Thai Food is a near impossibility for a Bubble Child. Peanuts are the staple for several sauces, and peanut oil (while it does not contain the histamine-laced protein), is the cooking oil of choice.
After living near Thai Town in LA for a little over a year, my tolerance level for missing out on those “I just really want Thai food right now” cravings of my friends, and the following outings, was getting to wear on me. I really wanted to see what all of the fuss was about. Which is why, if you can’t join ’em? Bring ’em to you.
I was blessed that one of my roommates friends specialized in Thai cooking, came over, and showed me a few things using coconut milk and NOT using nuts, peanut oil, or anything of the Bubble Child allergy-list.
Thus, I got quite Curried Away with Coconut, and am sharing with you an amazingly simple, delicious dish to share with you and yours.
Curried away with COCOnut
1 cup coconut milk*
1 1/2 tsp. red curry paste
1/4 tsp. brown sugar**
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tbs. fresh lemongrass, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 chicken breasts or 1 package extra-firm tofu, cubed
3 tsp. olive oil
4 cups baby spinach
1 red bell pepper, sliced
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 12-15 minutes
1. Whisk together coconut milk, curry, brown sugar*, and salt in small bowl. Stir in lemongrass and cilantro. Set aside.
2. Prepare the protein! Heat olive oil in large wok or saucepan over medium heat, and add chicken or tofu. Brown each side. For chicken, cook for about 5-6 minutes, turning constantly, until interior is cooked thoroughly (no pink!). For the tofu, cook for about 3-4 minutes, browning each side (the inside’s still white!).
3. Reduce heat to medium-high, and add coconut sauce. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
4. Add in red peppers. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
5. Add in spinach. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until spinach has just wilted and is nice and tender.
6. Serve over a bed of cooked basmati rice, and enjoy!
*if you have a coconut allergy, this is something separate from a peanut allergy. Please use hemp, soy, or rice milk instead.
**For severe sugar sensitivities, use 1 tbs. agave nectar.