This Low carb Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup is full of Mexican flavors. This delicious soup has everything that you would need to comfort yourself in winter.
Here is my second Slow Cooker recipe.The depth of flavor in this comforting soup comes soup comes from slow cooking. With simple ingredients, this Slow cooker chickpea sausage stew is perfect for a cozy winter night. Some crusty bread on the sides will make a complete meal. I won’t mind this stew with a bowl of steamed white rice though.
Along with festive season, it is also the wedding season here in India. With so many family weddings lined up in coming months, I will be traveling a lot. While love weddings, family reunion, and the food, I absolutely hate the packing and unpacking part. I am the best example of a procrastinator. I always start packing just a day before we are supposed to leave and the unpacking doesn’t get over for a couple of weeks. ANy amount of planning doesn’t work in this case. Until the panic mode is on, I really don’t start wrapping up my things.
On days like these, all you need is a quick, fuss-free recipe to cook. This Slow cooker Chickpea Sausage Stew is the perfect dump everything and forget it kinda recipe. I had made this Soup just a day before leaving for my brother-in-law’s ring ceremony. My home was a complete mess. The house help didn’t turn up for a week. With all that extra workload, I had to complete few recipe testing and shooting. I also had to clean up my refrigerator before leaving. Usually, when I run out of vegetables, I soak some beans for the next day.
With all the last minute prep, I just dumped cooked chickpeas, leftover veggies, and some sausage. By the time I was done with my work I was dead tired. But the good thing was, I had my dinner ready. There was some leftover No knead rustic bread, that I toasted. This stew is light and with delicate flavors. A bowl of this is surely going to give you the comfort on a cold winter night.
When you talk about lamb/mutton curry at home, this is the only curry that comes top on the list. It is kind of a ritual to have mutton curry on Sundays. A leisurely family meal followed by an afternoon siesta is our common Sunday routine. D is so obsessed with this mutton curry, that he never even allows me to experiment with any other variation. After years, I had surprised him with Junglee Maas(a Rajasthani dish) on his birthday. So now there is a second mutton recipe that is part of the list. But we never get bored of this curry.
I wanted to share this recipe for quite a long time but somehow it didn’t happen earlier. Today there is a special reason behind this post. I guess you might already have had an idea seeing the title. Yes!!!!!! I got my first Slow cooker. This particular gadget was there on my wishlist for quite a long time, I can say more than a year. But it was not easily available in India and on Amazon they were damn expensive. After a year-long wait, here it is. Have read a lot of reviews, asked friends and then settled on Russell Hobbs.
Seeing the product, D has a list of questions. He was wondering, how this can be used in Indian cooking? Here is Indis, a slow cooker is barely used or I can say not used at all. Obviously, D had never heard of this device before. So I started something like this “We can cook Lamb/Mutton curry slowly in this cooker”. That’s all, he didn’t even bother to know what other ways the slow cooker can be used.
This lamb curry if made on the stovetop needs almost 2 hours of slow cooking. You have to keep an eye most of the time to prevent it from burning. Even though it takes so long to cook, I never compromise on cooking time.No shortcuts for this particular curry at least. When I made this in the slow cooker for the first time, I was really not sure on how would it come. But let me tell you there is no difference at all, except the amount of water to be added rest everything is same. The Slow cooker curry was as good and authentic as the regular one. Plus point is after you put everything in the slow cooker, you can forget about it for another 4-5 hours. Going forward if it lamb curry, then it has to be in the Slow cooker.
I have lots of recipes to experiment and I am almost getting impatient to try them out. I will keep you updated on my experiments, especially Indian Recipes. For now, Let’s go through the recipe.
It is winter and soup appears on our dinner menu quite frequently. If you ask me, our all-time favorite is creamy Tomato soup with buttery crunchy croutons. The next comes on the list is Indo-Chinese Soups. But I do try out with different soups once in a while. This Cabbage Chicken Taco soup was our dinner a few days back. It was delicious and filling.
So I have been following a low carb diet. It was a tough call to make but I had to do something to keep myself fit and energetic. I had been following a Facebook group called SQUATS for months now. The transformations and positivity in the group inspired me a lot to take fitness seriously. Post-pregnancy most of the time, like many other, I had gained a lot of weight. Most of the time I was feeling low on energy most of the times. Multitasking was taking a toll on me.
When you are in your early 30’s and you don’t feel good about your body, then there is definitely something wrong with it. I had made up my mind to do something for myself. It had to start with a workout schedule. I really love doing weights. It makes me feel happy and positive. After working out for few months, I started counting my calories and kept binge eating under control. And when you start seeing the result after putting so much of effort, it is really encouraging. I have lost around 13 pounds since March of this year.
Reducing my Carb intake, Increasing protein and keeping track of macros has helped me so far. I do have cheat meals frequently and quite inconsistent in my workout. But I have not given up. So If you have been procrastinating on starting a fitness regime, then now is the time. Your fitness and health should be your topmost priority.
So, I have told the reason for sharing a low carb recipe. But Hey!! even if you are not following low carb diet, you can give this recipe a try. Its delicious with flavourful Mexican spices. You can add corn, kidney beans and top it with crushed nachos/Tortilla chips to make it more wholesome.