White Chicken Chili

This is a great light yet hearty dinner, when you want to curl up with a warm bowl of hearty chili. Instead of beef, this chili uses chicken and even some kale at the end to round out this healthier version of the classic. Depending on what’s in season, add you favorite veggies. I like to serve this with some crusty bread.
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This recipes has your favorite bold Mexican flavors, chipotle and poblano peppers, with creamy Italian polenta. Talk about fusion! This dish was inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light magazine and my version bumps up the veggies to create a full meal.

Chicken Paprikash with Knokerly

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Does it get more Hungarian than Chicken Paprikash? This dish takes all of the most popular Hungarian vegetables, green peppers, onions, tomatoes and of course lots of paprika, and slow cooks them with chicken until they are very tender and melt in your mouth. You can serve this with rice, which you can cook with the chicken and vegetable, but if you want to be authentic, try making the Knokerly, which are delicious Hungarian dumpling noodles. They soak up the gravy and were always my favorite part of dish when I was young. If you want to taste Hungary on a plate, this is the dish for you!

Shakshuka with Crusty Bread

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Shakshuka is traditionally served as a breakfast meal in Israel - but I think this is a meal that needs to take center stage at dinner. In this one pan meal, tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices slowly simmer to make a delicious sauce into which you add eggs, cooked to your liking – hard or soft yolk. Serve this with crusty bread for dipping.

Mom’s Spaghetti and Meatsauce

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My mother made the best meat sauce. I am biased, but in this case, I have confirmation from all those who have eaten it and then turn it into their own family staple. The secret ingredient here is cinnamon –not too much that it tastes like breakfast, but just enough that it gives it a special taste. My innovation in this is that I throw all of the veggies into the food processor and grind them up to the size of ground meat. In the end, there are equal parts meat and veggies, which adds great flavor, nutrition and lightens it up. This recipe makes enough for a family dinner and then some more to freeze – which I think you’ll want to have on hand… I like to serve this with my favorite cucumber salad.