Monday, January 19, 2009

Romanesco Broccoli Green Curry - Amazingly Delish & Beautiful!

Readers, friends ... my last box of goodies from Johnson Backyard Farms included one of the coolest vegetables I have ever come across.

Romanesco Broccoli ... which employs the fractals concept is wacky, intelligent and tasty. Check out this image of the veggie before I broke it up into pieces for my very simple curry.

The curry recipe below is kind of cheating, but it is one of the ways that I find making a tasty dinner in under 30 minutes really easy. By having a few key items in my fridge & pantry, I take the freshest of veggies + chicken and am totally in business. Keep reading for a tasty weekday fave. John and I skip the rice so that we have a much lighter overall meal, with only the complex carbs & fiber of the veggies to fill us.

Vegetable & Chicken Green Coconut Curry
  • 1 to 2 Tbsps Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste
  • 1 can Reduced Fat Coconut Milk, you cannot taste the difference and this has huge calorie implications
  • 5-6 Cups Varied Veggies of your choice, this week I used the fabby Romanesco, Bok Choy, Reconstituted Dried Shiitake Mushrooms, Snap Peas & Orange Bell Pepper
  • 2 Cups Diced or Chopped Lean Chicken Breast
  • 1/2-1 Cup Chicken Broth, depending on how liquidy you like your curry
  • Optional: Fish Sauce & Brown Sugar to taste, tiny bits of both
This is seriously easy ... especially if you follow the instructions on the Curry jar:))) Combine the curry paste with the coconut milk in a large pan or moderate sauce pan and simmer for a few minutes. Add everything else, I usually go chicken first and let that simmer a teensy bit on its own ... then add all the veggies and cook until the toughest veg is done. That is typically 12-15 minutes, by which time your chicken should also be done.

Serve as is in bowls or if you are a carb fiend over brown rice for a healthy and quick meal. This should also provide a bit of leftovers for two people ... a lot if you add rice.

Enjoy and once again, stock your pantry with Curry Paste & Coconut Milk in a can, both of which keep for a loooong time, and you can whip this up with whatever veggies you have handy. Even if you don't have the coolest looking veg ever, Romanesco!

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