- First basketball practice for the kid
- First time the baby tore an entire page out of a lovely picture book
- First time I made - and the boys tried unwittingly - Indian food
What I do have a point of reference on is the first time a sitar (popular Indian stringed instrument) was featured on a Beatles song. Song is John, but the sitar playing is all George. Yes people, this is something I know off the top of my head. My Beatles knowledge just runs that deep.
Another confession: When I'm selecting my weekly recipes, I usually don't read the instructions (especially now that I have a blender) except for maybe a quick skim. So, I kind of thought this was a super-fast recipe to whip together quickly on another busy night. Especially because it's listed in the "five-ingredient meals" section of the cookbook. Forty-five minutes later, lesson learned peeps. (To be fair, the recipe does say "45 minutes hands-on time. Doh.)
Indian Chicken & Rice
Source: Clean Eating Classic Comfort Foods (2011)
- 3/4 c. tomato paste
- 2 c. chicken broth (used no-salt added)
- 1/2 c. evaporated low-fat milk (used fat free)
- 1 lb chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp minced ginger (used 1/2 - don't love ginger)
- 1/2 tbsp garam masala (used a homemade mixture provided by CE)
- 1/4 tsp salt (skip)
- 1/2 tsp pepper (skip)
- In a big saucepan, heat 1 tbsp oil on med-high. Add onion and ginger and cook until onion is lightly browned. Add in garam masala and remove from heat.
- Put onion mixture in a blender; add tomato paste and broth and blend until smooth (20 seconds). Return mixture to saucepan and add milk. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins, stirring often. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and set aside. Rinse and dry saucepan.
- Toss chicken with salt and pepper (skip). Heat remaining 1 tbsp oil in saucepan on medium and add chicken. Cook through. Add tomato sauce and cook until chicken is no longer pink (approx 4 mins).
- Serve over rice.
Per serving: 395 cals; total fat: 11g (2g sat, 6.5g mono, 1.5g poly) 40g carbs; 5g fiber; 36g protein; 319mg sodium; 71mg choles
Besides taking longer than anticipated to cook (completely my bad), it was pretty simple to put together - not a lot of chopping or preparing, which I like. It wasn't particularly spicy, but the sauce had a nice flavor. Both boys gave it a big thumbs up. The recipe did make a ton of sauce, so I used a slotted spoon to serve the chicken to avoid over sauciness (a pet peeve of the hubs).