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More Indian Food!

I talked last week about my aversion to Indian food, and I am kicking myself for putting it on the back burner for so long!

But first I had another breakfast pizza – this time with the whole wheat avocado bread as my base!   My pizza – 3 ounces of dough, 1/4 cup of pizza sauce, baby spinach, 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese and 1 whole egg.

this whole pizza is 405 calories and so filling!

and the crust was nice and crispy 😀

I’d have to say 90% of my co-workers eat frozen dinners.  Every.Single.Day.  While I know I probably have an unusual obsession to cooking and food in general – they always ask me “what’s on your menu today?”   My inspiration actually came from my bosses frozen dinner last week.  The brand name is called Ethnic Gourmet and when I heated it up for her, while it kind of looked like ass because let’s face it, its a frozen dinner, the smell was interesting!

Later that night I googled Tikka Masala and found a recipe of BlogChef.  I did tweak it just a bit because I didn’t think it was spicy enough 😀

Biz’s Tikka Masala (adapted from BlogChef) (makes 6 servings, 4 oz. chicken per person)

Chicken Tikka Masala
Serves 4
The complex flavors from the cumin, fresh ginger, cayenne and dried chilies makes this a super flavorful and healthy Indian dish
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
281 calories
10 g
112 g
10 g
38 g
4 g
246 g
1892 g
5 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281
Calories from Fat 86
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 112mg
Sodium 1892mg
Total Carbohydrates 10g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 38g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 pound chicken breast
  2. 1 6 oz. container of plain Chobani Greek yogurt
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  4. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  7. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  9. 2 teaspoons of salt
  10. 1 tablespoon butter
  11. 1 garlic clove
  12. 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (I removed the membrane)
  13. 2 teaspons ground cumin
  14. 2 teaspoons paprika
  15. 1 teaspoon salt
  16. 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  17. 1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  18. 6 dried chiles
  19. 8 ounces tomato sauce
  20. 2 tablespoons half and half
  1. Mix the marinade together (chicken through salt) and let sit for an hour or overnight if possible. When ready to make, melt butter and saute garlic and jalapeno. Add seasonings and stir for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add in marinated chicken and cook until all the chicken is coated with the seasonings, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in tomato sauce and half and half. Add chicken into sauce and cook an additional 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Serve of rice.
  1. If you can't handle the heat, leave out the jalapeno and dried chilies. The prep time includes the marinating time in the kitchen, not all hands on. 😀
Adapted from Blog Chef
Adapted from Blog Chef
My Bizzy Kitchen
I actually found instant brown rice and it wasn’t bad!

chicken ready to be cooked after an hour

Okay, no pictures of my grilled chicken because they kind of stuck and the couple pictures I did take turned out like ass. 🙁

base of sauce

be careful not to put your face over the pan when you add the seasoning

I have a co-worker who is Indian that I was making this dish and told her I was going to substitute the heavy cream for fat free half and half – she was horrified! Glad I kept the heavy cream!

I added the thai chiles right before adding the cooked chicken

everyone in the pool! 😀

I served mine over 1/2 cup instant brown rice and added fresh cilantro.  I cannot even describe to you how good this is!  The flavors are intense and subtle at the same time – at first bite I was like “this isn’t spicy at all!”  But its a delayed reaction.  The slight sweetness of the cinnamon and the creaminess of the heavy cream – it’s the perfect flavorful heat!

Since I knew no one in my house would touch this with a ten foot pole – I shared with my boss and a couple co-workers.  My boss said “this is so delicious – so much better than my frozen dinner!”  (thankfully!).  Another co-worker said “this is the best thing I’ve eaten in years.”   This one is a keeper! 😀  Each serving (without the rice) comes in at: 326 calories, 4.5 fat, 3.6 carbs, 1.0 fiber and 43 grams of protein.

Dinner was influenced by Tyler Florence.  I bought his cookbook “The Ultimate” at a thrift store recently.  One recipe that jumped out to me immediately was Scallop Saltimbocca.  I am running out of time (I haven’t even jumped in the shower yet!) so go here for the recipe.

Surprisingly, I got away with frying the sage, sauteeing the apples and cooking the scallops all on just 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil!

Sage is an ingredient I am not too familiar with.  It’s kind of fuzzy like a caterpillar!  But when fried, it is delicious!

Watch it carefully though, it can go green to dark brown (burnt!) if you don’t pay attention.  I have no idea how I know that – um, okay, maybe this was my second batch because I burned the first one!

Once the sage was removed, I added 1 peeled and sliced Golden delicious apple – while those were cooking, I had potatoes cooking for mashed potatoes and then started wrapping my scallops in prosciutto.

I also looked around and saw I had no green vegetable!  My julienne peeler came to the rescue – I peeled one whole zucchini – it cooks up in less than 5 minutes!

love the sear!

The only thing I would do differently is to thaw the scallops ahead of time.  I thawned them under running water and even though I tried to get all the water out – you need a dry scallop to get a good sear – after the first flip some water started coming out of the scallops so the other side didn’t look as pretty.  But boy, this was really good!

It took me 40 minutes from beginning to end – not too bad!

Stats for Monday:  Level 3 Jillian Shred DVD and 20 minute walk with the dog after dinner.

A quick thank you to Andrea for giving me this award!  She is new to the food blogging world, but she has some great ideas – thanks Andrea!

I am running late, so I’ll have to pass it on in another post! 😀

Joanne is this weeks BSI host – she’s picked . . . CARROTS! Thanks for hosting last week Sophia! 😀

Have a good one – Biggest Loser and American Idol tonight!  I really hope AI picks up this week too!