My family is about as unpicky as its gets. We like any type of ethnic food and we like variety in our meals, kids included. Well they don’t have a choice. They eat what we eat and Dave and I are adventurous eaters. So if they are naturally good eaters or not, they sure are now. Last week I made an Indian dish that turned out great. I made it a crockpot meal so it would be completely done when we got home from running around to ballet and soccer practice in the evening. Indian food is nice because the spice is very customizable. You can add as little or much cayenne pepper as desired. Or leave it out all together and put a bottle of tobasco on the table for those who like the heat.
Throw everything in the crockpot the night before and put it in the fridge. Set it on low in the crockpot before you leave in the morning. Come home to an amazing smelling dinner.
North Indian Curry
3 lbs chicken (bone in or out, breasts, legs, thighs, etc), skin and fat trimmed
2 cups diced tomatoes, canned or fresh including their juices
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
1 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbs minced garlic
1 Tbs fresh minced ginger or 1/8 tsp dried
1 Tbs ground coriander
1.5 Tbs garam marsala
1.5 tsp cumin
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp tumeric
a few shakes-3/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 cup chopped cilantro or 1 Tbs dried, plus more for garnish
10 oz chopped spinach, fresh or frozen.
Place onions, chicken, and tomatoes in bottom of a crockpot.
Mix together the rest of the ingredients, besides spinach. (Whole milk yogurt is best because the higher fat content will keep the yogurt from curdling. The cornstarch also aids in this).
Pour into crockpot and mix everything together. Set on high for 5 hours or low for 8.
Take 2 forks and pull apart the chicken meat so its in smaller, but not shredded, torn pieces. Place the spinach in the crockpot and stir everything so the sauce gets all over the torn up chicken. Let it cook for another 30 minutes.
Serve over soaked or sprouted brown rice.
Fat: 6.5 g
Sodium: 386 mg (15%)
Carbohydrates: 6 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 3 g
Protein: 53 g
served over 1/2 cup brown rice brings it to 475 calories, 7.8 g fat, 42 g carbs, 4 g fiber, and 57 g protein per serving.