I love Thai food and especially a Thai Green Curry. However this is problematic when trying to keep your food healthy or is it? The gorgeous Gizzi Erskine created this amazing curry on the first series of Cook Yourself Thin and I have been a BIG FAN ever since. It is hugely satisfying and feels like a real treat, which is super quick and easy to prepare so why not try this next time you are tempted to grab a take away?
Thai Green Curry (with a few changes to personal taste)
Serves 2, prep time 10 mins, cook time 20 mins, c.542 calories per serving
400ml Tin reduced fat/light coconut milk
1 heaped Tbsp Thai green curry paste (depending on the paste, some may require more to taste)
2 Tbsp Fish sauce
1 Tsp Light brown sugar
Juice of 1/2 Lime
2 lime leaves, finely slice or 1 Tsp lime leaves from a jar
2 Chicken breasts, cubed or cut into strips (whichever you prefer)
50g Fine green beans
120g Basmati or brown rice
1) Put rice on to cook for c. 12 minutes (this will be increased to c. 25 minutes if using brown rice), bring to boil then simmer on medium heat until ready. When drained set aside until curry is ready
2) Heat the coconut milk gently in a saucepan (do not boil – it will separate), add the curry paste and stir until dissolved, at this point you should give it a taste to make sure you are happy with the heat as you may wish to increase this slightly depending on which paste you use (when I used Marks and Spencer Thai Green Curry paste I used 2 Tbsp)
3) Stir in the fish sauce, brown sugar, lime juice and lime leaves
4) Meanwhile chop the chicken and sear on both sides using a hot pan. When browned on both sides, add to main saucepan to cook through, after 3 minutes add the peas and beans (I use a variety of green vegetables here depending on what is available/in season, sometimes asparagus and broccoli work well too).
5) When green beans are cooked slightly but still hold that lovely crunch, remove from the heat and serve over the rice in a bowl
Quick and gorgeous – a decadent after work meal, which tastes like a takeaway with many less calories and fat, probably cooked in less time that it takes for the takeaway to deliver! Give it a try!
For those interested this is 15 Weight Watchers Pro Points.