Green With Goodness

October 30, 2011

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Karen says hello! She’s running a low fever now, but was feeling OK when we arrived – and she was especially excited to see her laptop!

After we left the hospital, Matt and I headed to Whole Foods for some groceries. On our hike today we discussed how good green curry is and decided to make a dinner around it.

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Picked up a jar of this!

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We used to have red curry paste in our fridge – which is also very good. Matt used about half the jar tonight for dinner!

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Here’s his method:

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 medium head broccoli
  • 1 can bamboo shoots
  • 1/2 can garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 small jar green curry paste
  • 1 can regular coconut milk
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Fresh ginger and garlic and maybe salt, to taste

Method

  1. Cut eggplant and broccoli into large chunks.  Sautee in a pan with olive oil until mostly cooked through.
  2. Add can of coconut milk, and 2T of green curry paste, stir to combine.
  3. Add a drained can of bamboo shoots, and half a can of drained chickpeas.
  4. Add salt to taste, and maybe garlic, ginger, or curry powder.
  5. Serve with peanuts on top!

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We luckily still had a tupperware of cooked millet we hadn’t used from last week – SCORE! Heated that up with some coconut milk in a pot and let the curry sauce drip through.

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After dinner we watched the movie The Grapes of Wrath. It was much better than I remember it being when I saw it in high school! Still, movies back then were so strange! I know there are a lot of intellectual themes in the storyline – but it’s been so long since I sat through high school English. Do you guys remember any of them to share?

Any night that ends with some Cville Clusters cookies is a good night for me!

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1 Lauren October 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Ok, I’m embarrassed to admit this but I have never had curry. Ever! My mom hates Indian food so I’ve never had it. :( Most People seem to love it though so I need to find some way to try it eventually. Suggestions?

Have a great week!

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2 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm

You gotta try it at a thai restaurant – green is my fav!

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3 Sana October 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Indian curry rulesss!!!

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4 Erin November 3, 2011 at 6:17 am

I never had it either until we moved to Japan. There are curry places all over, but there is definitely a difference…Japanese curry, Thai curry, Indian curry…. Indian butter lentil curry is delicious!

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5 Brittany @ Eating Bird Food October 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Love green curry and this recipe looks really tasty. Anything with coconut makes me happy.

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6 Ann @ Day by Day October 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

We had to create our own movies as a computer project when we read the Grapes of Wrath. It definitely wasn’t one of my favorites. I love adding peanuts to a regular meal. I always throw some on top of a salad or a tofu dish. They add so much flavor.

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7 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Green curry is both my husband’s and my favorite kind of curry of all time!! I just made some the other night – so good! Another one of my favorite curries is panang.

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8 katie @KatieDid October 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

yes green curry is the only kind I like too. I have the same paste and throw it into stir frys occasionally, very delicious.

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9 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

oh my goodness, that green curry looks delicious! And with the broccoli! I now have a weird craving for broccoli…

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10 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm

That looks so simple and yummy–perfect combo, I’d say!

I never had to read “The Grapes of Wrath” in school, but we did read “Of Mice & Men” (by the same author) in 8th grade…and we watched the movie. It actually wasn’t a bad movie!

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11 Kelsey October 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm

mmmmmm bamboo shoots!

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12 Mama Pea October 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm

We read Gatsby in high school English which makes me so excited for the movie. They should remake Grapes of Wrath…with Leo DiCaprio too. ;)

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13 Katherina October 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I love yellow and red curry! Also Matt seems like an awesome cook, more of his recipes please!

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14 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Curry…. Yum! Trader Joe’s jarred curry is pretty tasty too!

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15 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 30, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Movies in h.s. were a good excuse to catch up on my naps :) I used to be the BEST at falling asleep at my desk during movies. lol

The liner about used to have red curry paste but Matt used half the jar…ahhh, I love it :)

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16 Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey October 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Hope you all had a good hike today! Were the fall colors in full or were you a week or two late?!

I love me some curry, as long as it’s not TOO creamy. I’ve found that some Thai places can overdo it!

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17 Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking October 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Wow this recipe looks great! I love anything with curry, coconut milk, and chickpeas! I’m really about to try this if I get eggplant in my produce box this week! Thanks!

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18 Khushboo October 31, 2011 at 12:33 am

Yum dinner! I never used to enjoy green curry but it has seriously grown on me…I like it almost as much as pad thai even!

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19 Irina October 31, 2011 at 4:54 am

that is so weird, I have got exactly that same green curry paste in my cupboard (and I am in the UK!) and I looked at it yesterday while sorting all my jars and cans and thought I really need to try it out soon as it’s been there for awhile, so glad you posted your recipe, guess I know what’s for dinner tonight :)

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20 Kori October 31, 2011 at 5:03 am

Kaci and I made coconut curried eggplant too! :) However, I actually mixed equal amounts of green and red curry paste, which I don’t think is very authentic, but it was delicious.

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21 Katie October 31, 2011 at 5:30 am

Im sending love and get wells to Karen! Hope she feels better!

Happy Halloween Kath! xo

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22 Lauren October 31, 2011 at 6:02 am

I was so close to buying some curry paste yesterday but then passed on it. I love making Thai but it’s always so much better when we order it.

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23 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 31, 2011 at 6:46 am

I love red curry, but I’ve never tried green curry! I keep on eyeing that jar of green curry paste at the grocery store and wondering if I should try it. Next time I will!

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24 Molly @ RDexposed October 31, 2011 at 6:53 am

We (we as in the boyfriend) used to make curry all the time and then it dropped off the face of the Earth! I’m putting this up for suggestion for a boyfriend cooked meal. I’m sure he thanks you for the little curry reminder.

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25 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 31, 2011 at 7:06 am

I’ve never had curry before! I’ve always been interested to try it. I don’t really like the smell though. I’m sure I can probably look past the smell and try it because your dinner looks delicious :)

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26 Kathryn October 31, 2011 at 7:08 am

The Grapes of Wrath is one of the great American novels (and movies)….and still relevant today, with the theme of man’s inhumanity against fellow man, as well as the dignity and strength of the human spirit. OK…end of English lesson!

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27 KathEats October 31, 2011 at 7:17 am

Love this!

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28 Amanda October 31, 2011 at 7:10 am

I also really love green curry, and yellow, and red. It’s all good! That sounds like a great meal – not too much prep work and really satisfying. I definitely want to try cooking millet in coconut milk next time. It’s also really yummy with a little coconut oil! :)

Wishing Karen a speedy recovery. Hope she feels better soon!

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29 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 31, 2011 at 7:14 am

Looks like a great dinner! Haha I haven’t seen the grapes of wrath in forever! I think high school was the last time… :)

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30 Katie October 31, 2011 at 7:32 am

The value of human life was an important theme in The Grapes of Wrath. I think it would be very good for me to read that book soon. Dinner looks delicious!

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31 Sarah@The Flying ONION October 31, 2011 at 7:37 am

Goodness gracious green! I love this dish. :D

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32 Laurel Mac October 31, 2011 at 7:39 am

It was nice seeing you and Matt at the store! Did I get enough fresh things? Hope everything is good with you guys and the bakery!
-LM

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33 KathEats October 31, 2011 at 7:40 am

You too!!

You did have a nice colorful cart. So long as you didn’t fill it with beer after we left!! :)

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34 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 31, 2011 at 7:52 am

I LOVE curry. SO yumm. Yours looks great!

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35 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 31, 2011 at 9:36 am

Best wishes to Karen and feeling better soon!!
Oh man, I love the red curry paste- but I’ve never had the green!
I make this really great dish that uses the red from a recipe on Whole Foods site: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2769
Curry paste and coconut milk is just one of those unbeatable combos!

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36 Sarah October 31, 2011 at 10:02 am

Hey Kath! Total eggplant newbie questions. Before you chunk your eggplant, do you do the whole salting process beforehand? I love eggplant but it was a major fail the last time I sliced and baked it. Followed directions to a “T” and ended up with a bitter, mouth numbing mess. Would love to try this but just leary of Mr. Eggplant…Thanks in advance!

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37 KathEats October 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

One time a long long time ago I salted my eggplant.

Haven’t done it since and have never found it to be bitter? I’d say skip it!

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38 Jen October 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Salting it will help take away the bitter taste. I’ve never salted it, but agree that when I’ve just done it “normally” it didn’t turn out great.

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39 Olena (The Fit Gourmet) October 31, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Salt brings the water out of all veggies, including eggplants. Thus, in my experience, it’s best to never salt them before roasting (potatoes are an exception ‘cuz they’re starchy). On the other hand, shredded cabbage is great when rubbed with salt before cooking. It makes the cabbage sautée soft and tender.

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40 Charise November 1, 2011 at 7:04 am

I heard somewhere that smaller, fresher (younger?) eggplants are less bitter. So when I used to buy the big ones from the store, I did salt them – what a pain! Now, I get them from the farmers market and select smaller ones, and I never have a problem with bitterness.

Your curry looks great – I just wish I liked coconut milk! I’ve tried to so many times, but just can’t get past it. It takes a lot of Thai food options off the table. :(

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41 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth October 31, 2011 at 11:05 am

That sounds really good apart from the bamboo shoots which is my number one in the food world pet hate. If they are in a dish, I hate them so much I can’t even pick them out as their flavour taints the whole dish. I happen to have a jar of green curry and love the rest of your meal so will definitely try Matt’s recipe. Thanks :-)

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42 AshinMT October 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

I very much remember those movies. Of Mice and Men specifically. I have never watched the Grapes of Wrath and should, i would actually like to read it again… been too long.

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43 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings October 31, 2011 at 11:35 am

I haven’t made the curry with those pastes in a while — I think I have half a jar of the red in the fridge still. It is really good! Thanks for the reminder :)

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44 JJ October 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm

This is for Karen:

“God is [your] strength and protection, an ever present help in affliction.”. (Psalm 28:7)

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45 Angel7 October 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I do not think that I read “The Grapes of Wrath” in high school. I would probably like it better now than I would have then, though.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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46 Susan November 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

Kath, if you liked the movie, you have to read the book (again?). The movie was really good, the book is even better. I remember being blown away by it when I read it years ago. Still one of my favorites!
PS Thanks for the curry idea. Looks yummy!

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47 Heather November 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm

That sounds like a yummie recipe, could you use something instead of the coconut milk? Any suggestions?

Thank you, Heather

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48 KathEats November 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I think it’s pretty key to the recipe…you might be able to use regular milk?

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49 Lindsay November 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I’ll be in Thailand in COUNTDOWN: 11 days!! Really excited to get the real deal whilst in-country:) As for Grapes of Wrath…I had to do it for summer reading my freshman year of highschool and just remember it being very painful to get through…

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