Day 39 – Recipe: Vietnamese Lemongrass Curry (vegan, gluten-free and soy-free!)

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I have no idea why I decided to make this today. I had a million things to do and I knew this was probably going to take awhile – but I had (almost) all of the ingredients on hand and I just couldn’t think of anything else to make so I made it. And I’m glad I did because it turned out really really good.

I saw this recipe for Chicken Lemongrass Curry on seriouseats.com the other day and figured I would try and make it with vegetables. I had a sweet potato, some yukon gold potatoes, and a zucchini laying around so that’s what I ended up using, but you could use pretty much any vegetables that are good with curry and they would work (i.e. carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peas). I didn’t really change much from the original recipe so I can’t really take credit for this, but this is what I did. Oh and it took a little over an hour.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Curry

  • 3 to 4 hefty lemongrass stalks, outside layer removed, trimmed and chopped (about 2/3 cup total)
  • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T Madras Curry Powder (I didn’t have Madras so I just used regular curry powder)
  • 1 Thai red chili, thinly sliced (or 1/2 tsp red chili flakes)
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • One 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 large yam or sweet potato, cut into small cubes
  • 1 lbs yukon gold potatoes (I used about 5 small), cut into small cubes
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1/4″ half moons
  • lime wedges for garnish
  • cilantro leaves or green onions for garnish

Toss the chopped lemongrass into a food processor. Process until it turns into a “fine, fluffy mass,” scraping the sides with a spatula occasionally, about three minutes. Add the ginger, and pulse until it is chopped finely. Then add the onion. Process, scraping the sides with a spatula occasionally, until it is a paste.

Pour the oil into a wok or large saucepan set over medium heat. When shimmering, add the lemongrass paste. Cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until very fragrant, about two minutes. Add the curry powder and red chili flakes, stir well, and cook for a minute. Add the salt, pepper, and coconut milk. Stir well with the wooden spoon, and then add chopped yam and potatoes. If the liquid does not cover the potatoes add a little bit of water to do so (I added about 1/2 cup). Once liquid starts to boil, reduce heat to maintain a slow simmer. Simmer covered, for 35 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Add the zucchini, stir well, and turn heat up again to bring to a strong simmer. Then reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer, and cook, covered, until veggies are tender, about 15 minutes.

Serve hot with the lime wedges, cilantro/green onions, and quinoa or brown rice. Serves 4

 

Don’t leave out the lime wedges, they add a lot of flavor!

Whatever vegetables you decide to use, you will need about 2 lbs total.

I didn’t include this in the recipe but I threw in some broccoli and cauliflower stems into mine at the end (at the same time as the zucchini) for an added crunch. Yum!

 

 

Day 36 – Recipe: Thai Spiced Roasted Potatoes

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Since I’m (thankfully) allowed to eat potatoes, I’m constantly trying to figure out how to keep them interesting. I had some Thai red curry powder in my cabinet and thought I’d try and attempt to roast some potatoes with Thai spices. I really liked the way the Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes turned out so I adapted that recipe and came up with this. It turned out really good! Similar to the Aloo Gobi but different. And it only took me 30 minutes. I will definitely be making this again.

Thai Spiced Roasted Potatoes***

  • 1 large yam or sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/4 lb (about 5 medium) red new potatoes cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I left the skin on)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeño, including seeds
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1.5 teaspoons Thai red curry powder
  • 1/2 cup filtered water

Put oven rack in upper third of oven. Preheat oven to 450°F.

Toss yam and new potatoes together in a bowl with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread onto a shallow baking pan (covered in parchment paper for easy clean-up) and roast, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are just tender, about 25 minutes.

While vegetables are roasting, cook onion, garlic, lemongrass, jalapeño, and ginger in remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large non-stick skillet over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until very soft and beginning to turn golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add red curry powder and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in water, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet, then stir in roasted potatoes. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

***Adapted from Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes at Epicurious.com

This will serve 4 as a side dish but my hungry mouth ate 3/4 of the pan in one sitting. Woops.