Chicken Saagwala

I found myself with almost an hour to kill yesterday morning before I had to leave for work.  Huh, guess what I did?  I was Bizzy in my Kitchen. 😀  I ended up making Marisa’s baked pumpkin oatmeal – holy cow, this one is a winner.  It’s not too sweet, super filling and between prep and baking, was done in 25 minutes.  My pan was still hot so I just wrapped it in a clean dish towel and set it on my back seat for my drive to work. 😀

I was all set to go on a 10 mile bike ride at lunch, until I tested my blood sugar.  It was 67.  Long time readers will know I need my blood sugar to be at least 200 in order not to bottom out from working out.  So I went to eat a peach to bump up my blood sugar, and it was rotten. 😦

So I did the next best thing…ate my delicious lunch without taking any insulin!   This recipe was adapted from the Weight Watchers website – the changes I made are in red.

Chicken Saagwala – makes for servings 1.5 each for 6 WW points (um, no way there were four 1.5 servings – it was more like 1 cup)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 tsp. curry powder (mild or spicy) (mine was spicy!)
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander (didn’t have any)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (I used 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon of sriracha
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger root finely chopped (I shredded mine on my cheese grater because my ginger is kept in the freezer)
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 large tomatoes, ripe, seeded and chopped (I used 1 cup canned tomato puree)
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (didn’t have any)

Place 1 tablespoon of oil, curry powder, coriander, cumin and garlic in a large non-stick pan.  cook over medium heat, stirring occassionally, until toasted and fragrant – about 4 minutes.

Add remaining tablespoon of oil and add chicken to skillet; stir to coat with the spiced oil.  Add tomatoes (or puree in my case) and cover and cook for 10 minutes.  Uncover and stir to combine.  Add spinach to skillet; cover and cook for 5 minutes more.  Remove from heat and add salt, water and cilantro and mix well.

This was wonderful – my only changes would be to make double the sauce – so adding 1 more cup of tomato puree, and definitely add the cilantro.  Super flavorful with just enough spice.  I served mine over 2/3 cup cooked white rice, so lunch comes in at 9 points.  (Can I just say, the dueling smells of pumpkin and curry made for an interesting ride to work!).

Finally by 1:30 my blood sugar was up to 167, so I went on a walk, my blood sugar doesn’t drop as much when walking – another glorious day in Chicagoland! I think my friend Beth will agree that you can’t have too many pictures of trees, sunsets, or clouds. 😀

The afternoon flew by at work – one of the secretaries was sick so I was bizzy, which I love because the day goes by so fast.  😀

Dinner was super quick, pork chop milanese adapted from this recipe.  I just halved the ingredient amounts, and obviously used pork instead of chicken.  One the side . . . MICROWAVED scalloped potatoes.  They were done in 25 minutes. 😀

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 4 medium potatoes

In a microwave safe dish, melt butter.  Stir in flour, salt, pepper, paprika and milk.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Whisk together.  Layer sliced potato in microwave safe dish.  Sprinkle some of the cheese, alternating between potato and cheese ending on potato.

Pour milk sauce over potatoes and microwave for 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

I am up bright and early this morning – I spent the night at my Momma’s last night because she’s having outpatient surgery this morning – and since I am her favorite child it was only natural that I come take care of her. 😀

And check out my step-son!  His fiance surprised him with sky diving for his birthday a couple weeks ago!  Would you/have you sky dived before?  Not me!


21 thoughts on “Chicken Saagwala

  1. That oatmeal looks delicious! I have yet to use pumpkin in my oatmeal this year – I have to get on that.
    I would totally skydive in a minute. SO FUN!

  2. Oh gosh, my stomach is flip-flopping after watching that video- which was excellent, BTW. I’m going to make your Poppy’s Chicken Brunswick Stew tonight. Hubs may have commented that he misses meat so I thought this would be just perfect! Wish me luck!

  3. HELLO! I would LOVE to have all of your meals yesterday! Not to mention the GORGEOUS views you have during your lunch! It’s not peak here for another couple of weeks & I’m dying for some autumn beauty! I can never get enough!

    Skydiving – I really wanted to when I was younger – you know the no fear time period of our lives. Now – forget about it. I can’t even walk near the edge of the second story at the mall my legs start giving out. 😀

  4. oh my! I MUST make that baked oatmeal goodness! Jealous! The trees look so pretty. I’ve always wanted to go sky diving…

  5. That pumpkin breakfast pie thing looks great! And still warm? YUM.

    Your fall leaf colors are so pretty. It’s great that you take notice of them, too.

    Hope your mom’s surgery goes well today – sending good thoughts your way. 🙂

  6. Love the Fall leaves. I’ve never been skydiving – I’m so scared of heights!

  7. The food looks awesome! And those trees are absolutely gorgeous! Ours haven’t really started turning yet…of course, it’s still almost 80 degrees!

  8. This oatmeal thing is killing me! I need to make some between seeing it here and on Marisa’s blog. it seems so fall. Maybe I can stick a couple candy corn pieces on there. 😀

    Our leaves haven’t turned much yet. I think it was all the wet weather this summer.

  9. NO Skydiving for me either! Those potatoes look fantastic. Looks like Fall is in Chicagoland- it is still very green here from all ther rain we have had so I am looking forward to seeing some color!

  10. I’ve jumped out of a perfectly good airplane twice in my life and loved it! Not sure I have the guts anymore, but I am thinking about joining my son on for his birthday…

    Your pictures of the Fall trees are gorgeous! Nothing, but grey and wetness here in Seattle. 😦 I’m thinking hot cocoa and a fire is in my future this afternoon! Brrr!

    Happy over the hump day!

  11. Yum, got to make that oatmeal!
    Skydiving is not on my bucket list, never will be either! 🙂 You being the favorite child shouldn’t try it either, can’t risk something happening to you!!! 🙂 Hope your moms surgery goes great!

  12. I”m so trying that oatmeal!! I already printed it. Skydiving looks fun but not for me. 🙂

  13. A special treat today from my work buddy, Biz. Had delicious baked oatmeal for breakfast and the chicken saagwala for lunch. Yummy and healthy too! Thank you Biz.

    I actually, in a past life (have photos to prove it), did go skydiving. It was fabulous!

    Have a great weekend.

  14. DiningAndDishing

    your trees are SO gorgeous! we dont have that much fall here yet so im totally jealous. i agree, you can never have too many pictures of beautiful nature :).

    – Beth @

  15. I love all things pumpkin! I have been cooking my morning oatmeal with 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin stirred in – so filling!

    Beautiful Fall foilage – it’s too early here for the leaves to turn color but I am so looking forward to it.

  16. I have got to try that chicken recipe! I love all Indian food…and that looks right up my alley! Thanks, another dinner planned 😀

  17. I want that oatmeal in my belly!

  18. Microwaved scalloped potatoes? Cheater!

    Imagine my surprise today when I got home and saw my mom had made her delicious baked scalloped potatoes. i was like – damnit, I can’t get a step-by-step set of photo instructions to post just for Biz. Seriously, I thought that. Maybe next time I’ll be home when mom makes them 🙂

  19. This recipe sounds great. I love the spices in there.

    I almost signed up for sky diving, but I was watching a plane fly over and asked myself, would you really stand at the door and jump? I decided to take up scuba diving instead!

    Suggest that to your stepson. It’s awesome!

  20. Well, now that I’m late reading this I already know your mom pulled through OK but I’ll pray she recovers well and quickly! Your step-son is cuh-razy! He looked kinda freaked when they first went off but after a while he seemed to really get into it and looked blissed out. I bet that is the ultimate rush!

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