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Lentil Fritters / Piyaju

Piyaju, Red Lentil fritters have a special spot in my heart.  I grew up eating these in my country Bangladesh, but it only came during a special time. Not sure where this originated from, but Piyaju is a special treat made during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.  I remember walking through the busy city streets of

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Kopi Bhaaji/Aloo Gobi (Spicy Cauliflower and Potato)

Kopi Bhaaji, commonly known as Aloo Gobi which is just the Indian translation, is a spicy cauliflower and potato stir fry. I grew up with this as a side dish or a breakfast dish, now as a grown up with time constraints, this has become a very common dinner item for me.  It’s super simple and

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Daal (Spicy Garlicky Red Lentil)

Daal is like my “chicken noodle soup”.  It is my go to comfort food for when I need some TLC 🙂  I have it when I’m sick, when I’m sad or just pissed off at the world … hehe.  Daal is a must have on any Bengali dinner table, so it’s also got a nostalgic

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Guacamole and Fries

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had this in place of a real meal :/  #dontjudgeme.  I figure, this gives me my daily serving of greens and protein… so why not? 😉 This is a killer menu item for a party.  And with football season around the corner this should be everyone’s go to.  Trust me

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Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken with Basmati Rice

Have this for dinner tonight… I’m serious! This meal is like bringing the Mediterranean and Indian culture together.  A “unique” combo, I know, but trust me it works beautifully.

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Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce

This grilled chicken recipe is included in my meal plan pretty much every week.  I marinate the chicken on Sunday and keep it in the fridge for whenever I’m in need of a quick, healthy meal.  It’s a very simple recipe so you can pair it with just about anything from a simple salad, rice or

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Avocado Smoothie

Avocado is a berry!!  Yeah, really!!  So if you are skeptical about a green smoothie, just embrace it like you would a berry smoothie. Just like everyone else, I too take part in the Avocado craze.  I love avocado as breakfast (on toast), lunch (in my sandwich), dinner (in my salad), as well as a

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Basmati Rice with Raisins (Pulao)

The perfect Basmati Rice…. now that could be a little “tricky”.  The difference between “okay” and “perfection” is that perfectly cooked Basmati Rice must be FLUFFY.  It should also be fragrant, a little sweet, with a ton of flavors.

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Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Salad

Time to take it easy on the stomach and “detox” after a whole weekend of ribs, steaks, burger and everything that comes with it :/ Memorial day weekend can be tough on the body.  I spent the whole weekend hiking and kayaking with 3 boys, needless to say all they wanted to eat was burgers

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Tuna Sliders

Trust me… your summer party will stand out for all the right reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I love a classic all beef slider, but by the 4th bbq of the summer…. #IJustCan’t !!  The tuna slider is such a great alternative to a regular beef slider.  It’s healthier, lighter and is packed with a lot of flavors.