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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Smoke & Mirrors (5 minute curry dinner)

This is a total fake out meal - it isn't a recipe as much as proof that you can make healthy, delicious, quick, inexpensive and filling meals on weeknights after you have used up every ounce of energy. This is also a testament to the helpfulness of, quality, prepackaged items. I have to confess, I'm having an eerie flashing of Sandra Lee's Stepford Wife face in my mind as I'm writing this (the scary bionic host of Semi-Homemade on the Food Network). But I swear I'm never going to suggest mixing a tube of Jimmy Dean sausage, a packet Mexican seasoning mix, and cream cheese to create a topping for pilsbury pizza dough.

I think this is yummy and pretty enough to serve to guests, especially if you warmed up some store bought nan for dipping. Maybe even making a fun topping for the nan bread (caramelized onions, toasted coconut, garlic & spices).

Smoke & Mirrors - 5 minute Chickpea Curry w/ Peas & Almonds
1 can organic chickpeas
1 cup frozen sweet peas
1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds, toasted in a dry skillet (sunflower seeds are a good substitute for a nut allergy)
1 jar Bombay Curry Simmer Sauce (Sold at Whole Foods & Trader Joes among many other places)
*I really like this brand of store-bought curry sauce. It is nice and spicy and has a few, recognizable, ingridents (tomato puree, diced tomatoes, onions, canola oil, ginger, garlic, salt, lemon juice, coriander, paprika, cumin, tumeric, red pepper, cinnamon, cloves)
1 1/2 cups brown rice
*I cook a big batch of brown rice on the weekend so we have it in the fridge all week (as brown rice seems to take forever to cook when you're hungry). To heat it up, just add a couple of tablespoons of water to the cold rice and heat over low until warm (or in the microwave).

I don't even think I need to tell you what to do but...rinse the chickpeas and put them in a sauce pan with the jar of curry. Simmer for a few minutes and then add in the frozen peas. Heat the rice and toast the almonds while the chickpeas are simmering. Spoon rice and chickpeas into a bowl - top with toasted almonds. Done!

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