Indian like the country or Indian like Native Americans?

When you consider we spent most of this month on vacation, visiting several Native American monuments and memorials, that question makes total sense.

My family and I returned last week from the vacation of a lifetime. We drove to Wyoming, making several stops along the way, and spent a week Blackwater Creek Ranch. We visited Yellowstone, rode horses, attended a rodeo, went whitewater rafting — it was so much fun! We even managed to have a mini vacation on our way to our real vacation, spending a few days in South Dakota so we could see Mount Rushmore, explore The Badlands, check on the progress of the Crazy Horse Memorial, etc. We were busy, but the whole trip was also relaxing. I loved it.

I admit I did think I’d come home weighing a few pounds less. After all, we were hiking and climbing and riding. We were burning calories, right? Well, that was before I met the ranch chef. Yes, Shawn served us fresh fruit every morning and salad at night, but he also made blueberry pancakes, creme brulee and Southwestern chicken fettucine.

Mmm. Best vacation ever.

Vacation is over, though, so it’s time to reign in my eating habits, so expect to see more healthy recipes in the forseeable future. Luckily, the one I made last night was delicious. Maybe this won’t be so hard after all …


  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small uncooked onion(s), minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp ginger root , fresh, minced
  • 2 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 pound(s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken thigh(s)
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup(s) plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup(s) cilantro, fresh, chopped (optional)

Combine all ingredients, except yogurt and cilantro, in slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours. Stir in yogurt and cilantro. Yields about 1 cup chicken with sauce per serving.


Note: I forgot to add the yogurt and the cilantro. It still tasted great, though. I also used chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs and served it over rice.


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