Indian One Pot

Indian One Pot

Happy Spring!  Yup- I said Spring.  Even though your kids may be out of school and temps are warming up, it’s not quite summer and we’ve had some lovely cool weather this spring in Cincinnati.  I may not want soup, but Indian food always satisfies.


My husband and I discovered this awesome Indian simmer sauce at Aldi.  Now before you go screaming “high sodium, high fat!”, hear me out.  Products vary from sauce to sauce.  The Jalfrezi sauce has only 80 calories and 5 grams of fat per cup and 360 mg sodium.  When you consider all the yummy, healthy stuff you can add to it, this seems like a pretty good compromise.  And, it will cost you about $2.50 per jar and makes at least 4 servings, which will save you from spending $11-14 per entree at your favorite Indian restaurant.


I am all about simple, healthy meals and this has become a favorite at least twice a month. You can toss just about any vegetable into it, but I like frozen green beans, diced tomatoes and carrot coins for color. This recipe is also great for meatless Monday since you can use garbanzo beans or kidney beans as your protein source.  I add onions and various bell peppers, which add color and flavor as well as vitamin C and other antioxidants.  For vegetarians, iron absorption (from plants) is enhanced when combined with a food (like tomatoes or peppers) that contain vitamin C.  Win win!


We’ve made the recipe with leftover chicken as well, but honestly- the beans add a boatload of soluble fiber and taste great mixed with all the veggies.  Give it a whirl!   #aldi #simmer #sauce #dinner @AldiUSA


1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 oz.) can unsalted diced tomatoes (not drained)

1/2 onion, chopped

1 cup frozen green beans

3 carrots, chopped or 1 cup frozen carrot coins

1 bell pepper (red or yellow), chopped

1 (16 oz.) jar Aldi Jalfrezi sauce


  1.  In a medium sauce pan, add diced tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, onions and kidney beans and stir.
  2. Add entire jar of Jalfrezi sauce to vegetables.  Stir and simmer for ~30 minutes until carrots are soft.
  3. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.

Makes 4 (1 cup) servings.  Nutrition information per serving (does not include rice): 242 calories, 6 grams fat, 10 grams protein, 41 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium.



Strawberry Spinach salad

Strawberry Spinach salad

Strawberry season is in full swing.  This is one of my favorite salads for a dinner party or picnic because it never disappoints.  Balsamic vinegar pairs really well with strawberries, but apple cider vinegar or orange juice would work well, too.  If you’re not a blue cheese fan, try feta cheese instead.  The dressing can be used on other salads as well.  Enjoy!





1 bag baby spinach leaves

1 pint ripe strawberries

2/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

¼ red onion cut into thin ‘rings’

2 Tbsp. crumbled Bleu cheese or feta




2 Tbsp. canola oil

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. honey




Wash & dry spinach leaves and place in a large bowl.

Wash and cut the berries into small chunks and add to spinach.

Add red onions, chopped nuts and cheese crumbles.

Whisk together ingredients for dressing.  Drizzle dressing over salad (and toss) right before serving.


Makes 8 servings.  Nutrition information per serving:  194 calories, 15 grams fat, 3 grams protein, 12 grams carbohydrate, 3.3 grams fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium.

Dillicious fish!

Dillicious fish!


I’ll admit it.  I’m not a huge fish eater, but not because I don’t like it.  My girls aren’t crazy about it and I hate having to cook 2 separate meals.  But when the grill is calling, why not mix things up a bit?

We picked up some frozen cod this past weekend for something different.  I like when fish is simple.  This fit the bill.  We paired it with a colorful tossed salad and fresh corn on the cob.  My kids didn’t eat it, but that’s their loss!


4 cod fillets (~ 1 lb) fresh or thawed if frozen

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. dill

1/2 tsp. sea salt


Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt and dill together.  Place in a large zip lock bag with the fish and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Grill the fish for ~7 minutes per side until done.  Serve with additional lemon wedges if desired.


Makes 4 servings.  Nutrition facts per serving:  125 calories, 4.2 grams fat, 20.2 grams protein, .7 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fiber, 48.6 mg cholesterol, 325 mg sodium.

Spinach Blueberry Salad with Mukamame & Pistachios

Spinach Blueberry Salad with Mukamame & Pistachios

This simple salad is great for spring or summer.  I had the chance to work with Litehouse foods to develop a few recipes and this was one I created. Spinach and blueberries boast cancer-fighting phytochemicals as well as potassium and fiber.  Mukamame (shelled green soybeans) provide protein, fiber and texture.  Paired with Litehouse bleu cheese dressing and pistachios, this recipe will become a repeated favorite.  Add grilled chicken or fish to make it a complete meal!  #SeetheLite  #sponsored


10 oz. baby spinach, washed and spun dry

1 pint fresh blueberries, cleaned and dried

1 cup Mukamame (shelled green soybeans)- thawed if frozen

½ cup chopped pistachios

½ cup Litehouse bleu cheese dressing



Place the spinach in a medium sized bowl.  Add blueberries and soybeans.  Drizzle Litehouse dressing over salad.  Add chopped pistachios over the dressing and serve.


Makes 8 servings:  Nutrition facts per serving:  162 calories, 12 grams fat, 1.6 grams saturated fat, 11.7 grams carbohydrate, 3.5 grams fiber, 4.6 grams protein, 4.8 mg cholesterol, 178 mg sodium.

Homestyle apple slaw

Homestyle apple slaw

Sick of the same old slaw?  Me, too!  Try this version using cole slaw mix, tart apples, Litehouse homestyle ranch dressing and fresh mint.  I like the savory flavor or ranch dressing over the overly sweet stuff that’s traditionally used in cole slaw. Chopped cucumbers and apples gives it a great texture and mint adds just the right freshness.  Enjoy slaw as a side dish or on top of your favorite sandwich.  Memorial day is just around the corner! This recipe is perfect for spring and summer picnics or BBQs.  #sponsored


1 (16 oz bag) cole slaw mix

1 cup Litehouse Homestyle ranch dressing

2 pink lady apples, chopped

1 cucumber, chopped

½ cup fresh mint, cleaned, dried and torn into small pieces


Place cole slaw mix, apples, cucumber and mint in a large bowl.  Add Litehouse homestyle ranch dressing and toss lightly.  Serve cold.


Makes 8 (1 cup) servings.  Nutrition facts per serving: 218 calories, 18 grams fat, 2.5 grams saturated fat, 2 grams protein 11 grams carbohydrate, 1.6 grams fiber, 15 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium


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