Friday, March 29, 2013
I went from "Guh, I have nothing planned for dinner and am too hungry to cook" to really tasty bastardized Indian curry with tons of veggies in, like, half an hour. Thanks, stray jar of masala simmer sauce in the cabinet! I totally ignored your cooking instructions and made you about 50 times healthier, but I'm sure you will forgive me.
See, the jar called for just browning a pound of diced chicken breast, then dumping the sauce in and simmering for 15 minutes. But instead, I chopped onion, garlic, red peppers, mushrooms, green beans, and carrots and sauteed all of them with the chicken before adding the sauce. Suddenly, we went from a dish that was really only big enough for 2 and was really high-calorie and veggie-free to one that was mostly veggies with the chicken and sauce serving a condiment role.
Don't be shy about adding more veggies to dishes! The whole family eats them better when they are incorporated into the main dish.