Sweet potato coconut curry

March 3, 2018 • Main Courses • Views: 272

This nourishing & macro-nutrient meal contains a healthy array of wonderful complex carbs & plant protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 Butternut squash
  • 2-3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tsp lemongrass paste
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tins coconut milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 tsp cumin (to your preferred taste)
  • 1 tsp of paprika (to your preferred taste)
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • Coriander, parsley, chilli flakes with pistachios to garnish (all optional depending on preference.)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Peel & chop the butternut squash & sweet potatoes & cut the cauliflower into florets. Place them on an oven tray with a pinch of salt & a sprinkle of cumin & paprika & drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands to make sure the vegetables are fully coated in all the herbs & put the tray in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until golden. Mix half way through for even results.
  3. While the vegetables are in the oven, heat some coconut oil in a large pan, add the chopped onion & minced garlic & sweat over a low heat. This could take up to 15 minutes.
  4. Take the vegetables out of the oven & add to the pan, coating in the oil & paste, then add the coconut milk, stock, lemongrass, cumin, turmeric, & salt & pepper. Mix well & leave to simmer for around an hour, stirring often to stop it sticking.
  5. Once ready, garnish with fresh coriander, parsley, chilli flakes & pistachios, serve with brown rice & additional vegetables of your choice.

Benefits

Butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fibre & significant amount of potassium which is important for bone health & vitamin B6 which is essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous & immune system. It also contains a good supply of vitamin C. It’s rich orange colour means that it contains plenty of antioxidants & carotenenoids which help fight off free radicals in your body. It also contains a rich source of vitamin A, which your body absorbs better from foods rather than taking a vitamin A supplement which can be toxic on the body.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A & C, manganese, copper & B vitamins. They are naturally rich in dietary fibre & recent research suggests that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels, they are high in antioxidants, boosts brain function, enhances immunity, promotes healthy vision & aids in weight loss.

Cauliflower contains a rich supply of health promoting phytochemicals & a high level of anti-inflammatory compounds.

Fresh garlic not only adds wonderful flavour to this dish, but is packed with microbial properties & vital nutrients, flavonoids.

The herbs & spices used in this dish have many wonderful antibacterial & immune boosting properties.

This dish is purely plant based & wonderfully satisfying & nourishing benefiting from seasonal vegetables, which will boost & protect your immune system.

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