Coconut Chicken Curry

Coconut Chicken Curry

We have a fabulous little hole-in-the-wall Thai place right around the corner from our home.  I’m embarrassed to admit how often I think of their coconut chicken curry.  I want to call up and request just a tall glass of their coconut curry sauce.  Mmmmm Mmm.  I could just drink it! Since I can only tame that temptation for so long, I have been in the kitchen tweaking and playing with this coconut chicken curry recipe for awhile now.  FINALLY I can now daydream about my own coconut curry recipe. One of the most common questions I get about coconut milk is whether I use the canned or carton kind.  Well… it depends on the recipe, and I’ll make sure to specify when I mean the canned coconut milk.  For coconut chicken curry, definitely use the canned kind. Coconut milk is loaded with fat!  Don’t be scared though, my friend, this fat actually helps with weight loss, reduces heart disease, and does many many more wonderful things for you.  When purchasing coconut milk, purchase the full fat and NOT the light.  The only difference is light canned coconut milk has added water which dilutes the coconut meat.  It’s a waste of money, doesn’t taste as great, and this is one cream you can totally indulge in.   I have 2 kids.  I have busy days.  Some days I don’t want to cook.  Am I alone? I’m betting not.  This is now one of my quick, go-to dinners.  I start preparing the dish while the rice is cooking and everything is usually done at the same time.  30 minutes in.  30 minutes out. I have lots...
Chicken Fiesta Soup

Chicken Fiesta Soup

I try not to play favorites.  I really do.  BUT it’s hard not to favor the spicy tender chicken with zucchini, summer squash, and sweet corn.  No matter if I crank up the heat by adding 2 jalapenos or tone it down by omitting that awesome little green pepper, it’s a fav! When I think of slow cooker, I usually think ‘I need to get that baby prepared and cookin’ first thing in the morning or it won’t be done by dinnertime.’  Right?  That’s the benefit and disadvantage of slow cookers. Well, good news to my fellow dinner-making procrastinators!  You only need this to cook 2 to 3 hours on HIGH or 3 to 4 hours on LOW.  Any longer and your zucchini will go from crispy-tender to yucky-mush. Remember how we said au revoir to miserable, overcooked asparagus?  Let’s give our zucchini the same fighting chance!  Yes… I know how ridiculous I am. Whenever my large family (I’m the youngest of 7) gets together, they can’t resist teasing me.  Usually it has to do with healthy eating.  My brother will sympathetically put a hand on my husband’s shoulder and ask if he needs a pizza.  They chuckle as my ‘deprived’ 3 year old daughter spits out Root Beer because she doesn’t like the ‘sparkley’ drink.  Oh, they like to mock.  BUT guess who they want bringing the main dish when it’s potluck time?  This girl! This Chicken Fiesta Soup or my Classic Spaghetti or my Baked Burritos are among the most requested.  AND they’re health punked each and every time. To be fair, my sisters and sister-in-laws are pretty healthy eaters and big fans of my recipes.  And when I say big...
Power Protein Smoothie

Power Protein Smoothie

This is the perfect post-workout smoothie.  It’s packed with protein, healthy carbs, anti-oxidants, healthy fats, and is super creamy and sweet.  You could even throw in some kale or spinach to make it even that much more power packed!   PrintPower Protein Smoothie Ingredients1 cup coconut or almond milk 1 scoop vanilla whey or vegan protein powder 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks 1 medium banana, peeled 1 cup watermelon chunks 1 Bartlett pear, washed and cut in half (keep seeds and core for extra nutrients) 1/2 avocado, pit and skin removed 1/2 yellow summer squash 2 cups ice or tropical frozen fruitInstructionsAdd all ingredients into Vitamix blender in order listed. Blend on high for 30 to 45 seconds until smooth. For thicker consistency, add more ice or frozen fruit.3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/power-protein-smoothie/   Need more ideas for post-workout smoothies?  Try my Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie and my Grape Berry-licious...
Grape Berry-licious Smoothie

Grape Berry-licious Smoothie

PrintGrape Berry-licious Smoothie Ingredients1 cup coconut milk 1 scoop vanilla whey or vegan protein powder 1 cup red grapes 1 cup green grapes 1 cup baby carrots or 1 medium carrot, peeled 1/2 yellow summer squash, raw with seeds 1 cup fresh kale 1 cup frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)InstructionsAdd ingredients into Vitamix blender according to order listed. Blend on high for 30 to 45 seconds until smooth and desired consistency is reached. For thicker consistency, add more frozen berries or...
Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie

Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie

PrintMixed Berry Protein Smoothie Ingredients1 cup coconut milk or almond milk 1 scoop of vanilla whey or vegan protein powder 1 cup green grapes 1 cup baby carrots or 1 medium carrot, peeled 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks 1/2 yellow squash, washed, raw with seeds 2 cups frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)InstructionsAdd ingredients into Vitamix blender in order listed. Blend on high for 30 to 45 seconds until you reach the desired consistency. To make it thicker, add more frozen berries or ice 1/2 cup at a time until desired...

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