Saturday, March 10, 2018


Now that I’ve returned from my vacation and am back to my usual eating habits, I thought that I’d share one of my favorite Healthy, Inexpensive, Tasty (HIT) dishes. This one is also quick and easy as prep time is around fifteen minutes and fewer than forty-five minutes to-the-table.


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-in. pieces
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound diced peeled sweet potatoes (about 3 cups)
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped red, orange, or yellow bell pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
 1 (5-oz.) pkg. baby kale (about 5 cups) If you can’t find baby kale you can use spinach or lacinato kale cut into 1-inch pieces.
 1 cup light coconut milk, well stirred
 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson 😉)
 2 cups hot cooked quinoa (To cook the quinoa, simmer 1 cup uncooked quinoa in 2 cups water for 14 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.)
 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves


Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Sprinkle chicken with black pepper and salt; cook, browning on all side and with no pink left in the middle. Place chicken in a bowl
In the same pan as you cooked the chicken, add potatoes, onion, and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for three minutes. Add garlic and cook one minute. Stir in curry paste and kale, cooking about two minutes until kale wilts. Stir in coconut milk and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, about fifteen minutes. Return chicken to pan and cook five more minutes.

Divide quinoa among 4 shallow bowls. Top evenly with chicken mixture and cilantro leaves. I like to serve it with yeast rolls.

Here's a bit about my upcoming book:  Tart of Darkness. Available April 3 Amazon

Right when Dani thinks she's hit a dead-end in her career, she unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town. This gives her the perfect opportunity to pursue her true passion—cooking! So Dani opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students attending the nearby university, as well as providing personal chef services and catering events for the local community. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives.

But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects! She'll have to scramble to clear her name and save her business before the killer reappears—perhaps to silence the new chef forever.

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  1. It looks good, but I can't eat the spicy foods any more. Thanks for the chance to win the Audio CD of Dead In The Water - Loved the book!! (

  2. Love trying out new recipes Denise! Loved Dead in the Water and we wish you the best of success with Tart of Darkness. We will be ordering it today. All the Best - Tim, Meaghan, and Jack Pantaleone

  3. The recipe sounds yummy.
    Thanks for an opportunity to win.

  4. I can't wait to read your new series. Thank you for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books on CD! I love your writing <3

  6. Looking forward to reading your new book. Thank you for the chance at your giveaway. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  7. Denise - Oh, I could go for that thai chicken curry right now for lunch! Fantastic recipe. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the countdown to your terrific new release TART OF DARKNESS. A joyful read!

    ~ Cleo

    1. Thanks so much for reading an advanced copy! I really appreciate you taking the time from your own writing!

  8. Your upcoming book sounds like good fun. Love the recipe that you share here, fast and affordable food is always needed in my repertoire. A book on CD is a lovely thing, have not read Dead in the Water.
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  9. Your new book sounds terrific, as does Dead in the Water. Thanks for the chance to try to win the audiobook.
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  10. This looks and sounds quite tasty.
    I'm not fond of lite coconut milk. It just doesn't have the right taste and mouth feel to me. So, I'll go with the regular and have a yummy time.
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  11. Thanks for the chance to win. I am looking forward to reading Dead in the Water (or listening to it). dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  12. I've got to try that recipe---it sounds delicious---but will my hubby try it????

  13. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I would love to read and review the book. I'm always looking for new authors to try. Awesome giveaway.

  14. Looking forward to reading "Tart of Darkness", sounds like a great read. I enjoy listening to "Dead in the Water" on audio. Thanks for the chance.

  15. I would love to read, listen and review. I absolutely love love books. I love the suspense and humour. Books take you away from any stress or problems. Also I use Audible to listen at night till I get sleepy or while I clean house.

  16. This recipe looks good. Thanks for offering an audio book. I listen to them as I run my errands.
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  17. Love curry - thanks for the recipe!

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  18. This looks really good. I like that it's quick & easy. Thanks for the giveaway! turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com