Creepy Gym People & Clean Eating Chicken Curry

Hi all! Hope you had an amazing weekend. It’s been a mix of rain and wet snow in Vancouver, but it’s made for a good weekend of staying in and watching movies!

With our gym memberships, we’re able to go to a bunch of different gyms, so we decided to try a new one today. It’s on two levels with the cardio & women’s area upstairs and the co-ed weight room downstairs. We were doing back & biceps today, so we went down to the weight room which is located on the  ground-level and has a lot of windows, but has some pretty bad lighting. My husband refers to this gym as the “rape” gym. As in, it seems really creepy and he’d want me to take some self defense classes before attempting to go by myself – more on his paranoia another time. Anyways, as I was doing my first set, I noticed an older man standing outside the gym staring at me and another woman doing dead-lifts. It was so obvious that he was creeping on us that all of the other people in the weight room started to notice and feel a little uncomfortable. What a weirdo! She handled it pretty well though. I just made my husband workout with me the rest of the time 🙂

After the gym, I started cooking for the week. I cook everything in bulk over the weekend, so I don’t have to worry about it during the week. It’s tough and creates a lot of mess – which stresses me out – in our uber small kitchen, but totally worth it. Definitely keeps us on track and doesn’t hurt our pockets either! I tried a recipe from Mrs. Nimji’s cookbook “A Spicy Touch Volume 1”. It’s a great Indian recipe cookbook created my cousins’ grandmother. Here’s the recipe for Chicken Curry with a few modifications.

Chicken Curry

  • Extra virgin olive oil for cooking
  • 1 medium white onion chopped or sliced
  • 2.5 lbs boneless, skinless and non-medicated chicken breast cubed – can substitute any other meat or tofu
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp crushed hot pepper
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 medium tomato chopped (I used one of those vine tomatoes)
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 yams cut into cubes (I left the skin on, but you don’t have to)
  • 1 cup hot water (you can add more if you want the curry to be more watery)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves (I didn’t use these 🙂 )

Add oil, onions to pot and cook until golden brown

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Once the chicken is 1/2 way cooked, add the yam

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After a few minutes, add the hot water

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Cook until yams and chicken are cooked and then add the garam masala & coriander leaves – I forgot this part, so mine won’t taste as good as yours!

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I packed mine with 1/3 cup of quinoa for lunch! YUM!

Until next time,

A.

Mmmmm Clean Eating Indian Food!

Over the last few months, I’d been struggling with my cravings for oily/savory foods such as pizza (YUM!), french fries (double YUM), etc – the list goes on! It was to the point where I would overly indulge over the weekend – think 2 slices of pizza one night and then a carb-loaded day with an additional cheat meal. Not good for the body or trying to lean out. Great for my taste buds and self-pity though. However, since I’m all about holding myself accountable for eating junk resulting in losing lean muscle mass and gaining fat, it was about time I started learning how to make more flavorful dishes.

My dear husband reminded me about how lots of Indian dishes aren’t bad for you as they are filled super healthy ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, garlic and tomatoes.  However, I was pretty apprehensive about cooking anything Indian as it seemed like only something my mothers or grandmothers could do. But, I figured I’d give it a try and, after a few failed attempts and upset stomachs, I finally got the hang of it (by “it”, I mean a couple of dishes)! So, here’s my first successful Indian dish, which, coincidentally, is also the husband’s favorite dish: Karahi Chicken.

Karahi chicken is, essentially, chicken cooked with tomatoes and spices. This recipe makes the sauce pretty spicy, so you can remove the ground red chilies (mirchi) and reduce the amount of whole green chilies added. You can get the pastes, mirchi, and garam masala (and any Indian spices you’d need) from most grocery stores, however, I recommend going to an Indian grocery store as it will be A LOT – I mean A LOT – cheaper. The great part is that they last awhile 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Extra virgin olive oil for cooking
  • 3-4 tomatoes skinned and chopped (I chopped them into quarters and didn’t skin them because I’m lazy like that!)
  • 1.5 lbs boneless and skinless chicken breast (free range, non-medicated) cubed
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste (I just used 2 tsp of a garlic and ginger paste mix)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3-4 green chilies (make it 1 or 2 if you don’t like spicy food)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • *1 tsp ground mirchi (ground red chilies) – optional

Makes 4 servings

**Note: if you decide to double the recipe, don’t double the tomatoes! It’ll be really watery. Just add 1 or 2 more and some water, if it’s still too dry! Actually, you might not want to double the green chilies either. Just add 1 or two more of those as well. 

I put everything except the chicken into a big pot over the stove and let it heat on high for a minute or two. Next, I added the chicken and turned the heat down to medium and just let it all cook together.

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Basically, you let it cook until the chicken is cooked and the water from the tomatoes turns into a sauce.

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If you find it to be too dry, add a little bit of water; if it’s too wet, put it on low and let it simmer – this will let the water evaporate and thicken the sauce into a paste without overcooking the chicken.

I ate it on top of kale for one of my meals at work. SO. DELICIOUS!

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So… there’s a wedding dress on our sofa…

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Guess what that is? Nope, it’s not a decorative accessory, it’s my wedding dress. It lives on our couch. Really. I’ve been meaning to bring it to my parents house, so that it doesn’t take up our armchair, but I’ve been pretty lazy about it.

Now that I’ve broken the ice, welcome to my blog! I’ve decided to keep a log of my new healthy lifestyle. I’ll explain more as I blog more. Hope to get to know you better and nice to meet you 🙂

A.