicious meals I make when we are in a hurry.  It requires one pot and almost everything comes out of the pantry.  It is so close to the real deal from Taste of India and very healthy too!

1 jar of Target’s Archer Farms Tikka Masala simmer sauce

1 can of chick peas

1 can of diced potatos

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 cup of frozen peas

1 package of Naan ( I actually found a whole grain version at Wal-Mart)

Throw everything into a large stock pot and bring to a low boil then turn down to simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Warm the Naan bread in a pan.  Then eat!

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Everything you need to make easy Indian at home

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Tikka Masala simmer sauce

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Eat up!

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BLT….Vegan Style!

September 24, 2011

Since my husband has been gone for over a week, I wanted to welcome him home with a fantastic vegan lunch!   A comfort food classic, made vegan!  I love tempeh and use it pretty frequently when cooking.  Tempeh is made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and formed into a patty, similar to a very firm veggie burger, high in protein, iron and calcium.  The bacon tempeh is a good bacon substitute, the flavor and aroma are pretty close.

This version is so healthy with so many substitutes:  guacamole instead of mayo, tempeh instead of real bacon and whole grain bread.

You will need:

Smoky Maple Tempeh

Guacamole  (I love the Wholly Guacamole because it is fast and easy and avocados don’t last long in my house)

Whole Grain Bread



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Smoky Maple Tempeh, Wholly Guacamole, Whole Grain Bread, Romaine and Tomato


Smoky Maple Bacon Tempeh


Saute in a pan until browned and slightly crispy

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Layer on the goodness, guacamole, tempeh, tomatoes and romaine and serve with all natural Classic Lays

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The Vegan BLT

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Fun and yummy snack!

September 19, 2011

Today my kids and I made a really fun and easy after school snack!  I found this recipe, Chocolate Granola Apple Wedges in the September 2011 issue of Cooking Light.  After school today we all went to the grocery store and picked out our ingredients.  I adapted the recipe and added a few more ingredients like chopped apricots, rainbow sprinkles, chopped pecans, chopped M&M’s and you could probably add even more.  This was so simple that my 7 year old daughter helped out too.

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The ingredients I used

melting chocolate

I like to use the double boiler method best, I do not trust a microwave to melt chocolate and nothing smells worse than burnt chocolate!



  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup low-fat granola without raisins Here I used chopped apricots, M&M’s, chopped pecans, rainbow sprinkles or coconut would  be yummy too!
  • 1 large Braeburn apple, cut into 16 wedges


  • 1. Place chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds, or until chocolate melts. Here I used the double boiler method.
  • 2. Place granola in a shallow dish. Dip apple wedges, skin side up, in chocolate; allow excess chocolate to drip back into bowl. Dredge wedges in granola. Place wedges, chocolate side up, on a large plate. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until set.
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    Our apple snack!

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