The hubster made a comment recently that made me laugh. Not just laugh but out and out chortle. He said, "You know it seems like things have calmed down for you because you're no longer blogging about the chaos around you." I looked at him with my standard, "You're kidding, right?" expression. Look, it's always a poop storm around these parts. I just opt to focus on the fuzzy parts every now and then. Don't mean I'm not still dodging the poo.
One of my New Year's resolutions was to slow down. To talk less. Reflect more. And write with more calmness. But sometimes, it is hard to keep the chaos under control, regardless of how many darn deep breaths I take. Take Sunday for example. Little man and mamma are hanging out. Things are going well. We have read Goodnight Moon 27 times. We have eaten lots of blueberries and not enough pasta. And we are counting down the seconds to nap time so mamma can have the second coffee she so definitely deserves. When little man throws a wrench into the works.
So here's the requisite warning. We're about to discuss throw up. On a food blog. If that kinda thing freaks you out, I understand. I also understand you likely don't have kids. But we're about to get real (i.e., gross) up in here so if you need to stop reading, I understand. However, if you're like my friend Amy Kim who wisely coined the phrase, "I've been puked and pooed on. Nothing phases me," then by all means, read on.
So when little man threw up on the carpet, my New Year's resolution flew out the window. I said goodbye to my promise to be calmer and went into my default frantic mode. For a few minutes, I was a whirlwind of carpet cleaner, antibacterial wipes, and Febreeze. And hand soap. Lots of hand soap. And all I learned is it's incredibly difficult to get blueberry hued "residue" off of carpet.
And I realized that on those days when the carpet smells vaguely like throw up and the laundry is in big piles of dirty and kinda-dirty, the only viable lunch option is Naan Pizza. I know I know, this is not a "real" recipe. It's similar to my Mexican Fried Rice in that regard. It's more a formula that you tweak to fit the ingredients (and time!) you have on hand. I've made Naan Pizza with warm fluffy takeout naans from our favorite Pakistani restaurant. I've made it with the frozen naan we get in giant bags from Costco. And in truly desperate times, I've made it on regular ol' pita bread.
I've made naan pizza in the oven, the toaster oven, and on the stove. I've topped it with tandoori chicken, roasted red peppers, scallions, mushrooms, cheddar, mozzarella, and/or pepper jack. It all works. And it is awesome each and every time.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some carpet to clean. And some Naan Pizza to eat.
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp. ground corriander
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. garam masala
2-3 tbs. plain yogurt
2 large or 3 medium naans
2 cups shredded cheese
Other toppings of your choice (e.g., roasted red peppers, mushrooms)
Let us be optimists here and assume you have enough time to make delicious tandoori chicken to top your Naan Pizza. If it's more of a realist kinda day, ditch the tandoori chicken option and top your Naan Pizzas with the frozen meatballs hiding in your freezer. But for optimism's sake, here's how you make your tandoori chicken.
Cut chicken into cubes, strips, triangles, or whatever shape strikes your fancy. Add yogurt and all of the spices and mix thoroughly. Marinate your chicken mixture anywhere from 1/2 hour to overnight. Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Cook chicken in a grill pan on the stove for gorgeous charred chicken.
When chicken is almost done, toast your naan in the oven or toaster oven. During the last few minutes of toasting, top with shredded cheese, tandoori chicken, and/or other toppings of your choice. Pop the naans back into the oven until the cheese melts. Devour quickly because you could be called for the baby cleanup brigade any second.