Slow Cooker Curry

I’ve posted this one on Facebook before, but by adding it to the blog, now there’s a permalink for when more friends ask for the recipe!

This is my favorite curry recipe, and you can easily change it up by using a different curry powder, different nuts, or adding raisins. For some reason, raisins and curry always go together beautifully. :)

Chicken Chana Masala
(Fits well in a 4 quart slow cooker)

1 lb chicken, in 1″ cubes (approximate)
2 cans of chickpeas (one strained, one not)
1 can of diced tomatoes (I like the kind with jalapenos mixed in!)
1 cup of tomato sauce (I use the Nature’s Promise Basil & Tomato sauce from Stop & Shop)
2 Tablespoons of butter (I’m sure you could use ghee too, but I’m too lazy – I just cut a bit off the stick and drop it in.)
4 ounces of cashews
1/2 cup of rolled oats
3 Tablespoons curry powder (or to taste)
1/2 bag of frozen peas (around 4/3 cup)

Directions:
Throw everything but the frozen peas in the slow-cooker, and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Stir before you leave it for the day, and up to twice during the day (optional). One to two hours before you plan to serve it (or package it up for eating later), stir in the frozen peas. I usually add them before we head out for Crossfit.

Each batch makes three two-person meals that Brian and I split 60/40:

Per batch: 2866 calories, 259 grams carbohydrates, 102 grams fat, 232 grams protein
Per “meal”: 955 calories, 86 grams carbohydrates, 34 grams fat, 77 grams protein

Enjoy! What are your favorite curry variations?

Slow cooker chili recipes

I’ve been promising Florian for weeks that I would post up some slow cooker recipes, and then not getting around to it. Maybe if I break it up a bit instead of planning one big post, it’ll work out better!

Here are my two favorite slow cooker chili recipes. I calculated out the macronutrients using MyFitnessPal.com so that Brian and I can split one “meal” 60/40 and hit our targets – I’ll include the numbers for both the batch and a single two-person meal. Feel free to modify to your own tastes and preferred batch size!

For both of these, my general process is to toss all the ingredients into the slow cooker, stir, cover, and cook on low for 8-12 hours. It’s great to stir once or twice during the day too, but not essential. Always stir before serving out!

You can also prep slow-cooker meals in advance, either in the stoneware, or in a gallon-sized ziplock in either the fridge or freezer.

Bison Chili
1 lb ground bison (or other protein of your choice)
2 cans kidney beans, one strained and one with liquid. (I normally do one light and one dark, you can also use other beans)
1 cup tomato sauce (I use Nature’s Promise tomato-basil pasta sauce)
1 can diced tomatoes, with liquid (even better – Del Monte’s diced tomatoes with jalapenos!)
2 Tablespoons almond butter
1-3 Tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Makes 2 meals, fits well in a 4-quart slow-cooker
Per batch: 1870 calories, 172 grams of carbs, 62 grams of fat, 153 grams of protein
Per 2-person meal: 935 calories, 86 grams of carbs, 31 grams of fat, 77 grams of protein
Salt to taste after serving.

Double Chili with Quinoa
1 lb ground bison (or other protein of your choice)
3 cans kidney beans, two strained and one with liquid. (I normally do one light and one dark, you can also use other beans)
2 cups tomato sauce (I use Nature’s Promise tomato-basil pasta sauce)
2 cans diced tomatoes, with liquid (even better – Del Monte’s diced tomatoes with jalapenos!)
4 Tablespoons almond butter
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1-4 Tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Makes 4 meals, fits well in a 6-quart slow-cooker
Per batch: 3665 calories, 334 grams carbs, 129 grams fat, 312 grams protein
Per meal: 916 calories, 84 grams carbs, 32 grams fat, 78 grams protein
Salt to taste after serving.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Sorrow…

I don’t usually inflict poetry on the world, but sometimes it’s all I’ve got… and something in me demands I share it this time. Goodbye, beloved Triel. We love you!

Last day...

Here and now
here and now
here and now!

Here and now, there’s a sunbeam.
Here and now, there’s a purring kitten.
Here and now…
Holding tight to the here and now.

But now…

Here and now – there’s an empty cushion.
Here and now – there’s an empty house.
Here and now – there’s a mourning heart…

And a memory.

False alarm…

So, one of our fancy new Nest Protect smoke alarms that we put up in November woke us up about an hour before the alarm clock this morning with loud beeping interspersed with a voice saying “Alert. There is smoke downstairs.”

Up. Lights. Visual check. No smoke.
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I’m finally starting to feel healthy!!!

The cold that never ends might finally have ended, thanks to time and heavy-duty antibiotics. :)

Tonight was the first Crossfit workout since I got sick January 2 where I have actually felt good, rather than fighting through debilitating weakness and fatigue. Here’s hoping I continue the upswing, shake the last vestiges, and can go headlong through the last bits of winter and into spring!

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In celebration, here’s a snippet of what I’ve been working on. Some of you will remember my first attempt at a retelling of The Frog Prince, as part of my story a week challenge. This is a piece of the novel that is growing out of that idea.

“What do you think of your family?” she asked, not looking at him. “Your father and mother, sister and brother.”

“Well, I love them, of course,” he said. “As much as I love you!” He could have bit his tongue, but the words were already out. She flinched, and he wished he could kick himself without looking even more the fool. Would an apology help, or make her feel worse? “I’m sorry.”

“No. I’m glad you love them. It might help. Do you remember what I said last night?”

“Your riddle? Of course. That what you want you cannot tell me, and what you tell me, you do not want.”

She looked up, and he was caught in her eyes. His head swam, and his breath caught in his throat at her beauty. He would do anything for her.

“I must tell you to go home, kill your father, your mother, and your sister, and bring their severed heads to me.”

He crinkled his forehead in thought, disturbed, but not sure why. His Princess had made a request, and of course he had to fulfill it. Ah, but there was something she did not know. He went to one knee and took her hand in his. “My parents, yes, but I do not need to go home to slay my sister. Come with me to the Amber Garden, and I will present her head to you at once.”

© 2010 Catherine Wechsler, used with permission. http://cwechsler.zenfolio.com/

© 2010 Catherine Wechsler, used with permission.

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