The Mr. and I love us some Thai food. And that’s even before it became trendy – we’re that ahead of the game. It’s our very favorite. There is something about the spices and the perfect mix of sweet and sour that sucks me in every time. Over the years I’ve noticed that when we leave Thai restaurants I feel really good. My belly is full, but I don’t feel heavy or gross or like I have to unbutton my pants like when I eat at an Italian or Mexican place. I think it’s because they don’t drown many things in oil, and it’s not so many refined and processed ingredients, but real food – rice, vegetables, peppers, coconut milk. Have you ever tried eating based on what your body is telling you? It really works. You know how you go on vacation, and by the third day you are sooooo sick of eating heavy restaurant food 3 times a day that a salad sounds amazing? It’s your body trying to tell you what it needs (or doesn’t need in this case…all those calories). I use this argument when I eat a big bowl of ice cream. My body NEEDS it. 🙂 Anyway, there is real truth to this phenomenon. I think this is what happened with my oldest boy. He behaves so much better now because the food we try to feed him makes him feel great. Try listening to your body this weekend and see if it makes a difference.
I tried to tackle some red curry today in the kitchen and it turned out really yummy. Our friends came over and we gobbled that stuff down in like .2 seconds.
Thai Red Curry
- 1 14 oz. can coconut milk
- 2 tbs red curry paste (you can get this in the asian aisle. It comes in a little glass jar)
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- 2 tbs fish sauce (also in the asian aisle)
- 1 lb. chicken (you could omit this and add more veggies)
- 1 cup assorted veggies (I used red and green peppers, potatoes, and bamboo shoots)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
Chop up the chicken and cook on a skillet with olive oil. In a pot, combine coconut milk, chili paste and sugar and blend. Bring it to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Add chopped veggies and chicken, and cook until veggies are softer, but still crisp. Add the fish sauce and basil. Simmer for a few more minutes, then serve over rice.
Ohhhhh man, just typing this makes me want to pull the leftovers out of the fridge…
Me and the Mr.: love love loved every bite.
The wild one: He ate the chicken and potatoes, but wasn’t too keen on the rice and veggies. I’ll take it!
Tornado: gobbled it up! Probably because he was eating this stuff all the time when he was just a little bean in my tummy.
Our guests: Rave reviews – the dinner lasted almost 2 hours because we couldn’t stop eating and talking. 😉
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Let me know how it goes at your house.
ps – Did you know the Mr. talks Thai? Oh yeah, he talks Thai. When we were dating I used to say, “Talk Thai to me!” But I’d always bust up laughing because it’s really not romantic sounding. Oh well. It worked anyway.