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Light and Summery Crock Pot Curried Chicken Soup

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This came out really tasty. It was a happy accident actually. When I first started making it, I expected it to come out thicker, because of the coconut milk. I think between the water content of the Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk, and the liquids that come out of the chicken, it caused it to thin out. I liked it that way though, instead of it being a rich, thick, creamy stew – It came out more light and refreshing like a soup, and sometimes a spiced spin on good ol’ chicken soup is just what the doctor ordered. I found the flavor interesting enough yet still refreshing, but if you are expecting some intense curry flavors, you may want to up the spice. In terms of influence, I would say it’s more on the Thai side of things.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 2 cans Trader Joe’s Light coconut milk
  • 1/8 cup chicken stock
  • 1 onion
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 medjool date
  • 3-4 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1-2 tablespoons turmeric
  • a few good shakes of
    • cardamom
    • cumin
    • salt
    • pepper
    • cayenne

The process couldn’t be any easier, which is the great thing about crock pots. I threw it together in the morning before heading out to work.

  1. Peel and cube the sweet potato, and chop the vegetables into large chunks. Throw them in the crock pot.
  2. Add the chicken, which should be cut into cubes. I use kitchen scissors, and just cut the breasts up right over the crock pot.
  3. Add the spices, liquids, and any remaining ingredients.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours
  5. Towards the end you can take the lid off or leave it open a crack to thicken it a slight bit if needed.

Happy 4th of July!

I love to barbecue. It’s one of my favorite things about the summer. Memorial day was the first time I really had people over for a dinner party/ barbecue ( All 20 of them!), and It was a little hectic to say the least. I wanted to feed everyone, and impress people with good food. I wanted everyone to have a good time, so I kind of went nuts.  It was a success, but I was in the kitchen most of the time and didn’t get to enjoy the party! There was a lot of prep work I just didn’t get to the night before; So between doing most of it day of, cleaning, cooking, not to mention doing “MURPH” in the morning, it was a complete exhausting blur! At least the food was good and I had complete control over my menu.

Anyway, for the 4th, my boyfriend and I had a few people over (only a few this time) for a very low-key thing. I kept the barbecue MUCH simpler. Shallot and Mushroom burgers, Grilled Asparagus, and Hot Dogs (Grass-Fed, Nitrate Free, and Organic) – That’s it. I didn’t take any pictures, but you know what, It was really nice, and I got to enjoy the company!

The one recipe I AM going to share with you, isn’t mine, but I  made it that morning, and totally fell in love with the combination. It come’s from a great website called PaleOMG, and it’s wonderful, simple, and refreshing. Absolutely perfect for the summer. My only regret is not making more! Click on the image below to be taken to the original recipe.

Watermelon and Cucumber Mint Salad by PaleOMG – Image From PaleOMG

I did it SLIGHTY differently when I made it, just because of my ingredients on hand,  So I’ll mention that here, but the PaleOMG Recipe was where I got the idea and inspiration and I highly suggest you give it a go!

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Cups cup watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cucumber, sliced and cut into strips
  • 1/2 small  red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 springs (about 5-6 leaves) Fresh mint, Ripped into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons  Apple Cider Vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Combine Ingredients and Enjoy!


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