One of the fun things about staying with a lot of different friends on our home assignments is checking out their coffee tables and – uhm- bathrooms to see what they’re reading. One book grabbed my attention and I ended up buying it myself – Food Rules by Michael Pollan (thanks Leif and Amy!). I’m re-reading it again now, but just my first cursory read has made me make changes already in some of the foods that we eat/use to prepare dishes.
We are giving up using margarine — one way of trying to avoid partially hydrogenated oils. And trying not to use a lot of processed foods like Cream of Mushroom soup, etc. I was excited about a great new Crockpot cookpot given to me this summer that avoids a lot of the processed foods and seems to have a healthier approach to crockpot cooking (Slower Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever by Diane Phillips. It just might be!).
Today I tried a new recipe for an old classic – Chicken Divan. Instead of a ton of mayonnaise and cream of mushroom soup, here is the recipe. While still high in calories, it has more “wholesome” (?) ingredients. We really enjoyed it – cooking the broccoli separate (and serving it over rice):
CROCKPOT Curried Chicken Divan
4 T unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/4 C flour
2 C chicken broth
1 C evaporated milk
8 chicken skinless/boneless breast halves
1 1/2 C shredded sharp cheese (I used less).
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the curry powder and saute for 30 seconds. Add the flour and cook for 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Add the broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the milk and remove the sauce from heat, allowing to cool. Place the chicken in crockpot; stacking evenly. Pour the cooled sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken, cover, and cook an additional hour until the chicken is cooked through. (I think you can cook it on low the last hour or two so the chicken doesn’t overcook).
We still haven’t given up Diet Coke yet – maybe that’s next month. What food rules are you living by now?