Why “Try” Indian Food?

I’ve never been a fan of Indian food but I realized it was because I never tried it!

And never in a million years would I think that my kids would like it.

But, that’s only because I would never have it in my house or be curious enough to go out and eat it either.

Here’s what happened with me and “Indian Food” and I blame the Gilmore Girls (love that show!) for it…

Rememeber in Gilmore Girls how Rory always wanted to order Indian food but her mom never did?  So, when her mom was away, Rory ate Indian food.

LORELAI: Oh, you’re ordering the Indian food?

RORY: Yup.

LORELAI: Good, enjoy. Can you burn the house down afterward, ‘cause that’s the only way we’ll get the smell out. –Gilmore Girls.org

Things like this happen…

You hear “somewhere”, or you hear “someone” say that a certain food is gross or not good and you believe them.

I totally did this with Indian food and blame it on The Gilmore Girls but, lots of times comments like this happen in our own homes.

Well, let’s promise to remind ourselves of this…

“Don’t knock it til you try it…

And even then, try it again, especially IF it’s a vegetable that’s really good for you.” – Elaine De Santos 


How to Eat Indian Food

I got into Indian food 1 ingredient at a time.

I’m saying “I got into Indian food” because I’m trying to think really positive about something I’m not too sure of… those Gilmore Girls 😉

Positive thoughts lead to positive actions.


Not being able to scroll through Facebook without seeing how turmeric is the healthiest spice in the world made me do it.  (Gosh, I sound like I’m easily influenced, first Gilmore Girls, now Facebook).

But, the countless articles I still keep reading on the powers of turmeric are good reason to put it in my stir frys and green juices.

Turmeric is a powerful food that is used in Indian curry’s and in this roasted chicken recipe.

Read more about turmeric on webmd.com and just google it if you want to “binge read” up on the stuff.


Tates like butter without the allergens.

I only bought this Indian food staple because of its buttery taste and after discovering that it comes from real butter but without the dairy allergens.

Ghee is made with butter but has it’s milk proteins removed in a slow heating process, making ghee lactose-free and casein-free with loads of health benefits. – Health Benefits and How to Make Ghee DrAxe.com

I buy my ghee from here and it’s the best discovery ever!


Get healthier 1 Meal at a time!

Indian Food is SO HEALTHY but the spices and food itself can be intimidating.

This is why I put this simple and complete meal together for you and your family.

Indian Spiced Roasted Chicken and Brussels Recipe is one BIG IMMUNE BOOSTING MEAL that can help you fight colds and germs off this fall and winter.

You can also cook it for your Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Netflix revival watching party (like I want too!!!)

Best brussels sprouts ever!

I know brussels sprouts sound like the worst vegetable ever, but they are SO GOOD in this recipe and they are SO, SO, SO, SO GOOD FOR YOU.   😉

Other than our bacon wrapped brussels sprouts (not Indian at all) these are the best brussels sprouts ever because they are slow roasted, get naturally caramelized and practically melt in your mouth.

Our kids loved them that I will definitely add as many as I can fit in the pan next time because they are PACKED WITH COLD-FIGHTING VITAMIN C!


You may automatically reach for citrus fruits when you think of vitamin C, but (1 cup of) Brussels sprouts provide a whopping 75 milligrams per cup, over 100% of your daily need. – Medical News Today


Indian Spices to clear your sinuses

This recipe has a lot of spices but they are well balanced so that this dish is not fire-y hot but flavorful.

Get Spicy! Cooking with spices enhances digestion by making nutrients more easily available to the body. Different spices also have specific immune-boosting properties. Turmeric has an immune-modulating effect, because it is detoxifying. Cumin enhances digestion, and black pepper increases vigor by reaching deeper tissues.  Try the Immunity Spice Mixture on “The Whole Journey” – thewholejourney.com/plan-now-not-to-get-sick-this-winter


I get my organic spices at the best price here.

It’s important to use organic spices because the leaves and roots are small and pesticides easily seep into the leaves.

If your family can watch TV together, they can cook together.

Think of how much faster you could get dinner ready, if you just asked your family to help.

Even the littlest of hands can wash a veggie and as they get older, they think rubbing the inside of chicken skin with ghee is a cool thing.

And think about how your kids won’t have to eat donuts and pop tarts or eat out all the time like The Gilmore Girls did!

Healthy life-long habits are getting built here.

5 Shocking Tips that will finally get your kids eating healthy!

Even when you just rub a chicken with ghee, it comes out buttery and golden, if you want to give this a try.

Next time, I’ll rub the spices around the whole chicken a little better.

But, this still came out looking impressive for such little work!

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Spice up your ordinary chicken with this Indian Spiced Roasted Chicken and Brussels
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4 Persons 15 minutes
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Spice up your ordinary chicken with this Indian Spiced Roasted Chicken and Brussels
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4 Persons 15 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
4 Persons 15 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small combine, combine first 8 ingredients (salt through cardamom). Then rub chicken down with the ghee, make sure to get it everywhere even under the skin over the breast. Season evenly with spice mixture and transfer to a roasting pan, breast side up surrounded by the Brussels sprouts.
  3. Place chicken in oven and cook for 60 to 90 minutes or until the thickest part of the breast is cooked through. After the first 30 minutes of roasting, lightly tent pan with foil and continue cooking. Once done, remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving. It never hurts to add some of those cooking juices over the top!
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Doesn’t Beauti-FALL sound like a good description for Stars Hallow?

Well, with Gilmore Girls as my inspiration, I declare this dish Beauti-FALL!

This roasted chicken looks so pretty with the spices that I will probably bust out some simple Martha Stewart moves and truss the chicken next time, especially if I’m going to have friends over for The Gilmore Girls Revival! 😉

You don’t have to burn down the house after you make this recipe and your family will get HUGE immune boosting shots with this delicious Indian Spiced Roasted Chicken and Brussels.

Do you have a favorite Indian dish or will this be the first one you try? And I’m super curious to hear if you’ll be watching “The Gilmore Girls” 2016 revival with me?


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