Visions of White

Never in my life in the deep South did I imagine we would look out of our back door across the field and seen a white, powdery blanket. The novelty kept us cozied up to  the windows with the dogs for hours, watching it sprinkle down in all its quiet glory. When I think of slow living, the idea of a snowy day certainly comes to mind, drinking tea by a fire and reading a good book, and the smell of a warm, spicy chicken recipe wafting through the house because there is nothing else to do but enjoy the moment. 

I made this snow-day chicken in my new crockpot. Now, I am a bit late to the crock-pot craze mainly because it is one extra appliance that takes up space in a kitchen, and I have a few too many kitchen appliances. Do I really need an ice cream maker, a George foreman grill, a waffle maker, a dehydrator and a meat grinder?  Questionable.  But if we ever enter World War III, you know who will be ready to feed the neighborhood.

I love the crockpot because it requires so little time to prepare healthy, whole foods. You don’t even need a recipe. Throw in a protein, a healthy fat, liquid(in the form of water or broth), spices, plenty of vegetables and voila! dinner is waiting on you.

This is a simple chicken tikka masala recipe that packs quite a nutritional punch. I used chicken thighs for more flavor, but I think it would also work with cubed chicken breast and  a generous pour of olive or coconut oil. The one non-negotiable item you must have to make this recipe is garam masala . This spice is the backbone of most Indian dishes, warming to your body and therefore ideal to eat  in cold weather and also to stave off sickness.

Stay warm , friends!

By the way, my intention this year is to come back to my roots and post more valuable content here, so I have opened my blog up to comments and would love to hear from you. What would you like to see more on my blog?

Chicken Tikka Masala in the Crockpot

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 6 hours
Total time 6 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Region Indian
Try this immunity-boosting and warming crockpot chicken tikka masala on a chilly night.

Ingredients

  • 2lb chicken thighs
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • seeds from 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 cups dried basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger or 1 T grated fresh
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 turmeric

Note

You could replace the chicken thighs with canned chickpeas to make this a vegetarian meal.

Directions

Step 1
Put the chopped onion, garlic and carrot into the crock pot and stir in all the dried spices with a wooden spoon.
Step 2
Lay the chicken thighs on top and pour in can of tomatoes.
Step 3
Cook in the crockpot for 6-8 hours on low.
Step 4
Pour in the can of coconut milk and let warm. Meanwhile bring 4 cups water to a boil and pour in the 2 cups dried basmati rice. Let it come to a boil, then lower the heat to low and cover for 12-18 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.
Step 5
Serve the tikka masala over the rice and top with fresh chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.

In love and light,

Lydia