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Tangy Spiced Cilantro Chicken Wings with Yogurt Cilantro dipping sauce

The George family loves Chicken wings but wings that you get in restaurants and sports bars are laden with MSG or some other unnatural ingredients which are usually deep frying if not double fried. Chicken wings are innately high in calories so I wanted to make them as healthy as possible, thereby leading me to bake my dish.  The weekend was []

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Baked Meat Cutlet (Croquette)

Crispy, crunchy cutlets should no longer be considered taboo because now you can eliminate deep frying and make cutlets with lean meat like Turkey. Now doesn’t that sound more diet friendly?  The picture speaks for itself and I have just used 1 tablespoon of oil for 25 cutlets. Yes, you heard me right! Make these in []

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Baked Potato Wedges

Potato is one popular vegetable with a mass appeal, especially being the primary ingredient for our eternally favorite “French Fries”. For those looking to cut down on calories that come with the fries, here is a healthier alternative – Baked Potato Wedges. This can be served as a great side dish, snack or an appetizer []

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Guacamole

Say YES to Avocado. You can satisfy both your taste buds and eat healthy with this dish. Guacamole is an Avocado based dip. I use it as a dip for chips and also in burgers, sandwiches, burritos and wraps for an interesting and healthy, fresh twist !! Avocado helps increase good cholesterol (HDL) in your body and its abundant in vitamins []

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Super quick and easy Samosa (Indian fried Won ton)

On a recent  shopping trip to my regular grocery store, I discovered that the store had setup a new aisle for Asian items. One item that really caught my attention were the all-natural Won ton wrappers and I quickly grabbed a bag, glancing through the ingredients and other information on the package. After reading through []

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Crunchy Baked Chicken Fingers

A sure hit hors d’oeuvre for any party! Moist and juicy inside while crunchy and crispy on the outside, these Chicken fingers can be layered in your sandwich, added to your salad, in your pasta, as a evening snack for your kids and more.  The options are endless! These chicken strips can be frozen after []

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Cheese and Vegetable Croquette

A group of friends from church were visiting us for the annual Christmas carols and I had no clue what to serve. I wanted to serve some warm bite-sized appetizers would be both delicious as well as convenient. Initially I was leaning towards Stuffed Mushrooms but my husband strongly discouraged that option since not many []

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Bread Fritters / Bread Pakora

My daughter is a choosy eater but this recipe is an easy hit with her. Just smack some ketchup on it and you will hear a YES to your ‘Are you hungry?’ question. Growing up, I also used to devour these when my mom used to make them for me.With just 4 simple ingredients this recipe is []

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Chipotle Quinoa, Egg and Spinach in Ham Cups

I had lined up quite a few recipes that I planned to work on over the weekend. I was all pumped up with my grocery shopping all done and all set to embark on a cooking spree over the weekend. But then, early Saturday morning my phone rings; a very unusual time for me to []

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Medu (Urad dal, Uzhunnu) Vada / Lentil Doughnuts

Here comes the weekend and to me that is the best time to indulge in my favorite hobby – cooking and blogging J  This weekend I plan to try out a vegetarian South Indian delicacy – Medu Vadas (Lentil Doughnuts). I like mine dunked in oodles of Sambar (a spicy vegetarian curry) and coconut chutney. []

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Waldorf Salad

Waldorf salad is a refreshing take on the typical salad dish and is made of fresh apples, celery and walnuts, dressed in mayonnaise. You can serve this as itself or dress it on a bed of lettuce or lettuce cups, either way its surely a winner! The sweet and tarty apples, crunchy celery, nutty toasted walnuts []

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Cumin

This past week was one of the coldest, that I can remember, over the past 7 years of my stay here in Northeast Ohio. Such low temperatures combined with a steady snowfall can wreak havoc on the roads and yesterday it took me about 45 minutes to just get from one exit to the next []

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Irresistible Baked 3 Cheese Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Here is another appetizer that was part of my super bowl spread last weekend. Spinach and Artichoke dip just has be in the list of my fave vegetarian appetizers. The rich, delicious sauce is a blend of 3 cheeses : mozzarella, cream cheese and pepper jack. Some of my friends have mentioned that they notice []

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