Dinner tonight was for a guest visiting from out of town. I started with the no bake strawberry cheesecake last night. I also modified this recipe here.
My modified strawberry cheesecake recipe:
2 packages of cream cheese
1 & 1/4 c. whipped heavy cream
1/2 c. Powdered sugar + A couple tbsp extra
8 tbsp of sour cream
1/2 tsp maple extract (I was out of vanilla)
3 cups of strawberries purreed & thickened.
1 tsp lemon juice
Add in powdered sugar & maple extract while whipping the heavy cream, I use a whisk attachment on my kitchenaid hand mixer. I’m not one who has, or has ever used the stand mixer. Luckily, I don’t know what I’m missing there. Start to mix in sour cream and softened cream cheese. I added the lemon juice last. Once blended together, add about 1 cup of purreed strawberry.
Refrigerate 8 hours if possible. After that, add a layer of strawberry puree on top, then a few more strawberries on top.
Chicken Coconut Curry
My version of chicken coconut curry, a bit milder, because I’m a wuss for hot spice. I made extra sauce because my guest likes spicier food than I can handle. I premade several of this spice mix into Ziploc bags ahead of time. Since I’m using brown rice, I usually start with setting my rice to cook first
1 & 1/2 TSP curry powder
2 TSP cumin
1 TSP cayenne pepper
2 TSP turmeric
Black pepper & pink himalayan salt
1 lb finely diced carrots – save 1/2 cup for sauce.
1 & 1/3 cup chopped sweet onion (save 1/2 cup for sauce)
1 & 1/3 cup finely diced gold potato.
Sautee 1/2 c. of onions & carrots in coconut oil. Add 2 tbsp of grated or finely diced ginger, & 2 garlic cloves.
Add 1 can of coconut milk (full fat, no lite coconut milk)
Bring to a low boil, add about 1 tbsp of cornstarch
After well mixed & getting thicker, add 3 tbsp of heavy cream & 2-3 tbsp of honey.
While curry sauce is cooking, add remaining diced carrots, onions, & potato to a pan with coconut oil. Let sautee for a bit, before adding chicken breast tenders. Add salt & pepper to chicken. Add a bit of ginger & garlic.
Keep stirring curry sauce.
Rice should be about cooked by now. After chicken is cooked, remove from that pan, and place in curry sauce pan. Spoon brown rice into the former chicken pan, with remaining cooked carrots, onions, & potatoes. Sprinkle pink himalayan salt. Stir rice into sauteed vegetables.
Of course, dessert is my no bake strawberry cheesecake.