Friday, August 31, 2012

Curry In a Hurry

Many years ago when we were all single, I had some bachelor friends whose forte was very definitely NOT cooking.  One of their favourite dishes was something they called "Curry in a hurry" 

This not so delectable dish consisted of a pot full of dubious leftovers - spiced to a huge degree - served over a mountain of rice. Most people who were invited to one of these curry dinners declined a second invitation.

This is why,when I think of "Curry In a Hurry", the thoughts aren't really very pleasant, and I know it's the same for a lot of other people because many versions of this dish are real abominations.  I really thought twice about using this name for my post, but then I decided that maybe it was time to show the world that there actually could be a tasty and healthy version of this dish.

Curry is a great way to use leftovers, but only if you use quality ingredients, and this super quick dinner idea I want to share today does just that.  It's super quick because it uses (horrors!) a sauce that comes in a jar. 

Yes, I know that in Paleo cooking we try to cook everything from scratch and in most of my recipes I do.  But if we are going to be realistic here, we have to admit that there are often times when this is just not possible, and for these times we need to have some healthy alternatives.

When you need a bit of help in the kitchen, Seeds of Change sauces are about as good a choice as I think you will find anywhere.  They are made with certified organic ingredients and the ingredient list isn't full of unpronounceable chemicals.

They offer several choices when it comes to their curry sauces and with a bit of experimentation you should be able to find one that suits your family's tastes.  Once you do, make sure to stock a jar or two in your pantry and you will never be caught short and have to resort to ordering in.

Instead of regular rice, serve your curry over cauliflower rice, or make sure to stock a few bags of miracle noodle rice next to the curry sauce and you will be ready for any emergency. (In case you've never hear of miracle noodle rice, read my post here.)

The nice thing about curry is that you can make it with just about any kind of protein.  Whether it's beef, chicken or fish that you have in your fridge, any of these will work.  

You can even make an egg curry when you are really pressed and have nothing else.  Just hard boil a few eggs and use those as your protein source.

Then all you have to do is chop up a few vegetables and addd those to the pot and you have a meal.  I try and always make sure I add onions, but other than that, again, just about any vegetable will work.

And this by the way is another great way to get your family to eat fish.  If nothing else works, the flavour of a really hot curry will cover any fish taste they might object to.  Add their favourite vegetables and you just might be surprised to find they ask for more.

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