Diets are for wimps – Matsaman Winter Curry – Nutrient Rich Foods

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Diets Are For Wimps

I gave up diets for good.  I find that if I just eat healthy whole foods, organic when possible, then I feel great.  My energy is up, my mood as well.  This recipe was inspired by the Rosedale Diet; a list of nutrient rich foods.  That list was very influential to me as I have constructed my own understanding of healthy living.  I stray from the list and indulge when I want, French Women Don’t Get Fat, has probably been the biggest influence.  But both concepts keep me coming back to nutrients for my energy supply and above all coming back to this recipe time and time again.  I have even joined a local co-op to get fresh local seasonal organic vegetables delivered right to my favorite café every week.  Ironically it’s only making it onto my blog as the 785th post after I’ve recommended to friends dozens of times over these years.  Use it in your non-diet lifestyle, or introduce it into your monthly detox, it’s all up to you.

Matsaman Winter Curry

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • matsaman curry paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp of chunky peanut butter (or 1/2 cup peanuts blended in a blender)
  • 1/2 lb chicken
  • 14 ounce (400 ml) coconut milk
  • 1 potato
  • 2 turnips
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • fresh baby spinach leaves

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the chopped onion, garlic and ginger. Simmer until the onions are soft, but not colored.

Add the curry paste and fish sauce then bring to a boil.

At boiling point add in the chicken pieces, coconut milk, peanut butter, potato, turnip, carrot, tomato, and red bell pepper. Simmer until chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender.

Serve over a bed of fresh baby spinach leaves or in this photo water cress (cresson).

*Variations – Don’t hesitate to toss in sweeter winter vegetables like parsnip, celery root, or topinambour and vary your carrots ; white, yellow, orange, red, purple. With lots of chunky root vegetables you can easily skip the potatoes and rice for a low-carb option that is sure to curb those cravings.

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