Asian Peanut Chili Crunch (Seroendeng)

6–10 dried Thai red chiles, crushed (or sub 2–4 tablespoons chili flakes)
1/2 cup roasted peanuts (skinless)
1/2 cup crispy shallots (available at Asian markets, or see notes)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Optional additions: toasted coconut, coconut or palm sugar, dried shrimp or anchovy powder, dried lemongrass or kefir lime leaf, dried mushroom powder – remember to start conservatively and add more to taste. Play around and have fun!

Remove chili stems and crumble chilies and dry fry over medium heat until toasted, about 3-4 minutes.

Place in a food processor (or chop) and pulse. Add roasted peanuts and pulse a few times. ( or chop)

Place in a bowl with the crispy shallots and salt. Feel free to embellish to your taste.

notes

To make homemade crispy shallots, heat 1 cup vegetable or peanut oil in a small saucepan.
Slice 3 shallots into thin 1/8 inch rings and cook them over medium heat for about 15 minutes lowering heat if they seem to be getting too dark.

Using a strainer over a bowl, strain well, and spread out on a paper towel-lined plate, blot, sprinkle with salt and let cool. They will crisp more as they cool. Feel free to reuse the flavorful shallot-infused oil!

You could also use dehydrated shallots with no oil.

Green Harissa

1 cup (packed) Italian parsley or cilantro ( a combination is nice)
1–2 garlic cloves
1/2 to 1 whole jalapeño, sliced
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, more to taste
1 teaspoon coriander (or cumin)
1/2-teaspoon salt, more to taste
1 cup plain yogurt (or silken tofu, or sour cream- see notes )

Place all ingredients except yogurt in a food processor. Pulse repeatedly until finely chopped. Add yogurt, pulse again until combined, but not too smooth. Taste, adjust salt and heat.

You can also blend all ingredients in a blender but note that yogurt will get a little runny. It will firm up some in the fridge. It still tastes good, but with a thinner consistency.

You can swap out sour cream or silken tofu for the yogurt.

If making the vegan version with silken tofu– blend it in a blender and add 2 tablespoons olive oil, increase the salt to taste and add squeeze of lemon or lime or splash of apple cider vinegar.
notes

This will keep a week in the fridge.

Zhoug (with Yogurt Variation)

1–3 whole jalapenos, sliced ( start with one, if unsure)
2 fat garlic cloves
1 bunch cilantro, small stems ok
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon ( or whole, see notes)
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
1/3 cup olive oil, more to desired consistency
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (Aleppo chili is nice), more to taste (optional)

Place all ingredients ( except oil) in a food processor and pulse until it’s uniformly chopped. Add oil and lemon juice process into a coarse paste. For a looser version, add a bit more oil.

Taste for salt and heat, adding more if necessary. Add chili flakes if you like.

Store in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to a week.

notes

Feel free to use whole cardamon seeds, whole cumin seeds and peppercorns– toasting and grinding. Caraway seeds are a nice touch too. Jalapeños are not traditional, yet produce a very consistent and milder heat. You can swap them out for hotter chilies. Feel free to swap out the cilantro for flat-leaf parsley, or even fresh mint. You can also do a blend of all three! The cardamom is the star here, so make sure you use enough so you can taste it.
To Make Zhoug Yogurt, mix 1-2 tablespoons with a cup of yogurt. Taste, adjust salt.

Israeli Salad

2 extra large tomatoes, finely diced
1 English cucumber, finely diced
1 cup red onion, finely chopped (1/2 of a medium red onion)
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
1 cup fresh herbs (Italian parsley, mint or cilantro, or a mix of all three)
zest of one lemon
Lemon juice (start with ½ a lemon, add more to taste)
4 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Chop the first 6 ingredients into a very small fine dice. The smaller, the better. Take your time with this and a sharp knife really makes this easier!

Place in a large bowl and toss with the lemon zest, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper.

Taste and adjust lemon and salt to your liking.

Chimichurri

1/4 cup red onion
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh chilis, diced (jalapeno, red chilies, or feel free to omit for a milder version)
1 cup Cilantro, tiny stems OK
1 cup Parsley, thin stems OK
1 tablespoon fresh oregano ( or 1 teaspoon dried)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (1–2 limes) or use red wine vinegar (or use half lime and half vinegar)
3/4 cup olive oil, add more to the desired consistency
1 tsp kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
½ tsp smoked paprika– (optional –only if you like smokey flavor)
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes, more or to taste

Finely mince everything and place it in a medium bowl along with remaining ingredients. (Or, alternatively, use a food processor: Place onion, garlic, and fresh chili if using, and pulse several times until very finely chopped. Add cilantro ( tender stems are fine) Italian parsley, and oregano, pulse again until chopped. Add olive oil, lime juice, smoked paprika (optional), salt and pepper. Pulse a few more times, until well combined (but not too smooth). If the mixture seems thick add a little more oil to loosen it up.)

Taste, adjust salt, lime and heat ( add more chilies or chili flakes) to your liking. If it tastes bitter, check your olive oil.

Sprinkle with chili flakes and few cilantro leaves.

This will keep up to 4 days in the fridge, or freeze.

notes

For a spicier version add fresh jalapeño!

Cilantro-Lime Rice

3 tablespoons olive oil
one small white onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
4 garlic cloves, rough chopped
2 cups white basmati rice (see notes for brown basmati rice)
4 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1–2 limes- zest and juice
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped, leaves and tender stems
3 scallions, sliced

Over medium heat, using a lidded saute pan or wide pot, saute onion and garlic in oil until fragrant and tender, 4-5 minutes. Add rice, saute 1-2 more minute, coating each grain, then add coriander, 1 tablespoon of the lime zest (save rest for garnish) and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.

Give a stir and add the water. Bring to a rapid boil. Cover, lower heat to low (gently simmering).

Cook 20-22 minutes or until all the water evaporates.

Fluff with fork, squeeze with lime juice (3-5 tablespoons) and right before serving, toss in the chopped cilantro and scallions.

Fluff again, taste and adjust salt and lime to taste.

Enjoy!

notes

If making ahead, add cilantro and scallions right before serving!

If using Brown Basmati Rice, plan on almost double the cooking time… 35-40 minutes (unless you soak the rice beforhand). Make sure to read package directions adjusting the liquid if need be.

Kohlrabi Slaw with Cilantro, Jalapeño, and Lime

6 cups kohlrabi -cut into matchsticks or grated in a food processor -about three x 4 inch bulbs (or you could substitute sliced fennel, apple, jicama, cucumber, or cabbage for part of the kohlrabi for more diversity)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro ( one small bunch)
half of a jalapeno -minced
1/4 cup chopped scallion
orange zest from one orange, and juice
lime zest from one lime, and juice

Citrus Dressing :

1/4 Cup olive oil
¼ Cup fresh orange juice ( juice form one orange)
1/8 Cup lime juice plus 1 T ( juice from one large lime), more to taste
1/4 Cup honey ( or agave syrup)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar

Trim and peel kohlrabi. ( I normally have to peel twice to get thru the thick skin). Cut off two ends. Cut in half from top to bottom. Thinly slice, rotate and slice again, making 1/4 inch matchsticks.

Place in large bowl with chopped cilantro, scallions, finly chopped jalapeño ( 1/2), lime zest and orange zest.

Whisk dressing together in a small bowl. Toss with salad. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with zest and cilantro. This tastes goo the next day too.

Cabbage Mango Slaw

3 cups shredded cabbage (½ of small purple cabbage)
1 large mango (ripe but firm, not soft)
1/2 cup cilantro chopped, thin stems ok
1/4 C finely diced or thinly sliced red onion
1/2 to 1 jalapeno- finely chopped
2 tsp olive oil
1 orange (zest and juice)
1 lime
1/2 tsp salt

Slice or shred cabbage very thinly- Add to large bowl.

Peel mango with a vegetable peeler, then slice into thin strips, or cut into cubes and place in the bowl.

Add onion, cilantro, jalapeno.

Zest one orange and add the zest to the bowl. Add the juice of half the orange, and half the lime
Add oil and salt and mix gently to combine.

Taste and adjust salt, heat and citrus. Often I will squeeze in the other half of the orange.
Refrigerate until ready to serve!

notes

This will keep up to 2 days in the fridge. If using a soft mango, serve right away. Firmer mangos will last longer.

Jicama Mango Slaw

1 large jicama – 2 pounds
1 extra large very firm or green mango
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion ( or sub 4 scallions, sliced)
1/2 a jalapeno- finely chopped ( optional, and more to taste)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 lime- juice and zest ( about ? cup)
1/2 an orange juice ( about ? cup)
1–2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Peel and grate jicama in a cuisinart with grater attachment or use a box grater.

Peel and grate mango, same as above.

Place all ingredients in a bowl, toss, adjust seasonings.

If using a very green mango, consider adding a little sugar, to balance lime.

Mexican Slaw with Cilantro and Lime

1 pound thinly sliced or shredded cabbage ( purple is pretty, or green or use a mix)
1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion, more to taste ( or sub 1/2 cup green onion)
1/2-1 cup chopped cilantro ( packed), ½ of a large bunch
1/2 of a jalapeño, finely chopped, more to taste
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, more to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2-teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
pepper to taste

Shred the cabbage by very thinly slicing or use a mandolin. If making an extra-large batch using your food processor with grater attachment is a good option.

Add the cilantro, onion (see note), jalapeno, lime zest and lime juice, olive oil, salt, cumin, coriander and pepper.

Toss well. Taste and adjust salt and lime. Add extra jalapeno if you like.

Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Crunchy Asian Slaw

1 lb shredded veggies (your choice of cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, snow peas, broccoli slaw, brussel sprouts, etc) roughly 6-7 cups.
3 scallions, sliced
1 cup cilantro ( or Italian parsley or mint) chopped

Asian Slaw Dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons brown rice syrup, agave or honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce (or GF alternative like Braggs or Coconut Aminos)
1 garlic clove, finely minced ( use a garlic press)
1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
1/2-teaspoon salt
1/2-teaspoon chili flakes or chili paste ( optional)

Optional toppings:

Toasted sesame seeds
roasted, crushed peanuts or cashews

Toss slaw ingredients together in a large bowl. Add cilantro and scallions.

Whisk Asian Slaw Dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pour dressing into slaw and toss well.

Garnish with sesame seeds and/ or nuts.

notes

Salad will keep up to 3-4 days in the fridge.

Sheet Pan Warm Winter Salad

1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
2–3 large carrots (or parsnips), peeled and cut into 1 inch thick pieces
1 fennel bulb, cored and cut in 1/3 inch thick wedges
1 red onion, sliced ito 1/2 inch wedges
14-ounce can chickpeas ( rinsed, drained and patted dry) about 1 1 /2 cups cooked chickpeas
2–3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely minced or use 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons coriander
2 teaspoons sumac (optional, but tasty)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
zest from one lemon
Couple handfuls baby spinach
Everyday Tahini Sauce (thin out with a little water, to make it more like a dressing)
3–4 tablespoons Dukkah (or a 2 tablespoons Zaatar)
3–4 tablespoons fresh dill
squeeze of lemon juice
Aleppo chili flakes ( or reguluar)

Preheat oven to 425F.

Place the cauliflower florets, carrots, fennel, onion and chickpeas in a EXTRA large bowl. Toss with the olive oil, minced garlic, coriander, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Toss well.

Place in a single layer on one or two, parchement lined sheet pans. Bake for 15 minutes, then toss veggies and rotate pans, bake 10-15 minutes more until cauliflower is tender, and edges crispy.
Make the Everyday Tahini Sauce and the Dukkah.

If serving on the sheet pan, move all the veggies onto one pan. Spread around evenly. Top with the baby spinach, drizzle the tahini sauce over top (diagonally is nice) and sprinkle with the Dukkah. Squeeze with a little lemon.

Garnish with the fresh dill and Chili flakes.

Enjoy!

Sheet Pan Roasted Miso Tofu and Carrot Bowl (with Chicken Variation)

4 large carrots- peeled or scrubbed ( or sub sweet potato, yam, parsnips or other veggies)
8 ounces tofu – extra firm ( or add salmon or chicken breast…see notes)
salt and pepper and optional chili flakes to taste
Garnish- Orange zest ( optional) toasted sesame seeds, nuts, ¼ cup cilantro or scallions
Marinade:

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons miso paste ( any color)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoon honey or maple

Preheat oven to 425F

Make the marinade, blending all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Slice carrots at an angle into ? -½ inch disks, then half-moons.

Blot tofu with paper towels and slice into ¾- 1 inch slices, blot again.

Line a sheet pan with parchment.

Place carrots in single layer on the sheet pan, and beside them add the tofu.

Season the tofu (or salmon chicken) with salt and pepper – and if you like, add chili flakes.
Spoon or brush on the honey–miso marinade generously over the tofu and drizzle an remaining over the carrots. If carrots seem dry, drizzle with a little more oil. Give a quick toss, spread out, and place in the oven for 30 minutes.

Divide carrots among two bowls, top with tofu. Garnish with fresh orange zest ( optional) , toasted sesame seeds and some fresh cilantro ( or scallions).

notes

If using salmon, it will cook much faster than the carrots. Depending on how thick, it may only need 10-15 in the oven, so either take it out early, or put it in later. Chicken breast ( boneless) will cook relatively the same amount of time as carrots ( give or take) but always check as thicker or larger breasts will obviously take longer, and smaller may take less time.

Sheet Pan Chicken and Yam Bowl with Salsa Macha (with Tofu Variation)

SALSA MACHA RECIPE:

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup raw nuts or seeds- pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts or almonds
4–6 cloves garlic- whole
1 shallot, sliced
4 dry Guajillo Peppers (1 ¼ ounces) or sub other dried mild to medium peppers.
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coriander ( optional)
1 teaspoon chipotle powder (optional, add to taste for heat)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds ( optional)

SALSA MACHA BOWLS:

1 medium yam-diced into ½ inch thick cubes
1 red bell pepper- sliced into 1 inch thick wedges ( or use poblano peppers)
1/2 red onion- into 1/2 inch thick half moons
2 boneless chicken breasts or thighs, or use tofu filets
drizzle of olive oil, generous sprinkle salt, pepper and cumin

Optional Bowl Bases- Seasoned Black Beans, Black Rice, Cooked Rice, Cauliflower Rice, Greens

Bowl Toppings- avocado, sprouts, cilantro, lime, sesame seeds

Salsa Macha: (see notes)

Discard stems and seeds from chilies and break them into smaller one inch pieces.

In a large skillet add the oil and heat it over medium high heat. Add garlic, shallot and nuts, and stir until golden, about 4-5 minutes.

Turn heat to low, add crushed chilies, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Turn heat off and cool 5-10 minutes. Add salt and vinegar and coriander.

Place all in food processor (or blender) and blend until well combined, but not overly smooth. Taste for spice and add chipotle powder to taste. I added about 1 teaspoon, but start conservatively. You can also add canned chipotle peppers to taste or the adobo sauce they come in, for a nice smokiness.
Pour into a jar, and stir in toasted sesame seeds.

To store: cover with a layer of olive oil before storing the jar in the fridge. This will last 3-4 weeks in the fridge.

To make the BOWLS

Pre heat oven to 425F

Place prepped yams, onions and peppers on a parchement-lined sheet pan.

Place chicken or tofu on the side of the sheet pan.

Drizzle with oil, gently tossing veggies, then chicken and tofu. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cumin.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes. Check doneness, and continue cooking if need be.

Assemble Bowls. If using a Bowl Base like rice or beans, divide it among two bowls. Top it with roasted chicken or tofu, veggies. Add avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Spoon on the Salsa Macha and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

notes

Salsa Macha Notes:
Feel free to use different chilies, or mix of dried chilies, taking care to pay attention to heat levels. Add Chilies de Arbol for heat or dried Chipotles for depth and smokiness.

You can also make the Salsa Macha first and use it as the marinade – coating the chicken or tofu before baking. To save time, here I have you make this while the chicken/tofu is baking, then spoon it on after. It’s great either way!

Spring Sheet Pan Tarragon Chicken with Leeks and Asparagus (with Tofu Variation)

Marinade:
4 cloves garlic cloves
zest of one small lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano ( or 1 teaspoon dried) or sub thyme.
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
generous pinch cayenne, chili flakes, or aleppo pepper
1 lb boneless chicken breast or thighs ( or 3 large portobellos) leave whole
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Cucumber Yogurt Sauce:
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 garlic clove- minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1 cup finely diced cucumber
2–3 tablespoon fresh dill, parsley or mint, or a combination
pepper or chili flakes to taste
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Cauliflower Rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot ( or ½ cup finely diced onion )
2 cloves garlic, minced (or use 1 tsp granulated garlic)
3 cups cauliflower rice (cauliflower florets pulsed in food processor until like grains of rice)
salt, pepper, cayenne to taste
optional- lemon zest, fresh herbs
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Optional Bowl Additions:
1–2 cups diced cucumber
1–2 cups tomatoes- sliced in half or diced
1 avocado, sliced
fresh greens- arugula or fresh herbs

Grilled Veggies- red bell pepper, eggplant slices, zucchini or summer squash ( brush with olive oil and salt before grilling)
Toasty Pita

Place marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and stir.

Add Chicken or Portobellos (leave whole), toss to coat. Set aside at room temp.

Make Cucumber Yogurt sauce by stirring all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pre heat grill to High heat. ( you can also sear or bake- see notes)

Prep any veggies for the bowl ( cut cucumber, tomatoes, avocado) and set aside.

Start the Cauliflower Rice:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium- high heat.

Add shallot or onion and saute for two minutes. Turn heat to medium, add garlic and cook one more minute. Add cauliflower rice. Saute a couple minutes, stirring, then turn heat down to med-low.
At this point, put the chicken, portobellos and any veggies you like ( brushed with olive oil & salted) on the grill, cover, and turn heat down to medium, and cook 5 minutes or so.

Return to the cauliflower rice, stir for a few more minutes, adding seasonings. Be careful to not overcook this, you want to retain its great texture.

Check the grill and flip chicken when you see good grill marks, adjusting heat as necessary. I like to give a good sear first, then turn heat down to med low to finish cooking.

When cooked, slice chicken or portobellos and any other veggies you had grilling.

Assemble Bowls:
Place a mound of Cauliflower rice in the base of the bowl. Surround with veggies, chicken and a dollop of cucumber yogurt sauce. Sprinkle the veggies with fresh herbs, a little salt, olive oil and lemon if you like.

Notes: Feel free to bake chicken ( or porto’s) in a 400F oven until cooked through, or pan sear.

Souvlaki Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

Marinade
4 cloves garlic cloves
zest of one small lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano ( or 1 teaspoon dried) or sub thyme.
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
generous pinch cayenne, chili flakes, or aleppo pepper
1 lb boneless chicken breast or thighs ( or 3 large portobellos) leave whole
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Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
¾ cup plain yogurt
1 garlic clove- minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
1 cup finely diced cucumber
2–3 tablespoon fresh dill, parsley or mint, or a combination
pepper or chili flakes to taste
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Cauliflower Rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot ( or ½ cup finely diced onion )
2 cloves garlic, minced (or use 1 tsp granulated garlic)
3 cups cauliflower rice (cauliflower florets pulsed in food processor until like grains of rice)
salt, pepper, cayenne to taste
optional- lemon zest, fresh herbs
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Optional Bowl Additions:
1–2 cups diced cucumber
1–2 cups tomatoes- sliced in half or diced
1 avocado, sliced
fresh greens- arugula or fresh herbs
Grilled Veggies- red bell pepper, eggplant slices, zucchini or summer squash ( brush with olive oil and salt before grilling)
Toasty Pita

Place marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and stir.

Add Chicken or Portobellos (leave whole), toss to coat. Set aside at room temp.

Make Cucumber Yogurt sauce by stirring all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pre heat grill to High heat. ( you can also sear or bake- see notes)

Prep any veggies for the bowl ( cut cucumber, tomatoes, avocado) and set aside.

Start the Cauliflower Rice:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium- high heat.

Add shallot or onion and saute for two minutes. Turn heat to medium, add garlic and cook one more minute. Add cauliflower rice. Saute a couple minutes, stirring, then turn heat down to med-low.
At this point, put the chicken, portobellos and any veggies you like ( brushed with olive oil & salted) on the grill, cover, and turn heat down to medium, and cook 5 minutes or so.

Return to the cauliflower rice, stir for a few more minutes, adding seasonings. Be careful to not overcook this, you want to retain its great texture.

Check the grill and flip chicken when you see good grill marks, adjusting heat as necessary. I like to give a good sear first, then turn heat down to med low to finish cooking.

When cooked, slice chicken or portobellos and any other veggies you had grilling.
Assemble Bowls:

Place a mound of Cauliflower rice in the base of the bowl. Surround with veggies, chicken and a dollop of cucumber yogurt sauce. Sprinkle the veggies with fresh herbs, a little salt, olive oil and lemon if you like.

Notes: Feel free to bake chicken ( or porto’s) in a 400F oven until cooked through, or pan sear.

Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken with Vegetable (with Tofu Variation)

Marinade:

1/2 cup plain yogurt whole milk yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
6 fat garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, sliced
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons paprika (not smoked)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
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1 1/2- 2 pounds chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) OR tofu “filets” about 1 inch thick

1 layer of vegetables, sliced or diced 1/2 inch thick (carrots, winter squash, sweet potato,onion, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, parsnips …etc.)

olive oil
salt
pepper

Garnish: cilantro, scallions.

Serve over: basmati rice, with Cucumber Raita and Indian Naan Bread.

Preheat oven to 425F.

Place all marinade ingredients together in a blender. Blend until smooth. Set 1/4 cup aside.
Place chicken or tofu in a bowl ( if using both, use separate bowls) and pour remaining marinade over top reserving the 1/4 cup for basting. Set chicken/ tofu aside.

Cut veggies to roughly 1/2 inch and place on a parchment lined sheet-pan. You want them fairly similar in thickness so they cook in about the same amount of time. Toss veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread out.

Place marinated chicken/tofu over the veggies, spooning a couple teaspoons of the marinade over the veggies if you like. Go light.

Bake 25 minutes in the middle of the oven.

Baste the chicken and tofu with a little more of the remaining marinade. Bake 10 -12 more minutes or until chicken is done and veggies are tender.

notes

Serve over fluffy basmati rice, or with naan bread with a side of raita!

If using chicken breasts, cooking time will shorten- baste at 20 minutes, and these should be done at 25 mins depending on size.

Pressure Cooker Peanut Chicken

1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes, sprinkled with pinch of salt
3 fat cloves garlic, rough chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped ( or use ginger paste)
1 teaspoon oil
13 ounce can coconut milk (liquid and solids) DIVIDED, (do not use light- too watery)
3 tablespoons soy sauce (or use GF liquid amino acids)
3 tablespoons honey (or coconut sugar or brown sugar)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, more to taste
1 tablespoon chili garlic paste (or sriracha, or sambal olek)
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1/2 cup peanut butter (or sub almond butter)
optional additions : 1 tablespoon lemongrass, 4-5 kefir lime leaves

Chili Cucumber Salad

3 Turkish cucumbers, cut into ½ inch thick, diagonal half-moons
2 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon chili garlic paste
pinch salt and sugar (optional)
optional – basil ribbons, scallions, or cilantro

Serve over rice or a bed of spinach (either raw or wilted) or both, with the optional Chili Cucumber Salad

Sprinkle with the optional Peanut Chili Crunch, or even just roasted peanuts.

Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes, sprinkle with salt and set aside.

If using an Instant Pot, set it to the sauté function, and sauté the ginger and garlic in a teaspoon of oil for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Add lemongrass if using. Stir the can of coconut milk with a fork- then and add 1 cup of the coconut milk, (you’ll add the rest after). Stir in the soy sauce, honey, lime juice, chili paste and the chicken ( optional kafir lime leaves) everything except the peanut butter in the pot, and stir. Drop the peanut butter in spoonfuls over top of the chicken (don’t stir it in).

Set to HIGH Pressure, for 8 minutes. Naturally release. See notes. (If using thigh meat pressure cook for 12 minutes.)

Once chicken is done cooking, taste a spoonful of the sauce. Adjust salt, lime, sweetness and spice level according to your taste. Stir in the remaining coconut milk if you like. Some of you will want it sweeter. I usually add more chili paste and lime. Sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.

(Alternately, if cooking on the stove top, cook the lightly salted chicken cubes in a dutch oven or large skillet in a little oil, until golden. Toss in the garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant, 1-2 minutes, then add the remaining ingredients, all except peanut butter, stirring to combine. Cover and let simmer very gently on low heat, 8-10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, then stir in the peanut butter. )

If the sauce seems too thin, reduce a bit using the sauté function while constantly stirring, to prevent burning the bottom. See notes.

Serve over a bed of rice or baby spinach – or both and the Chili Cucumber Salad. Top with optional Peanut Chili Crunch

To make the refreshing Chili Cucumber Salad, just place everything in a medium bowl and toss. It only takes a few minutes and you can do this while the Peanut Chicken is cooking.

notes

Stirring in the peanut butter after the chicken is cooked, or dropping it on the top of the chicken will prevent the sauce from getting too thick at the bottom of the instant pot which can cause a mild scorching. So drop it on top, or add it after you release the pressure.

The sauce will start off a bit watery, but will thicken as it cools.

This will become more and more delicious over the next couple days. When cooking chicken breast in a pressure cooker, the meat seems to “contract”. If you allow the pressure-cooked chicken time to “rest” (keeping in on the “warm” setting for a while) it will expand and absorb some of the sauce -the sauce will thicken and the chicken will relax a bit and become more tender and flavorful. That’s why dishes like this usually taste better the next day. A great one to make ahead!

If making or prepping ahead, I would just cook it ahead and refrigerate, allowing the flavors to meld.

To prep this ahead, and cook it later- blend all sauce ingredients (except peanut butter) in a blender. Pour over the raw chicken (in a ziplock bag) and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Then pour it in the Instant Pot. Drop peanut butter on the top of the chicken or stir it in after it is cooked. Follow the rest of the directions above.

Chicken Breast cooking Times:
6-ounce chicken breasts- 6 minutes on high pressure for fresh ( 10 minutes on high pressure for frozen)
8 ounce chicken breasts -7 minutes on high pressure for fresh (11 minutes on high pressure for frozen)
10 ounce chicken breasts- 8 minutes on high pressure for fresh (12 minutes on high pressure for frozen)

Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowl with Cauliflower (with Tofu Variation)

1– 1 1/2 pounds chicken ( breast or thigh) or tofu or a mix of both
1 onion
1 red pepper- optional
1 cauliflower – optional see notes

Quick Shawarma Marinade:

1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon granulated garlic ( or two cloves, finely minced)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Wrap Options:

4 x 10-12 inch wraps or pita bread
Cucumber, radish, or tomato, Everyday Kale Slaw or Isreali Salad or greens like arugula or spinach
Shawarma Bowl Options:

cooked grain ( rice, quinoa, barley) or roasted, “riced” cauliflower ( see notes)
roasted cauliflower or other roasted veggies
Serve both with Everyday Tahini Sauce, Zhoug, or Zhoug Yogurt, Baba ganoush and optional Isreali Salad.

Caribbean Bowl with Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken (or Tofu)

16 ounces chicken breasts or tofu filets ( or use some of each)
1 diced yam ( 3/4 inch dice), or try sliced plantains!
1 sliced onion
1 red or yellow bell pepper -cut into one inch wedges
1/2-cabbage ( cut into wedges) or sub parsnips or carrots
1 can black beans ( or sub cooked grains)
1 ripe mango
1 lime
2 scallions, sliced

Caribbean Marinade:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
2 teaspoons soy sauce or Gluten free Braggs Liquid Amino Acids
2 teaspoons honey, maple or agave
5 fat garlic cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste ( after)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground clove ( or sub nutmeg)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne or chili flakes or alleppo ( optional)

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Place marinade ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Place tofu and/or chicken on a parchment lined sheet pan and season with salt and pepper. Pour some marinade over top, brushing and turning them over to get both sides coated well.

Prep the veggies and place on the sheet pan in a single layer alongside the tofu/ chicken ( or use another sheet pan) and either use any extra marinade to lightly coat the veggies, or season with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. You may have extra marinade depending on how many servings you make.

Place sheet pan in a hot oven and roast until the chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender, about 20-25 minutes. Give the veggies a quick toss after 15 minutes , for more even cooking.
Slice the mango and scallions and heat the beans in a small pot.

Season the beans with salt, pepper and a teaspoon of cumin.

Divide the seasoned warm beans among 2-4 bowls, arrange with the roasted veggies and tofu or chicken. Add sliced fresh mango, squeeze with lime and sprinkle with scallions.