Day 3.I love Indian Food. A lot. If money were no object (and it really shouldn't be, so it sucks that it is) I'd order Indian delivery a few times a week.
While cleaning out the pantry (ok, I was looking for Ruffles) I found a can of light coconut milk I bought eons ago and decided I should try to recreate our favorite coconut curry dish. I found a slow cooker recipe in a grocery store cookbook magazine from 2002 that my mom gave me. It seemed overly complicated and I didn't have all the listed ingredients, so I made up my own.
8 frozen chicken breast tenders
1 (14-oz) can Light Coconut Milk
1 large handful baby carrots
1 cup chicken broth
1 whole cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
a lid of onion flakes (about 1 tablespoon) (you could use a real onion but I didn't have one and I hate chopping them anyhow)
a half package of sad looking sliced mushrooms
See how there is a bag of sweet potato spears in the picture? They would have tasted really good in there-- I'm thinking-- but they were completely slimy and disgusting when I opened the bag. I think they were purchased 3 weeks ago. Oops. At least now the mystery ooze in the bottom of the produce drawer has been accounted for.
I plopped everything in together. I didn't thaw or brown or do anything with the chicken. It has never seemed necessary to me and I don't particularily like extra work.
Or any, for that matter.
I am oh-so-fancy, so I used a bag of frozen homemade chicken broth that I made way back in 2007 in the slow cooker. Don't worry. I'll show you how. Any chicken broth would do, however. And it would probably have that awesome salty taste that I miss when using my own chicken broth.
Here's a visual of how many onion flakes I used (just in case.)
(because I don't want you to be lost.)
(because I care.)
so there you go---everything all in at the same time all together. Frozen solid chicken along with frozen solid chicken broth.
I thought we'd eat at about 6, so I put it on high and left it alone.
I have issues with peeking and can't seem to follow directions well, so I checked. And stirred. Often.
I even left the lid ajar to try and thicken the sauce.
it didn't really work. but it made the house smell awesome. and lightly humidified the air. with coconut juice. my skin is now soft and supple.
Then! All of a sudden!
I thought we should have quinoa. I got out the rice cooker and plugged it in.
and dumped a 1/2 bag of frozen broccoli right on top.
I don't really know why. I must have been bored.
Even with my poking and prodding, dinner was done early.
The kids set the table and we sat down for a fantastic, healthy meal and shared enchanting tidbits of our day.
Yeah. Except, not any of that.
The kids refused to eat anything, and instead ate bananas and peanut butter. Adam and I tried to like it, but thought the whole thing was bland and soupy.
So there you go.
Take out is definitely better.