Would you care from some heat?

High of 81º in Tulsa today! 😀

Don’t forget to checkout my cooking class recap from last evening! It was so much fun and truly a success!

We have 62 participants in April’s DO what you DON’T Challenge! It’s not too late to join, but tomorrow is April! Do you have a plan?


I’m really into Indian food lately, and I hesitated for not one second to make Biz’s Tikka Masala recipe. ALL of Biz’s recipes are divine! She mixes health and tasteful ingredients perfectly… and I really love that! 😀


Biz’s Tikka Masala adapted from Biz of Biggest Diabetic Loser

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
1 cup brown rice (dry), prepared
6 dried chiles (for garnish)
cilantro (for garnish)

Marinade for chicken:

1 6 oz. container 2% plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt


1 tablespoon butter 50/50 Smart Balance Butter Blend
1 3 garlic clove
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (remove membrane)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce (MEASURE!! SPICY!!)
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream


Mix the marinade together and let sit for an hour.

Heat grill pan (or skewer and grill outdoors) and grill chicken until 3/4 done.   Meanwhile, melt butter and saute garlic and jalapeno.  Add seasonings and stir for 2 minutes until fragrant.  Add in tomato sauce and heavy cream.   Add chicken into sauce and cook an additional 10 minutes.  Serve over 1/2 cup rice and garnish. Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition Information (per serving with 1/2 cup rice): 438 calories; 20.5 g. fat; 723 mg. sodium; 17.7 g. carbohydrate; 1.7 g. fiber; 36.2 g. protein

I cut a lot of sodium from this recipe and it still tasted great! The flavor comes from the spices and heavy cream…mmm! If you’d like to make this recipe less spicy, use less sriracha!


I’m playing hookie from work this morning and this afternoon with 7 patients crammed in between 10 am and 3 pm. I’m looking forward to some quality time with Miss Lily and catching up with blogs! Finally! 😀

Question: Do you like SPICY food? Say you walked into an Indian restaurant and ordered x-x-y and the person taking your order asked, “On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the spiciest), how spicy would you like your meal?”, what would you say?

I’d probably say 5-6.

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  1. March 31, 2010 / 8:57 am

    This is such a delicious looking meal! I remember seeing it on Biz’s site and wanting to make it! You are really adventurous and creative in the kitchen, Nicole, I really admire that!
    And great job on your cooking class!! Sweet success. I’d love to come to one!

  2. Kel
    March 31, 2010 / 9:52 am

    I would say a 6-7. I like pretty spicy, but not so spicy that my nose is running!
    Question (maybe should be saved for a Q&A, but I don’t remember when you do those!): I recently had blood work done and my blood sugar level was 56. My dr recommended getting that rechecked in 3 months unless I had any symptoms. He didn’t include what symptoms to look for, though. What are some symptoms of low sugar levels that I should be cautious of? Also, how low is a blood sugar level of 56?

    • Nicole
      March 31, 2010 / 9:58 am

      Blood sugar varies on the person, but 56 is low. You want to be aware of feeling light-headed, cloudy, trouble focusing, sweating, nausea, shakiness, confusion, trouble walking or speaking, etc. Chances are everything is fine, but most people with hypoglycemia will most commonly notice symptoms of going too low during or after exercise, or if they go too long without eating or eat too low-carb. Nothing to worry about, just being aware of the symptoms is most important. And always have a juice or milk on hand or nearby! If you do experience these symptoms, tell your friends, co-workers, and family about them so that they can help you get some fuel (carbs, preferably in the form on a liquid) in you ASAP. Hope all is okay otherwise 🙂

  3. March 31, 2010 / 11:36 am

    I LOVE spicy food. However, my spicy, and ACTUAL spicy may be different. Im not too sure.

  4. Rebecca
    March 31, 2010 / 11:49 am

    81 sounds unbelievable to me! LOL We got up to 52 today and it was like a heat way…!

    I love spices- I’m probably a 7 or 8. (I’m the crazy one in my family that covers my pizza with hot pepper flakes before eating it.)

  5. Rebecca
    March 31, 2010 / 11:50 am

    Heat wave*.

  6. March 31, 2010 / 12:03 pm

    YUM! On a scale of 1 to 10 on spiciness I would go with a 6 or a 7. I don’t want it to be so spicy that I lose the taste of everything else going on. You know?

  7. March 31, 2010 / 12:35 pm

    i love spicy food but i never make it at home except for some mexican with hot sauce….yours looks so great!

  8. March 31, 2010 / 12:42 pm

    I love spicy food, so I’m putting this on my list to try! I would probably say I would want my food 6-7 on the spicy scale. I don’t like it so hot that you can’t taste what you are eating.

  9. March 31, 2010 / 12:45 pm

    Sounds spicy and delicious! I’m going to try making Indian food and my own whole wheat naan sometime soon. I’m not a huge spice fan so I’d go maybe 3-5 on the spicy scale.

  10. March 31, 2010 / 1:49 pm

    Wait, wasn’t it snowing the other day?? The weather’s crazy!!
    Indian food is fantastic, especially when it’s spicy… Well I’d say I’d have a 7 if #10 would be the spiciest. However, are we talking about ordering something in western countries or in the country of origin? What might seem hot for us might be super boring for them 😉

  11. March 31, 2010 / 2:12 pm

    We’re supposed to have similar weather here tomorrow! Can’t wait!

    And I LOVE spicy- when I cook for others, I usually scale back otherwise they won’t eat it. But I don’t know about the number I’d pick at the restaurant- it can get pretty hot! I’d say maybe an 8 to be safe?

  12. March 31, 2010 / 2:27 pm

    Whoa! I could not eat that. I can’t deal with heat 🙂

  13. March 31, 2010 / 3:34 pm

    Omg, Andrew and I would love that!! We looooove spicy food!! 🙂 Sriracha sauce is the best!! 😉

  14. March 31, 2010 / 3:44 pm

    Mmm! I love tikka masala! I’ll have to try that recipe! I love spicy! If it’s somewhere new I’ll usually order a 7, but if it’s one of my regular spots it’s an 8 or 9! I might as well go for a 10 and try the full monty next time!

  15. March 31, 2010 / 5:55 pm

    Ok I saw that on Biz’s site now here, it has to be added soon, too bad I already did next week’s meal planning.

    I LOVE spicy food. All the Asian restaurants around here (Indian, Thai, Chinese, etc) ask how spicy on a scale of 1-5 you want your food, we always get a 4 enough heat to feel it but not so much you can no longer taste the food. When I lived in London they had some reality TV show (I can’t even remember what it was about) but they followed this one manager of an Indian restaurant and he used to make the vindaloos inedible for the lads about town who would come in pissed out of their minds and ask for the spiciest thing they had and then make it spicier (gotta love drunk young men). He said no Indian would ever eat it the way they prepared it for these guys. But for them it was just an excuse to drink more lager.

  16. March 31, 2010 / 5:57 pm

    Wasn’t it just snowing where you live? We had beautiful weather here too.

    I am about a 4 – 5 on the spiceness scale. Your recipe looks amazing!

  17. March 31, 2010 / 7:18 pm

    I want my food at a 10 for spicy because I love the heat. Bring it on! and I love tikka massala because it is uber delicious.

  18. March 31, 2010 / 7:46 pm

    I love spicy food!!
    In India, they looked at me and since I wasn’t Indian assumed I couldn’t handle spicy things so they would make the food mild! Nothing was ever spicy enough! Kind of funny!

  19. March 31, 2010 / 7:54 pm

    I am a wimp on the spice scale. I would probably say a 3-4. This recipe looks so yummy! I have recently tried Indian food and really enjoyed it. I haven’t attempted making it yet. I just might have to after seeing this recipe.

  20. March 31, 2010 / 8:10 pm

    Oh great, now I’m craving Indian.. 🙂 Chicken tiki masala is one of favorites and yours looks so tasty!

  21. March 31, 2010 / 8:39 pm

    I have never had Indian food but I can say one thing – I HATE SPICY food. Sometimes mild salsa is a little much for me.

    My husband makes so much fun of me – I guess I like bland food!

  22. March 31, 2010 / 9:02 pm

    Oooh, this is one of my favorite Indian meals, Nicole! It looks divine! I’m kind-of a wimp when it comes to spice…I would say 4-5. (I like the spice aspect but it’s the heat that gets me.) 🙂

  23. March 31, 2010 / 9:40 pm

    I think I would say 6-7. I do like spicy. The other night, though, Jason made fajitas that were too spicy. I had to drink a glass of milk!

  24. March 31, 2010 / 9:49 pm

    I loooooove spicy food but I don’t like the smell of curry! never have and I don’t think that I ever will lol

  25. March 31, 2010 / 9:57 pm

    I would say about a 7 or 8. I really love spice, but not too much to where I can’t taste my food. I’m excited to do my first yoga class on Saturday for the challenge. And nervous too!

  26. March 31, 2010 / 10:36 pm

    Since the only Indian food I’ve had is a samosa I’d tell them 7-8. depending on how that went I’d adjust accordingly. I gave you an award tonight on my post 🙂

  27. March 31, 2010 / 11:03 pm

    ohhh hookie haha i wish i could do that!

    i love hot weather my internal body just has not caught the memo to switch over yet.. i was dying of heat today and it was 80 something here to. I am just so use to freezing all the time I think my body is confused


  28. March 31, 2010 / 11:51 pm

    I love chicken tikka masala, yours look delicious and would be perfect with any indian bread….

  29. April 1, 2010 / 5:13 am

    I’ve never had Indian. I want that now! Looks really good.

  30. April 1, 2010 / 7:17 am

    I would say 25!! I LOVE spicy/heat! OF course, I have gone way over my limits before and regretted it. If it’s too hot or spicy it’s just not good. This meal looks fabulous. I love that you are creating all of these new recipes. I am so impressed. And even in the 81 degree weather?!

  31. April 1, 2010 / 11:49 am

    I am actually a HUGE weenie when it comes to spicy foods. Like, I would say a 1 on the scale. 🙂 I hate being like that, but I just can’t eat foods when they are spicy….it’s uncomfortable for me, I guess!

  32. April 1, 2010 / 5:53 pm

    Spicy food is my favorite. At thai restaurants, I always say I want an 8! But I think they take one look at me and don’t believe me. I never think it has enough spice when it comes to the table.

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