Slow Cooker Chicken Paprikash

I wasn’t sure until I added the noodles, but I think the slow cooker chicken paprikash is a success!

(Last time, not so much – I put the noodles in at the beginning and they dissolved within about 40 minutes, turning it into a pudding-like mixture that, while tasty, was not the intended result!)

Notes:
1: If you’d rather a low-fat version, feel free to cut the butter down to 2 tablespoons instead of 6. I’m shooting for a specific balance of macronutrients, which is why I needed to add fat. You could probably leave it out altogether, but I think that’d be kind of sad…
2: The sauce will look curdled, but it still tastes lovely!

Ingredients:
10 oz dry noodles (I like the whole wheat type, but use any pasta you enjoy!)
2 lbs chicken breast meat, cubed
1 small (1-lb) container sour cream
1 medium potato, cubed
1 lb baby carrots (or cut up 1 lb of regular carrots)
6 Tbsp butter, cut into chunks
2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp flour or corn starch
2-3 Tbsp paprika (I like a mix of sweet, sharp, and smoked paprikas from Penzey’s Spices)
2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground pepper (or white pepper – whatever you have around)

Directions:
Toss everything but the noodles in a 6 quart slow-cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. When you’re ready to eat, cook up the noodles according to the package instructions, drain, and mix into the slow cooker until thoroughly covered with sauce.

(If you’re feeling energetic when you start, blend the flour and seasonings into the sour cream first and then slowly mix in the chicken broth – that might help with the curdled appearance.)

As with my other slow-cooker recipes, here are the per-batch and per-two-person meal nutritional values. This recipe makes four meals, each of which Brian and I split 60-40.

Per batch: 3799 calories, 307 g carbs, 176 g fat, 249 g protein
Per 2-person meal: 950 calories, 77 g carbs, 44 g fat, 62 g protein

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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© 2010 Catherine Wechsler, used with permission.

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