Walking home at 8pm in the rain last night, I was hungry and cold and not in the mood to spend a long time cooking dinner. I had some sweet potatoes around, but was craving something Thai-inspired. This adaptation of a Thai stew recipe was awesome. It took about 30 minutes including prep and cooking time and left me satisfied and warm. I personally am not a huge fan of coconut milk, what the original recipe called for, but almond milk around as a perfect alternative. If you’re not a fan of zucchini noodles use soba or rice noodles.
Sweet Potato Curry Stew with Zucchini Noodles
2 small diced sweet potatoes
1/2 large block of extra firm tofu, cubed
1 red bell pepper
1 package sliced mushrooms
2 small zucchinis
1/2 cup canned pineapple
1 cup almond milk
2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 tbsp red curry paste
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp curry powder
3 tbsp fresh ginger (I use Ginger People’s sushi ginger -http://gingerpeople.com/pantry-essentials/natural-pickled-sushi-ginger.html – it added an extra cool texture to the soup but any type of fresh ginger works!)
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp pineapple juice (from the can)
fresh cilantro for garnish
Heat a little oil or spray in a large pan (make sure the sides are somewhat high. If not an option, use a pot). Add in sliced bell pepper with 1 tbsp ginger and 1 tsp basil for about two minutes over medium-high heat. Add cubed sweet potato and cook for 3 more minutes.
Add in the mushrooms, almond milk, vegetable stock, curry paste, curry powder, pineapple juice, remaining 2 tbsp ginger, and 1 tbsp lime juice. Cover the pan and let cook for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile use a vegetable peeler to make zucchini into noodles. Set aside.
Add cubed tofu, pineapple, and zucchini noodles into the pan. Cover again and cook for 5 more minutes. Test a sweet potato to make sure it’s fully cooked. Divide between two bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro, salt, and extra lime juice if desired. Eat up 🙂
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