Santa…… and just like that…..
that was…… fast. no wonder why i get super yucky post holidays. the build up is epic and then the climax is meh. and the falling action is filled with gorging your face with unhealthies followed by a resolution that is basically set up for a day of reckoning filled with doom (new years day).
and then on top of all of this- if you have a kiddo- you have to explain to them that santa is going on vacation for a full year but somehow also have to drill in their brain that he is watching so they still must be on their best behavior for the next 365 days.
but now that the holidays have pretty much come to an end for the next several months (i’m just gonna go right ahead and skip over new years evil. because that’s exactly what it is) it’s time to put your focus back on YOU. That’s right. Instead of totally dreading the next couple of months, I’m gonna look at it as a time to make the best me. Because I always feel like there is room to grow. And if you feel like you are already at your best you? Keep going. Being stuck at a plateau gets old quick so you gotta keep moving on up. And to be honest, it’s the little things.
Like for me: having a never ending stash of toilet paper has made me feel like a diva. I kid you not. I even put it on the actual toilet paper rod thingy. And i legit feel like i’m at a 5 star hotel every time i’m in the bathroom. Totally weird right?
Okay, maybe a little right. baby steps.
Anyways. Making healthier meals ALSO makes me feel like a champ. I go to bed feeling less guilty about my days choices, and I wake up feeling more energized and well rested and look FORWARD to eating leftovers and repeating the same positive steps. And when I do allow myself a couple of cheat meals (because, human) I don’t feel terrible and I actually feel like I deserve it.
Oven tandoor chicken is what influenced this dish. I have a recipe I posted a year ago for it, you can find that here.
I used an opal apple however if that variety is not available you can use golden delicious or even a granny smith (though that will be a little more tangy).
If a fresh tomato isn’t available, or if you don’t have any fresh tomatoes frozen in your freezer leftover from summer, you can just use an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. Keeping the tomato paste the same. You may need to lessen salt if your sauce is salty.
This isn’t your average restaurant butter chicken. That is MUCH creamier and ten times more rich than this dish. However. I wanted this to be flavored roughly the same without all of the fat content. And extra added health with a twist (hence spinach + apple).
You may go ahead and add a little more greek yogurt to the dish if you’d like. However because you don’t drain all of the juice from the tandoor chicken I didn’t find it necessary. Totally up to you! If you’re trying to be healthy and want a little more cream add a little more non fat plain greek yogurt.
Optional to serve over rice with a little tumeric (for flavor + color) and garnish with fresh cilantro! You can also serve over this indian cauli rice I made many less wrinkles ago.