I’m thinking I can’t be alone in thinking this- oh, I don’t know, 5-6 days a week. I know I’m not the only one who “forgets” that dinner comes around the same time everyday (especially if you have kids).
But time and time again I do ask myself, “what the fuck’s for dinner?”- I like to do it before my kids have time to ask me because I’ll get weak and be in danger of ordering a pizza.
Anyway, so I thought I would share. We aren’t frozen food people nor are we fancy. I like to think I am healthy and at least conscious of what is going into our bodies. I know there are a lot of people that are way bigger foodies than us, so worry not about reading some pretentious food post. I just like to make healthy, easy, good food for my family.
Tonight we are having Polynesian chicken with curry potato salad and pickled cucumbers.
And it goes down like this.
5 chicken legs and 5 boneless skinless thighs are drowned in the marinade (below) for however long it takes me to get everything else ready and until it is BBQ’d. You could also cook it in the oven or grill it up in a pan. Crock pot? For sure.
Boil a big pot of water, when it’s rolling, add potatoes. I used 8 golden Yukons. Eggs are covered with water when brought to a boil, take them off the heat (I add a couple teaspoons of baking soda to the water at this point) and cook for 12 minutes, then drain water/fill pan with cold water to let cool. The potatoes are put in boiling water until you can jab them with a fork easily, super easy like getting your husband to have sex.
Next I peel and slice the cucumbers and onion, scooping the seeds out of the cucumber unless you have an english one. I would also use red, orange or yellow pepper instead but I just add a little bit of red onion this time. Make a drink of 1/2 cup cold water, 3T sugar (or honey) and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Stir it all together and put it in the fridge.
To make the chicken marinade I add ingredients to food processor or you can use your blender.
1/4 sweet onion, 1 garlic clove, 1/4 sweet chili sauce (you can make your own, I didn’t) 1T curry powder, 1/2 T Tumeric, 1/4 t celery seed, about 1.5″ of ginger, juice of 1 orange and about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, a few sprigs of fresh thyme leaves and mint if you have it. I pulse and then process until it is pretty smooth. Then I drizzle in about 1/4 cup of olive oil (you can use canola or grapeseed oil too).
Pour in a bowl over chicken, spin it around a few times and if you have more than an hour until cook time, put it in the fridge (then take it out and let come to room temp before cooking). If not just leave it out.
I dice the pickles (about 12 little ones or 6 big ones) and cut a can of olives in half. Peel and dice the potatoes and eggs too and throw them in a pretty large bowl. For the dressing I mix about a cup of may, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 2T mustard, 1/2 T of curry powder and turmeric. If it’s too thick add more vinegar. You want it to pour like yogurt. Anyway, stir it all together and get it straight into the fridge.
Now cook the chicken!Make your kids set the table.
Yes, I believe you should eat at the table with your kids. We have our days where they eat at the counter and I just stand around eating out of the pan but I truly feel more connected to them after sitting at the table. It’s not more work, it definitely is less distracting than being spread out- and every evening as we sit across from one another we go around the table asking “what was your favorite part of the day?”. It’s silly and sometimes I get asked 5 times and sometimes I can’t really remember doing anything that amazing but it is easy to look at the kids and know that what I say is important and it helps them think about themselves and what they do in their day.