Chicken Makhani At Home

Hello, hello!

I managed another morning workout today, though I overslept a bit and didn’t have a ton of time.  25 minutes on the elliptical, level 6 random.

Breakfast was exciting; our teacher kindly brought in bagels!

I had an everything bagel with strawberry cream cheese.

I totally used the cream cheese to “sop up” the fallen sprinkles of onion and poppy-seed.  My friend Hillary and I laughed because when we finished eating her plate was spotted and mine was bare.

We are getting ServSafe certified in summer school and we did our first 8 hours today.  I took the course in college when I worked at the on-campus bar but I mostly seem to remember the strange questions.  For example – When can raw, unpackaged meat be offered for self-service? (answer found at the bottom of this post).

Lunch was tasty, but I went more than a little overboard on the sodium.

3 oz of bread and butter pickle slices.

1 serving of pretzel twists.

2 servings of turkey pepperoni.

Mustard to dip it all in.

I didn’t even finish the last quarter of the pretzels and pepperoni and I joked that I could actually taste the hypertension.

Our new classroom (we switched rooms three times the first day!) was freezing so I also bought a coffee for warmth.

With skim milk and three sugars.

Speaking of sugar… I got a coupon for a free donut from Dunkin yesterday and you know I wasn’t going to turn that down.

That star is an Undercover Black Cocoa Donut.  It was delicious.  Like seriously delicious.  And I actually don’t even like donuts; craving one felt like the strangest thing ever.

And since I don’t like donuts (you know I’m a froyo/Ben and Jerry’s/bubble tea girl) I’m able to say with a straight face that dinner was even more delicious.

Adam and I have been super obsessed with Indian take-out this year, particularly chicken and paneer Makhani.  It tastes fantastic but the habit is expensive and I don’t even want to know how many calories we’re taking in.  We can’t seem to shake the addiction so it seems like the solution needs to be making our own Indian dishes at home.

I’m not ready to make the sauces from scratch but I picked up this Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce from Patak and I think we’re in business!

It was very creamy and just a little bit spicy.  And for 150 calories for a third of the bottle it’s not as scary as the restaurant version!

I started dinner by rehydrating a handful of raisins in hot water.  Meanwhile, I toasted a handful of cashews in a big skillet.  I added the raisins, ~7 oz of chicken, 1 Tbsp butter, and 1 cup of sauce to the skillet and let it simmer for a bit.  I served my portion on top of a pile of roasted broccoli.

Delicious.  Seriously delicious.

Answer: At Mongolian barbeques

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