From the Hope Rises Kitchen: Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani)

by Kim Roxburgh, Executive Director of Hope Rises

I’ve been fortunate to live in many places, including different countries, which has exposed me to all different types of food and spices. So several years back when I began cleaning up my own diet, I wanted to incorporate some of my favorite international dishes into my new way of eating. Since I love Indian food, I started with one of my favorite recipes, Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani). This was not a hard recipe to “clean up”, since it’s fairly healthy to begin with. Switching out oils and using coconut milk took care of most of the adjustments.

When I envisioned what mealtime would be like at the Hope Rises Wellness and Recovery House, I knew I had to keep the budget in mind. I truly believed our ladies could learn to cook from scratch, eat “clean” on a budget, and possibly broaden their horizons when it came to food. None of our current residents had ever had Indian food prior to coming to the Wellness House. However, all of our Indian and Indian-inspired meals rank at the top of the list in our meal rotation. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Not only have they embraced a healthier way of eating, but they’ve expanded the type of food they call their favorites.