Winter Vegetable Green Curry

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Winter Vegetable Green Curry // www.acozykitchen.com

All I want in my life right now is dinner. I want full meals. Food that tastes good, makes me feel warm and that’s healthy(ish). Not to worry, I’m pretty sure we’ll be back eating desserts for dinner and popcorn for breakfast in no time. For now, let’s enjoy some balance!

I’ve noticed people are already talking lots about Game Day and I had to remind myself (as in Google) what “game” they’re actually referring to. And then of course I was like, ohhh right, football, The Super Bowl/commercials. I’m down with football because chicken wings are usually involved; take that out of the equation and I’m gone, man. Long gone. Also, Valentine’s Day. Everyone’s already talking about Valentine’s Day. I just can’t. Can everyone just chill. Like, I can’t deal. I need to talk about right now. You’re stressing me out with your heart-shaped brownies.

So, here is what dinner has looked like lately: winter vegetables, mushrooms, green curry broth and rice. As a girl who grew up with Latin parents, rice was consumed at EVERY meal. We could be having the most American of meals (read: broccoli cheese casserole) and rice would always be served on the side. It’s been a life long love affair, I guess you could say.

I have this Zojirushi rice cooker, which eloquently plays Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star when the rice is done. I wish all alarms were so beautiful.

Winter Vegetable Green Curry // www.acozykitchen.com

This recipe was inspired by Heidi’s Summer Vegetable Curry. I changed a few things; mainly the vegetables used, the addition of garlic, fish sauce and chicken stock. If you’re looking for something vegetarian-friendly, I’d say veggie stock could do and you can always skip the fish sauce.

The past few days I’ve been recounting the little kitchen-tricks my mother taught me growing up. She didn’t teach me a lot but sometimes I find myself cooking the way she does.

Winter Vegetable Green Curry // www.acozykitchen.com

Winter Vegetable Green Curry // www.acozykitchen.com

For instance, when my mother would make bolognese, she’d always save the can of tomatoes and use it if she needed to add more water to the sauce later on. She’d add water to the can, swish it around, making almost like a tomato water and then would add that to the sauce. I repeated this trick here with this curry. It’s partly about not being wasteful and partly about always adding as much flavor to your food as possible.

I love when I cook like my mama.

Winter Vegetable Green Curry // www.acozykitchen.com

Winter Vegetable Green Curry // www.acozykitchen.com

Winter Vegetable Green Curry

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2 ounces firm tofu
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
2 shallots, peeled and minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chicken stock (or veggie stock)
3-4 tablespoons green curry paste, depending on spice level
2 tablespoons fish sauce (optional–skip if you’d like to make this vegetarian)
1/2 small head of cauliflower (about 4 ounces)
3-4 oyster mushrooms, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
1 yellow squash, sliced

Garnish:
Wedges of lime
Small handful of cilantro, loosely chopped

1. Lay the block of tofu on a few paper towels; top the tofu with a few more, and set something moderately heavy on top. This will help the tofu expel its extra water. Allow to drain for 15 minutes; when done, slice the tofu into a small to medium dice. Set aside.

2. To a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, add the coconut milk (reserving the can for future use), shallots and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the shallots and garlic are softened. Add the chicken stock (or veggie stock) to the reserved can and swish it around (we want as much coconut as possible) until all of the remaining coconut milk has been combined with the stock; pour in the pot and proceed to add the fish sauce (if using) and green curry paste, according to your spice tolerance. Stir until the curry paste has completely dissolved. Bring the heat down to a a medium low, so the mixture is lightly simmering.

3. Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan, set over medium heat, pour in a tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the the tofu and allow to cook and get crispy on its first side, about 2 minutes. Flip the tofu and cook for an additional minute or so. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

4. To the coconut milk mixture, add the cauliflower and yellow squash. Cover the pot and cook for 5-7 minutes, until both are tender. Add the oyster mushrooms and reserved fried tofu and cook for an additional minute. Serve over rice and garnish with a few squeezes of lime (a must, in my opinion!) and a sprinkling of cilantro.

Serves 3-4

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda@themoonblushbaker January 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I love my rice cooker; mainly because I am a hopeless at the boiled rice on stove method and how good is to leave it there and you come back to perfect a side dish?

I simply love your choice of veggies here, they are so coloruful and vibrant. I am feeling good just looking at it!

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Beth B January 13, 2014 at 2:59 am

At what point do you add the tofu… the beginning or the end? I’ve read the recipe several times and may be missing it, but I don’t see it. Also, how many servings does recipe make? Thank you. Sounds delicious and healthy.

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Adrianna Adarme January 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

Ahh! I just fixed it. Sorry about that. It’s in now!

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe January 13, 2014 at 3:55 am

Oh, how much I love rice! I could eat at every single meal without getting bored!
I love the color of this dish, so winter-y!

xo, Elisa

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Marie @ Little Kitchie January 13, 2014 at 4:11 am

What a gorgeous bowl of food!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 13, 2014 at 5:05 am

I love any curry – so good, and this looks lovely!

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dishing up the dirt January 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

Rice and vegetables is pretty much my staple. Add a little bit of coconut milk and curry and i am a happy gal! Perfect recipe.

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Kelly January 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

the rice cooker song alarm is a dream come true – here’s hoping that the microwave-is-finished and oven-is-preheated beeping sounds get the next musical makeovers

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Stacy TenHouten January 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

Major soy allergy. What could I substitute for tofu? Chicken or round you recommend something else?

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Adrianna Adarme January 13, 2014 at 11:40 am

Oh! That’s an easy fix. I’d say shredded roast chicken would be awesome. Set your oven to 400 degrees F. And sprinkle a chicken thigh or chicken breast with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Cook for 20-30 minutes and shred it up and mix it in at the very end. It’d be delish!

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Eileen January 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

Spicy curry on a cold day? Yes, please! This looks so good–and I love the beautiful purple cauliflower.

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Arthur in the Garden! January 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

Yummy! Love the purple cauliflower!

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sandra January 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I love the compliment of color in this dish. purple and yellow. and I finally read your mother’s day post – such lovely sentiments. You’re lucky to have such a great mom.

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Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures January 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

What beautiful vegetables!

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RLT January 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

If I don’t have curry paste, could I substitue a good powdered curry spice? If so, how? This is perty!

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Adrianna Adarme January 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Hi!! I’ve actually never used powdered curry powder. I’d recommend biting the bullet and buying green curry paste (I bought mine for around $3), but if you want to give the powder a go, here are some directions I found online:

http://www.silkroadspices.ca/products/thai-green-curry-powder

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Stacy January 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Just had a bowl with the chicken instead of tofu. Very happy tummy :)

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Marcella January 14, 2014 at 1:37 am

But like… how did you find purple cauliflower??????

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Adrianna Adarme January 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

Ha! The important question! At this time purple and bright green cauliflower will show up at grocery stores. I found mine at one of the fancier grocery stores here in Los Angeles called Gelson’s. (I paid about $4 for it, while a normal white head of cauliflower was priced at $3. I say the pretty color is worth the extra dollar.) I’ve seen them at Whole Foods quite a bit, too! Hope that helps.

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Marcella January 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

Incredible! Need some in my life, like stat. Thanks :)

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James February 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Step 3 isn’t quite clear to me. Are we to add the vegetables to the simmering coconut milk mixture, or to the sauté pan from which the tofu was just removed? I’m guessing you meant the former, but could you clarify?

Thanks.

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Adrianna Adarme February 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Oh that is confusing. I just cleaned it up in the directions. You’re definitely supposed to add the vegetables to the simmering coconut milk mixture.

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