Today was a fast food day! Of course I have them too, these days where I need to produce something onto the table best in under 5 minutes. Something to keep everyone happy and nourished at the same time!
A little weekend prep time and the right kitchen tools go a long way!
I roasted an organic, pastured chicken from Lima Family Farms on Sunday (and forgot to take it out of the freezer the night before, so in it went into a warm water bath in my kitchen sink, it works great to defrost something to the point where you can cook with it. No need to nuke all the nutrients out in a microwave!), and deboned and stored it in a glass container in the fridge.
Then went ahead and made rich nourishing chicken broth from the carcass, added some carrots, garlic cloves, potatoes, celery, piece of Kombu seaweed, & whole spices from my Indian spice rack: cardamom pods, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and black peppercorns, some paprika and a little sea salt.
Applied another fast food trick by using my pressure cooker and thus reducing the cooking time to 30 minutes under pressure. See the yield I got from 1 chicken carcass! Five 24 ounce mason jars! But don’t fill them to the top, the liquid needs room to expand in the freezer, leave about 2 inches space! I learnt that the hard way! Ugh! No fun scraping out glass shreds from among your frozen foods…
So today all I needed to do was quickly cut up some scallions, grate 3 carrots (those kitchen tools, I tell ya!), throw in some frozen peas, sweat it all off in some virgin coconut oil, add the cut up chicken and 2 cans of full cream coconut milk, plus spices, simmer and voila! Served it with brown rice (I love the short grain brown rice, very creamy and nutty), and AGAIN planned ahead and made double portions to use in my lunch salads for the next 2 days or so.
Here are the ingredients:
Quick Chicken Curry
bunch of scallions, sliced
3-4 medium carrots, grated
2 cups frozen organic peas
Chicken meat from roasted chicken, cut in chunks
2 cans coconut milk
Spices to taste: Sea Salt, black pepper, curry blend, turmeric, garam masala, red curry paste (a little goes a long way)