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Creamy Leek and Salmon Soup

If you like leeks and also salmon, this recipe is for you. It is pretty straightforward to make. In place of the fresh salmon, I chose to use smoked salmon pieces. The flavour was great…

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Creamy Leek & Salmon Soup

Author: Rachael Bryant / Meatified

Prep time 5 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time30 mins

Serves: 4 large servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 2 leeks, washed, trimmed and sliced into crescents
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups seafood OR chicken broth
  • 2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 lb. salmon, in bite size pieces (thawed frozen salmon works really well here) OR smoked pieces
  • 1¾ cup coconut milk
  • Salt & pepper to taste (omit pepper for AIP)

Instructions

  1. Heat the avocado oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven at a low-medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped leeks and garlic and cook until slightly softened.
  3. Pour in the stock and add the thyme. Simmer for about 15 minutes and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the salmon and the coconut milk to the pan. Bring back up to a gentle simmer and cook until the fish is opaque and tender.

Nutrition for 1 serving – Calories 241, Carbs 33 g., Fat 12.8 g., Protein 29.1 g

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Thai Coconut Curry Soup

Thai is undoubtedly one of my favourite foods and this soup is no exception. Hope you will try it and let me know what you think. And..its from Michael Smith, one of my heroes…LOL. (My apologies to Michael for altering the original as shown)

Thai Coconut Curry Soup from Michael Smith
Meat
• 2 Chicken breasts (Good old Costco – I used their chicken strips in a bag – two handfuls partially thawed)
Produce
• 1 handful Bean sprouts (I substituted frozen broccoli pieces)
• 1 Carrot, shredded
• 1 bunch Cilantro, roots
• 1 bunch Cilantro, leaves
• 1 small knob Ginger, frozen
• 2 Green onions
• 2 stalks Lemon grass or 1 Tablespoon lemongrass paste
• 4 Lime, leaves
• 2 Limes, zest and juice
Canned Goods
• 2 cups Chicken broth
• 2 14 ounce cans Premium coconut milk
• 1 heaping tbsp Thai curry paste
Condiments
• 2 tbsp Fish sauce or less as you prefer
• 1 Sprinkle or two salt or soy sauce
Pasta & Grains
• 1 8 ounce package Rice noodles (Or skip either of these if you don’t want the starch)

Scoop the thick coconut cream from the top of just one of the cans into a large stockpot set over a medium-high heat. Melt the cream, add the curry paste and stir for a few minutes until they begin to sizzle.

Add the cilantro roots and chicken and sauté until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Add the coconut juice from the first can and all the contents of the second can along with the chicken broth, carrot, lime leaves, lemon grass, fish sauce and lime zest and juice. Grate the frozen ginger into the broth with a Microplane grater or standard box grater. Simmer for 20 minutes or so.

OPTIONAL – Stir in the bean sprouts. Add the rice noodles, gently pushing them beneath the surface of the broth. Turn off the heat and let stand until the noodles soften, about 5 minutes. Rice noodles don’t need to simmer like pasta to cook; they simply need to rehydrate in the hot liquid.

Stir in most of the cilantro leaves. Remove the lemon grass stalks. Taste and season with a touch more salt (or soy sauce) as needed. Ladle into large bowls and garnish with the green onions and remaining cilantro leaves.

Thai Curry Meatballs

Keeping with the Thai theme from last week, here is another you might like. Since we buy meatballs in bulk at Costco they are a staple in our freezer. I came across this recipe in Canadian Living.
THAI CURRY MEATBALLS

Ingredients
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
• 2 carrots, grated
• 1 onion, thinly sliced
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) grated ginger-root
• 1/2 tbsp (15 mL) mild Thai red curry paste (or more if you like it hotter)
• 1 can (398 ml) coconut milk
• 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
• 20 prepared meatballs, (frozen)
• 1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas
• 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh coriander/cilantro
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice or lemon juice
Preparation
In heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; fry carrots, onion, ginger and curry paste, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 3 minutes.
Add coconut milk and salt ; reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
Add meatballs; simmer, stirring often, until hot, 20 minutes. Add peas, coriander and lime juice; heat through.

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Must be the cold weather here (a chilly 23 degrees C) that makes me crave soup…LOL. Was looking for a quick lunch the other day and noticed we had canned pumpkin. Since I love almost all things Thai I thought I would try this one. I loved it but Larry thought it was a little sweet with the brown sugar and coconut milk. Guess next time I’ll cut down on the sugar…and maybe add pieces of real Thai chili…FYI – I skipped the peanut butter option!

Thai Pumpkin Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 4
A tasty Thai inspired pumpkin and coconut soup that that takes less than 15 minutes to make!

ingredients
• 2 tablespoons red curry paste
• 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
• 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
• 2 (15 ounce) cans pumpkin puree or 4 cups homemade pumpkin puree
• 2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons palm sugar or brown sugar (okay Larry I will cut this back!)
• 2 tablespoons lime juice (~1 lime)
directions
1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat, add the curry paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about a minute.
2. Add the broth, coconut milk, pumpkin puree, fish sauce, palm sugar and lime juice, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Note: If you want to start with raw pumpkin, get two small 3 pound pumpkins, peel them, seed them, cut them into 1 inch cubes, add to the coconut milk and broth and simmer, covered, until tender, about 15-20 minutes, before pureeing.
Option: Use another sweet winter squash like butternut squash  instead of pumpkin.
Option: Add 1/4 cup peanut butter! Try it, you’ll love it!

Mango Chicken Curry

Pretty simple recipe with a great flavour!

Mango Chicken Curry

  • Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Yield: Serves 6.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced*
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger*
  • 1 Tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk (If using low-fat coconut milk, add 2 Tbsp heavy cream)
  • 1 1/4 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cilantro for garnish

* QUICK TIP #1 When you buy ginger root, peel it all and place the pieces in a freezer bag. When you need to use some, take out a FROZEN piece and use a grater to grate/mince it…. Put the leftover back in the freezer.

* QUICK TIP #2 I also use a grater with garlic cloves. It saves the chopping. This also works with a small amount of onions!

Method

1 Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and bell pepper cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the curry powder and cumin, cook for a few more minutes. The spices will absorb some of the oil, so if anything begins to stick too much to the bottom of the pan, add a little more oil to the pan.

2 Add the vinegar, coconut milk, and one of the two chopped mangoes to the pan. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a low simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Scoop the sauce into a blender. Purée the sauce, pulsing until smooth. Return the sauce to the pan.

3 Add chicken pieces and raisins to the pan. Return to a low simmer. Cover the pan and let cook for 8-10 minutes. Chicken should be just cooked through. Use a knife to cut open the largest piece to check.

4 Add remaining chopped mango to the pan. Stir in the cream, if using. Let cook at a very low temperature for another minute or two, uncovered. Do not let boil! Or the cream may curdle. Adjust seasonings. If a little too sweet, add a little more vinegar. If not sweet enough, you can add a dash of sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice. Garnish with cilantro.

As viewed http://www.simplyrecipes.com

Coconut Chicken Stew – Thai Style

Coconut Chicken Stew – Food and Drink Magazine
AUTUMN 2007
BY EMILY RICHARDS
1 lb (500 g) boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
½ tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
½ tsp (2 mL) each Chinese 5-spice powder and Asian garlic chili paste
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, slivered
1 stalk lemon grass, bruised and cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces*
1 tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh ginger
1 cup (250 mL) coconut milk
3 cups (750 mL) baby spinach leaves
2 plum tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp (25 mL) fish or soy sauce
Cooked basmati or Thai jasmine rice*
Lime wedgesShredded coconut

*If you don’t have lemongrass, just had some orange and/or lemon juice to the rice when cooking to get the citrus flavour.

1. Chop chicken into bite-size pieces and place in large bowl. Add cumin, Chinese 5-spice powder and chili paste and stir to coat chicken well. Let stand for 10 minutes.

2. Heat oil over medium heat in large nonstick skillet. Cook garlic, lemon grass and ginger for about 2 minutes or until light golden.

3. Add chicken and increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring for about 5 minutes or until browned. Add coconut milk and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Add spinach, tomatoes and fish sauce and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted and tender.

4. Serve each bowl with basmati rice and lime wedge and some shredded coconut.

Serves 4

Dijon Chicken

This recipe first appeared on Zoomermag.com in March 2012. It is excerpted from the book “Meals That Heal Inflammation” by Julie Daniluk. Tonight, Larry and I are in London where our friend Ellie and Larry prepared it. Scrumptious! According to the article it is fast and healthy! Skinless chicken reduces the fat Turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects….mustard contains selenium which relieves asthma!

1 kg. Chicken thighs skinless

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp. turmeric

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth

2 cups sliced red onions

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/3 cup coconut milk

2 T honey

Drizzle the oil over the chicken thighs and sprinkle with turmeric and salt. Spritz the thighs (NOT your own…LOL) with water or broth to keep meat moist. Cook in a large cast iron pan over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, turning often until golden on all sides.

Add the onion and continue to stir and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.

Spread mustard over the chicken using a brush or spoon. Cook for 15 minutes longer.

Remove from skillet and set aside.

Pour coconut milk and honey into the skillet and stir for 2 to 3 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

Arrange the thighs on a platter and pour the sauce over them.

Garnish with herbs such as Italian herb blend, Herbes de Provence and serve over rice.

Thai Steamed Mussels

This recipe could be a main course if served with a salad, but if you are having a buffet why not put it on the table and let your guests help themselves. In any case put some nice French bread beside it for dipping! As this is THE season, you will not necessarily receive a new recipe EVERY Monday. In sending these a bit early I hope it helps with your holiday planning!

THAI STEAMED MUSSELS

  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 2 large sweet onions diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 T fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Thai chili, finely chopped
  • 3 stalks lemon grass sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 orange zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 lb.PEI mussels bearded and scrubbed OR buy a bag already to go…
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped coriander
  • salt and pepper

Heat vegetable in wok. Add onion, garlic and ginger and sauté for 3 minutes. Add ginger, chili and lemon grass, crushed coriander and orange zest. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add coconut milk, juices and mussels. Cover and steam over medium heat for 5-7 minutes (more if using frozen mussels). Remove from heat immediately and stir in chopped coriander, salt and pepper.

Notes

Frozen mussels will lengthen steaming time.
Serve with crusty bread…the sauce is great for dipping.