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coconut curry with glazed tofu
I created this Coconut Curry recipe when I was making a curry dish for my birthday festivities with a few friends, intending to make something incredibly simple and easy to prepare, that was healthy but also super delicious and nourishing for the gathering. It was and continues to be incredibly well-received every time I make this!
A delicious grounding curry with turmeric and root vegetables, perfect if you want to host some friends or feed yourself for 3-4 days, as a meal prep which is what I like to do). It also freezes well if you end up needing to keep it for another time.
If you fancy an added kick then make our sweet and salty tofu to add into the pot, which really brings the Coconut Curry together. I do this myself most times. But I sometimes also add azuki or black beans instead if I fancy it.
Well, in many ways, yes, these are such simple, common and easy-to-find vegetables. This is part of the reason I shared this Coconut Curry recipe first. Most people can probably find these three vegetables in the supermarket, shop or local farmer…
Ok, indeed, we might not all have slow cookers at home to cook this dish with, necessarily, but it can easily be cooked in a normal pot on the stove. The cooking time would be shortened and the curry would most likely be done in less than an hour, cooking preparation and cooking time included.
However, personally, I love using the slow cooker and truly appreciate that I can just throw all the ingredients in the pot and leave it for a while to cook. No need to check-in and keep an eye out through the whole cooking time.
Anyways, as I was saying, these simple and common vegetables chosen for this curry dish are anything but simple. They all have a complex array of health-promoting properties that influences this dish as a balanced, healthy and clean dish to enjoy anytime. If you are having a cleanse it is a lovely dish to have. If you want to enjoy a nourishing and warming indulgently embodied Coconut Curry, this is also the dish for most of the ingredients are health-promoting but also incredibly satisfying and wholesome.
Let’s start with the common carrot. We know carrots are good for our health, it is a known fact right?! But do you know why? This crunchy, delicious and highly nutritious root vegetable is a massively high source of beta carotene, I will expand on this below, as well as being incredibly supportive with digestive fibres aiding our bowel movement and in turn our health and wellbeing.
It is extremely high on various vitamins, minerals and loaded with antioxidants, which help to reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease and certain cancers, aiding against free radicals from the body cells and preventing or reducing the damage caused by oxidation. As if that wasn’t enough for you to eat it regularly when we also add the benefits of the high amount of certain minerals and vitamins available in the common carrot we are sure to be astounded!
Carrots are especially high in vitamin A which is important for our immune system, for normal and healthy vision and in the case of us women, in the health of our reproductive system! Vitamin A is also supportive of the health of our overall organs supporting our heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs to work properly. Carats are also high in vitamin C, another of which is supportive of our immune system, and vitamin K1 promoting good heart and bone health also.
Furthermore, in the rainbow of vitamins and minerals contained within it, carrots are high in potassium, which can be argued is one of the most important minerals for the body, helping it regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and our nerve signals. It is such a common but far from simple vegetable, carrots are actutually considered a “superfood” thanks to a large number of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are jam-packed in them individually.
Carrots are also a great weight-loss-friendly food as well as being a root vegetable known to support our digestive health and have been reported to help lower cholesterol levels!
Furthermore, the old saying that carrots help you see at night may not be true but has merit in that carrots have been reported in benefiting and improving eye health.
Another miraculous quality of the common carrot is that it works in protecting the skin from the sun’s rays. The beta carotene in carrots is a skin-friendly nutrient that gets converted into vitamin A inside the body. It helps to repair skin tissues while also protecting the skin from harmful radiation.
Both raw and cooked carrots will benefit the body with the abundant array of health-promoting nutrition that this root vegetable offers. However, cooked carrots allow the body to access more of its nutrition, and is less of a toll in the digestive process, easier for the body, so it is desirable to also make sure to have cooked carrots. Although, also to keep in mind, cooking for too long a time in too high heat also may lose some of its nourishing nutrients.
Next, we explore the benefits of the delicious butternut squash, another vegetable in this simple signature coconut curry dish. Butternut squash is also high in potassium, which aids in keeping our blood pressure in check, which in turn reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease naturally. It is also high in fibres and apart from being supportive of our digestive health it also helps with our blood sugar. Butternut squash contains a type of fibre that’s not digestible.
It contains more carbohydrate than other vegetables, like leafy greens, it promotes an abundance of health benefits due to its rich array of vitamins, fibre and disease-fighting antioxidants. Considered by many a cold-weather superfood. For anyone looking to lose weight, this beautiful vegetable is low in calories, rich in fibres and helps to protect against conditions such as cancer, heart disease and aid in mental function.
It is by far one of my favourite vegetables to cook with, due to its versatility, easily added to both sweet and savoury dishes.
Lastly, if all the above also wasn’t enough to include this beautiful vegetable in your diet regularly, butternut squash is anti-inflammatory, helping against inflammation acutely developed and also for those who experience prolonged, chronic inflammation imbalances.
For those who don’t know, you can eat the skin. Especially if you can piece it with your nail, so there’s no need to peel it. Simply wash it (always wash it), halve it, scoop out the seeds and chop it into chunks. You can then roast it and add it to a warm winter salad or throw it into curries, stews or soups. In the case of this recipe, I don’t roast it, I just add the raw chunks to the curry to be cooked all together. I cut it into large chunks, preserving more of the sweet flavour, which is my personal preference.
Highly Nutritious. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. They promote gut health innumerable ways and are so easy to cook with vegetables. The fibre and antioxidants in sweet potatoes are fantastic for gut health. In oriental medicine, we also understand that as a root vegetable, sweet potatoes are especially nourishing to the digestive system.
Furthermore, if you weren’t already convinced about adding this to your diet more often, as well as including it in this delicious dish, sweet potatoes have cancer-fighting properties highly benefiting the healing and detoxing of the body.
On top of this, for anyone who wants a 20/20 vision, well sweet potatoes won’t help you see at night or for miles and miles on end. However, sweet potatoes have been reported to support healthy vision. If supporting digestion, aiding in healthier eyesight, fighting against cancer development wasn’t enough, this common root vegetable that we all enjoy in various versatile ways also promotes and has been shown to enhance brain function, being yet another boost in the whole food basket of delicious vegetables that we can enjoy and also helps our sharper brain health.
In this case, I always advise a variety of approaches to the vegetables, greens and whole foods that we consume, for it is the combination of many health-promoting natural foods that we support our body holistically.
Lastly, it is great to mention this, especially in the current global climate we are all in. Sweet potatoes also have been shown to support our immune system, aiding in our bodies health, vitality and natural defence system. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily only eat sweet potatoes to keep my body healthy and my immune system strong.
I would recommend having sweet potatoes in our diet/food intakes as well as a full variety of other health-promoting vegetables, greens, sea vegetables, pulses/beans and whole grains, fruits and in general a wholefood, as little processed and organic (toxin-free) foods. The combination of everything together equips our bodies with so much nourishment from which to support us in our modern lives.
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