Easy Butter Chicken Recipe

Growing up in an Indian family,  butter chicken was made pretty regularly. It is one of my favorite meals! It is usually served at a party or special occasion (at least according to my family. I found it hard to make so it was never attempted by me in the kitchen.

However, I did find an easy way to make it myself 🙂 Below are the steps to make it along with the ingredient list. This will make 6 servings and take 15 mins to prep and 45 mins to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, divided
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori masala
  • biryani masala (optional)
  • dahi or plain yogurt (optional)
  • Patak’s Spicy Butter Chicken cooking sauce

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook slowly until the onion caramelizes to a dark brown, about 15 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat along with the tomato sauce, heavy cream, salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then stir in caramelized onions.
  • While the sauce is simmering, toss cubed chicken breast with vegetable oil until coated, then season with tandoori masala and spread out onto a baking sheet. I like to add another secret ingredient that many don’t to take the flavour up a notch, which is biryani masala, as well as dahi (which is plain yogurt).
  • Bake chicken in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 12 minutes. Once done, add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5 mins. The last ingredient you will add is Patak’s Spicy Butter Chicken cooking sauce. Simmer for another 5 mins before serving. Enjoy with rice or naan. 2016-11-21-16-32-24

If you do give this a try, let me know how it worked out for you 🙂

The Healthiest Things You Can Do For Your Relationship…

Give each other space…

I believe one of the healthiest things you can do for your relationship is give your partner space as well as ask for your own. When I met my husband, we were both living very busy lives (he owns a business while I was also working a very time demanding job) so we knew if we wanted our relationship to work we BOTH would have to make time for each other. Back when my husband was my boyfriend, people thought it was very strange that we did not see each other more than 3-4 times a month sometimes. I knew it was normal for my own relationship and we were making it work for us. I feel we had more to talk about and it was always exciting seeing each other because we didn’t see each other that often. And because we put in a lot of effort into our relationship, we were happier!

I can’t say that I enjoyed it for the 4 years that we dated before we got married. And I’ll be honest, I made sure he knew about it. There are always times when you feel like you just want to be with your partner. No matter how many friends/family you have or how much you hang out with them, you still crave time with your significant other.

But how much space is good for your relationship with your partner? Only you can decide that for yourself.

If something would bother me, I would tell him so that he knew that communication was very important to me. I came from a dysfunctional family where my parents would never talk about their problems but would expect the other person to just read their mind. I knew from a very early age that this was not the kind of relationship/marriage that I wanted. My husband, on the other hand, closes up when it comes to discussing problems and goes very quiet. I have to push him to talk about it because the longer you take to talk about your problems, the easier it is to sweep them under a rug. I know this way doesn’t work for everybody but it is another healthy thing to do for your relationship.

What are some things you think are healthy for your relationship? Share with me and I will try them out! I am always looking for ways to make sure my relationship with my husband is getting stronger everyday!

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Breastfeeding Challenges

For anyone who knows me, knows I wasn’t able to breastfeed as much as I really wanted. Before I even had a baby, I knew breastfeeding was not going to be as easy as everyone has led you to believe. I made sure I told my midwife that I knew it was going to be hard and I am glad I did because she told me about the free resources available to help new moms out.

But let me just say this: even though there are resources available to help you, it doesn’t always mean it will work out. And that is what exactly happened to me. We would go to the appointment every week hoping for a different outcome when we get home and had to do it all alone and it would never work out.

My son was able to properly latch on to my breast while I was at the clinic but when we would get home I wouldn’t be able to do it…and you know what happens when you have a bad latch…yeah, not fun at all.

Those days were long and hard. Even talking about feedings with my midwife at my postpartum checkups was hard and that is when she advised me to stop. Stopping did not help me mentally because I still felt guilty and it took a few days for me to overcome that guilt. But I want to get into why I felt guilty. It is society’s fault that we as women feel like we need to do everything that society deems is BEST for us and our babies. Well let me tell you, IT REALLY ISN’T!

The pressure is ridiculous and after trying my best and not pushing myself to have a mental breakdown, I don’t think I owe anyone an explanation. As a mother if you are not happy, it is not a good environment for your baby or your spouse/partner. Could I have tried harder to fix the issues I was having with breastfeeding? Sure. But should I have done that at the expense of what I was putting myself through mentally? NOPE.

Formula feeding my baby was the best decision I could have ever made. He is happy, healthy and gaining weight well according to his doctor and that is all that matters. If you are ever at this point and the guilt is taking over your mind, I want to say this to you: Do whatever works for you and your baby and do not let society dictate how you should be raising your child! Kudos to all you mamas and if you haven’t heard this in a while, you are doing a GREAT job!!

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Mom’s Day Off! 

I’ve been waiting for this day for about a month!! My friends and I booked a mobile spa day where the spa comes to your home!! I was beyond ecstatic! 

We decided we would each bring a bottle of wine and some food and just enjoy the day without our babies!! 

Now my question is, do you feel guilty when you leave your babies? I’m asking this because I feel like I never feel guilty and I feel horrible for it. 

My husband hardly ever leaves our son either but I think it’s cause he’s mostly a homebody and enjoys doing things at home. I don’t mind cause I’m always home with the baby. 

What are your thoughts on this topic? 


 

Sleep Training

Today my son woke up at 7:30 am and that is when I decided I needed to start sleep training him. It was like having an epiphany! Almost 7 months in is when I started to feel EXHAUSTED…exhaustion was leading to cranky mommy syndrome…and a cranky mommy is no good to anyone.

So, reading up on the Sleep Sense Program and another sample sleep training method someone on my husband’s side of the family was using, I knew what had to be done.

I had to get my son into a routine that I was in control of and not the other way around. This whole time my hubby and I were letting him call the shots for when he wanted to nap or when he was tired enough at night to call it a day. We could not let this go on LOL!

I know a lot of parents start sleep training early around 4 or even 5 months of age. I would’ve started early as well but I had my concerns. Concern 1 was what would we do if we had to go out to a party or dinner; Concern 2 was how would we be able to do this without letting him cry it out; Concern 3 was what if he isn’t ready…

Now I still have the same concerns but sheer exhaustion will make you change your mind! My husband and I decided we would just tell our families that they have to come to our home to watch our son if we need someone to or we would hire a sitter (I know it’s a simple solution and we could’ve come to it sooner but sometimes it doesn’t hit you until you really need it to).

Every thing I read said we may need to let him cry it out. I braced myself and asking a lot of my friends who have babies what they did helped me make my decision as well. I let him cry it out during his second nap and it was BRUTAL! He cried for a total of 30 minutes and I checked on him every 10 minutes to reassure him. However, at bedtime he slept much easier with crying for less than 5 minutes. I am hoping for an easier night because now my anxiety is through the roof!

Have you ever sleep trained any of your babies? Any helpful tips for me to try? Please leave a comment so I can test it out!

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The Truth About Motherhood…

When I had my baby, I felt immense joy (as any new mom would)! What I didn’t know was how much anxiety or loss of independence I would feel at the same time. Another thing I felt was jealousy, and I’ll explain what I mean when I say that.

As long as I can remember, I was very independent. I always got things done on my own and it was very satisfying, such as taking care of my car, or driving to new places. I know a lot of people who couldn’t or didn’t want to do such things but I was happy to do it on my own. I loved that I did not rely on anyone to get things done. It was very different having to be at home all day with a baby. I had never felt so helpless and it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy spending time with my baby or having him need me 24/7 but I did miss my old life. I struggled letting go because the weather was nice and all my friends were out and about without any responsibilities. I had to wrap my head around the fact that things were changing (for the better of course)!

I have always dealt with anxiety but until recently I did not know that it was a condition that I had. But I also didn’t realize that having a baby would make it worse.

I noticed that my anxiety was worse when around 7:30 pm I would be waiting for my husband to come home from work to help me take care of the baby. I wanted him home right away so that I have another person to help me out. Just having him around made me feel better about having a newborn. Not once since being married to him have I called him to ask him to come home. This behaviour was definitely new to me and to him. He never said anything but I knew I had to make it stop. I still feel like this sometimes (my baby is now almost 7 months) but it’s significantly better as my hubby and I are getting used to our roles as Mom and Dad.

Jealousy was another feeling I have hardly ever felt in my life. I was jealous of the fact that everyone else was able to live their lives even though this cutie pie of a baby was in our lives (mostly my husband made me feel this way–in no fault of his own). I would get jealous when my husband would go to work in the morning, not worried about who is taking care of our baby. I would get jealous when my husband would go play golf on Sundays, like he normally would before the baby, and not worry about who would be taking care of our baby. Because of course, it would be ME! I definitely didn’t let him go golfing the first time he tried since I decided to pick a fight with him. Communication was key with getting our relationship back on track and without that we wouldn’t be as happy as we are today!

Motherhood is hard. I never knew how hard it was for my own Mom until now. No matter how I feel, I don’t let it overshadow how I take care of my son. But let me reiterate, Motherhood is hard. Give your moms a hug today and thank them for the hard work they put in and sacrifices they made raising you 🙂 I love my son and am so grateful he is a happy and healthy baby!

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Core De Force!

Today, I wanted to share a passion of mine. I LOVE to workout! I used to work out 6, sometimes 7, days a week before I got married. I enjoyed committing to a program and seeing the changes my body would go through every single day. Mentally it had done wonders! I gained the self confidence that I had lost in the past. After getting married, I got comfortable and stopped trying as hard to stay fit. Then came a baby and now I am back at square ONE! I know I am not alone in this!! Not everyone hit the genetic lottery, and if you did LUCKY you :)!!

It all started with the (very!) intense program called Insanity. Doing that program for 60 days helped me lose 20 pounds. I had tried to do it a year earlier but that didn’t work. I quickly lost motivation and wasn’t seeing results fast enough and so 8 days into the program I stopped. When I tried it the second time around, I found an online community that helped me stick with the program. SIXTY days later, I was 20 pounds lighter and HAPPIER!

Next, I decided to try another program that would help me lean out. In came Chalean Extreme. I lost 13% body fat and LOOKED AMAZING in just 30 DAYS! I was always thin but put on a lot of weight in an unhealthy relationship. To see myself go from unhealthy to healthy was a HUGE WIN!

Because I saw myself change for the better, I decided to help others do the same! I LOVE to help people lose weight, especially moms like myself. There is not enough time in the day to look after ourselves after we’ve used all our energy to take care of our babies as well as families. This is why I enjoy Team Beachbody and their commitment to help everyone lead healthier and more fulfilled lives with short but worthy exercise programs. Each and every program they have are made to engage just about every kind of person. If you are more of a cardio person, they have something you will enjoy and same goes for someone who enjoys strength training.

In 2013, I became a Coach and have since helped many women lead a healthy lifestyle and transform their BODY as well as their MINDS. Today, I am doing the same for myself. I purchased Core De Force by Beachbody and cannot wait to begin!

Core De Force is a 30-45 min workout intermediate program which requires ZERO equipment. This is PERFECT for ANYONE!! It is 30 days in length and inspired by MMA to get rid of belly fat and slash inches off your waist! I have done a workout similar in the past called Les Mills Combat and was surprised by how much I defined my body with NO EQUIPMENT! What I love for beginners with this program is that it includes a MODIFIER who demonstrates the moves at a lower intensity, which means anyone can keep up with the program and still see results.

If you want to lose belly fat and tighten up your midsection as I am trying to do, join me on this journey! There is an investment required to do the program and if YOU ARE READY TO FIGHT for YOURSELF, INVEST IN YOURSELF! I can assure you, you won’t regret it!! You can shoot me an email at coachraman25@gmail.com or add me on Facebook here and we can chat about your goals and how we can achieve them together!!

I will be starting this program and CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE THE PROGRESS WITH YOU ALL! My goals are to regain core strength and lose 5 inches off my waist! What are your GOALS? LET’S CRUSH THEM TOGETHER. Sign up for FREE to have me COACH you here!

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There’s a first time for everything!

This is my first blog post. I always loved reading others blogs so I thought why not? I enjoy writing (although I don’t think it’s very sophisticated) and I would like a place to just “say” something so that my mind feels a little bit organized. Anyone else feel this way?

I never thought I would actually sit down and start one myself but there’s a first time for everything! Because I am a first time mom to a sweet baby boy and I am experiencing new things I thought I could share that with the world. I hope to inspire and relate to other moms as well as everyday women 🙂 I love it when I see someone post about something I  am going through or can relate with on the web.

Already I feel like I am doing a great thing and enjoying it to the fullest! Is there anything I can do better? Let me know!

 

Cellulite Oil!! 

Looking on at sale items on well.ca, I found an interesting product that I thought would give a try. It is called the Birch Cellulite Oil and with regular use (twice daily as noted on the packaging) it can visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. I couldn’t wait to try it!

I do workout and that has helped with cellulite but why not add something else that can also help? Who doesn’t have some cellulite they would like to get rid of? The reviews on the website were great so I placed my order!

Today was my first day trying the oil. Let me just point out the smell may not be for everyone but I am excited to see how well this product works for my thighs! The smell does go away after you apply so it’s not so bad after all. I will post again with an update of how it’s going!