Sweet Bean Red Thai Curry

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Eggplants go well with bok choy. Kidney beans go well with sweet potatoes. Everything goes well with red curry. 20140404-222700.jpg

You’ll love this modification to the classic. I didn’t have any coconut milk in the pantry so I made my own version.

The spices in curry, specifically turmeric, cleanse the digestive system and the liver. Here are some quick facts:

  • Red curry boosts the immune system.
  • UCLA studies show a chemical found in turmeric reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Curry spices can help ward off the common cold by triggering the body to produce extra mucus and reduce inflammation in nasal passages. 

1 tsp vegetable oil [1 fat]

1/2 sweet potato, chopped [1 grain]

2 baby bok choy, chopped [1/2 vegetable]

1/2 japanese eggplant, chopped [1/2 vegetable]

1/2 cup kidney beans [1 grain, 1 protein]

1 shallot

1/2 tbsp red curry paste

1 tbsp plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 tsp cornstarch

chili powder and ground ginger

>> Heat oil in a skillet and sauté the sweet potato. In a separate bowl, combine coconut water, cornstarch, yogurt, and red curry paste. Once the potato gets some color, add the bok choy and eggplant. After about a minute, add the beans and curry mixture. Reduce to a simmer. Add a few shakes of chili powder and ground ginger. Let simmer about 3 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked through. Top with chopped shallot. Serve over rice, with naan, or enjoy as is.


Jamaican Rice and Bean Salad

1/2 fruit, 2 grains, 1 protein, 1/2 vegetable

This may seem random but why do people talk to themselves?

I always feel like I’m doing something wrong when someone talks to themselves. I mean, you’d rather talk to yourself than another actual human being? Haha I’m not that bad am I?!


Most of the time it makes sense not to include others in our personal conversations, but it still makes me wonder why we talk to ourselves.

Just a random thought.

Anyways, we had such good weather earlier this week that today I decided to make a more tropical dish: Jamaican Rice and Bean Salad! The brown rice completes the protein in the beans to make this an extremely balanced meal with almost all of the food groups covered.

20140312-145254.jpg1/2 cup cooked brown rice [1 grain]

1/2 cup black beans [1 grain, 1 protein]

1 tbsp red onion, chopped

3 tbsp red/yellow pepper, chopped [1/2 vegetable]

1/4 cup pineapple, chopped [1/2 fruit]

1 tsp lime juice

salt & pepper to taste

>>Toss all ingredients in a bowl. Serve chilled or fry in a skillet with 1 tsp oil.