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Easiest, Fastest Thai Green Curry Fish (with yam and asparagus) known to humankind

This is great to prepare, especially after work when you don’t have much time. It literally takes 20 minutes to make and is fantastic.

This recipe is for two people but you can go ahead and double it.

2  tbsp oil

1 tbsp thai green curry paste

1 can coconut milk

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 tbsp brown sugar

Bunch of asparagus (cut into pieces)

1/2 large  yam cut into small pieces

1 lb cod or white fish (you could even use salmon, scallops or prawns or a combination of them)

1 lime

Heat oil in frying pan to medium high.  Saute green curry for 1 minute. Add coconut milk, fish sauce and brown sugar. Add yam and asparagus and cook for 8 minutes. De-bone fish and cut in pieces. Then add fish and cook until done. Serve over top of rice, quinoa or with wraps. Garnish with lime. Ta da! Close to instant deliciousness.

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Easy Pasta and Scallops

You can whip this dish up in about 35 minutes total and it’s amazingly flavourful. This can be also converted very easily into a gluten-free and dairy-free entrée which is the version that I made.

The recipe comes from allrecipes.com which provides all the nutritional specs on the meal and which also has a very handy calculator that adjusts the recipe for however many people you are cooking for. Thanks allrecipes, this one is a keeper.

I based my ingredients on dinner for 2. Make sure to adapt the recipe using the ingredient calculator. The instructions are based on the original recipe which serves 8 (don’t worry, you do all the same things!).

Ingredients

1/4 (16 ounce) package farfalle (bow tie) pasta (I used Tinkyada brown rice spirals pasta)
6 scallops, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic (I used 2 cloves fresh garlic)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil (I used 2 tbsp freshly minced basil)
2 tablespoons and 3/4 teaspoon whipped butter (non-butter eaters can use Earth Balance Margarine….trust me it still tastes great!)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain, rinse, and transfer to a large serving bowl.

Place scallops in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the black pepper. Pour mixture over scallops. Arrange scallops in a single layer in a large baking dish or plate. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon basil over scallops so that only one side is sparsely coated with basil.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high, and melt one tablespoon of butter/Earth Balance in the pan. Place scallops basil-side down, and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes until dark golden brown. Turn scallops, and cook the other side.
In a small saucepan, melt remaining butter with 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Toss pasta with butter and olive oil mixture. Divide pasta onto plates, and top with scallops.

Serve with a green salad and warm, fresh baguette! Now relax and enjoy:)

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Thai Tofu Noodle Soup (Vegan, Gluten-free)

I tried a few new recipes over the holidays and this is definitely one of the keepers. Unlike some Asian food that is a little more complicated this one is truly  easy. It’s bascially lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves in a coconut broth with a mound of greens and tofu over top some gluten-free rice noodles. Yum!!!!!!!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • SERVES 2 as a main entrée
  • 8-10 oz. dried Thai rice noodles, linguini-width
  • 1-2 stalks lemongrass (see complete instructions below), OR 4 Tbsp. frozen prepared lemongrass
  • 4-6 cups vegetable (or faux “chicken”) stock (or regular chicken broth if non-veg.)
  • 1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, thinly sliced into matchstick-like pieces
  • 1/2 package medium or soft tofu (packed in water) – drain off the water and slice tofu into cubes
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets including stems
  • 1-2 cups Chinese cabbage, chopped into bite-size pieces (bok choy, baby bok choy or su choy)
  • 1-2 carrots, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce OR wheat-free soy sauce (or use 3 Tbsp. fish sauce + 1 Tbsp. soy sauce if non-veg.)
  • 1/2 can good-quality coconut milk
  • 3-4 kaffir lime leaves (available in frozen packets at Asian/Chinese food stores)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped if leaves are large (or substitute fresh coriander/cilantro)
  • PS I threw mushrooms in my version
  • Preparation:

  • First, dunk noodles in a pot of boiling water. Cover the pot and turn off the heat. Allow the noodles to soften in the hot water while you prepare the soup.
  • Place stock in a soup pot together with lemongrass (include left-over stalk pieces if using fresh), plus galangal (or ginger), whole lime leaves, and carrots. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Allow to simmer while you chop up and add the remaining vegetables (about 5 minutes).
  • Add the remaining vegetables. Stir and allow to simmer 2 more minutes.
  • Reduce heat to minimum and add the coconut milk, stirring until dissolved. Finally, add the tofu, gently stirring so it doesn’t fall apart.
  • Add the soy sauce. If you prefer your soup spicy, add 1-2 tsp. chili sauce (OR simply serve it on the side for those who like it).
  • Do a taste test, adding more soy sauce if not salty enough. If you find the soup too salty (this depends on how salty your broth was to start with), add 1 to 2 Tbsp. lime juice. If too sour for your taste, add 1 tsp. sugar.
  • Check rice noodles to make sure they have softened enough to eat (they should be ‘al dente’). Drain the noodles and portion them out into bowls.
  • Pour several ladles of soup over each bowl of noodles. Sprinkle fresh basil over each bowl. Serve with a topping of fresh basil, plus some chili sauce on the side, if desired – either store-bought or my own homemade Nam Prik Pao Chili Sauce Recipe[/link”> for an extra kick of flavor and spice. ENJOY!

Serve and enjoy. I got this recipe from aboutfood.com (they have lots of great stuff there by the way)

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Vij’s Mung Beans in Coconut Curry with Tomato and Onion Chutney and Beet Greens Sauteed in Ginger, Lemon and Cumin

It turns out that you can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks. This year for my birthday I received a copy of Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey which I promptly was going to return as I’m loyal to only one Asian cookbook and have been for years and that’s the  All Asian Cookbook by Jacki Passmore.

Anyways, in pursuit of open-mindedness I cracked the spine and made dinner combining Mung Beans in Coconut Curry along with Beet Greens sautéed in Ginger, Lemon and Cumin with a little side of Tomato and Onion Chutney. I tried to make the Tamarind Chutney but failed miserably. I actually loved it when I tried it at a friend’s house but something went drastically wrong when I made it. Continue reading

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