Curried Cauliflower Wraps

On September 28, 2016, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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I’m always on the lookout for an easy, quick and delicious vegan recipe and this one caught my attention a couple months ago when I found it on Pinterest.  It only takes about 20-30 minutes start to finish.  The only thing that takes some time is roasting the cauliflower in the oven for 20 minutes, but that is pretty easy and definitely the first thing you should do.

There’s a lot of flavor with the lemon and oil dressing and the curry coating on the cauliflower.  I found some excellent pita wrap bread at Trader Joe’s that you can eat in the oven at the last 5 minutes of roasting.

Assembly is easy and prep is super simple.  They also made great leftovers for lunch the next day served cold. I’m definitely adding this to my frequent recipes list.

Enjoy!

Full Recipe: [Curried Cauliflower Wrap at Naturally Ella]

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Braised Curry Cabbage

On March 20, 2016, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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I mostly write and share main dishes from my kitchen, but today I spent a few minutes in the morning braising cabbage to enjoy throughout the week.

Braised cabbage is a wonderful dish that makes a great side to enjoy with many styles of cooking. This particular dish has a Southeast Asian vibe with garlic, ginger and curry powder bringing it to life.

The best part is this dish takes about 5 minutes of preparation and only 15 minutes of cooking.

Braised Curry Cabbage
Serves 4

1 whole cabbage, cut into large bite-sized pieces
1/2 onion, half moon thin slices
1 tablespoon coconut oil (or olive oil)
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup water

Heat the coconut oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onions and salt.  Cook for about 3-5 minutes until browned. Move the onions to a dish to set aside.

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Add the garlic, ginger and curry powder to the pot and let it cook for about 1 minute scraping up and bits from the cooked onions.  Add the chopped cabbage and stir, letting the cabbage cook for about 2 minutes.  Return the onions to the stockpot and then add 1 cup of water. Cover and let the mixture come to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered for 10 minutes.

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When finished, remove from heat and serve or place in a storage container to enjoy later. It can be enjoyed reheated or cold.

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Chicken Curry with Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

On May 8, 2015, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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I haven’t been writing much lately because I have been busy with a new job I started almost three weeks ago. The new job is a bit longer of a commute which led me to look for some slow cooker (crockpot) recipes since I get home a little later than I used to and well I’m still the personal home chef.

One find, I already had on my Pinterest board (you can follow me on Pinterest here), was a chicken curry dish that looked pretty amazing and simple. I really liked the use of sweet potato in this particular recipe.  You can of course substitute carrots, if you don’t have any sweet potatoes around.

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I prepared the dish before leaving this morning and when I walked through the door when I came home tonight, it smelled amazing!  Plus everything was pretty much ready to go after I quickly steamed some rice.

The dish turned out great and it is a bit spicy with the 2 tablespoons of curry powder the recipe calls for. You can add or increase. If you want something a little more mild with a hint of heat, go with 1 tablespoon.  Really hot, I’d use 3 tablespoons.

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Have some fun experimenting with this dish. You really can’t mess it up. I’m sure it would be great with lamb instead of chicken.  You could also use cauliflower or potatoes too.  It’s full-proof, so enjoy and play around with this recipe.  I’m sure I will as I continue to bring out my slower cooker more often now that I’m arriving a bit later.

Enjoy!

Full Recipe: [Slow Cooker Chicken Curry]

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Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup

On June 8, 2014, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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Lentil soups are very hit or miss in my experience.  They are often too watery, lack flavor, or get too complex where the soup has too much going on to enjoy it.  Fortunately, this evening was a hit or as my wife said “this one’s a keeper.”

I love coconut milk based curry and with this recipe you could go 5 cups vegetable broth to 1 cup coconut milk, just make sure you eliminate the tomatoes.

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The richness of flavor starts early. Using coconut oil the onion, garlic and ginger are cooked for a few minutes to give the soup a strong, flavorful base. Combining the curry powder, tomato paste for some additional time before adding the liquid helps make this soup deep in its flavor profile.  I only added 1 tablespoon of curry powder, the recipe calls for 2 tablespoons. I also used a yellow curry powder that is of medium spice.

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The lentils are added with the carrots.  Everything cooks for only 20 minutes once all is combined. This time is recommended as you do not want the lentils to get too mushy.  Plus the flavors combine plenty in this short simmer.  I added some cilantro near the end and then topped each bowl with bean sprouts and chopped cilantro.

Full Recipe: [Coconut Curry Lentil Soup]

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Chicken Curry SousVide

On December 8, 2013, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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I’ve made quite a few recipes using my Sous Vide Supreme. The thing I really like most about it how I can cook meat to a perfect doneness by leaving it in the water bath all day while I go out enjoy whatever else needs to get done.

Today I prepared a couple bone-in chicken breasts with some Jamaican yellow curry powder and placed them in the Sous Vide at 175 degrees before leaving the house.  We spent the early part of the day at a coworker’s house. She and her husband do a yearly help a family out during the holidays. This year it was a mother with four kids and coincidently two of the kids were twin 7 year olds. So it was great shopping with our twin boys Saturday to find something for the twin girls and the rest of the family.

Meanwhile at home the chicken cooked for a good 5 hours before we arrived back after wrapping gifts and getting some other Christmas shopping done.

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This recipe is pretty simple and you can keep it really simple  by cooking the chicken and serving it with rice and vegetables. The chicken came out ready to serve done, but I wanted to make more of a curry soup.

Chicken Curry
Serves 4

2 bone-in chicken breasts, skinned removed
4 tablespoons curry powder
3 tablespoons peanut or olive oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 small onion, half moon slices
4 large brown mushrooms, rough chop
1/2 head cauliflower, rough chop
1 large carrot, cut into 1/4″ rounds
3 cups chicken stock

Cook the chicken in the SousVide Supreme for 4-5 hours at 175 degrees. Seal the chicken in the vacuum sealer first and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of curry powder. Drop into water bath and cook.

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Remove the chicken when done. It will easily separate from the bone and then rough chop.  Meanwhile heat the peanut oil in a pan with the onion on medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Then add the cauliflower, carrot and chicken also add the rest of the curry powder.  Cook for 2 minutes and then add the soy sauce and chicken stock.  Let the mixture cook for 5 minutes to combine adding the mushrooms in the last minute.

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Serve in a bowl with a small bowl of Jasmine or brown rice on the side.

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Pad Prik King

On October 23, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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One of my favorite Thai dishes is a recipe called Pad Prik King. You can use any kind of meat or do it vegetarian with tofu or a blend of additional vegetables. Here I used chicken from Windy Meadows Family Farm.

The recipe below I found doing a Google search as I was looking for something to do with a bag of green beans I bought at the Coppell Farmer’s Market yesterday. A couple recipes called for a Pad Prik King pre-made sauce. I eventually found a recipe where I made some minor changes making it work with ingredients I already had. Best of all it turned out perfect.

Pad Prik King
Serves 4

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken cut into bit-sized pieces
2 cups green beans
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons curry paste (yellow or red)
1 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons julienned kaffir lime leaves

Heat the oil in a wok and add curry paste. Let the paste cook for about 2 minutes to bring out the flavor and add the chicken cooking for 5 minutes on medium-high heat stirring often. Add green beans and cook for 2 minutes. Add water, sugar and fish sauce and let it all cook for another 3 minutes and add kaffir lime leaves at the end cooking for another minute.

Serve with rice.

Source: Thai Food Cooking with Jam

Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf

On April 20, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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This week I decided to cook from some other food bloggers. Last night I went with a quinoa recipe from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen blog.

I made a few minor changes due to Whole Foods being out of Kale last Sunday. We had picked up some locally grown Swiss Chard at a market in McKinney, TX called Local Yocal. I also did not have the Herbamare Ingredient but the dish tasted great regardless. I was also low on currants and went with a blend of golden raisins and dried cranberries.

Click here for the full recipe:
Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf

 

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Vegetable Korma

On February 15, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a vegetarian/vegan kick lately. My wife Stephanie decided to give it an extra boost for my birthday by getting me “Appetite for Reduction” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. It’s a brilliant book.

Here is one of the recipes from the book. It’s called 2nd Avenue Vegetable Korma and was an interpretation from one of the author’s favorite restaurants in New York City – Madras. Sounds like I have a new restaurant to checkout when I head back to New York in late March.

 
Full Recipe: 2nd Avenue Vegetable Korma.

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Lentil and Cauliflower Curry Stacks

On February 8, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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The flavors in this dish make up for its lack of beauty in presentation. The yellow curry with cinnamon really brings the dish to life.
If you don’t want to use Pappadums (a crisp Indian flatbread), you can also use the lentil mixture to fill a piecrust with for a vegetarian Indian Pie. Or you could make pastry stuff turnovers with the mixture too.

Lastly, if you want to make this dish Vegan, substitute the butter with a product like Earth’s Balance.

Lentil and Cauliflower Curry Stacks
Serves 4

2 Tbl butter (or Earths Balance for a vegan version)
1 medium onion, sliced thin in to quarter moons
1 1/2 Tbls yellow curry paste
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 cremini mushrooms, thinly chopped
3 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups dried brown or green lentils
1 (13 oz) can chopped tomatoes
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 head of fresh cauliflower, cut into small florets
oil for deep-frying
8 small Pappadums

Heat butter in a large pan over medium heat and cook the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add the curry paste, garlic and mushrooms cooking all for 2 minutes until mushrooms are soft.

Add the vegetable stock, tomatoes, lentils and cinnamon and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook for 40 minutes until lentils become tender. Add the cauliflower in the last 10 minutes and cover. If the curry is too wet after 40 minutes, cook longer uncovered until most of the liquid is evaporated. Remove cinnamon sticks.

About 5 minutes before the lentil mixture is done, heat oil in a saucepan on medium-high. Drop Pappadums, one at a time, into oil. They will quickly puff up so act quick and flip using tongs to straighten out the Pappadum. Each one takes about 4 seconds on each side. Remove and pat both sides with a paper towel.

Assemble by putting one Pappadum on a plate and spoon lentil mixture into it. Place another Pappadum on top and add some more lentil mixture. Serve.

 

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Jamaican Chicken Curry

On July 19, 2009, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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I can hardly believe it’s been two months since my last post. It must be a busy summer. Fortunately, this week I decided to catch-up on some cooking magazine reading and ventured into Martha’s Food magazine that has an excellent stew recipe in its May 2009 issue.

The following recipe has some “kick, but just enough to make it intense, yet not insane” as my wife said while we enjoyed a couple plates. Three tablespoons of Indian curry did the trick (the recipe calls for Jamaican curry but I only some hot curry powder from a local Indian market.) Also, I went with organic frozen peas that I think add a nice sweet flavor to the dish. We also spent the morning at the local Farmer’s Market and picked up some great onions, carrots and garlic – all perfect for this recipe. The carrots were like butter.

Jamaican Chicken Curry
Serves 4

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized chunks
coarse salt and pepper
1 medium onion, rough chop
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme, dried
4 carrots, bite-sized sliced at an angle
1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
1 cup water
1 package (10 oz) frozen peas
Cooked rice for serving

In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Working in two batches, brown the chicken, 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer to plate.

Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, garlic, cumin, curry, thyme and 1/2 cup water and season with pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion has softened, 3-5 minutes.

Add carrots, frozen peas, coconut milk, 1/2 cup water and chicken with any accumulated juices. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover partially, and cook until chicken is cooked through and carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve over rice.

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