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Butter Chicken

I am a huge fan of butter! My friends make fun of me because I buy butter from Costco 2014-06-12 20.23.13and I usually buy 8lbs of it to last me a month. I live alone so this delicious butter is not shared with anyone else, it is just for me!

I am a firm believer in buying grass-fed organic butter. Why? Let me list the reasons.

1.) Grass-fed butter contains lauric acid.

2.) Butter is filled with antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin E (another antioxidant that helps protect our heart), vitamin K (helps our body with blood clotting), vitamin D(strengthens immune system and proper absorption of calcium), Activator X, aka.Vitamin K2 (bone strength and calcium distribution), selenium (an antioxidant that shows some evidence of reducing the odds of prostate cancer), and one of the best sources of vitamin A (promotes the health of our thyroid, adrenals, organs, and aids in the absorption of calcium).

3.) It tastes so much better, the rich color is an indicator that it is filled with nutrients.

4.) Butter helps fat-soluble vitamins be absorbed by the body which means that you actually benefit from the great healthy foods that you eat!

5.) Butter contains short and medium chain fatty acids, studies show that these acids help the great battle against cancer and benefits our immune system.

6.) Grass-fed butter has the highest levels  of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which keeps you skinny (no, really- studies show that it helps with weight loss and weight management, and if that wasn’t enough- it fights against carcinogens.)

7.) Children are growing faster due to the hormones found in milk, when feeding your children organic milk and butter, you are keeping them from ingesting harmful chemicals and hormones that they do not need.

Yeah, and did I mention that it tastes amazing???

Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter
1 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 chicken breasts or 6-8 chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
3/4 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2  teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2  teaspoons turmeric
1 1/2  teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2  teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
4  tablespoons tomato paste

Directions
Saute onion and garlic in butter in medium-low heat. Add the chicken and allow it to brown on all sides, this should take about 10 minutes.

Add the spices to the chicken and stir in the tomato paste.

Cover the pot and allow it to cook in the spices for 10 minutes.

Stir in the cream and lower the heat to low and allow it to simmer for another 10 minutes.

Serve over rice, cauliflower, with naan or just the way it is.

Low-Carb Indian Rice Pudding

Low-Carb Indian Rice PuddingOK, I love Indian Rice Pudding. It is delightfully sinful and with my recent lifestyle changes (low0carb for life, baby!) I was missing this delicious treat and after 2 batches, I found the perfect recipe! I have to say that this tastes like the real thing and is pretty addictive.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or ghee
2 cups of uncooked, riced cauliflower (pulse this through the food processor use use a ricer) (or for the regular carb-lovers, use fully cooked long-gran rice or basmati rice)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar, honey or sugar substitute
3/4 cup coconut milk
½ tsp. lightly crushed saffron
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 1/2 ounces raisins (I like to use sugar-free dried cherries, blueberries or chocolate chips)
1/3 cup unsalted slivered almonds

Directions
In a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter combine the cauliflower, heavy cream, sugar substitute, coconut milk, crushed saffron (if you have it) and cardamom.

Continue to stir the mixture until it comes up to a boil, decrease the heat to low, cover and allow it to cook for 10-15 minutes until it thickens.

Once the cauliflower has fully cooked, remove from the heat and add the raisins and slivered almonds.

Portion out the “rice” pudding and cover with plastic wrap, have the plastic wrap touch the top to keep it from forming a “skin.”