What's For Dinner: Stuffed Dates, Yellow Curry And Trail Mix

Spice up your meal tonight with this one-of-a-kind mix

Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

Like snowflakes and fingerprints, no two curry powders are exactly the same. This is because, rather than grinding up one spice, curry is a mixture of spices with endless variety. Red or yellow, powder or paste, wet or dry—a little goes a long way, so don't be afraid to invest in a high-quality spice mix to make this curry-packed dinner tonight.

① Appetizer: Nasty Dates

No, these dates won't call you names or steal your lunch money, but the red curry paste hidden inside will give your taste buds a fiery punch. Once stuffed and skewered, they're lightly charred over a grill (or grill pan) for a warm, melty bite of sweet-and-spicy goodness.

② Main Course: Yellow Curry with Mussels and Chicken Meatballs

The source of this Thai curry dish? Texas. Mussels are steamed in a flavorful curry broth, which lends poached chicken meatballs a vibrant yellow hue. Serve them with toasted bread to sop up the extra soupy bits.

③ Dessert: Trail Mix with Ginger, Nuts and Coconut

Whether you're hitting the trails or the on button of your TV, this nutty mix is packed with protein to keep you going. A little Madras curry powder makes it interesting, and with just enough sweetness from the candied ginger, it functions as dessert.