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Thai Green Curry

I’ve been hooked on Thai food since I was a child! I love the fragrant curries, soups and noodle dishes so much that I’ve made several trips to Thailand to taste this delicious cuisine first hand… and of course I had to do some cooking lessons! This recipe for Thai Green Curry is the exact one I learned to cook while I was there. To make this recipe yourself at home, make sure you take a trip to your local Asian grocer to buy all the fresh ingredients. You really can’t beat the taste of fresh galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and Thai basil!

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Ingredients
2 tbsp Thai green curry paste (see recipe below)
4 Thai eggplants or 1 large japannese eggplant, chopped
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup clear vegetable broth*
4 kaffir lime leaves
3 tbsp vegetarian ‘fish’/umami sauce
1-2 tbsp palm sugar, finely sliced or grated
1 cup green beans, trimmed
1/2 cup lotus root slices**
1 cup tofu puffs, chopped

Method
1. Spray a large pot withΒ cooking oil. Over low heat saute curry paste, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

2. Add eggplant, cook until golden brown on both sides.

3. Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, kaffir lime leaves, vegetarian fish sauce and palm sugar. Increase heat and bring to the boil.

4. Add green beans, lotus root and tofu puffs, allow to cook for 2 minutes.

Serves 2 (serve with jasmine rice)

*this recipe requires a clear vegetable broth. I normally make Β my own using celery, carrot and onion.

**I use the prepared lotus root slices that has been boiled, so they are soft but crunchy.

Thai Green curry paste

Ingredients
20 small Thai green chilies, stem removed
2 tbsp galangal, Β peeled and chopped
3 tbsp lemon grass, white part only
3 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
2 tbsp garlic
3 tbsp Thai shallots (alternatively use green onion/shallots)
1/2 cup Thai sweet basil
2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil
1 tsp salt

Method
1. Place all items into a mortar and pestle or food processor, work the ingredients until a fine paste is formed.

Freeze any remaining paste in desired serving size bags (1 tbsp per per serve/person).
Enjoy! πŸ˜€

Veggie Chili w/ Corn Bread

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Chili with all the fixings is a Super Bowl favorite… or really a favorite anytime of the year!Β This vegan chili has a fantastic texture and is super smoky! Accompany this with corn bread and all the fixings, and you’re got yourself a perfect vegan meal for your ball game … or whatever celebration πŸ™‚

Veggie Chili

Ingredients
1 tbs canola oil
1 brown onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 large portabella mushrooms, chopped
1 large zucchini, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 tbsp chili powder (add more or less to suit your desired level of spice)
1 tsp ground smoked sweet paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves, chopped
3 bay leaves
1 large can (28oz/795gram) of crushed tomatoes
1 can (15oz/425grams) black beans, rinsed
2 cups vegetable broth/stock
1 – 2 tsp smoked salt
Fixings on the side: Cilantro, green onions, avocado slices, jalapeΓ±o slices, lime wedges, cashew cream, tortilla chips etc.

Method
1. Spray a large pot withΒ cooking oil. Over medium heat saute onion until soft, around 5-10 minutes.

2. Add garlic, herbs and spices, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

3. Add mushrooms, zucchini, celery and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, stir regularly.

4. Add canned tomatoes, beans, broth and smoked salt.Β Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, Β stirring occasionally.

6.Β Transfer a quarter of the chili to a blender and blend until smooth. Return back to the chili (this will give the chili a lovely creamy texture).

Serve with fixings of choice (I choose all of the above!) and corn bread.

Serves 4-6

cornbread

Corn Bread

Ingredients
Spray oil
1 cup corn meal
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tbs ground chia seeds
1-2 tbsp turbinado sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbs lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1 cup plant milk
Bell pepper and jalapeΓ±o slices (optional)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C.

2.Β Line a 8 inch/20cm rectangle baking tin with parchment paper. Spray with cooking oil (this will help to form crispy edges).

3. Prepare chia eggs by mixing together ground chia with 5 tbsp water. Allow to thicken for five minutes.Β 

4.Β Combine baking powder and lemon juice, stir well.

5. Add corn meal, flour and sugar to a large bowl. Add chia eggs, baking powder mixture and plant milk. Stir well to ensure well combined.

6. Top with bell pepper and jalapeΓ±o slices.

7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the corn bread comes out clean.Serve warm along side chili.

Make one loaf, cut into 9-12 Β pieces.

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