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La Leche League Recipes Rediscovered: Chicken/Turkey Curry

Bowl of chicken curry with toppings in the backgroundGood nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible. (La Leche League philosophy)

Breast milk is optimal nutrition for your baby. La Leche League has shared that fact with the world for more than 60 years.

When baby’s diet expands beyond only breast milk, good nutrition continues with the introduction of foods “in as close to their natural state as possible”, as La Leche League philosophy suggests.

Throughout the years, La Leche League has provided families with ideas and recipes to help make this “whole foods” philosophy a practical and realistic part of life. Classic cookbooks such as Whole Foods For The Whole Family have been a part of many family kitchens for decades.

Sometimes, though, that favorite LLL recipe is misplaced. When that happens, New Beginnings is often turned to as a potential finder of lost recipes. One recent request was for the original chicken or turkey curry recipe published in Whole Foods For The Whole Family. New Beginnings quickly located the recipe and passed it along to the individual. We thought we’d share it here on the blog in case others are interested. Since many readers are preparing for the sometimes downright frigid days of late fall, a curry seems like the perfect choice for a warm and comforting family meal!

Chicken or Turkey Curry Yield: 8 servings. Whole Foods For The Whole Family (1993 edition), p. 159

  • 1 recipe Basic Curry Sauce (see below)
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 cup unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice

Optional Toppings:

  • Chutney
  • Chopped cucumbers
  • Chopped onion
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Peanuts
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped green bell pepper
  • Chopped hard-cooked eggs
  • Sunflower seeds

Combine Basic Curry Sauce with chicken, apple, raisins, and pineapple in skillet; mix well. Cook until heated through. Serve over rice. Offer optional toppings in individual bowls. Let everyone choose from the toppings. May add chicken to Basic Curry Sauce and serve apple, pineapple, and raisins as toppings as well. May substitute turkey for chicken.

Basic Curry Sauce Yield: 8 servings. Whole Foods For The Whole Family (1993 edition), p. 159

  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon each ground cumin, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, allspice, cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chili pepper or chili powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk

Sauté onions and garlic in oil in skillet. Stir in flour. Add spices and broth. Simmer, covered, for 30 to 60 minutes or until desired consistency. Add milk. Cook just until heated through; do not boil. May substitute yogurt or cream for milk.

Are you searching for a beloved recipe from classic La Leche League cookbooks? New Beginnings may be able to help. We are also always interested in hearing about recipes or meal/snack ideas that appeal to your families. If you’d like to share with our readers in a future blog post or have an inquiry about a classic LLL recipe, contact Amy at [email protected].

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