Budget Mediterranean Family Dinners

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Chicken Tagine

What to make in between the hectic days of Yom Tov & Back to School Madness?

It doesn't have to cost a fortune to cook great tasting, exotic meals that can be prepared in minutes.

All over the world, indigenous cuisine is based on people using the ingredients on hand and elevating them to make tasty family meals that are devoured by all. one of the most famous regional cuisines is Mediterranean. Mediterranean cooking originates in areas near the Mediterranean sea; which includes Morocco, Israel, Italy, France, Greece, Spain, and Sicily, just to name a few. Mediterranean food bursts with flavor and each region has created unique flavor combinations and dishes using ingredients and spices that were easily available.

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Now you can find exciting ways to bring nutritious Mediterranean flavors into your kitchen on a budget. Creamy Polenta with Tomato Basil Sauce & Grilled Tilapia can be put on the table in under 30 minutes.  Polenta is a cheap and versatile ingredient used in Italian cuisine. Tomato basil sauce goes well with polenta and grilled fish.

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Moroccan Chicken Tagine is easy and delicious.  Moroccan cuisine often calls for a tagine, which is a unique cooking utensil that is used to slowly cook chicken and other proteins. Instead of using a tagine in this recipe, use a crock pot. Crock pots can go way beyond cholent and are great when you need to cook in a hurry. In the morning or early afternoon, place all ingredients in the crock pot and slow cook it…by dinner time you will have a one pot, aromatic dinner that is sure to please all.

Creamy Polenta with Tomato Basil Sauce & Grilled Tilapia

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller (Bitayavon Fall 2011) - Subscribe Now