His meals lately have been toast with jam, challah dipped in lentil soup, and cheesy toast.
In an effort to expand his nutrients beyond sugar and fat, as well as to play in the kitchen a little bit, I made a sort of pseudo-chicken mole. We told him it was chocolate chicken. He ate a lot.
1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
spice mixture (see below)
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, crushed
splash of riesling
1 small can stewed tomatoes
1 small (4 oz) can green chiles
2 small pieces good dark chocolate
juice of 1/2 lime
Mix a couple shakes of each of the following until you've got about 2 Tablespoons in a small bowl:
- Ground cumin
- Chili powder
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
Grind up a 1-inch piece each of dried ancho and dried smoked jalapeno peppers (seeds and membranes removed) in a coffee grinder, add to spice mixture. (If you want it spicy, add more of this, or some cayenne, or leave in the membranes or seeds. Ours came out only very gently warm.)
Sprinkle salt and spice mixture over chicken, turning to coat.
Heat olive oil over medium to medium-high heat in a wide pot for a couple minutes. Dredge some of the chicken pieces in flour, and brown them in the oil. Remove cooked chicken and repeat until all the chicken pieces have been cooked, adding oil as necessary to keep from burning. (I gave up on dredging the last few pieces and just threw them in because I was getting impatient.)
Add a little water and the onions, cook a couple minutes, stirring frequently, using juices from the onions to loosen the bits of chicken stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the garlic, cook another minute or two, then deglaze with the riesling.
Return chicken to pot, add a little water and the tomatoes and chiles.
Add the chocolate and stir. (You can add more if you want, I didn't want to over-caffeinate the child.) At this point it will start to get thick and REALLY smell good.
Add a little more water as necessary and the lime juice - I made mine a sort of thick stew consistency, but you can thin it out as you like. Throw in the handful of raisins. Cook for a few more minutes.
The whole thing took about 1/2 hour to make.
Serve warm with crusty bread or over seasoned rice. We followed ours with a dessert of homemade warm rice pudding and caramelized pineapple. Yum.