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.


Paleo Decreases Longevity // Lemon Dijon Mushroom Israeli Couscous

2 fats, 2 grains, 1 protein

Today I got the latest issue of Science magazine in the mail. As I was flipping through I found an interesting study. A team of scientists fed one group of mice a low carb high protein diet and fed the other a high carb low protein diet. Which group lived longer you ask?
20140322-171505.jpgPaleo dieters (low carb, high protein) will be disappointed to hear their respective mice only lived 100 days. The counterpart mice (high carb, low protein) were healthier and outlived them to 150 days. Fat intake levels made no difference in the mice health or appearance. It should be noted that the Paleo mice were skinnier, but this translated to illness and decreased longevity. You can read more about the study here.

Basically, the research supports the importance of a balanced diet. (Woohoo balanced meal plans!) Ok now onto the recipe…

1 cup cooked whole wheat israeli couscous (pearl couscous) [2 grains, 1 protein]

1 tsp olive oil [1 fat]

2-3 small whole button mushrooms

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 roasted red pepper, chopped

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp toasted pine nuts [1 fat]

>> Sauté onion and mushrooms in oil until brown. Add cooked couscous and remaining ingredients. Stir together and add salt/pepper to taste. Top with toasted pine nuts.

*I forgot to picture the toasted pine nuts, but try not to leave these out as they complete the protein found in couscous.