Chicken (or tofu) Curry in a Hurry
I just have a recipe for you today. As some of you may know, and I wrote about earlier, I am doing Emily Schromm's 21 day challenge. If you don't know what that is, you can check it out here . I think there is still room left to join if you want to be a superhero with us. I'm honestly having a ton of fun with it and enjoying the opportunity to get new recipe ideas for my clients. I am about to blab on for the next four paragraphs about the challenge and my goals so if ya just want the recipe, scroll on down to paragraph 5. I promise, I don't blame you. It's delish.
I am doing the challenge with a client of mine from this past Spring and I got my husband to do it with me too. So far, it's going well. The hardest part of the challenge for me is that it's way more meat than I am used to, which is not hard to do. Essentially, I'm not eating dairy, gluten, sugar, damaged fats, vegetable oils, food additives (always), grains (except white rice), beans, or alcohol for the next 21 days. I'm not treating it like a "diet," I'm treating like a time to cut out that sugar because it's a total weakness of mine! But I am also treating it like a time to learn.
I am an extremist, I am all in when I am in. To learn someone else's philosophy, I have to go all in. I was vegan/vegetarian for years. I didn't have any exceptional health gains, any noticeable physical changes, I didn't feel like a new person right away, I didn't get stellar sleep, etc. I have never had such clear signals from a way of eating. But I went all in to learn about it. When I was in school for nutrition, I went all in on everything we talked about, testing on myself along the way. If I want to learn about something, I'm the guinea pig.
I have a lot of philosophy in alignment with Emily. meat consumption is really the only difference. I'm excited to eliminate some of the hypocrisies that I have in myself. Like when I was vegan, I was eating way more vegetable fats than I believe is right, healthy, or even okay. I didn't stop being vegan for this challenge, that happened a while ago when we lived on a farm. But I am eating more meat for this challenge and I have to say it has been really difficult. Maybe I will end this challenge and go back to the vegan side. I definitely believe a diet based in plants is the best, meat consumption included or not. we will see.
I have some definite physique and performance goals. I am most excited to see if this way of eating (essentially just more fat than I normally eat) will help me reach them. I want to gain weight and I want to gain muscle and strength in certain areas. I have goals for more pull-ups, more push-ups and more power for climbing. I am tracking as I go through this challenge (weight, measurements and performance) so I will definitely fill you in on the goods as we go along.
Anyways, back to the recipe.
I really believe in the healing power of spices and I think no culture uses them better than in India. I won't pretend that I can make a traditional curry. But dang sure do my best and have been collecting recipes as close to traditional for several years now. This one is not one of them, but it is delicious, satisfying, nourishing and super versatile. Veg friends - this would be awesome with tofu! Just sub out the chicken for a block or two of tofu and cook in the same way - until the edges are golden. mmm.
Chicken Curry in a Hurry
- 1 lb. chicken (breast/thighs/mixed meat), sliced into small pieces or cubes
- - I buy a whole, local and pastured chicken, cook it on the grill and have it ready to go all week. This is enough for my husband and I (who eat for 2 people each) for an entire week. I highly recommend this, it’s super cost effective – we’re talking the difference of 2.99/lb compared to 9.99/lb!
- 2 Tbsp. unrefined Coconut oil
- 1 can coconut milk (full fat and organic)