Easy Vegetable Coconut Curry

20131008-135205.jpgOne evening James and I looked in the refrigerator and then looked at each other. There was nothing to make for dinner. Instead of picking up the phone and ordering in, I got crafty. The results were this delicious Easy Vegetable Coconut Curry dish that has become one of our favorite dinners, is whipped up in no time and very difficult to screw up! It has the added bonus of using up all of your vegetables that are on the brink of going bad and it’s always a hit with guests.

What you’ll need:

  • 3-5 cups of chopped vegetables (I often use sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini and broccoli)
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk (I prefer a can of full fat coconut milk for it’s thickness)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 2-4 cups of cooked quinoa (or another grain you love such as millet or rice)
  • 1 tbls coconut oil, plus more as needed
  • Salt & pepper

Chop your vegetables in uniform pieces. Saute them in the coconut oil and a pinch of salt on medium heat. I add vegetables such as onions and carrots that take longer to cook first and then add other vegetables as those soften up a little. Add the turmeric and curry powder to the vegetables and continue to saute until they are nearly cooked to your liking. Add the coconut milk and more turmeric and curry powder to taste (spicy food lovers add lots of curry!). When everything is heated through, plate over quinoa or another favorite grain like millet or rice. Let guests salt and pepper their dish to taste. Voila. Enjoy your customized creation.

Update: somebody recently sent a photo of her curry dish she made with pumpkin.  So looking forward to trying that!

A Treat on the Table

20130828-122730.jpg

It’s always lovely having a nutritious treat on the table, and this Strawberry Almond Meal Cake is extra special.  It has a nice earthy flavor with a heavenly whipped topping and strawberries.  I got the recipe from The Sprouted Kitchen cookbook by Sara Forte.  I HIGHLY recommend this cookbook and am sure to reference it many times.  Also, if you’re a parent, don’t be afraid of getting the kids into the kitchen with you.  Both Joshua and Olivia love putting measured portions into the bowl and stirring it a few times.

Here are a few adjustments I made/tips for this recipe:

BAKING SODA VS. BAKING POWDER

This cake calls for both baking soda and baking powder.  Since I did not have baking powder I used a tiny bit more baking soda (baking soda equals 1/3 of what baking powder typically equals, or you can use 3x the amount of baking powder then baking soda calls for).  Use a little less salt in a recipe that you have to substitute baking soda for baking powder in, because the baking soda has a salty flavor.

ALMOND FLOUR

This recipe also calls for almond flour.  I like to make my own by grinding almonds into a food processor until smooth.  This usually takes just a minute or two.  If you process too long it will start to turn into almond butter.

This recipe also calls for a minor amount of flour.  I used Williams Sonoma Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour.  I have this readily available for spontaneous baking desires.

SUGAR VS. COCONUT PALM SUGAR

For the cake (not whipped topping), I substitute  the sugar in this recipe with coconut palm sugar.  This is coconut tree sap that has been crystalized.  It has potassium, iron and other vitamins with an earthy, sweet flavor.  I use it all the time and highly recommend that you keep this stocked in your pantry.

WHIPPED TOPPING

If you are dairy free you can make a coconut whipped topping.  It’s not as thick as the heavy whipping cream version, but it is delicious.  To make, refrigerate a can of full fat coconut milk overnight, scoop out the thick creamy part that rises to the top * and whip it with a little vanilla extract and stevia or sugar.  For both the dairy and coconut topping, I suggest you make more than you think you will need.  My guests and I all wanted an extra dollop when served.

*reserve the coconut water in the bottom of the can for smoothies, curries, etc.

I hope you love it!!

If you come up with an egg free version or add a new flavor that turns out well, I’d love to hear about it!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 159 other followers