Simple Green Thai Curry


This Simple Green Thai Curry is the Thai equivalent of matzo ball soup, or Grandma's chicken noodle.  It's full bodied and complex with no heat, but tons of flavor.  My kids scramble for seconds and my Thai food hating husband can't get enough.  Once you make up the broth, feel free to experiment with your favorite veggies and proteins. It's a great "get rid of the leftovers" meal and can be eaten as a soup or stew, served over rice or thickened and used as a sauce.  It's also paleo and Whole30 friendly!


Simple Green Thai Curry, Ingredients:

base:
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 24 ounces chicken stock, or about 1 1/2 cans (sub vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 2 1/2 TBS fish sauce (sub soy sauce for vegetarians)
  • 3 TBS lime juice
  • 2 - 3 TBS green thai curry paste 
  • 2 heaping TBS cashew butter 
  • 5-10 fresh basil leaves

optional (included in the pictured recipe):
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 large portabella mushroom, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • sliced steak, cooked

optional (not pictured, but tried and true!):
  • white eggplants, sliced
  • okra, chopped
  • tomato, diced
  • water chestnuts, chopped
  • broccoli florets 
  • cooked chicken

Simple Green Thai Curry, Directions:

  1. On the stove top bring first seven ingredients to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered at least 15 - 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (The longer you let it go, the more the flavors will meld).
  2. Add veggies and cook to your desired tenderness.  If you're using several different types of veggies, try adding some at different times to get a variety of textures.  I like to add my okra at the beginning so it helps thicken the sauce, and bell peppers toward the end so they still have some crunch.
  3. Stir in your protein, and cook until heated through.
  4. Enjoy!


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Whole30 - RESULTS!



Whole30 results time!  Woot woot!  So, thirty days of no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no sweeteners, and no alcohol.  I thought it would be miserable.  Even though I've done it before (sort-of), I never completely gave up alcohol or dairy.  I still had good results in the past, but this time wanted to see what would happen if I played by the rules.

And, I sure did play by the rules!



  • Was the Whole30 hard?


Well, yes and no.  I missed my glass of wine in the evenings.  For sure.  I didn't miss cheese nearly as much as I expected.  (And considering I'm writing this a week later and STILL haven't had cheese, I guess that's saying something).  

The first week was definitely the most challenging.  Detox wasn't as bad as past times, probably because I never fully reincorporated grains, but I did get sluggish and cranky for a few days.  Once I was over the week one hurdle though, I settled into a comfortable routine.

I like this way of eating because I tend to try new foods and discover things I never knew I liked.  I don't like this way of eating because grab-and-go is not easy.  And with five kids, I grab-and-go a LOT. That said, with some effort, it's adaptable.

  • How do you feel after the Whole30?


After the first week I started to feel really great. Increased energy is my favorite part because I'm not a good sleeper (which I was hoping would be remedied by the W30, but sadly not).  Even when I was only getting an average of 6 hours sleep, I still felt like going to the gym.  And afternoon slump was no longer. Also, the joint pain I had been feeling in my hips is completely gone.  My appetite has decreased substantially as well.  I no longer wake up starving (a cup of coffee and banana are generally plenty for breakfast), and unless I did a really hard workout at the gym, I'm not craving snacks during the day.


  • Did you lose weight on the Whole30?


Yes!!!  I lost a little over nine pounds, and a full pants size.  I took pictures to compare, but I'm not quite ready to show those to the world. Maybe after I get a little farther in my journey!

  • Will you continue with the Whole30 rules?


Yes and no.  Generally speaking I will continue to follow the rules as written for the foreseeable future.  I will worry less about the occasional SWYPO, and may have a glass of red wine here and there after the kids go to bed.  I don't have any immediate plans to reincorporate dairy as originally planned, because I'm just not missing it yet.  Possibly that will change.  I do expect to enjoy a nice somewhat off-plan birthday dinner next week, but not too far off because I don't want to feel crummy in the morning!

  • Okay, You've Convinced Me!  So Where Do I Start?


    • Also, below you'll find a synopsis of each day on my Whole30.  I've included every single thing I ate, with pictures, and links to recipes when applicable (if I missed something, please let me know!).  You'll see that we ate out regularly, and it's actually pretty easy to do (I was worried about this!).

Whole30, Day 30!!!



On day 30 of the Whole30, I spent the day second guessing my math.  How could I possibly be done already???  I didn't even suffer!  The food was good!  I feel awesome!  Quite possibly the fastest 30 days of my life.  I'm nervous about stepping on the scale, although I shouldn't be because the results even without a change in weight are totally worthwhile.  I'm fitting more comfortably in my clothes, I have energy with no afternoon slump, and I feel better overall.  Recharged.  


Breakfast:


Watermelon and coffee.

Day 30, #whole30 - breakfast (watermelon & coffee)


Lunch:


Bacon, apple, green bell pepper, and guacamole.

Day 30, #whole30 - lunch (bacon, guacamole, bell pepper, & apple)


Dinner:


Leftover pork chop, baked sweet potato, unsweetened applesauce, homemade pickles, and broccoli.

Day 30, #whole30 - dinner (leftover pork chips, microwaved sweet potato, homemade pickles, leftover broccoli, & unsweetened applesauce)

Whole 30, Day 29

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