We had our lovely blogging team over for our annual holiday dinner the other night! Here’s the crew (at least those of us who live in Charlotte). I feel SO lucky to have had these talented individuals on our team for years now.
Everyone brought their spouse along, and let’s just say that I was hurting the next day. It’s amazing how I no longer feel like I’m in my 20’s after a fun night like that!
Aside from the fun, we enjoyed some great food as well. We do these holiday events potluck style because we’re a bunch of foodies after all! And as I’ve shared in the past, we’ve got some food allergies and sensitivities in the group, so picking a theme for the menu is always interesting. This year I chose Indian food because I thought we could easily avoid dairy and gluten (and any other offenders) and still end up with something tasty. Oh, and I’d been working on a Tandoori Chicken recipe that I just knew would be a perfect fit for the main course!
Here’s what was served…is your mouth watering yet?
- Amy was in charge of appetizers and brought two deeelicious dips: Pomegranate Avocado Salsa and an eggplant dip both served with whole-grain crackers. This is how she made the eggplant dip: Cut 1 eggplant, 2 bell peppers, and 1 red onion into 1 inch cubes. Toss them in bowl with 2 minced cloves of garlic, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt & 1/2 teaspoon black pepper then roast at 400 degrees F for about 45 min. – until the veggies are lightly browned and soft, tossing once during cooking. Place the veggies in a food processor , add 1 tablespoon tomato paste and pulse 3 or 4 times to blend.
- Shawn brought a huuuge salad with two homemade dressings and roasted chickpeas to go on top. The salad was a big mix of veggies (no particular recipe), and for her creamy dressing, she blended 1 cup cashew cream (from the Deliciously Organic cookbook), 3 teaspoons curry powder, 1 clove garlic, and juice from half a Meyer lemon, and then drizzled in olive oil until she got the right consistency.
- Kiran brought Chana Masala along with a tomato and onion side salad. She is half Indian, so she was excited to share these traditional dishes with us!
- As I mentioned, I made an easy dairy-free Tandoori Chicken (recipe below) with brown rice.
- And my husband (yes, he can cook!) made Coconut Milk Ice Cream with cardamom and pistachios.
It was all soooo good – I was literally STUFFED by the end of the night! And luckily, since I tripled the chicken recipe, we had leftovers the next day that my whole family gobbled up in no time. This one is definitely going to be a new staple at our house. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Weeknight Tandoori Chicken
- fresh mint
- brown rice
- plain yogurt (omit the yogurt to be dairy-free)
- In a medium bowl, combine the garlic powder, coriander, cumin, ginger, salt, and cayenne with a fork. Dredge each piece of chicken in the spices and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, sprinkle any remaining spices on top, and sear for a couple of minutes until golden brown on both sides.
- Add the coconut milk and tomato sauce to the pan, bring to a boil, cover with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the chicken is done all the way through (no longer pink), about 8 - 10 minutes.
- Layer in bowls with brown rice on the bottom, then spinach, chicken, sauce, yogurt, and fresh herbs. Enjoy!