What’s For Dinner???

Is it really time to plan out the week???  Yikes.  Here we go…

Firstly, if you haven’t discovered Trader Joe’s Curry Sauces, you’re in for a treat (if you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, I’m really REALLY sorry).  It’s the easiest weeknight meal ever, which I will get to below.  Secondly, as the weather has turned, I have busted out my America’s Test Kitchen, Slow Cooker Revolution book.  No, I’m not endorsed by them (I WISH), but it is my go-to during the winter months when I am working, so grab yourself a copy if you want to follow along (sidebar: No, you do not have to follow every complicated step offered in the book, just use it as a guide, people!).

Here’s my plan for this week (11/7-11/11), feel free to follow along or steal whatever works for you, again, this is mostly a way to keep myself accountable (and to avoid ordering take-out Thai food every single night of the week).

MONDAY: Pad See Ew (recipe HERE.  I buy most of my ingredients at the Lily Market in Portland).
TUESDAY:  Easy Trader Joe’s Chicken Curry & Jasmine Rice  (Directions below)
WEDNESDAY:  Chicken Vesuvio (ATK Slow Cooker Revolution, pg 83) and P-Dub’s Roasted Asparagus
THURSDAY:  Tuna Melts & Tomato Bisque (TJ’s stopped carrying my go-to bisque…sigh….I will be canning THIS soon).
FRIDAY:   Off to Bend to celebrate our friend’s wedding.  Congrats Jeff & Tina!!!!


Trader Joe’s Easy Curry in a Hurry
2 large frozen chicken breasts
1 cup baby carrots, cut in half
12 ounces baby potatoes (any variety), cut in half
1 cup frozen peas, rinsed
1 jar (11 oz) Trader Joe’s Yellow Curry Sauce (whatever jarred sauce you have available will work)
chopped green onion, cilantro, peanuts, and Sriracha for garnish
jasmine rice

Directions:  Empty jar of curry sauce into the slow cooker, with potatoes and carrots.  Add frozen chicken breasts, turning over once or twice to coat in the sauce.  Cook on low for up to 8 hours (ideally, you would cook them for 4-6 hours, but who works for 4 hours?!  If you DO cook them for a shorter period, nuke the potatoes in the microwave for a couple minutes before adding to cooker, as they will still be tough after only 4 hours).  When chicken is done, cut into bite sized pieces, stir in peas, and let them warm through.  Serve over rice with your choice of garnish.  **If you find that you are short on sauce or that it is too spicy, cut it with a little coconut milk or chicken broth.





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