Monday, January 16, 2017

Chicken soup for cold, flu and when feelin blue

Feeling cold, feeling blue and whats Not nice about a bowl of soup  for you?

This soup was a true blue, flu chaser! One pot cooker soup here with recipe-

1 cup frozen beans (pinto, lima black eyed or purple hulls)

Olive oil- 2tsp

Onion-1 chopped small

Garlic- 2 cloves minced

Ginger - 1 inch piece minced

Chicken breast - 1 1 /2 cups diced/ shredded

Cherry Tomatoes diced - 2

3 cups chicken/ vegetable stock

1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional  or can use dried herbs/cilantro)

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp ground pepper

2 diced green chiles (or acc to spice level)

zuchinni - 1 small diced

Button mushrooms- 3 sliced

green onions - 3 stalks diced


Soak pinto beans overnight in cold water.

The next day drain beans, then put back into pressure cooker with sufficient water and 2 tsp. oil. Pressure cook the beans - for 2 whistles  ( any more and u get beansmush i found out :)), drain to cool.

Put the cooker back on stove and when hot, add 2tsp oil (ensure the cooker is dry please!)
Add onions and saute until onions are starting to soften. Add dried cilantro, ground cumin, and canned green chiles and saute about 2 minutes more. Then add beans, canned tomatoes, chicken & stock. Cook partially closed till chicken is cooked firm. By now all the flavors have mingled and stir in chopped cilantro or dried herb mix along with sliced green onions. This somewhat light soup is perfect flu chaser or a fall dinner with fresh bread.

Omega 3 dinner

Avacado chappati and Salmon - bell pepper burji- Thats my Omega 3 dinner..i dont like Omega 3 flavor i decided..since three Omega-3's sat on my plate in the guise of mackrel ,avacado and salmon, - i was disgusted. I cudnt stand the smell of one, the taste of the second and both the taste and smell of the third..just How was Crispus suppos'd to eat this stuff...ofcourse all this was stuffed inside chappati, egg and onions...yet i cudnt bring meself to eat the 2nd spoonful..and i was in near tears..

hungry, flab-conscious and again hungry..what was i to do??

i wish i had a cooking genie..who'd make dishes with all the Omegas and the alphas to taste good..and then I cud be perfectly happy n healthy...Instead im trying to coax my flavor overdrive tatebuds to fall in love with the awful tasting 'saayippu' omegas...why cudnt omegas have indian flavors?

Hmmm..pote...i Had to eat something to stop my rumbling stomach ennu paranju,vicharichu cheyaan thudangiyathu...ended up with avacado mashed into chappati flour and then making that salmon, mackerel bell pepper burji. Voila! There i have accomplished a piece de resistance!- All my omegas  perfectly dressed and indianized to taste ! smile, smile smile :)