Monday, February 20, 2017

Turmeric & Coconut Milk Veg Bowl with Poached Eggs

Looking for a quick and healthy recipe? Well, it's been a while and although I haven't posted for ages, I've certainly been cooking and eating a lot! This particular dish has been on repeat for over a month now and for numerous reasons, most of which because it's incredibly savory and delish.  The other being that last year I threw my back out and ended up in the ER only to discover I have something called degenerative disc disease in my lower back. I've experienced chronic pain for almost a year now and have been determined to try every possible method of healing myself from within through food and supplements as well as through physical therapy, acupuncture, etc. One healing method I've read a great deal about is incorporating turmeric into your daily diet as it's an anti-inflammatory healing agent that's been used throughout the ages. I've been tossing 1/2 a tsp. into my daily morning pressed juice as well cooking with it most nights. Thank God I love it! When I found this recipe it was meant to be a vegan dish but my philosophy has always been to throw an egg on it!  And now that I have mastered the art of egg poaching (recipe included), I really love what the runny yolk does to flavor this dish, not to mention the added protein. Here's the recipe:

1 C Brown basmati rice

1 13.5oz. can full fat coconut milk
1/2 C water
1/2 head broccoli chopped
1 C shredded carrots
2 tsp turmeric
3 bay leaves
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 shallot diced
2 cloves garlic diced
1 lime for garnish
chopped cilantro for garnish

To start, boil your rice. You can use white rice or anything you like I just happen to like the health benefits of brown rice and this one from TJ's is great. One cup of rice to two cups water covered and boiled for about 30 minutes should do the trick. While it cooks...

Throw the coco oil into large pot and heat on medium until it's in oil form. Add shallots and garlic and cook 2 mins until translucent. Add the coco milk and water and bring to a boil for about 2 mins. Add the turmeric and the bay leaves. Next, add the veg and bring back to a boil for a few mins then lower heat and let simmer for 15 mins...

Have a taste and perhaps season with some salt and pepper, I like to sprinkle the curry boil with cayenne pepper for some added heat and add'l healing properties as well. Simmer for an add'l 5 minutes. Then throw some rice in a nice big (pretty) bowl and top with the mixture. If you're at all like me and love an egg atop anything! Here is the greatest poached egg recipe:

Boil water. Add 2 Tbsp. white vinegar (so the egg whites don't separate whilst boiling). Add some salt to the water. Crack eggs into small measuring cups so that the egg yolks don't break and you can lower the eggs into the boiling water without the whites separating. Add eggs to water and let boil for 3-4 mins for perfectly runny yolks.

Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon as to let the water drain out. Throw on top of the rice/ curry bowl and you have literally the most savory, rich and healthy meal EVER. Oh, and if you want to be totally crazy squeeze a little fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro on top as 
well. ENJOY. 

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