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Keema Samosas


Keema Samosas | @dinnersdishesdessert

These little guys are a healthy take on an Indian street food.  Normally samosas are a pastry that is filled with ground meat, vegetables, or a combination of both.  Usually they are fried and then served with chutney for dipping.  I found a healthier version of this that uses wonton wrappers in place of the dough.  Then I bake them instead of frying them.

I bought the cookbook these came from shortly after I got married, over 11 years ago.  I made them quite often at first, and then forgot about them until recently.  I am reminded why we always had them in the freezer before, and they will become a staple again.  They are a little work to make, mainly just tedious.  You have to fill the wonton wrappers, and then seal them.  Considering each wonton wrapper can only hold about a tablespoon of filling, it can take awhile.  But, they freezer perfectly.  So you can do all the work over the weekend, and then have these in the freezer for whenever you need them.

We like to have them as dinner with a salad or other sides.  But they would make a great party appetizer.  My son and husband like to dip these in ranch.  From the searching I did, a tomato chutney was a popular dip of choice.    To freeze them, I just fill them, put on a baking sheet, and place in the freezer.  Once they are frozen, I place them in a freezer safe resealable bag.  Then when I want to make them, I take them about about 15 minutes prior to baking.  You could also fry instead of baking these, if you wanted.

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Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds


Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds labeled

Almonds are a great snack.  They are full of protein, and healthy fats.  But sometimes snacking on just plain nuts can be boring.  And buying those pre-made mixes of mixed nuts or spiced nuts are so expensive.  They are so easy to do at home, and I am sure they are much better for you.

Jean made these awhile ago, and I have had them in the back of my mind since.  I have been playing with different nuts, and slightly different combinations of my Indian Spiced Nuts lately, but wanted to try something new.  My husband likes it spicy, so I thought it was the perfect time to try these.  They are great mix of sweet and spicy.

These really are super easy to throw together.  There is about 5 minutes of hands on work, then bake them for 10, let them cool and you are done.  I only managed to have a small handful of these before the disappeared to my husbands work.  He likes to take them, so he has healthy snacks at his desk throughout the day.  These would be great to have on hand for snacks, or to put on on your holiday appetizer table.

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Asian Turkey Meatballs


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Thanks goodness it is Friday!  This was a really long week!  My son got his first cold at school, so that means we haven’t slept well the last couple of nights.  Hopefully a nice relaxing weekend will be what he needs to get better.  The leaves are starting to change up in the mountains, so we might take a trip up there to see all the gorgeous colors.

And maybe I will make more meatballs.  They are pure comfort food to me, and I love them!  I had this recipe printed for over a year.  Really not sure why it took me so long to make them.  I made them when my parents were here, and everyone loved them.  My Dad, ever the skeptic, didn’t really like the idea of soy sauce for dipping.  But once he was forced to try it, he was sold.  He went back for more.  Even my 84 year old grandpa ate his fair share!

These come together very quickly, so they are great for a weeknight meal.  Or you could easily serve them as appetizers for the weekend football get togethers.  My 7 year old dipped his in ketchup, so they will even work for the little ones in the crowd.

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