Veggie main dishes: Curries

Curries are one of our favorite family meals. The kids both love rice, even brown rice, and Mr. Mordecai and I love the strong flavors. Have you ever noticed how often dishes that come from Asian restaurants tend to be meat-heavy? I love that when I make Asian food at home, I can control what goes in it.

Curries are flexible because the sauce ties everything together, so you can really play around with the other ingredients. Last time I made the Thai curry recipe below, I added two huge zucchini from the garden. I usually use less meat, too. Another curry recipe I love is here, and here's a curry recipe that uses green tomatoes.

I like to serve curries with plenty of brown rice and a side of veggies and/or fruit.


Thai red chicken curry

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

Put all spices in bowl. Combine cornstarch and coconut milk. Heat the oil in a wok. Add the chicken; cook for 3 minutes. Add the vegetables and spice mixture; cook for 3 more minutes. Add the coconut milk; simmer until thickens. Stir in the cilantro. Serve over rice. Serves 4.

(Adapted from this recipe.)

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