30 Minute Spicy Butter Chicken

After taking a week [or two] off for my birthday we are back with some new recipes! This recipe is from Half Baked Harvest who if you don’t know about, you’re missing out on some amazing recipes. I will say, be prepared, this recipe packs some heat, so be careful and maybe don’t make the mistake in taking this to work for lunch like I did.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken breast/thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 Cups Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP Ginger
  • 2 TSP + 1 TBSP Garam Masala
  • 2 TSP Cumin
  • 1 TSP Turmeric
  • 1-2 TSP Cayenne
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 TBSP Salted Butter
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1-2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 14oz Can Full Fat Coconut milk/ 1 Cup Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Steamed rice/naan

Let’s Get Cooking

Toss together chicken + yogurt + 3 garlic cloves + 1 TBSP ginger + 2 TSP garam masala + 1 TSP cumin + 1/2 TSP turmeric + 1 TSP cayenne + 1 TSP salt in a large bowl and let sit for 5-10 minutes. I let mine sit for about 2 hours in the fridge.

Heat your oil in a large skillet over MED-HIGH heat. Add in the chicken and any of the remaining paste and sear on all sides, about 2-4 min each side. The chicken will finish cooking in the sauce. Add in 1 TBSP of butter and toss to coat the chicken. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

In the same skillet add in the onion and cook until softened. Add in 2 TBSP butter + 3 garlic cloves + 1 TBSP ginger + 1 TBSP garam masala + 1 TSP cumin + 1/2 TSP turmeric + 1/2 TSP cayenne + pinch of chili flakes + salt + pepper. Cook until you begin to smell all the spices, it will take over the kitchen. Add in the tomato paste and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Reduce heat to low and add 1 cup water + coconut milk. Stir to combine, making sure the tomato paste is fully incorporated. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Add in 1 TBSP of butter. Add in the chicken and cook until the chicken is finished cooking, about 5 minutes. Stir here and there.

Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Serve with rice and naan.

Make sure you have a glass of water nearby, it has some spice, but won’t ruin your tongue.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Chorizo and Kale Soup

It’s February in Ohio, so that means it’s cold, like really freaking cold. It’s been 18 degrees the past week or so and that is just not a fun time. Soup is a cure all and when it’s so cold that you want to die outside, this is the soup for you. I got this recipe from Halfbaked Harvest, and if you haven’t checked out how amazing she is, you need to ASAP. This smoky potato soup has just the right kick to warm you up inside and out.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 LBS Smoked Spanish Chorizo, sliced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  • 2 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes, Chopped
  • 6-8 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 4-6 Cups Kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Manchego Cheese

Let’s Get Cooking

Heat the olive oil in a large pot in med-high heat. When the oil is starting to bubble, add in the chorizo and onions. Brown all over for about 5-8 minutes. Add in the garlic + paprika + cayenne stir and cook for about another 2 minutes. Add in the potatoes and toss to coat. Add in the chicken broth and lemon juice, season with salt + pepper. Simmer for med-high heat for about 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are fully cooked.

Remove 1/2 cup of potatoes from the soup and mash/blend them. Stir the mashed potatoes back into the soup with the kale + milk + manchego cheese. Cook until the kale has started to wilt a little for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with some crusty bread.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Homemade Hibachi

I freaking love hibachi, the food just tastes better when it’s made on a flat grill I guess. I have not been able to go to hibachi since this whole COVID thing so I figured I would try and tackle the challenge of making it at home. This is for a single serving, since I cook for one so if you need it for more people just bump up those numbers. It’s a super easy recipe and a lot less stressful than trying to catch broccoli in your mouth in front of all your friends and strangers.

Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken Breast, cubed.
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 1/2 TSP Butter
  • Black Garlic Salt (optional)
  • Hot Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • 1 Onion, cut into thick slices
  • Carrots, cut into match sticks
  • Sushi Rice, cooked by package instructions
  • Toppings: Yum Yum Sauce, Edamame

Let’s Get Cooking

I am not very good with measuring shit when I am free-handing it in the kitchen, I gotta get better at that. I apologize. Moving forward, start with cooking the sushi rice and let it cool.

While the rice is cooking, prep your veggies and cut the chicken. Heat a large pan and add the butter and about 3 TBSP of soy sauce. Once the butter is melted add in the chicken. Sprinkle with a little bit of the black garlic salt (if around) and add in the diced garlic + hot sauce. Cook until done and place into a separate bowl.

Place the chopped vegetables into the same pan you cooked the chicken in and cook until soft, feel free to add in a little more soy sauce and pepper. Once the veggies are done, add in the chicken and cooked rice. Make a well in the middle of the rice and add in the scrambled egg. Cook until done and then mix in with the rest of the rice.

Serve in a bowl with your fav toppings like, yum yum sauce, edamame, or whatever you’d like!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Moroccan Chickpea Bowl

Trying new food is one of my favorite things. If you told me “Hannah we are going try out new restaurants all weekend”, I am totally in! I love trying out new cuisines so I thought I’d bring in something new that I tried from a Pinch of Yum. This is another meatless meal focusing on chickpeas, which I love as the main event. Give this recipe a try when you want to focus on something new and cut out the meat once in awhile.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Chopped Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • 1 TSP Turmeric
  • 1 TSP Garam Masala
  • 1 TSP Sea Salt
  • Dash of Cinnamon + Cayenne
  • 2 14 oz Cans of Chickpeas, drained
  • 2 14 oz Cans of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • Coucous
  • Cucumbers, Sliced thin
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pita Wedges

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add in the onion and saute until soft and translucent. Add in garlic + spices + salt + Chickpeas. Stir until the mixture becomes fragrant. Add in the tomatoes and their juices and simmer for about 20 minutes.

With the chickpeas cooking, chop up your cucumbers and cook the couscous per the boxes instructions. When it’s time to assemble take whatever else you would like to add.

My bowl consisted of couscous, chickpeas, cucumbers, greek yogurt, and lemon on top. I ate this with toasted pita wedges and it was DELICIOUS. I hope you enjoy this easy weeknight meal.

Always hungry,

Hannah

Mac + Cheese

Everyone loves Mac + Cheese, it’s heaven in a bite. I have been in search of the best mac + cheese recipe, I need it to be overly cheesy, with strong flavors, and no soggy ass noodles. It looks like I finally found it! Recipe is from Stove Top Kisses, she has a wonderful video of the whole process on her page as well as so many other delicious recipes! Enough chit-chat let’s get into her recipe!

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock – enough to be able to boil your noodles in
  • 1 Package of Elbow macaroni or whatever noodle you prefer
  • 1 Stick of Butter, cut into smaller pieces
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 TSP Paprika
  • 2 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 2 TSP Onion Powder
  • 1 TSP Salt + Pepper
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese + extra
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese + extra
  • 1 Cup Provolone Cheese + extra
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F

Cook the noodles in the chicken stock, cook just under al dente.

Drain the noodles and place into a large bowl. Add in the stick of butter [no one said this was healthy] + Sour Cream + Paprika + Garlic Powder + Onion Powder + Salt. Mix well in the bowl.

Then you’re going to add in the cheeses, again stirring well in the bowl so that everything is mixed. In a separate bowl mix together the heavy cream + milk + 3 eggs.

Get out your pan and place a layer of the noodle mixture in the dish. Then pour over about half of the milk mixture over top. Finally, place a layer of the 3 cheese over top. Repeat this layering process until you run out. Top off with a little extra paprika and pepper.

Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes and enjoy the absolute gooey goodness that is this mac + cheese. Thank Stove Top Kisses for this one, it’s to die for.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Creamy Spinach Chicken

The inspo for this recipe comes from a recipe I saw on Pinterest. The recipe on Pinterest focuses more on a tray bake and sometimes I just do not want to do that whole mess. So instead I decided to scale it down, so I can enjoy this dinner nightly and don’t have to worry about leftovers. I hope you enjoy my switch up.

Ingredients

  • 2 Garlic Cloves, finely diced
  • Chicken Breast
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • Cream Cheese, enough to cover the chicken breast
  • Chicken Seasoning [Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, Paprika]
  • 1/4 Cup Mozzerella Cheese
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Pour the oil into a large pan and saute the garlic. Once the garlic is aromatic, add in the spinach until it is all cooked down.

Place the chicken on the pan and season both sides. Then spread on the cream cheese until most of the chicken breast is covered. Top the chicken off with the cooked spinach and then cover with the mozzerella cheese.

Cook the chicken for about 15-18 minutes depending on how thick the chicken breast is.

And sooo yeah, that’s pretty much it. Super easy and super delicious and creamy! I hope you love it!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Halušky

To complete this weeks theme of recipes from the homeland I bring you Halušky! One of the most simple, delicious meals you might ever have and guess what, it’s a no waste recipe if you are using the leftover cabbage from the Stuffed Cabbage recipe! Let’s get into this recipe and be sure to salute to the motherland before eating.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb Cabbage, cored, boiled, and sliced into long pieces
  • 6-8 slices of Bacon, diced
  • 6 TBSP Butter, cut into individual TBSP
  • 2 cups Onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Black Pepper
  • 6 oz Egg Noodles

Let’s Get Cooking

If you are using the left over cabbage that you already used for the stuffed cabbage, you are good to go, just slice length-wise the remaining cabbage. If you haven’t already boiled, don’t worry about it! Just core the cabbage and cut into length-wise pieces.

Get out a large skillet and add 2 TBSP of butter, left that melt and add the diced bacon, cook until it’s slightly crispy. Add in the diced onion and cook until they lighten in color.

Add in 2 more TBSP of butter + cabbage + salt & pepper. Mix until everything is combined, lower the heat to med & cook for about 10 min.

During this time cook the egg noodles by the package directions.

Check and make sure the cabbage is to the doneness of your liking, I like mine a bit more crunchy but that’s completely up to you. Once at your desired doneness, remove cover and add the cooked and drained egg noodles.

Add the remaining TBSP of butter and cook until all is combined.

Serve hot & with all the salt and pepper you desire!

You’ll want to eat the whole pan, trust me it’s hard not to.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Stuffed Cabbage

We are bringing it back to my Polish/Slovak roots this week with these two recipes. First this week is Stuffed Cabbage! This comes from my Grandpa Hanigosky, it’s hand written and I am only given amounts, so the technique of bringing it all together was up to me (& my moms childhood memories of making these) to bring it all together. The only way to eat these is with a big gob of mashed potatoes and some corn.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TBSP Lawreys Seasoning Salt
  • 1 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP Parsley
  • 1 Cup of Rice, boiled for 2 minutes
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 8oz Can Tomato Soup
  • 1 Large Cabbage/2 Small/Medium Cabbage

Let’s Get Cooking

First things first, we need to boil that cabbage, it’s gonna make your house smell a little but just get over that now. Get the water boiling and core out the hard stem so that the leaves can be pulled off, drop the cabbage in one at a time. Be sure to watch the cabbage during this, removing from water to remove the soft outer leaves. While making this I noticed I would be removing the cabbage from the water and putting it back in. You’re making sure that these leaves will be able to roll. You won’t end up using the smaller cabbage leaves so leave them attached to the main stem, keep them we will be using them later!

Grab out a large mixing bowl and place all ingredients in, besides the cabbage. Make sure to boil the rice for 2 minutes before adding. Mix the ingredients well.

Preheat the oven to 350F

Once everything is all mixed together, scoop out some of the meat mixture and form a log. Grab a cabbage leaf and place the meat log [gross I know] on the end, where the stem would have been. Roll the stem side over the meat log, then fold in the two sides and complete the roll. Continue until you use up all the meat mixture. If you have any left over leaves, chop them up so they can be placed over the rolls in the pan.

Grab a deep roasting pan with a lid. Place cabbage rolls in the pan, you’re going to have to stack them on top of each other. Place left over chopped leaves on top if you have any. Pour over the tomato sauce & cover.

Cook for about 30 minutes.

When serving make sure you get all the yummy gravy over top everything! I hope you enjoy some of my family’s traditional recipes!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Champagne and Lemon Risotto

While creating the future lesson plans for my dream counseling approach, Culinary Art Therapy, I am making sure that while touching on the topic of patience we will be making risotto. Patience is absolutely key when making risotto so make sure you know that going into this process or you are going to absolutely hate it. This is one of Antoni’s recipe… again. I’ve made this multiple times and it is always amazing.

Ingredients

  • 7 Cups of Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 4 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cup Arborio/Carnaroli Rice
  • 1 1/2 Cup Champagne or Dry White Wine
  • 3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1 TBSP Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Bring the chicken broth to a simmer over a medium heat, once hot reduce heat to low

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in onion + 1/2 TSP salt. Stir the onions until they have softened and become almost translucent, about 8-10 min. Add in the rice and stir constantly until the rice starts to lighten in color, about 4 min. Add in the Champagne/Wine and increase heat to med-high heat, stir constantly until all the liquid has evaporated.

Once all the liquid is gone, add in 3/4 cup of the hot broth and stir gently, scrapping down the the edges of the pot as well, until all the liquid is absorbed. You’ll continue to add 3/4 cup at at time, allowing it to get absorbed each time until the rice becomes tender and slightly creamy. Keep a fork close by for taste testing but this is where the patience comes in.

Once the rice is at the proper texture, remove from heat. Add in cheese + lemon zest + lemon juice. Stir to make sure all the cheese is melted. Then add in salt and pepper.

To serve: place in small bowls & top with more cheese & pepper.

Made with Love,

Hannah

“Chèvre Which Way but Loose Burger”

Time for another amazing burger recipe from the Bob’s Burgers Cookbook! The same old same old can get boring and who knows, an exciting burger may be just what you need to bring back the excitement; I don’t make the rules.

Ingredients

  • 1 4oz Chèvre Log, room temp. [goat cheese]
  • 1 tsp Chopped Fresh Sage
  • 2 tsp Chopped Fresh Oregano
  • 1 tsp Chopped Fresh Thyme
  • 1 tsp Chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • 1/4 Cup Mayo
  • 1 English Cucumber, half of it finely sliced, the other half diced
  • 2 Tomatoes, seeded & finely diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 4 Vienna rolls, or any hamburger buns
  • 1/2 Red Onion, sliced

Let’s Get Cooking

Mix goat cheese + herbs + mayo. Mix until it has a cream cheesy consistency. Add in 1/4 cup of diced cucumber + tomatoes.

Add garlic into the ground beef and form into 4 patties. Season the patties with salt + pepper.

Cook burgers on a hot skillet until desired doneness. I prefer med-rare but do your thing!

BUILD YOUR BURGER: start with the bottom bun + burger + goat cheese spread + sliced red onion + sliced cucumber + top bun

This burger gets a little messy but trust me it’s totally worth it. The goat cheese spread is also an awesome leftover on a pita!

Made with Love,

Hannah