Ever since the weather cooled off, I have been craving two things: mac n' cheese, and curry. Seriously, there is nothing more comforting that a giant bowl of mac n' cheese with grilled chicken, broccoli, and loads of Sriracha. That, my friend, is a recipe for another day. Though I do love mac n' cheese, I have been trying to satisfy the comfort food craving with healthier options, such as this Simple Coconut Curry recipe.
I love this dish for a billion reasons, but mostly because it's so easy to make and offers excellent health benefits. You've got garlic and onions which support your immune system and detoxify the body. Then you get all kinds of vitamins and minerals from the other veggies, plus the anti-inflammatory action of the curry spices. Winning all over the place.
Simple Coconut Curry
Time: 15-20 minutes
1 cup brown rice
2 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon coconut oil
½ yellow onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. curry powder
1 can coconut milk
1 tablespoon tamari, or soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sweetener such as honey or agave (optional)
2 cups broccoli
1 red bell pepper
1 cup carrots (shredded or chopped)
2 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces OR 1 cup lentils
I usually cook rice in advance so that I have a batch of it to use for recipes such as this. If you don't have any already prepped, combine 1 cup rice with 2 1/2 cups water in a saucepan. Feel free to add a pinch of salt as well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer with cover on for about 45 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
In the meantime, sauté the onions and garlic in coconut oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add all other ingredients except rice and mix well. Bring the sauce to a simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until your veggies are tender and chicken is cooked thoroughly. If the chicken wasn’t previously cooked, make sure that it is thoroughly cooked (no pink on the inside). Serve over rice.
What are your favorite cold-weather comfort foods??