Paleo-friendly Curry **repost from eatingelpaso**

I’ve mentioned it before but Ken is currently trying to stay Paleo to help control the sarcoidosis. That means if I cook for both of us, I can’t have things like pasta or rice or bread.  Do you KNOW how hard it is to make food that tastes good when you can’t have starches? Tonight was successful though- vegetable curry with chicken meatballs.

I don’t make meatballs. I don’t really like touching raw meat of any kind. It’s *hard* to find prefab meats that don’t have corn syrup or some kind of corn or wheat product though, a lot harder than I expected. I was super happy when I found Aidell’s products at the commissary.  I was walking through the processed meat aisle and getting madder and madder. The fancy, gourmet-looking labels and things with “Select” in their name don’t mean crap once you look at the ingredients. This is the ONLY brand I found at the commissary that didn’t have any grain products in it. Why do we need corn in our meats? Go ahead and try browsing the ingredients in your fridge right now; I bet you’ll be surprised.

Enter Aidell’s. Most of their products aren’t made with grain products (I just looked at the teriyaki pineapple meatballs and sadly there is wheat in the soy sauce).  They do tend to put cheese in things, so I don’t buy those (Ken is also avoiding dairy, which is VERY SAD).  I got the caramelized onion chicken meatballs. They are amazing. There’s a hint of sweet, barely, that went nicely with the sweetness of the coconut milk, but the saltiness kept it from being too desserty.  There was a nice oniony taste too. We also like their chicken & apple sausage (these are great if you toast them in pan and then glaze them with balsamic vinegar). Their two hot dog choices are a nice change once in a while too…Awesome Apple and Hawaiian Paradise (pineapple), both made with dried fruit and slightly sweetened with fruit juices. Did I get anything from them for promoting their product? NOPE. I just think it’s a good product.

Anyway, the curry I made was *delicious* and very filling, and it’s Paleo-friendly!

Ingredients

2 cans coconut milk

2 Tbs curry paste (I like Mae Ploy panang)

2 small zucchini

1 onion

3 sweet potatoes (from last week’s Bountiful Baskets!)

6-7 large white mushrooms

1 can sliced water chestnuts

2 carrots

1 package Aidell’s caramelized onion chicken meatballs

1 Tbs crushed garlic

2 small potatoes

1 Tbs coconut oil

 

Heat the coconut oil in a large pan. I use a big 17” skillet that was a wedding gift from my brother-in-law. Thanks Steve!

I’m not actually sure it’s a tablespoon. We keep the coconut oil in the fridge so it’s solid and I pry off a glob that looks like it’s about a tablespoon; I have no idea how much it is when it melts. Just figure that out, I don’t think it’ll make a huge difference either way. Dice the onion and cook it in the oil until it softens up. When it’s soft, add the garlic and the curry paste. Smoosh it around until it’s a nice even texture and then add the 2 cans of coconut milk. Turn the heat down to low.

Peel and dice the potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots (about half an inch dice) and add them to the pan and cover.  Simmer everything, covered, for about ten minutes.

Chop up the zucchini and the mushrooms and drain the water chestnuts and add them, along with the meatballs, to the pan and cook until the potatoes and carrots are soft and the meatballs are cooked through.

This made a pretty big pan of food. We didn’t put it overtop anything but it would be good over rice or noodles. I just had some for a snack and put it over some leftover spaghetti squash and it was great.

(Yeah, I know…regular potatoes. *I* like them, ok? I’ve already been through this with him. I won’t be making food for both of us with regular potatoes. UGH.)

YOM.

 

We go to pick up our Bountiful Basket stuff in 2 days, I’m excited! I love the surprise of not knowing what will come in the basket. I really think it’s making me a better and more adventurous cook, because I get vegetables I wouldn’t normally pick up myself. This week we are getting 19 pounds of pineapple, and are splitting it with some friends. That plus the regular basket, plus a “Mexican” themed box, should hold us for the next two weeks until it’s time to order again.
Hopefully.

 

 

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