On a Roll

Summer is a time for simple but bold, fresh flavors. I am back in the kitchen, and things have never been better. There were weeks of many salad meals, take out, and dinners out, and I am truly happy to be excited about developing new recipes again.

This weekend I made a healthy, spicy dish that had Greek, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences.

It all started with some fresh mint from my deck. I love being able to take a few steps and to come back inside with fresh ingredients.

Fresh mint from my garden 

First I made a cool yogurt salad with mint, garlic, thin slices of red onion, English cucumber, and tomato. Roughly, I used a cup of 2% Greek yogurt, a small handful of mint, 5 crushed and minced garlic cloves, 1 cup of sliced cucumber, maybe 1/4 cup sliced red onion, and 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped. I stirred everything together, then covered it and let it chill for about an hour.

tiingredients for a yogurt marinade, yogurt, mint, red onion, garlic, tomato, and cucumber

red onion, mint, garlic, tomato, cucumber for yogurt marinade, tzatziki


preping cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes

Greek yogurt, red onion, tomato, cucumber, garlic, mint

Once the yogurt sauce was chilling, I coated free range organic chicken tenders with sriracha and a bit more Greek yogurt and set those in the refrigerator to chill as well.

The starring ingredient in this dish was a new product that I found at Trader Joe’s, Masala Tandoori Naan. It is a little sweet, spicy, soft, and so good. I am not a bread person, but this bread is positively addictive. I kept stealing bites as I was cooking ;)

Trader Joe's Masala Tandoori Naan Bread

After the chicken had been in the marinade for about an hour, I pan sautéed them in the yogurt and sriracha mix, creating incredibly tender and flavorful meat.

I chopped the chicken and place it on top of the naan then dressed it with the yogurt and veggie sauce/salad.

marinaded chicken with yogurt sauce, naan, and kale salad

Served with kale and red beets massaged with olive oil and lemon juice. Simple, healthy, delicious. 

marinaded chicken with yogurt sauce, naan, and kale salad

Even though it was quick and barely heated up the kitchen on a VERY hot and humid day, it felt like a proper meal because of how well all of the flavors worked and how balanced it was nutritionally.

I love to create recipes based on various ethnic foods. Right now I am all about Indian spices. At other times, I am inspired by Japanese sushi or Thai curries.

If you had to pick a favorite ethnic food, what would it be?


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Tags: Food, healthy recipes, Indian Food, Naan, recipe, salad

  1. Mellissa’s avatar

    I love Indian food, especially Samosas and naan


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    I’m biased but I love Korean food. I made a tasty cold Kimchi noodle dish last night (blog to come) and loved how flavorful it was.


  3. Daisy’s avatar

    you are so creative! the meal looks really good. are you going on vacation!?!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Not going on vacation but will be taking little trips here and there, the Cape this weekend, visiting family the next, and hopefully the Finger Lakes Wine Region in NY for the husband’s birthday in July. Bring on the guest posts!


    2. Monique@That's What She Said’s avatar

      that looks great!! My absolute favorite foods are from the Mediterranean region. French, Italian, even GREEK. So delicious!!!

      When I lived in France, I also sampled Lebanese food for the first time and holy wow, that was amazing as well.


    3. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble’s avatar

      Ya know what else mint is good for? Mojitos!

      That looks like a great summer dish! I would have never thought of combining those ingredients but it looks like it turned out tasty!

      I think Mexican may be my favorite ethnic food but it’s so hard for me to chose because I really to do love ALL food!


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I definitely had mojitos in mind when I planted the mint ;)


      2. Brian @ A Thought For Food’s avatar

        Love Indian food, but I don’t think I could live without sushi. It is by far my favorite food…


      3. Constance C’s avatar

        hmm I know a wine that would do perfect with that dish :)


        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          Gruner maybe? Or a Greek wine? I have been meaning to ask you for Greek wine recommendations!


        2. Constance C’s avatar

          hehe you know me too well. ;)

          I was going to suggest some Santorini Assyrtiko – for the Boston market, I’d recommend seeking out the Sigalas Santorini!


        3. sasso’s avatar

          Wow your chicken dish really looks good and is making me hungry !


        4. Cook with Madin’s avatar

          This looks really great. Beautiful combination of ingredients. I love naan. There’s this Indian Restaurant that my husband and I go to. As soon as you get sitted, your waiter will bring you hot naan.


        5. Raija’s avatar

          Also, the post title “On a roll” should be the name of your post for a lobster roll…its misleading ;)


        6. Simply Life’s avatar

          I love Indian food!


        7. Jen’s avatar

          This looks absolutely spectacular! I think have have everything but the siracha and the naan to make it myself at home, so I may be taking a trip to the store tomorrow to grab some. :)

          Also… you say you’re not a bread person??? I wish I could say the same thing. HA. I think it’d make some days a lot easier and my tummy much smaller. C’est la vie!


          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            I know, I’m weird! I rarely go for the bread basket!


          2. Kristen’s avatar

            I know it’s simple, but an authentic Greek salad is to die for! We have a place in town that does it so well.


          3. kate’s avatar

            Id go with Greek food…all of it. I really like Moussaka but its anything but simple.


          4. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife’s avatar

            MMMM I love Indian food!! My fav would definitely be Naan :) Or somosa!!


          5. ashleigh’s avatar

            I’m very jealous of your cute little garden. I can’t wait to have enough space to make one. I don’t have a porch or a yard so there’s no room, boo.

            Don’t you just love trader joe’s Greek yogurt? It’s so good and affordable.

            I love mexican and greek food… I’m not a huge fan of any other ethnic foods. I am such a plain eater!


          6. Megan’s avatar

            love the mint photo! Doesn’t mint just cool you right off just thinking about it! Nice recipe….looks quite delish! ♥


          7. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

            What a great combo. LOVE Indian food, though I think I’d have to say Thai…


          8. Magic of Spice’s avatar

            What a unique and wonderful meal:)


          9. The Housewife’s avatar

            Indian nan! I have to admit TJs make the best masala nan! I love simple homstyle indian food that my mom makes but if I had to move away from the norm, I would choose thai… I can’t get enough!


          10. The Housewife’s avatar

            Indian nan! I have to admit TJs make the best masala nan! I love simple homestyle indian food that my mom makes but if I had to move away from the norm, I would choose thai… I can’t get enough!


          11. Amelia Gray’s avatar

            I love to taste some greek foods because they are very spicy..’.


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