Most of the things that I cook are to feed the people I care about. While I was living at home with my parents and siblings, I prepared food that I knew they would enjoy eating and was heathy for them. When my father found out that he was sensitive to gluten, I quickly swapped out all flour based foods for rice flours or quinoa. I have always tried to cook for others, though I won’t lie, not all of my dishes came out exactly “5 Star” quality.
Now that I am in college, I have a new group of people to cook for, my friends. Our small group of friends are all notorious “Foodies”‘ my roommate Lauren loves looking at recipes, my friend Edgar is a “healthy” jock who has a weakness for s’mores, and the others, well they just like to eat.
And it is this enjoyment of food that I am happy to provide for them. So yesterday, about one in the morning, when my roommate and friends said she was in the room for thai food, I was all to happy to make them food. Using a spare package of chicken breast that we always keep in our fridge, some vegetables, and lucky for me, curry paste, I whipped up a ten minute thai curry dinner.
- 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
- 6 Tbsp Hot Curry Paste (Patak’s is a great brand)
- 8 oz Green Beans (About 3 big handfuls)
- 2 Large Red Bell Peppers
- 2 Medium Packages of White Mushrooms
- 3 Medium Zucchinis
- 3 Tbsp Olive oil (You can use vegetable if you prefer)
- 2 lb Cubed Chicken Breast
- Cut all of the vegetable into bit size pieces and place them in a large sauce pan with the olive oil over medium heat. Occasionally stir the vegetables so that none of them burn or stick to the sauce pan.
- Take your cubed chicken and lightly grill them until they are mostly cooked. You are not fully cooking the chicken because they will cook more once added to the vegetables.
- When the vegetables are softened, place the chicken in with the vegetables in the sauce pan.
- Put in the curry paste and coconut milk. Gently fold the curry/coconut milk mixture into the vegetables and chicken, so that the vegetables don’t break apart.
- Yell for your friends to get their food and remind them that they are the ones doing the dishes.
This recipe was as easy and simple, as it was fast and flavorful. We live in a world where everything is on the move and things are constantly going on around us. So during those days where you can’t seem to find those extra hours you lost, try something easy and simple. Remember, just because something is complex, doesn’t make it tasty!