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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. 
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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
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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?!

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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.