Curried Prawn Stir Fry

Curried Prawn Stir Fry

  • Serves: 4 - 6
  • Prep Time: 00:20
  • Cooking Time: 00:20
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This delicious curried prawn recipe uses shredded green cabbage as noodles. I have included a variety of vegetables but the crunch from the water chestnuts makes it even yummier and just that little bit different.

Ingredients

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  • 2 - 3 Tbsp coconut oil, (divided)
  • 600g lge raw prawns
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced (divided)
  • 2 tsp ginger, minced (divided)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp curry powder, (divided)
  • 5 spring onion(s), sliced with green tops
  • 2 carrot(s), fine sticks or coarsely grated
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped inro small florets
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth/stock
  • 1/2 sml green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 1 cup peas
  • 230g can water chestnuts, sliced into sticks
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander, leaves
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste

Directions

Prepare the vegetables. Dry the prawns using paper towel.

Heat an extra large frying pan on high and add half the coconut oil. Add the prawns and 1 teaspoon each of garlic and ginger, and 1 tablespoon of curry powder. Stir gently while the prawns cook for approx. 4 minutes, then transfer to a plate and set aside.

Turn the heat down to medium and add the remaining oil, spring onions, carrots, broccoli, remaining teaspoon of garlic and ginger, 1½ tablespoons curry powder, cumin and ground coriander. Cook stirring for approx. 3 - 4 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, cabbage, mushrooms, peas and water chestnuts, stir and cook until the cabbage is just starting to soften.

Add the coconut cream, spinach, coriander leaves and salt, stir through and heat until the coconut cream bubbles and spinach starts to wilt.

Return the prawns to the pan and mix through to heat.

Serve in individual bowls sprinkled with chopped coriander leaves and spring onions.

coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the most nutritious fats to cook and bake with. Use organic extra-virgin coconut oil which is unrefined and unbleached from non GMO coconuts. Coconut oil has a high smoking point and it is slow to oxidize due to its high saturated fat content, thus, resistant to going rancid. Some studies suggest coconut oil helps with digestion, including irritable bowel, tummy bugs, candida and parasites due to this oil containing short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a healthy form of saturated fat.

prawns

Purchase wild caught shellfish. Prawns are large swimming crustaceans or shrimp, they are high in protein and low in saturated fat. A source of niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. They contain the minerals, calcium and iron, also some zinc and magnesium. Shellfish is prone to contamination, so extra care should be taken when buying, preparing and cooking. Shellfish can provoke allergic reactions in some people.

garlic

Garlic is a close relative to the onion and has been used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In most of my recipes I use minced garlic as I find it distributes better throughout the dish. When in a hurry I use organic minced garlic which I purchase in glass jars and store in the fridge. When garlic powder is needed for a particular recipe, I use 'Simply Organic' brand. Why is garlic so good for us? It is an immune booster, antibiotic, good for the heart, cancer fighter and it's also knew as a weight loss aid (appetite suppressant).

ginger

Ginger root is widely used as a spice but also for medicinal purposes. It is a hot spice which you will find in many commercial curry powders. It's often used to prevent motion sickness and nausea. Some studies have shown joint swelling in people suffering with arthritis experience less pain and swelling when taken daily. I like to use fresh minced ginger in my meals and dry ground ginger in baked goods.

curry powder

Curry powder is a mix of spices, different brands can have different combinations. Most curry powder recipes contain coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, chili peppers, garlic, caraway and can also contain mustard seed and cinnamon. Read your labels as some cheaper brands container fillers like maize (corn), I purchase the 'Simply Organic' brand.

spring onion(s)

Other names for spring onion are scallion or green onion. They have hollow green leaves and a small root bulb and can be eaten raw or cooked. The green tops are also used sliced or chopped as a garnish. The green tops are a good source of vitamin C and beta carotene.

carrot(s)

This crunchy orange vegetable is rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. They are good for the eyes and improve night vision. You get vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits from carrots, including cancer prevention, helps prevent infections and heart disease, protects teeth and gums and promotes healthier skin.

broccoli

Broccoli is an edible green plant with a flower head, which resembles cauliflower and belongs to the cabbage family. This vegetable is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, a good source of beta carotene, folate and vitamin E. It has significant amounts of iron, potassium and rich in glucosinolates, effective natural cancer fighters.

cumin

Cumin is a medium - hot spice which blends well in curries and is the main spice in the Middle Eastern dip, hummus. It is being studied for potential anti-oxidant and anticancer effects.

coriander

Coriander is also know as cilantro. The fresh chopped green leaves in large amounts are a good source of vitamin C. The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many Indian, Thai, and Mexican dishes. They are usually tossed through just before serving as the heat can diminish the flavour. The dried fruits are known as coriander seeds, the seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed. The word coriander in food preparation may only be referring to the ground seeds not the plant.

chicken broth/stock

Making home made chicken broth is a great way to heal Leaky Gut and excellent to drink when unwell. Traditionally broth was made just from bones and simmered for hours to remove the gelatin, marrow and goodness from them. These days vegetables are also added to give extra flavour. By using a slow cooker, making your own broth/stock is so easy. As soon as a roast chicken is eaten, all the bones go into the fridge or frozen ready for the next batch of broth. If purchasing store bought stocks, read the labels as many companies have changed the name of MSG to yeast extract. Organic or free range brands are available. Chicken broth recipe is on page 295 of The JOYful Table cookbook. Freeze ice block trays filled with chicken broth for when a small amount is required for a recipe.

green cabbage

There are many different kinds of cabbage, green is the most common cabbage, it has a mild flavour that can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Cabbage is very high in fibre and very low in kilojoules, it contains twice as much folate as the red variety and a source of vitamin C.

mushrooms

Mushrooms are classified as fungi. Edible mushrooms are very low in kilojoules, rich in minerals and B complex vitamins, when exposed to UV light they contain large amounts of vitamin D2. Mushrooms are also used for medicinal purposes.

peas

The green pea grows in a seed-pod, each pod contains several peas. I have chosen to use organic frozen peas for convenience in my recipes, when using fresh you will need to cook a little longer. Peas are starchy but high in fiber, protein, vitamins A, B6, C and K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. I also use snow peas and sugar snap peas in my recipes, both are eaten whole in their pod.

water chestnuts

Chinese water chestnuts are a vegetable (not a nut), grown in marshlands. They are unusual among vegetables because they remain crisp after being cooked or canned. This gives a great contrast when mixed with other cooked vegetables. They are a good source of dietary fibre, riboflavin, vitamin B6, potassium, copper and manganese.

coconut cream

I use this extensively throughout my recipes; from soups to dinners to desserts and cakes. I think it is the best dairy-free alternative. It gives so much flavour and creaminess to a wide variety of dishes. When purchasing in the can read your labels, even some organic brands contain gums and thickeners, choose full-fat not low-fat versions. I use Honest To Goodness organic cream 400ml and Ayam which isn't organic but has no additives or thickeners and is much creamier and thicker than other brands (that's why I love it), it comes in 400ml, 270ml and 140ml size cans.

spinach leaves

I use English spinach leaves in my recipes. This more modern variety of spinach is more tender than older varieties and has small flat leaves. Can be eaten raw or lightly cooked. Spinach has a high nutritional value and is a rich source of iron.

coriander

Coriander is also know as cilantro. The fresh chopped green leaves in large amounts are a good source of vitamin C. The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many Indian, Thai, and Mexican dishes. They are usually tossed through just before serving as the heat can diminish the flavour. The dried fruits are known as coriander seeds, the seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed. The word coriander in food preparation may only be referring to the ground seeds not the plant.

sea salt

Organic unbleached, unrefined organic Celtic sea salt or pink Himalayan salt is my salt of choice as these contain healthy minerals and trace elements that our body needs. Regular table salt has been bleached, refined and processed leaving minimal health benefits. If you choose to use regular table salt in my recipes you will need to reduce the quantity or the end result will be to salty.

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