Who doesn’t love a good curry? I think this curry is special because it’s not just making a sauce and pouring it on white rice and chicken. The creamy coconut milk seeps into the potatoes and squash to make this dish both savory and sweet.
Recipe: Serves 3
Finely chop 1 clove of garlic and half of 1 onion. Peel the hard skin off of a butternut squash bulb (or the whole thing!) and scrape out the seeds. Chop the squash and 1 large sweet potato into small cubes.
Spray a large saute pan with canola oil and brown the onions and garlic. Simultaneously, microwave the chopped sweet potato in a bowl with a drizzle of water, covered with another bowl, for 2.5 minutes. Add the squash to the bowl, cover, and microwave for another 3 minutes.
Throw the softened sweet potato and squash into the saute pan. Pour in 1 can of light coconut milk. Stir and bring to a boil. Let it boil for 2 minutes before covering and letting simmer for about 20 minutes.
While it is simmering, stir in a large spoonful of garam masala spice. Garam masala is cumin, coriander, black pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon. Add 1 tsp of yellow curry powder, 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger, and 1 tsp salt. Give it an extra shake of cinnamon.
Meanwhile, if you wish, saute 1-2 large chicken breasts in a pan until light brown on each side. You can also prepare rice. I microwaved an instant container of wild rice.
To serve, layer a bowl with rice, chicken, and curried sweet potato and butternut squash.
Top with a drizzle of coconut butter!
Ginger * contains gingerol which relaxes blood vessels and thus improves circulation. It also aids in digestion and can soothe the stomach. Contains lots of antioxidants!
Coconut Milk * is said to have alkalinizing effects on the body.
Garam masala * cinnamon is anti-microbial, cumin is high in iron and aids in digestion, and coriander helps stabilize blood sugar.
Sweet potato * SO good for you. Loads of vitamin A (as beta carotene!), C, copper, manganese, and fiber! The vitamin A acts as an anti oxidant in the body to eliminate free radicals that harm DNA. Its important to know that the skin contains 3x more antioxidant activity than the orange flesh!
Butternut squash * a great source of Vitamin C, A, potassium, manganese, and folate. It is also very high in fiber and water content!
Wild rice * has even more protein and fiber and nutrients than brown rice and especially white rice!
Curry powder * reduces inflammation, contains antioxidants that fight cancer, and can help improve memory!
Chicken * a lean source of protein and B vitamins, which are key for metabolism.