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Jan 08

Coconut Curried Chicken + WIAW

No one likes a complainer.

 

Especially me.

I’m making an exception.  It’s COLD.  This arctic tundra has got to go.  I live in the South.  I should never see this:

no global warming

 

Ice in my shower is something else I should never have to see.  I left my faucet dripping just like the newsman said because we hit a record low of 6 degrees in Atlanta.  When I woke up, I was rewarded with an ice-lined tub.

Try motivating to shower for work when faced with this:

frozen shower

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This WIAW I am FINALLY back on track.  I had the biggest meal prep in weeks on Sunday and felt ready to get back to the “real” world of having a routine.WIAWbuttonRead on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!

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Breakfast:

Step 1: Apple cider morning cocktail.

Step 2: Something warm. A baked oatmeal muffin cut in half and grilled with a little butter, cinnamon egg whites, and blackberries.

baked oatmeal and egg

The baked oatmeal was a new version of my Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal.  I used pumpkin puree instead of sweet potato, and subbed 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder for a cup of the oats.  The protein powder was sweet enough, so I didn’t use anything additional.  I’ll be making these again!

 

Mid-Morning Snack:

Chicken, sugar peas, kabocha, and hummus.  The hummus was the “healthy omegas” thing Whole Foods makes.  It has olive oil and walnuts and is really, really good.

chicken and hummus

 

Lunch:

My culinary ethnicity is more diverse than my genes (and my jeans – I wear the same 2 pairs over and over).  I adore Indian food.  As part of this week’s food prep I made a coconut-curry chicken.

It was surprisingly good!  I love the sweetness of the coconut milk with the spiced-up curry.  Just enough of a flavor add to enhance rather than overwhelm.  It was delicious and warming, especially with a quick saute of Skinny Noodles shirataki noodles, roasted tomatoes, cauliflower, and kale.

coconut curry chicken

I wish I’d taken better pictures, but I’m sharing the recipe at the bottom of this post anyway.

 

Mid-Afternoon Snack:

I go through phases with different fishes.  Right now I’m having a torrid affair with Turbot.  It looks like tilapia, but it is much for flavorful.  It’s rich and mild at the same time.  I put it on top of a kale salad tossed with Greek yogurt blue cheese dressing and eggplant chips.

Turbot

 

Dinner:

Dinner was leftovers from a few days ago.  I forgot I made a chili-esque bean thing and shoved the leftovers in the back of the fridge.  It was perfect after a very cold drive home.  Ever more perfect was the avocado and sriracha on top.

bean chili

 

Dessert:

Cold days call for warm cake.  I made my 150 Calorie Chocolate Cake recipe and topped it with cocoa-roasted kabocha, peanut flour sauce (I get mine on iHerb - use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order), rice whipped cream (farmer’s market find!), and cacao nibs.

Do I need to tell you how awesome this was?!

chocolate cake

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Coconut Curried Chicken

Coconut Curried Chicken

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast
  • 1/2 C Greek yogurt
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 C coconut milk
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 T grated ginger
  • 1 T dried cilantro (or 2 T fresh)
  • 2 tsp curry powder (I use salt-free)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 paprika (optional, depending on the heat of your curry)

 

Cut the chicken into large cubes and set side.

Place the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.  Add in the chicken and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 375.  Place chicken on grill pan and bake for 15-20 mins, until they reach 170 degrees.  

Note: If you have a grill, these could also be skewered and grilled.

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On a serious note, I do hope everyone is safe and warm.  Hearing it’s -40 wind chill in places makes me hurt for you.  And to those people at my office still taking your smoke breaks… I admire your dedication. ;)

How cold is it where you are?

How diverse are your culinary genes?

 

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  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    HA! If you’re trying to entice me to come visit you in Atlanta, you’re doing a bad job, LOL! I think you wanna come to Los Angeles, the weather is sexyyyy! Or so I have heard – GOING BACK TOMORROW!!! Frigid TEMPS be damned!

    PS: Those eggplant chips with TURBOT – OHHHHHH NO YOU DIDN’T! (MUCH healthier than tilapia!) ;)

    1. Laura

      It’s warmer now!!! I ran yesterday in a t-shirt. That was the craziest couple of days.

  2. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I have been obsessed with coconut milk lately- making everything with it- oats, curries, smoothies. What a terrible surprise to wake up to..or rather shower to.

    Coming from a mixed background, I have no qualms with embracing those ‘genes’…since coming across your blog, it has gone a whole new level. Thanks. don’t freeze. Let them eat cake.

  3. lucie@swissfitchick

    I LOVE to cook my chicken in coconut milk! Even better marinated in it for a few hours.
    I feel sorry for you guys. It’s cold here, but it’s hardly below zero which is unusual for Switzerland. Touch wood that it stays like this, but I fear that we will get some of your wave coming here next week!

  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Ice in the tub? What…never had that happen before. Weird. I hope we all warm up soon. Till then I’m all about the warm foods. Love the sound of Coconut Curried Chicken.

  5. Linz @ Itz Linz

    i like indian food but have never tried making it… your recipe seems SUPER simple though (my kind of recipe!) and i have most of the ingredients in hand – saving for later!

  6. Miz

    I have learned Im NOT ALLOWED TO SAY IT IS COLD HERE :-)
    but (whispers) it so so is is to to me me.

  7. Lee

    How was there ice in your bathtub?!

  8. Marina @ Lazy for Diet

    Ice in a bathroom? Horror. I see messages on cold from the USA much, but you simply struck me. The hot food definitely rescues ;)

    1. Laura

      It was horror!!! Someone else in my building had in in her window – INSIDE!

  9. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    UGH! Ice in the TUB?? Us southerns are not built for this. It got down to 0 here… with a wind chill of -22. Coldest I’ve ever felt in my LIFE.
    You had me at coconut curry….. I’m starving now.

  10. Alex @ therunwithin

    I so appreciate your savory dishes, exactly what I crave lately

  11. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    I adore Indian food too! And those roasted eggplant chips = yum! I would eat through a day of your eats anytime!
    Funny – but I had flourless chocolate cake last night too – it must be this cold weather – I was so happy to see 17 degrees this morning in Atlanta, instead of yesterday’s 6!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! I’m so glad we got a nice day here Sunday… hope it lasts!

  12. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    We had -40 wind chill yesterday morning…I refused to leave the apartment :-S
    And as for my culinary genes….they’re all over the place. I love Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Italian, (real) Chinese….basically, I think the vast majority of ethnic cuisines are more interesting than the SAD!

    1. Laura

      I can’t even begin to imagine -40… they’d have to shut down the entire city. We don’t have clothes warm enough!

  13. Jody - Fit at 56

    YIKES on that cold – I saw your IG pic – UGH!!!

    That recipe looks delish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God I wish I lived near you – not when it is that cold though! ;)

    1. Laura

      Yeah – after that cold snap I think I’ll move to YOU! :)

  14. Kierston

    Back at it too. Feel good :)

    Lovin’ the eats! Dessert looks fab.

    It’s super cold here. -31c yesterday. I’m looking forward to some warmer temperatures!

  15. Jennifer F

    I would rather not shower for days than get in that ice torture chamber!! Our hot water heater went out NEw Year’s Eve and we were without for 72 hours . . . . . hello, really really long hot gym shower

    1. Laura

      Oh no! I never shower at the gym, but I would in that case!

  16. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Our temps plummeted here too – it was 10 with 2 windchill yesterday. I feel like I can’t complain too much though as we don’t have 2 feet of snow or negative temps. Though drain pipe froze so heat was out downstairs. Brrrr.

  17. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's

    It’s pretty cold here in Beantown, but at least we are used to it. I’ve been recovering from the flu, so anytime I go outside and my lungs fill with the cold air I immediately get into coughing fit, boo.

    These eats look so tasty, I can’t wait to try the curry chicken!

    1. Laura

      That’s the worst! I hope you’re all better now!

  18. Grubarazzi

    It’s so cold in Baltimore, I wore my Uggs to bed last night. Helllllllllp.

  19. Elyse

    It was so cold & windy here yesterday that every time i walked outside (from my house to my car, from my car to my office) i uncontrollably cried. im surprised my tears didnt freeze!

    ive been trying a bunch of your recipes lately & must say that im loving pumpkin PB eggs & maple zucchini batter!

    recipe looks great too, but a quick question for ya – are you using coconut milk from the carton or the can?

    1. Laura

      Oh, that makes me hurt for you!!! Hope you’re all warmed up now. :)

      Thank you so much for the feedback – I’m glad you liked them both. In the recipe I’m using the real-deal in the can.

  20. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!

    MUST MAKE THIS CHICKEN! It sounds SOOO good. Love the use of greek yogurt! It makes me think of a tandoori style coating!

    1. Laura

      That’s exactly it! Please let me know if you try it. :)

  21. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    I’m so concerned about the ice in your tub that I can’t even focus on your food. Do you not have a heater? And if not, come to Dallas and stay with me! Stay warm!!!!

    1. Laura

      I do! It is set on 74. That wall just isn’t insulated well I guess. :(

  22. Allie

    I wear the same jeans over and over again, too! They’re just perfect and so comfy, I can’t help it, ya know? I bet 6* was COLD in Atlanta!! That’s seriously low for the South!!

  23. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I can’t believe how cold it is in Atlanta (and everywhere on the East Coast). It was in the high 40s here yesterday and I think it’s the same today – although there is snow on the ground (it’s lasted 3 whole days, which is crazy!).

    1. Laura

      I really need to move – it’s warmer there and you have pretty snow!

  24. lindsay

    this is what we call “curry in a hurry.” hehe And it’s a great way to ahem… spice things up and keep ya warm

  25. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Man, seeing all these US/Canadian weather reports is making me glad I live in London (for now, anyway!). We haven’t dropped below 50 Fahrenheit yet this winter….. which is good because anything colder than that and I start getting very miserable!! I’m still wearing hoodies outside with no jacket, it’s awesome :D

    1. Laura

      I’m going to start wearing hoodies in my office – it’s freezing in here!

  26. Purelytwins

    crazy how cold it has been. I knew January was a cold month but this is CRAZY!!! I go on walks with Jax and I can see my breathe during the day!! just insane. dreaming of warm weather :)

  27. Kim

    That’s weird that you have ice in the tub – is you tub on an outside wall?
    I’ve never been a coconut fan but since this recipe just calls for coconut milk and not actual coconut, I might really like it!!!

    1. Laura

      It is – one that isn’t well insulated and it’s shady. My room is the same way! Yuck.

  28. Jess @ JessieBear

    Yeah two days ago it was -15 WITHOUT wind chill (I don’t even want to know what it was with it), so I feel ya. This weather is nonsense haha

    1. Laura

      Whaaaaat?! That is ridiculous cold. Could you even leave the house?

  29. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    Your torrid affair with Turbot sounds very scandalous. I could really go for a hot fish rendezvous in my life right about now :)

    1. Laura

      I giggled the whole way through your comment. I want to say something dirty… but fish… I dunno… LOL!

  30. Kali

    It was warm here today! But, then again is it ever really freezing in Phoenix Arizona? :)

    1. Laura

      Rub it in… ;)

  31. Julie

    Okay, that’s an easy and delicious recipe that I can totally make. You’ve always got such interesting combinations.

    Our weather is “cold” for California. I have to wear socks or my moccasins everywhere. I’ve never heard of ice in the tub, even when I lived in NC! Stay warm and wear socks!

    1. Laura

      Thank you, Julie!

      I was wearing fleece socks last week! :)

  32. Laura @ This is Thirty

    I’m about sick of the cold too, but even though we have -26 degree weather, I haven’t had ice in my tub! Crazy! I want to come to Atlanta soon for some warmer weather – so it better warm up soon!

    1. Laura

      Apparently they do a better job insulating up there – they didn’t expect those temps in GA! :)

      Please do come to ATL! It already warmed up some!

  33. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    I’m so glad the temperatures are finally warming up some, the beginning of this week was brutal. While everything looks good, the chicken sounds wonderful! I have recently discovered I love Indian food and this chicken recipe sounds easy enough that I could make it at home :)

    1. Laura

      For sure – the marinade only took a second, and I loved having it ready to cook up the next day.

  34. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    I swear sometimes we share the same brain! I was JUST thinking of a combination like this to put with my Thai Lime rice that Tasty Bite sent me…I was hoping to get it done BEFORE I put the review up on the blog, but it just didn’t happen. And with my track record with reviews, I didn’t figure I should waste any more time (you know, since they sent me the product in AUGUST!) Don’t laugh at my expense…I have ADD…and never enough friggin LIGHT for good pictures! #foodbloggerproblems! Anywho, yeah, come curry and coconut milk is getting slapping on some chicken titties soon! ;)

    1. Laura

      That WOULD be good! You should know… go ahead and use the whole can. I left it half of it in the fridge. And forgot. I almost puked at the smell.

      1. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

        Oh god! Haha!

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