This is one of my favorite middle eastern street foods. There is nothing like a warm pita, stuffed with crispy falafel balls, crunchy fresh Israeli salad and tahini. You can, of course, add a myriad other toppings, like spicy sauce (harif), pickled turnips and fried eggplant, but this recipes goes for that bite of simple and delicious authentic falafel. (Adapted from Joan Nathan)

Chicken Chow Mein

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I make a lot of chicken soup for my family and the big question is always what to do with the soup chicken. I learned this recipe from my mother, who did not like to waste anything. She would take leftover cooked chicken from soup, in particular the chicken breasts and make this east chicken chow mein, which we all loved! Make this your own by adding your favorite veggies to the mix.
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Have you ever had a super thin and crispy boneless chicken breast? This is the one to try. The key to this dish is twofold: pounding the chicken breast thin and the bright lemon and caper sauce that your pour over the top. Serve this with your favorite risotto and tasteguru’s arugala and fennel salad.

Spiced Indian Lentils

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I love Indian food, when it is not too greasy and has authentic flavors -and these lentils meet those criteria. This great mix of traditional Indian warm spices stirred into the creamy lentils makes for a comforting meal with a twist. (Adapted from a recipe from Aarti Sequeira)

Asian Chicken Salad

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When you need a lighter dinner, try this amazingly flavorful chicken salad. It has a delicious dressing to keep the chicken moist and is packed with all kinds of bright veggies. Feel free to use any other veggies that you like to add color and crunch! (Adapted from Barefoot Contessa)

Thai Drunken Noodles

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I love Thai food and making it at home is both healthier and much easier than I would have thought! This popular Thai dish gets its name from its spiciness, which legend has would cause people to drink a lot to cool down. I love spice, but not all of those in my family enjoy that. The good thing is that this is super flavorful, with or without the spice. Make this as spicy as you like, or leave out some chilis and sriracha if you want to try a more tame version.
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Thinking of ordering Thai takeout from around the corner tonight? Try this sweet, spicy and all around delicious Thai chicken instead. It’s easy to make and the entire meal can be on your table in less than 30 minutes! Serve over brown rice with a side of steamed broccoli.