I’m always amazed at what you can do with quinoa. Up until a couple years ago I didn’t even know what quinoa was! Man was I missing out. So if you haven’t tried this tasty meal, go for it! I promise you’ll be wanting more.
What I like most about this recipe is the mix of curry and mango. Zesty and sweet, it makes my taste buds go crazy. If you like a little spicy touch to your food, add some sriracha and you are set to go. So without further ado, I’ll get right into how you can have this easy, fabulously delicious dish on your dinner table.
For 6 servings, you will need:
- 2 Tb Coconut Oil
- 2 Red Bell Peppers (chopped)
- 2-3 Whole Carrots (chopped)
- 2 Cloves Garlic (minced) * I like to use more
- 1 Tb Fresh Ginger (grated)
- 3 Tb Thai Red Curry Paste
- 1 Tb Curry Powder
- 1 (14 oz.) Can Coconut Milk
- 4 c. Vegetable Broth
- 1 Tb Soy Sauce or Tamari
- 1 c. Green Lentils
- 1 c. Red or White Quinoa *I use both!
- 3-4 Handfuls of Baby Kale (fresh)
- 1/2 Lemon (juice+zest)
- 1/4 c. each Cilantro + Basil (chopped)
- 1 Mango (chopped)
- 1 Lime (juice+zest)
- 1-2 Avocados (optional)
Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add red bell peppers and carrots and cook 2-3 minutes. A little charring is good!
Add garlic and ginger and cook 30 seconds. Add thai red curry paste and curry powder, cook 1 minute until fragrant. Add vegetable broth slowly, along with the soy sauce. Stir to mix and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, stir in the dry lentils and the quinoa. Reduce to simmer, cover, then cook 20-25 minutes until soft. Stir in the fresh kale and cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice+zest, cilantro and basil. Ladle the curry into a bowl according to the type of serving you would like to have and top with mango . Drizzle a bit of lime juice+zest on top and you are good to go! Garnish with avocado if desired.
Ready to Eat!
Some people don’t like avocado and that’s OK! I happen to like it on almost anything, I’ve even figured out a way to make it into dessert. Which, by the way is going to be on this website soon enough. They’re so healthy for you too! Most fruits are high in carbs, but avocados are high in healthy fats which help you absorb nutrients from other plant foods. They contain more potassium than bananas, are loaded with fiber, can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and are loaded with powerful antioxidants that protect your eyes. They’re known to relieve symptoms of arthritis and can even help you lose weight! There’s just absolutely no way I will leave these little guys out of all the fun.
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