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My husband doesn’t like Indian food. C’mon…did you really think he would? It’s a cuisine I enjoy on precious nights out with girlfriends or those occasional evenings when work keeps my husband out past dinner time and I think to myself “What can I order in that he would never ever want to eat?”
So the first time I made one of Maya Kaimal’s Indian Simmer Sauces, I didn’t tell him what it was. I think I said something along the lines of “Oh, you know, its just chicken with a tomatoey spicy kinda sauce. You’ll like it.” And you know what? He did.
These Indian Simmer Sauces are chock full of nutritious vegetables and antioxidant-filled spices, and provide an AMAZING base for a full-blown Veggie Fake-Out. Our favorites are the Vindaloo and Tikka Masala, and here’s what I do with them…
Small dice a pound of boneless chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cover with the sauce in a large bowl. Store in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and soften some sliced onion, chopped garlic, and diced sweet bell pepper. Add the chicken and sauce mixture, and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked through. Add a cup of frozen green peas in the last few minutes, and serve over steamed rice or couscous. A little chopped cilantro and a dollop of plain yogurt wouldn’t hurt either. Voila! Veggie Nirvana!
First Trimester: Leave me alone, or I’ll puke on you.
Second Trimester: Two Words – McDonald’s Cheeseburgers.
Third Trimester: Due to the 25 pound medicine ball currently strapped to my abdomen, I can only stand at the stove in 5 minute increments. And those increments were all used up on Thanksgiving.
Whilst you may think that this all means that my veggie-hating husband can swim luxuriously in a sea of KFC and Pop-Tarts, I can thank the good folks at Pacific Foods for helping a prego, veggie-obsessed lady in a bind:
Am I the only sometimes-health-nut out there who has experienced the yumminess that is this soup? Its creamy, rich, flavorful – delicious! But the best part? My husband will eat it by the bowlful. Now, before any of you start in on me on how organic soups are BS and too expensive, let me say this: even if you only eat organic here and there, bell peppers are on the list of most pesticide-contaminated foods, so its one of those veggies that are smart to look for in an organic variety. Second: this container still costs less than a Happy Meal, and contains two very generous servings. Coupled with a “made-on-that-white-bread-that-actually-has-fiber Grilled Cheese Sandwich”, you’ve got yourself a well-balanced Veggie Fake-Out meal. Now somebody rub my feet.