Caregiver’s Corner: Healthy Crock Pot to Freezer Butter Chicken

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My care giver and friend, Adam
My care giver and friend, Adam

I could not roll through my day without my team of caregivers.  They are an essential part of my independence.  I dream for the day that technology will allow me to do everything on my own, until then I rely on my caregivers to do what I can’t do for myself.  Care giving is a very stressful occupation, both physically and mentally.  This part of my life, having caregivers, is stressful for me as well.  After all, I depend on them for my health and overall well-being.

My caregiver and friend, Resz
My caregiver and friend, Resz

I am adding a regular “Caregiver’s Corner” series to my blog.  I will have tips for caregivers and try to provide local resources.  Additionally, I will have caregivers as guest bloggers to provide tips and insight for other caregivers and those they care for.  I will also address the do’s and don’ts of care giving from the perspective of the one being cared for. 

Simmering sauce ready for crockpot
Simmering sauce ready for crockpot

Meal prep is a very important part of care giving.  It is also time consuming and when dealing with multiple caregivers, this could be a challenge.  Let’s be honest, we all have different culinary skill levels.  Being on the receiving end of those skills can either be pleasurable or painful!  Adam’s Chicken Alfredo and Randy’s fried fish are pleasurable.  Vegetable Gloop and burnt cookies are painful. Those chefs will remain nameless.  Remember they are responsible for my overall well-being!    

Overall, I love my mom’s cooking.  However, with all her responsibilities making me dinner every night is difficult.  We found a solution to this problem and in the process found a helpful tip for all caregivers and those in need of care in this situation…Crock Pot to Freezer Meals!

I love my rice steamer!
I love my rice steamer!

Crock Pot meals are easy to begin with.  Assemble the meal in the morning, place in the crock Pot and let it do the cooking throughout the day.  The meal can take anywhere from four to eight hours depending on what you are cooking.  When made in large batches, these delicious meals can be placed into single serving vacuum-sealed bags, labeled and dated, and placed in the freezer!  My freezer is usually stocked with various meals.  My morning caregiver simply needs to take a meal out to thaw.  My dinner caregiver simply heats it up and makes the side dishes, if necessary.  This saves on time and money.  Most importantly, it spares my taste buds from meals prepared by less talented chefs!

Crock pot to Freezer Butter Chicken.
Crock pot to Freezer Butter Chicken.

Periodically, I will be posting such recipes that I have tried and absolutely worshiped!  On Tuesday night, I had crock pot Butter Chicken!  The Butter Chicken recipe I tried was Gluten Free and Dairy Free, so it had no butter.  However, it was the most scrumptious Eastern Indian dish I have ever had! 

Healthy and delicious ingredients
Healthy and delicious ingredients

Butter Chicken originated in the 1950’s at the Moti Mahal restaurant in Daryaganj, India.  It was so well received that the recipe soon was used worldwide.  There are many different variations of this recipe which can be found on the various popular recipe sites.  I have been Gluten Free for almost a year and am trying to eat healthier, that is if I can keep my van out of Culver’s parking lot!  My mom and I were looking through recipes to try and we stumbled upon the blog One Lovely Life, written by a woman named Emily.  Healthy food and healthy living is her passion.  The Butter Chicken sounded interesting, so we gave it a try.  I am deliciously happy we did!  My mom said the prep time was manageable in the morning and quite easy.   In the evening, Jasmine Rice was put into the steamer.  Presto!  Dinnertime!

The aroma of spices filled my apartment
The aroma of spices filled my apartment

Adam arranged my plate and for staging purposes added a wedge of lime.  I sat down to a plate of rice painted generously with the juicy chicken and spice enhanced tomato sauce.  I accompanied the meal with a Redd’s Apple Ale.  When I looked at the lime wedge, I did not want it to go to waste.  I picked it up, sprinkled it on my plate of Butter Chicken.  I then had a brilliant idea and the lime wedge went into my bottle of Redd’s Apple Ale.  It was delicious!

The completed masterpiece!
The completed masterpiece!

There are many things I love about this recipe.  It fits into my Gluten Free diet and my desire to eat healthier.  It is an easy meal to throw together into the crock pot and then can be frozen for future meals.  This makes this recipe caregiver friendly.  Most of all, it is so delicious!  This Butter Chicken variation is healthy but tastes so sinful!

Ingredients made for healthy living
Ingredients made for healthy living

As I mentioned above, this is a very healthy meal.  This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and is full ingredients which all have health benefits.  Below is a list of some of the ingredients in the recipe, click on each ingredient to read about the health benefits.

1.       Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil

2.       Ginger

3.       Garlic

4.       Lean Protein (Skinless Chicken Breast)

5.       Lime

6.       Coriander

7.       Cumin

I hope you enjoy this recipe and this posting.  If you are a caregiver and have ideas for future care giving related posts, please contact me. 

Till the next time, Keep on Rollin’ and Smilin’

References: 

 http://www.thedelhiwalla.com/2010/07/07/city-food-butter-chicken-moti-mahal-restaurant/

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Photo Credit: Sandi Kelch and Adam Little

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