Recently I had the good fortune to visit my sister in The Bay Area, who was, at the time, living on a small sail boat. Boat life is anything but simple. There are leaks, mold, plumbing issues, the stench of desiccant and a quarter mile walk to the showers, to name a few inconveniences. But these minor hassles are offset by ocean breezes, waking up to harbor views, sunsets, and the simplicity of boat cooking. Because of the economy of space due to such a small living area, the kitchen is paired down to the bare essentials: a pan, a pot, a hot plate and a few mismatched utensils. My sister cooked for me a few times, and everything was delicious. She made several one-pan dishes, with the veggies cooking alongside the meat and seasoned with basic spices. I can’t live all my days on a boat, but I can cook simple, tasty “boat meals” whenever I like. Happy Health!
* My culinary posts are meant to be guidelines, not recipes. They are different from what you would usually find in a cookbook, because I think cooking should be inspired and new every time you do it. If you like heat, add a sh**load of cayenne or jalapenos to one of my recipes. If my guideline calls for cilantro but cilantro tastes like soap to you, leave it out. When I cook, I get a buzz from the thrill of creation. The same can happen to you.
Masala Spiced Chicken with Carrots and Broccoli
however many chicken breasts or tenders you feel like making
4-6 carrots (chopped into circles)
head or so of broccoli (chopped into bite-sized pieces)
kefir (or plain yogurt) to cover chicken in a baggie
masala or any Indian seasoning (or any seasoning) you like
shake of garlic powder
tbsp or so olive oil
chicken broth (optional)
Marinate chicken in a baggie for several hours in the refrigerator with kefir, olive oil, garlic powder and seasoning. Heat frying pan to medium heat, add olive oil, cook carrots for a few minutes, adding a splash of water or broth if they stick to the pan. Add broccoli and chicken. Stir veggies and flip chicken after 4-5 minutes. Cook additional 4-5 minutes until chicken is done. Pretend you’re on a boat overlooking a glorious sunset over the Pacific and enjoy!