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Butter Chicken

This recipe is a little out of the box for me. I am really not a big Indian Food but everyone raves about Butter Chicken. I decided to look it up and it actually is quite easy to make. The prep time is only 20 minutes and there are only 3 steps from beginning to end. This is right up my alley. I added the ingredients to my shopping list and have it on the menu for the weekend!! Bon Appetit!!!

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(adapted from Cooking Professionally)

Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 medium onion diced

1 teaspoon fresh ginger finely minced or grated (or use paste)

2-3 cloves garlic finely minced or crushed

1 1/2 pounds about 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch chunks

4 tablespoons tomato paste or 8 oz can of tomato sauce

1 tablespoon garam masala

1 teaspoon chili powder or paprika, adjust to taste

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon cumin

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 cup heavy cream (sub for half & half or yogurt for low fat)

fresh cilantro, for garnish

Directions

Add the oil and butter to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the onion and cook until golden. Add the ginger and garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant (don’t let it burn).Step 2

Add chicken, tomato paste, and all spices. Cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring frequently until cooked through.Step 3

Add the cream and allow contents to simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve over rice (and some Naan!)

The Best Grilled Hamburger

Happy Hamburger Day!!!! I found this recipe and decided to share it since iMemorial Day really is the start of BBQ season. This seems very similar to the famous “21” burger that they served at the 21 Club in NYC. I love the idea of the crushed saltines. I am defiantly making this for the next cook out. Bon Weekend!!!

Adapted from Cooking Professionally

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Ingredients

• 1 pound lean hamburger•

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder•

1/4 teaspoon onion salt•

1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt•

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce•

1 egg, beaten•

8 saltine crackers, crushed•

Buns, if desired•

Toppings, of choice (cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, mayo, ketchup, mustard, mushrooms, etc.)

Directions

Step 1

In a medium bowl, use clean hands to mix all ingredients together well.

Step 2

Shape into burgers.

Step 3

Grill or broil to desired doneness.

Step 4

Add a slice of your favorite cheese, toppings, and serve on a bun, if desired.

Martha Stewart Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake

If you love Apple Cider doughnuts then you are going to love this cake by Martha Stewart. It is the perfect thing to make for a weekend breakfast. If you bake it in a bundt pan and it comes out like a “big gooey cakey donut”. This is a favorite of Martha’s and now ours too!!! Bon Weekend!!

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ADAPTED FROM MARTHASTEWART.COM

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 3/4 cups natural cane sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. In a large bowl, whisk together both flours, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups sugar, cider, oil, applesauce, vanilla, and eggs. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; whisk until combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
  • Bake, rotating pan halfway through until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet; let cool 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • Invert warm cake onto rack. Brush with melted butter, then sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar. Let cool completely before serving.

Make Mom a Skillet Apple Pie for Mothers Day

This easy skillet Apple Pie is the perfect treat to make for mom on Mother’s Day. Cooking the pie in a skillet gives the crust the most perfect gooey caramel taste from the brown sugar simmering in the bottom of the skillet. The combination of apples makes the filling both crisp and sweet. The butter pecan ice cream gives it an extra kick but traditional apple pie lovers might decide to stick with Vanilla ice cream. Either way, mom is going to flip over this delicious pie.

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Adapted from Southern Living

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples
  • 2 pounds Braeburn apples
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Butter Pecan Ice Cream
  • Preheat oven to 350º. Peel apples, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Toss apples with cinnamon and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
  • Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and place 1 piecrust in a skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust, and top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush top of piecrust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits on top for steam to escape.
  • Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during the last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before serving. Serve with Butter Pecan ice cream.

Dr. Oz’s Swimsuit Slimdown Drink

Memorial Day is just about 1 month away and you know what that means. No more black!! It’s time to break out summer dresses, shorts, white jeans, and bathing suits. I stumbled upon this slimdown drink by Doctor Oz. Each ingredient has a fat-burning element but combined in one drink the effects are so powerful. This drink can really speed up your weight loss goals. Remember, all you need is one glass before every meal. Test it out for a week and let me know what you think!!!!!

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1 cup grapefruit or orange or pineapple juice.

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp honey

Drink before each meal….breaks down fat cells faster than anything else.

The Best Detox Water

We all know that drinking A LOT of water is good for you but incorporating detox water is even better. There are so many benefits of detox water…

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  • Helps with weight loss.
  • Removes toxins from the body
  • Aids in better digestive health.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Increases your energy levels.
  • Improves the complexion and texture of the skin.

I am going to try to drink detox water everyday as part of my routine. I usually buy one at a local market but I found this recipe and I currently have it “steeping” in my refrigerator.

Adapted from Spend With Pennies.com


1 orange

1 lime

1 lemon

1/2 cucumber

3 1/2 slices fresh ginger

25 mint leaves

4-6 cups of ice

6-12 cups of water (more for a stronger flavor, less for a more subtle flavor)

  • Slice the fruit & cucumbers.
  • Fill a large container or beverage dispenser layering ice and the ingredients.
  • Let steep at least 45 minutes.
  • Enjoy!