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Chicken Kitchen Reveals its Secrets!

17 Apr

Chicken Kitchen is culinary crack.

I mean it.

For those of you who don’t have a Chicken Kitchen near you, let me give you the low-down: freshly grilled chicken, served straight up with sides or in a rice bowl affectionately known as “Chop Chop.” While you have a variety of choices for sauces to top your Chop Chop, those of us “in the know” choose the curry sauce. It’s not your typical Indian curry. It’s very American-ized and mild. My mom and I experimented with our own renditions of the Chop Chop Curry Sauce. The yellow rice/chicken/veggies part was easy, but replicating the sauce proved difficult.

Until recently, we didn’t have a Chicken Kitchen in my neck of the woods. I went without. I was sad. Oh, we briefly had a location nearby, but the stupid yokels in my town preferred the Moe’s next door, and Chicken Kitchen met an early demise. Right before they closed down, I asked the manager to give me the curry sauce recipe, and he so kindly obliged. I made it, and it was a perfect, identical replica of the store-bought stuff. Happy Violet!

**Disclaimer: If you read my “I hate mayo” post, you may be a little confused as to why I’m offering you a recipe containing mayonnaise. This is THE EXCEPTION. I have to pinch my nose shut and close my eyes while making this sauce, but it’s worth it in the end.**

Curry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP light mayo (ew.)
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 TBSP water

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Whisk thoroughly. If you want it thicker, use less water. If you want it thinner, use a little more.

Want to make the rest of the Chop Chop to go with the sauce? (As opposed to eating it with a spoon…because that’s just tacky…gulp.)

Ingredients:

  • Yellow rice
  • Cooked chicken breast
  • Veggies: lettuce, tomato, onions, peppers…they all work well. Use your favorites

Directions:

  1. Place the cooked yellow rice at the bottom of  your bowl.
  2. Layer diced chicken breast on top
  3. Layer veggies on top of that
  4. Cover with curry sauce.
  5. Be happy.
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Picky Eaters and Why I Refuse to Raise One

3 Mar

Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve become hyper-aware of what I eat. I know that seems so trite, but in mainstream American culture, food is such a social and psychological medium that we tend to take our meals – and where they come from – for granted. It all started when I watched Food Inc. while pregnant. I think my hormones made me a bit psycho, but I couldn’t handle eating non-organic animal products for a while. A little bit of crazy remains, and I try to only feed Pterodactyl organic animal products (although I’ve loosened up on the fruits/veggies a bit). Recently, I’ve viewed some other food-related documentaries that caused me to give pause to the quantity and quality of fruits/veggies I eat, and how I perceive food.

I can’t stand picky eaters. I apologize to those of you who maintain specific diets, but I consider food a first-world adventure. I’ll try anything – all kinds of sushi, tripe, steak tare-tare, foie gras, strange fruits and veggies – you name it, I’ll eat it. I believe that picky eaters are depriving themselves of not only cool culinary experiences, but some important aspects of their nutrition. There are a few small children in my life who I consider to be “picky.” Their entire diets consist of “kid foods” like mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, and hot dogs. I even have a good friend who is of the fussy variety. She has about seven or eight meals that she eats, and she rotates them regularly. My birthday dinners at the ceviche bar or sushi restaurant gave her zero meal options. I feel sad for her taste buds.

Now that Pterodactyl is learning to eat table foods, I’m making it my mission to encourage her palate. At ten months old, she’s already experienced tofu, seafood, tabouli, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and all manner of vegetables. Daisy offered me an excellent piece of advice many weeks back that I would like to reiterate here: she told me to feed my child what I feed Buddy and me, and over time, the kid would learn to like the foods we do. Boy, have I taken that to heart! My kid already gets down with some curried tofu over jasmine rice, and just about cleans her plate. (If you include the food that winds up on the floors, walls, and inside her diaper, then her plate is most certainly cleared.) So far, it’s working. Pterodactyl doesn’t discriminate; she’ll eat whatever I put in front of her. I hope that this trend continues, and much like her cousins Intuitive, Diva, and Handsome, she will get down with some sushi when she’s old enough.

I’ve seen persnickety eaters grow out of their preferences. My little brother was a Tyrannosaurus Rex. As a child, he would eat only meat and potatoes, and leave the veggies to me and my mother. Now that he’s a fitness-conscious adult, he has widened his repertoire to include most of the veggies we consider American staples. He gives me hope for the two little picky-eaters in my life. Maybe they will grow to be adults who enjoy a wide variety of foods; maybe their health won’t suffer at the expense of their finicky choices.

Buddy and I are going to start juicing as soon as our new gizmo arrives from amazon.com. Part of this dietary change means that we’ll keep fruits and vegetables in the house that we normally wouldn’t, like kale and beets. While I’m thrilled that we’re going to be making better dietary choices for ourselves, the real fun will be introducing Pterodactyl to unique flavors she hasn’t yet experienced, and cultivating her taste buds. Let’s hope that, in adulthood, she will enjoy a variety of foods, from the stinkiest, moldiest French cheeses to the spiciest Indian curries available. If that is indeed the case, I know it will be a result of what I’m feeding her now, and the amazing advice her Auntie Daisy gave us.

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