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Samosas are one of those things in Indian culture that you will find all over the country. North, East, South, West. No joke…in every corner of India, it’s a very common snack that’s served up with tea when you guests over. It was time for me to come up with a recipe that was fast and easy to serve up when I also had guests over! 

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Keema is a pretty regular Indian dish that gets made around our house frequently. It’s simple, fast, and super tasty. Plus you can eat it a million different ways! Not sure what it is? Keema is an Indian dish that is made with ground meat. You can choose from pork, turkey, beef, chicken, goat, or lamb! The possibilities of this dish are truly endless! 

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Soooooooooooo. Have you watched this lovely documentary on Netflix called “What The Health”? No? Good. Don’t. Unless, you’re ok with making lifestyle changes. And if you have watched it, and didn’t get remotely spooked, then you’ll have no idea where I’m coming from. It’s been relatively controversial, and I’m not one to fall into a fad or anything, but substantial data and decent logic, will make me question things for sure. I won’t go into deets, but this documentary basically conveys the message that meat isn’t good for you. Now, I’m a pretty big omnivore. I love my leafy greens and veggies, but am a huge fan of a good steak/fish/goat/lamb/mussels/etc. I love it all…. But the data was a little too convincing. So convincing, that I’m trying that vegan life for a little while to see if I can actually see a difference in my health. 

These past few days, all my meals have been vegan. I specifically even bought condiments and switched out lots of dairy products to make sure I was sticking to being vegan. It hasn’t been easy, but I don’t miss the meat and everything tastes amazing! So, I can’t really complain….yet. And yes, the hubs is on board for the most part. If he’s eating at home, he’ll eat whatever I make because his theory is “if you’re (me) doing something that is benefitting our bodies, I can’t really complain!”. I love him for that btw!

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I heart Indian food. I’m sure I’m being partial given that I’m Indian, but the flavors are immense and can be life altering. There is this tiny problem though which is that most Indian food takes quite a few steps, and sometimes can take a little bit of time to prepare. Time is something that is most precious around here and I’m sure as hell not going to waste it by standing at the stove when there is a shortcut. I love shortcuts. They rock my world pretty much. And any time I find one, I always like to share because I assume most people (especially fellow mamas) appreciate shortcuts.
Oh, I also heart Trader Joe’s. My friend introduced me to this wonderful sauce called “Simmer Sauce” and now I like to keep at least two jars in my pantry. They make for the easiest Indian meals such as this chicken curry.

The other shortcut I have is this chicken that my grocery store sells. It’s sliced thighs that are already cooked and they taste amazing. Of course if your store doesn’t have this, just use a rotisserie chicken that you’ve pulled apart!

Alright, so let’s get down to it.

– 1 packet of cooked chicken thighs cut into strips OR a rotisserie chicken pulled and shredded apart
– 1/2 red onion, diced
– 3 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 green bell pepper, diced
– Trader Joe’s Simmer Sauce
– 1 tbsp of EVOO
– salt to taste

1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a medium to large sized pan and add in the onion and cloves. Saute for about 3-4 minutes, or until they start to soften. Now add the bell pepper and stir for another 5 minutes.
2. Throw in the chicken and mix it all together. Last but not least, add about 1/2 – 3/4 of the jar of sauce and stir it all. Put a cover on it and let it simmer on low for about 10-12 minutes!

You can serve this over rice or with some naan! Super and ridiculously easy!

Dinner on the table in about 20 minutes!