Super Bowl Sunday. Oh, hi. I couldn’t care less. If I were entertaining, perhaps I’d anxious to feed a bunch of mouths, but even the promise of funny commercials isn’t drawing me in this year.
Honestly, I think I’m in a bit of a sports slump…
Not only did the Illini footballs season end in its usual embarrassing way, but now our basketball team earned its 7th straight loss in the Big 10 last night. At home. A game that was well within reach, even after coming back from being down TWENTY ONE POINTS IN THE FIRST HALF. Grrrrrrrr.
Mr. Prevention and I were streaming the game on our smartphone at the restaurant/bar last night after learning they didn’t have Big 10 Network. Yes, we’re that couple. But on a snowy Michigan night at 9pm, there’s not many others around to 1. judge or 2. care.
Thursday night at hockey, my sports slump was also evident. Not only did I miss about 2,128 shots wide of the net after receiving PERFECT passes, but I just…fell. Out of no where…BOOM. I landed awkwardly and for a few moments, was just sure I had seriously injured my right arm. Needless to say, carrying a body bag-sized hockey bag weighting about 40 pounds out of the rink was not enjoyable.
But, I was able to (try to) play tennis yesterday, so all is well in the world with my right arm.
Except, I sucked it up at that, too. My coach said several times, “Well, that was a good try…” as he transitioned into a more remedial drill. When he started putting tennis tips into hockey terms I knew he’d about had it with me for the day…for the whole one hour lesson.
“Nicole, let’s think of anything in front of the baseline as the ‘crease’. In hockey, you can’t stay in the crease, you have to move into the slot and be ready to crash the net. Same thing in tennis. Get back to the ‘slot’ quickly so you’re ready for the next return.” he explained. Okay, coach! Got it!
While sports are creating turmoil in life, dinner time has been quite successful as of late. As lovers of Indian food and having tried some not-so-great crock pot Indian dishes, I’m glad to declare this one a real winner. Something or someone has to win around here! Leave it to food, I guess.
- 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 (29 oz) can tomato puree
- 1½ cups 2% plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp garam masala
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- ½ Tbsp paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- ¾ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you like things spicy)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup half and half
- ½ Tbsp cornstarch*
- cilantro, chopped for garnish
- Combine onion, garlic, ginger, tomato puree, yogurt, olive oil, and spices (garam masala through cayenne) in slow cooker; stir to mix. Add chicken and mix to coat. Add bay leaves.
- Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low (or 3 hours on high).
- Whisk together half and half with the cornstarch. During the last 20 minutes of cooking, stir in the half and half; mix well. Cover and continue to cook for 20 minutes or until heated through and thickened.
- Serve over rice, if desired, and garnish with cilantro.
Weekly Menu: February 2nd – 6th
- Sunday: Grilled Salmon with Orzo, Feta, and Red Wine Vinaigrette
- Monday: Crock Pot Cincinnati Skyline Chili
- Tuesday: homemade tamales (from the freezer)
- Wednesday: take-out Thai food with friends
- Thursday: Buffalo Chicken Lasagna (from the freezer)
Yay for relaxing Sundays 🙂 Go Seahawks, I guess. (SIL, that’s for you.)