I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
I don’t cook every single meal from scratch. I know, I know.
SPOILER ALERT: It’s a bit like finding out Santa Claus doesn’t exist and the Tooth Fairy is nothing more than a fabrication, albeit, a really weird deceit. Whoever came up with that idea clearly had issues. I mean seriously, a winged creature who sneaks into your wee ones bedrooms at night for the sole purpose of exchanging teeth for money. What does she do with all those teeth? Does she sell them on the black market? Does she have a little treasure trove of teeth in her fairy cave? Do fairies even live in caves or do they live in pink pleasure palaces surrounded by glitter? I digress.
Sometimes I take shortcuts when I cook, especially this time of year.
I work in an accounting department, and the month of December is like being an ER doc when there’s a full moon. It’s madness, I tell you, madness. Throw holiday preparations and shenanigans into the mix, and suddenly bare bones cooking isn’t my highest priority. Truly, I just want to survive the month with my health and sanity intact. I also kind of want to enjoy the holiday season, which I don’t think is asking too much. See, I have simple needs, the kind which don’t involve snatching up other people’s teeth and taking them back to my weird fetish lair; not that I have one of those.
Right now, I just want something easy for dinner; aside from the Hubby that is.
I want something titillating and tasty, without putting forth much effort to get it.
I want something which will leave me feeling satisfied and satiated.
I want something which will warm the cockles of my heart and maybe even my hands because they’re always cold this time of year.
I want something which requires no mental prowess to make.
I want something I can eat out of a bowl, so I can curl up on the couch while I inhale it.
I want something I can make once and have it feed me multiple times throughout the week.
I want something nutritious and packed with vitamins and minerals because it’s extra important I take care of myself this time of year.
Apparently, I have lot more wants than I realized.
The beauty of this slow cooker recipe though is it delivers on all counts. The store-bought Tikka Masala sauce packs a flavor punch, while the chickpeas bring the protein to the party. The only work behind this dish is chopping a handful of nutrient dense veggies, and I’ll be honest I didn’t even use a knife on the cauliflower. I simply ripped him apart with my bare hands. Hmm, maybe the Tooth Fairy isn’t the only one with issues.
- 1 head of Cauliflower, chopped
- 15 ounce can of Chickpeas, drained
- 2 Carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 Onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of Garlic, chopped
- 2 12 ounce jars of Tikka Masala sauce
- 1/2 cup Milk of choice, I used plain Almond Milk
- 1 tsp. Red Pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. Paprika
- Toss all ingredients into your slow cooker.
- Cook on high for the first hour, and then on low for an additional five to seven hours, depending on your texture preference.
- Serve on top a bed or rice, pasta, couscous or really any grain.