I’m not a huge fan of following recipes or measuring ingredients to the T, but I do like to peruse them for inspiration. Here’s a 30-minute Coconut Curry Recipe from Minimalist Baker that inspired some of the ingredients and steps in creating this warming spicy concoction that feels like soul food.
Why curry? It’s a great way to load up on your nutrients and throw in the vegetables that are about to go bad in your fridge, honestly.
Instead of the quinoa in the recipe, I decided to add sweet potato to the vegetables in the curry. Here are 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes, according to Healthline. A main attraction is their assist in boosting your immune system with their epic amounts of Vitamin A.
My favorite dark leafy greens to promote gut health, another key to boosting your immune system, are kale and broccoli. Another immune system-protecting warrior is shitake mushroom, which you can read about here. They are an excellent source of Vitamin D, which seems to be a key word in helping to prevent or combat COVID. Turmeric, which includes Curcumin, “demonstrates anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, antiaging, and antioxidant activity, as well as efficacy in wound healing,” according to this article published in the National Library of Medicine in 2018.
I could go on about the many other nutritious ingredients I added to this curry, but do the research and see what ingredients you need to tailor for your particular health needs or allergies.
Now last but not least, compelling taste is an important factor in choosing what recipes I post here, as my kitchen experiments do not always please the senses (practicing satya here)! This won not only for my plant-based belly, but a vegetarian’s and a non-vegan/non-vegetarian eater, whom I shared it with. I made it a few times, and I found that a key to good taste was to do the preliminary sauté mentioned in step 2 of the recipe and add all the spices (I measure to personal taste). And, I added almost equal parts of regular coconut milk and vegetable broth, again adjusted to personal taste. I let the senses, especially attuning to the aromas, guide the proportions of it all, sort of like an abstract painting. If you do decide to give this a try, or have another vegan healthy recipe to share, feel free to comment below.
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