Ryan has been working a ton lately - and weird hours + it's his "finals week" w/ grad school. - so had lots of "me time" to spend in the kitchen and wanted to spoil him with good food.
I like to send him with baked goods to bring to his squadron on the weekend's he works. And his request was White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies. I went to make them Friday night, and realized I didn't have any Macadamia nuts. So I improvised: and crushed up almonds, and used a little pure almond extract.
They turned out SO GOOD!!! I got the recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Definitely a keeper of a recipe!!
Saturday I wanted to send him with a good "comfort food" meal for dinner. And our favorite comfort food is ordering Indian food. But since we aren't doing restaurants....I had to create it ;). I made Chicken Vindaloo. The only thing missing was some Naan. Next time!!
My chicken vindaloo recipe is listed below. I look at food.com to get the idea on how to make chicken vindaloo...and then improvised.Next time I will slow cook the chicken in a crockpot, so it is more shredded.
- Take 4 chicken breasts, cut into chunks, and season with curry, crushed cardamom, pepper, himalayan salt, tumeric powder, ground mustard, ginger. Allow to marinade for about 1 hour.
- In a pan, heat to medium heat. Sprinkle those same spices into the bottom for about 1-2 minutes, and allow the heat to bring out the seasoning's flavor.
- Add 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Add 4 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup tomato paste, more salt, 1 can crushed tomatoes, 4 sliced potatoes, 1/2 red onion sliced, 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. Allow to simmer.
- Add in the chicken. Cover, bring to a heavy simmer. Once potatoes are tender, remove from stove.
When I do this again, I will add a little cornstarch at the end to thicken up the broth.
I also added in some jalepeno powder and sriracha to give it a little kick It was deliicious!!! Best served with jasmine rice.
And finally, Sunday morning, I made quite the decadent breakfast. I did a 6.5 mile hill repeat workout. It was 83 degress and 60% humidity (at 5:30 am). I seriously wanted to cry - I was so hot. I ran 3 miles uphill, 2 miles downhill, and then did 1 mile of a .15 mile hill repeat.
Let's just say by the time I was done, I was SO hungry!!! And sweaty. I had to lay in our pool for a good 10 minutes to get my body temp down!! Oh darn ;)
Breakfast was Fresh Blueberry Waffles with a Blueberry Compote. I totally made up the compote recipe, and I was quite pleased. It had blueberries, fresh squeezed lemon, stevia, a splash of orange juice, vanilla, and a little corn starch! Next time I make this, I think a little ricotta cheese needs to go on top, too!
What have you been creating in your kitchen?
What is your favorite breakfast cheat item??