If you can't tell by now, you should know that I love ethnic foods. It seems that most crock-pot recipes out there are as American as apple pie, so once again, I'm planning to shake things up again this week with something a little different.
While my belly loves ethnic foods, my heart belongs to Southern cuisine. I've been eating fried chicken and fluffy white biscuits since I got my first few teeth. But no food reminds me more of my Southern upbringing than pulled pork. I grew up eating my grandfather's, which he basted in his own homemade sauce for 24 hours. Now that's some slow-cooking.
Pulled pork is extremely easy to make in the crock-pot, which is my preferred method. While anyone can dump half a bottle of barbecue sauce over a pork tenderloin and end up with a fantastic and easy meal, let's get a bit more creative, shall we?
There are so many wonderful flavor combinations you can pair with pork. I'm particularly fond of the sweet and tangy flavors of teriyaki. If you like sweet and smoky barbecue sauce, this will be right up your alley, but also a nice change of pace.
This week I dove far down into my crockpot arsenal to find something exotic, spicy, and savory.
Chana Masala ...
... in a crock-pot!
You know, I used to think that I hated Indian food. After trial and error, I learned that I actually don't. I just hated all the fried stuff I ate at Indian food buffets. So I stopped eating what my husband ordered at Indian food restaurants and decided to branch out into a healthier version of Indian food.
Quick pop quiz!
a. Too busy to cook?
b. Not in the mood to cook?
c. At a loss of how to prepare an easy healthy meal?
D. All of the above?
Have I got a recipe for you!
When I want to put a healthy meal on the table, but have little to no time, I reach into my crockpot arsenal.
My crockpot arsenal is a handful of easy healthy recipes that basically involve dumping a bunch of ingredients into a crockpot and walking away for at least eight hours, then coming home to a delicious home cooked meal.
1. Assemble ingredients.
2. Dump in crockpot.
3. Walk away for eight hours.
4. Come back and enjoy!
It's really as simple as that!
One of my favorite recipes to pull from my crockpot arsenal is curry chicken soup. Chicken soup is so comforting and delicious, but I love that this recipe is a little different than your traditional chicken soup by including curry.
It's warm, delicious, and comforting. Exactly what I want to come home to on a cold winter day!
Crockpot Curry Chicken Soup (serves 6)
1 pound chicken breast
6 cups chicken broth
1 can light coconut milk
1 1/2 Tablespoons curry powder
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cups spinach
2/3 cup brown rice
1/2 cup cilantro, stems removed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Put all ingredients in a crockpot and stir. Turn crockpot to low heat and cook for at least eight hours. Once cooking is complete, pull chicken apart (shred) into bite size pieces with two forks. Spoon into bowls and serve piping hot.
If you think this soup is delicious, wait until the next day! This soup gets tastier and tastier over time.
Serve it with a side salad or veggies and hummus, and crusty bread to sop up the broth. This meal will feed a crowd or will serve a couple for a few days. Feel free to halve it for less servings or stick it in a sealed container in the freezer to keep up to a few months.
Now what are you going to do with all of the free time you have by not slaving over a hot stove?
Come back next week and I'll share another tasty, healthy, quick and easy recipe from my crockpot arsenal!