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Spicy Indian Chicken Sandwich

One of my sisters is married to a man from India. She cooks some killer Indian food. This recipe is one of hers and it is good. The Spicy Indian Chicken Sandwich is a fun change from a regular grilled or pan cooked chicken sandwich and has a nice kick. Adjust the spice depending on your family’s heat tolerance. My family can’t take things near are spicy as my sister and those she cooks for. On top of the heat in this chicken, she recommends topping the sandwich with sliced raw jalapeno. There is no way my mouth could handle that, but if you like fire, go for it!
Spicy Indian Chicken Sandwich. This is so tasty and a fun and flavorful twist. Can serve in a bun or in naan.

You can thinly slice the chicken breast and cook on the grill or cut into bite sized piece and cook over the stove. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onion. Serve on a bun or in a piece of naan as a tasty wrap.

This will serve 6-8 depending on how large your chicken breasts are.

Spicy Indian Chicken Sandwich. This is so tasty and a fun and flavorful twist. Can serve in a bun or in naan.

Spicy Indian Chicken Sandwich
Serves: 6-8
  • 3 chicken breasts (thinly sliced or cut into chunks)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-3 teaspoons of sambal oelek (these last two are the ingredients you'll want to adjust for how spicy you like)
  • Bread, Buns, or Naan
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Cheese
  1. Combine all ingredients except for chicken.
  2. Rub spice mixture over chicken and let marinate at least four hours and preferably overnight.
  3. Cook the thinly sliced pieces of chicken on a low grill being careful not to overcook or saute the chunks in a small amount of oil on the stove.
  4. Build your sandwich or wrap with your choice of bread and toppings.


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Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

Hopefully you aren’t tired of all the pizza talk yet. (My husband would say there is no such thing as too much pizza.) I promise we are almost done. I shared my tips for making pizza on a budget and my recipe for crust and tips for making the perfect pizza already. Today, I’m going to give you my easy pizza sauce recipe.

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Let me tell you a secret. Pizza sauce is one of the easiest things to make and can be done in seconds. There is no need to purchase jarred sauce if you have basic spices in your pantry. I use tomato sauce. If you are out, tomato puree or another tomato based product would work.

Pizza sauce is one of those things I never measure ingredients on. I add a shake of this and a shake of that. The past few times I’ve made it, I’ve pulled out the measuring spoons to get this recipe. Feel free to switch it up and taste and adjust at the end. Sometimes I’ll add thyme and in the summer when I have fresh herbs I love to add them instead of dried ones.

I will make this easy pizza sauce recipe on Fridays with two 8 ounce cans of sauce and use half of it for two pizzas and then save the other half in the fridge to make pizza again the next week.

Easy and Delicious Homemade Pizza Sauce. You can whip this up in seconds and it freezes great!

Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

4.7 from 3 reviews
Homemade Pizza Sauce
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon marjoram
  • pinch of rosemary
  • pinch of fennel seeds, optional
  • small pinch of red pepper flakes
  • freshly cracked pepper
  1. Combine everything in a small saucepan and gently heat on low to let the flavors combine.
  2. I use approximately ½ cup per pizza. This recipe makes enough for three or 4 pizzas.
  3. Freeze in pizza size portions if you aren't going to use it all.


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Homemade Pizza Crust

Almost every Friday night, you’ll find an oven blazing with a round baking stone heating up inside. Homemade pizzas were made weekly when I was growing up and we’ve continued the tradition.

Last week I shared some ways to make homemade pizza frugally so that even if you are on a budget you’ll still be able to enjoy pizza night and my sauce recipe is here. Today I have my crust recipe and baking instructions for you!

Homemade Pizza Crust | We love this recipe and there are my top tips for a great homemade pizza!

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My number one tip for a successful homemade pizza: A baking stone! We have a 15 inch round stone from Pampered Chef. It has become well seasoned over the years and is well worth the investment. 

My second tip: Don’t roll all of the air bubbles out of the dough. I use a combination of stretching, tossing, and rolling. I like to use my mini pizza and pastry roller (one similar to this).

My third tip: Preheat the oven and the stone. Give it longer than when your oven says it’s ready. You want the stone good and hot.

My fourth tip: Use a high temperature. I turn the oven to 475 degrees.

I know crust thickness is somewhat a personal preference. This crust recipe fits a 15 inch stone. If you like super thin and crispy, cut the flour back to 2 cups. If you like your crust thicker, increase it to 2 3/4 cups. Don’t forget, this means the water amounts will change as well. Gradually add the water to the flour until you come up with the right dough consistency. The first time you make this, it will be a little bit of a guessing game. Simply tweak it the next time to your family’s preference.

I prefer to let this dough rise for several hours but when I’ve been in a rush I’ve made and used it after a short 15-30 minute resting period and it was still good.

We’ve also used part whole wheat flour and all whole wheat flour. This will change the texture slightly and you’ll end up using more water.

Homemade Pizza Crust
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  1. Place flour in mixer bowl.
  2. Top with salt, sugar, and yeast.
  3. Add water and oil. Should make a soft dough that isn't sticky at all.
  4. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover mixing bowl and let dough rise until at least doubled - a couple of hours. It's okay if it goes longer.
  1. Thirty to sixty minutes before you are going to bake your pizza, preheat the oven and stone to 475 degrees.
Rolling the Dough
  1. Gently put the dough on a lightly floured surface.
  2. Next roll, stretch, and toss your dough into a 15 inch circle. When rolling, do it gently so not to deflate all of the air bubbles. I prefer to use my mini roller.
  1. Remove the stone from the oven and carefully carry and place the crust onto it.
  2. Spread with sauce of choice.
  3. Top with meats, vegetables, and cheese.
  1. Bake for 8-15 minutes.
  2. Cut and serve


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Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is a favorite in our house. This is one of our go to options for company and even though most haven’t had it before, this dish is loved by everyone. Serve with naan for an extra tasty meal or simply have a salad to round out the meal.

Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you. This recipe is actually easy and comes together quickly. All of the ingredients except garam masala  are ones you already have and trust me, garam masala is worth purchasing. You’ll want to make this many times and this Indian Layer Dip also uses it.

The leftovers taste just as good so this is a meal you could prepare the night before and pull out and gently reheat on the stove while the rice is cooking on a Sunday after church.

If you enjoy Indian food, you’ll want to see next Friday’s recipe – one of my favorite breads ever (and a great option to serve along side this dish)!

Butter Chicken | This recipe is one of our favorites. Great for company too - everyone loves it

4.5 from 2 reviews
Butter Chicken
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 T. finely minced garlic or garlic paste
  • 1 T. finely minced ginger or ginger paste
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 2 t. garam masala
  • 1½ t. cumin
  • 1 t. chili powder
  • ¼ cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1½ cups tomato puree
  • 1½ cups half and half
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 t. salt
  • pepper
  • oil
  • 1½ pounds chicken cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 t. garam masala
  • ⅛ t. cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • 1 T. arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • ¼ cup water
  • Cooked rice for serving
  1. In a large pan saute onions until tender. Add in ginger, garlic, butter, lemon juice, garam masala, cayenne, cumin, chili powder, and bay leaf.
  2. Cook until ginger and garlic are done.
  3. Add tomato puree and stir and heat through.
  4. Add in half and half and yogurt. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Adjust other seasonings if needed.
  1. In a skillet heat a small amount of oil and brown chicken.
  2. Add garam masala, cayenne pepper, and a little salt
  3. Add a few spoonfuls of cooked sauce and let the chicken finish cooking.
  4. Add cooked chicken to the sauce mixture.
  1. Combine and arrowroot powder and water and add to the butter chicken. Cook until the mixture thickens and is heated through.
  2. Serve over hot cooked rice.

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Hamburger Noodle Casserole

Hamburger Noodle Casserole. Freezes great and is kid friendly.

I’m excited for my first post as a contributor to The Best Blog Recipes!

My family stumbled across this simple recipe for Hamburger Noodle Casserole, using ingredients likely on hand, in a magazine years ago. It became a family favorite.

This recipe works well for freezing and as a meal to bring to another family. As a mom with little kids on a budget, I don’t have time, energy, or money to necessarily go and do a lot of things. I’m already feeding my family, though, and one way that I can minister to others is through providing supper for someone. Maybe a baby has just been born, there has been a death, or maybe it’s sickness. This would be a great meal to deliver and bless them with.

Bring it in a disposable pan and you won’t have to worry about getting your dish back. If it’s for a small family, divide it between two 8 or 9 inch square pans and bring one packaged for their freezer. Be sure to label it with contents and baking instructions. They will then be able to enjoy a meal on another stressful day. If you are making it for your family, I highly recommend you make extra for your freezer as well. Make the best use of your time in the kitchen and get two meals made at once.

My husband isn’t a lover of cream cheese or sour cream so what I do when making this recipe for our family is to cut the amount of cream cheese in half. He doesn’t even know either ingredient is in there. (Don’t tell him!)

FREEZING INSTRUCTIONS: Completely assemble the dish as the recipe states. Also, put the shredded cheese and green onions on the top before you cover with foil and freeze. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until heated through.

You can also let the unbaked dish sit in the refrigerator a day or two before baking.

Head over to my post on The Best Blog Recipes for the full recipe and directions!

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Best Alfredo Sauce

This is one of the easiest meals in the world to make and it is super tasty! We had a pasta bar when we were visiting my family earlier this year and my brother-in-law declared this the best alfredo sauce he’d ever had!

The best alfredo sauce. So creamy, flavorful, and super easy! We love this recipe.

Most recipes say this amount will cover a pound of noodles. Not even close! Please make a double or triple batch if you are needing enough for that much pasta. This recipe will serve 4-6 depending on portion size, what else you are serving with the meal etc. Sliced blackened chicken would taste amazing served on top of the pasta.

Leftovers of the sauce will turn solid in the refrigerator. Slowly reheat and whisk to combine again and it will be perfect.

4.8 from 4 reviews
Best Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  • salt and pepper
  1. Place the butter and garlic in a skillet and melt butter.
  2. After butter is melted add heavy cream and whisk. The mixture will be separated, just keep whisking as it heats and the butter and cream will combine.
  3. After mixture is hot and combined, turned off heat and whisk in the cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve immediately over your choice of noodles.
Optional - can top with a little freshly grated nutmeg.


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Broccoli Pasta

Broccoli Pasta coated with garlic and red pepper infused olive oil. Super simple and tons of flavor. Great as a side or main dish.

My family loves garlic, if you do as well this recipe will be a favorite.

Becky, a neighbor of my parent’s, gave them this recipe that her dad learned in Italy while they lived there for a few years when she was young. In her family, this recipe is served as a side dish along with grilled sausages or another piece of grilled meat.

In our family, we serve it as a main dish the majority of the time and it’s still loved by all.

Now, the recipe has you strain the garlic and red pepper flakes. Don’t toss them! We like to keep them one the side and those that really love the garlic flavor and want a bit more kick actually add it to their serving of pasta.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Broccoli Pasta
  • 12 ounces penne noodles or any other kind-of noodles
  • As much broccoli as you would like (1/2 -1 pound)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (you can add more to make spicier)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • Freshly grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a saucepan heat oil, pepper flakes, and crushed or minced garlic on low heat.
  2. Watch the oil as it can burn easily. Cook about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Strain out the garlic and pepper and set to the side.
  4. Bring water to boil and cook noodles according to package directions.
  5. Steam broccoli to desired doneness.
  6. When everything is done, add the broccoli to the pasta and drizzle with the oil mixture (can use the garlic and pepper, toss it, or serve on the side).
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Top with Parmesan cheese.


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Greek Wraps or Salad with Tzatziki Sauce

Some meals I just fall in love with the minute they first enter mouth. This recipe is one of those. So many great flavors and fresh ingredients all compliment each other perfectly. Great as a salad or layer in in a pita or tortilla to make a yummy wrap. Works well on the go or for a picnic dinner if you bring the sauce on the side to add before you are going to eat it.

Greek Wraps or Salad

Greek Wraps or Salad with Tzatziki Sauce
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 6
For the Chicken:
  • 2 T. Olive Oil
  • 1½ pounds chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1 t. oregano
  • ½ t. salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
For the Tzatziki:
  • 1 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ c. cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ t. salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
For the Salad:
  • 6 c. romaine, leaf or artisan lettuce torn into bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ c. fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. halved grape tomatoes
  • ½ c. cucumber peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • ½ c. pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
  • ½ c. crumbled feta
For the Dressing:
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • ¼ t. salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 tortillas or pita wraps
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. When hot add the chicken and sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and oregano. Saute until cooked through. Cool.
  2. Place all the tzatziki ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Place all the salad ingredients into individual bowls to allow for personal preference during the salad building or toss everything together in a large bowl.
  4. Combine all the dressing ingredients.
  5. To assemble wraps or salad layer your bowl or tortilla with salad ingredients and top with chicken, dressing and tzatziki sauce.

Adapted from Family Fun Magazine

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