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Butter Chicken and Palak Paneer Meal Prep

Butter Chicken and Palak Paneer Meal Prep

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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

What’s great about the winter time? Slow cooking that’s what. What’s great about slow cooking? Just about everything. The longer your food has time to cook, the more developed the flavors get. Not only that but you can throw everything together in one pot, go 

Seared Blackened Tofu Balsamic Salad

Seared Blackened Tofu Balsamic Salad

Sometimes when I’m scrounging through the odd pairing of ingredients in my house, I come up with weird sounding recipes that surprising turn out well. That’s how this one came recipe came about. I had tofu, mixed greens, red onion and I almost always have ingredients to make a balsamic vinaigrette. The only thing I felt this dish was lacking was tomatoes. Either way, this was delicious and I would definitely make it again.

Ingredients

Blackened Seasoned Tofu

1 Firm Tofu 15 oz package

1 Tbsp Cayenne

1 Tbsp Paprika

1 Tbsp Black Pepper

1 tsp salt

Balsamic Salad

½ Red Onion Sliced Thin

1 Clove minced garlic

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

1 Tbsp Honey

¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar

¾ cup olive oil

2 Cups prepared Mixed Salad Greens

Caramelized Red Onion

  1. Slice ½ of a red onion thinly
  2. Add oil to a med-high heat pan then add onions
  3. Continue to cook and stir red onions until translucent with a caramelized texture, then set aside.

Blackened Tofu

  1. Cut firm tofu into 1” x 4” blocks and dry on paper towels
  2. Mix together Paprika, Cayenne, Black Pepper and Salt.
  3. Spread blackened seasoning on all sides of the tofu until completely covered.
  4. Put olive oil in a hot skillet med-high heat and carefully sear tofu until both sides are darkly browned.
  5. Set aside on paper towel when done

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  1. Add minced garlic, honey, mustard and balsamic to a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while mixing vigorously to emulsify the vinaigrette.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

Assemble

  1. Add caramelized onions to balsamic vinaigrette and mix together to coat.
  2. Add mixed greens toss together with dressing, taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  3. On a plate, carefully place greens on the bottom, then onions then place blackened tofu on top.
  4. Serve and enjoy….
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Spicy Pork Bulgogi

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