|"You can crock pot it!"|
1 T coconut oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 T freshly grated ginger
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup water or broth
1/2 cup soaked red lentils (optional)
6 chicken legs or thighs (optional)
1/2 cup dried apricots (you may substitute prunes and/or whole pitted dates)
4-5 medium carrots, cleaned and chopped
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 tsp saffron dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
garnish with fresh celery tops, cilantro or parsley
Heat coconut oil in a pan. Saute onions in oil for 5 minutes. Add butternut squash, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, ginger and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add chicken and/or lentils, squash, water or broth. Bring to a simmer. (If cooking in crock pot...then add the spice mix, protein, squash and liquid to the crock pot and turn on high. Add remaining ingredients and cook about 4 hours on high till done!) If not using crock pot continue with instructions:
Add apricots, carrots, lime and saffron. Simmer 30-40 minutes till chicken is cooked, squash is tender and flavors are combined.
Serve with white or brown Basmati rice if desired.