Day 21

We’ve made it to day 21 of our 30 day challenge.  Can I get a what what?  We visited with the in-laws this weekend, had a great ribeye steak, I made brussels sprouts (again, so good), played with my new GoPro camera, watched a butt load of Fringe episodes, and made some fantastic green curry last night.

Here is what I did for what I’m calling “Kitchen Sink Green Curry.”

1 can coconut milk

1 can green curry

4 ounces

Any veggies you like, sliced

2 chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces

I sliced 2 carrots, 1 red bell pepper, and 1/2 onion then sauteed them in coconut oil for a few minutes.  I added the chicken and let it cook with the vegetables until it was done.  I turned up the heat and added the green curry paste so it would get really fragrant – cook for 2 minutes approximately.  Finally, I added 1 can of coconut milk and brought the pot down to a simmer for about 10 or 15 minutes.  We ate it like a soup, but there were enough vegetables and chicken in it that we didn’t miss the rice.  I love hot and spicy stuff, and with only 1 can of coconut milk, the sauce was really spicy.  You might consider reducing to 1/2 can of the curry paste if you prefer less spicy dishes.

Good stuff.  We’re still on a roll, and I think this will definitely become a lifestyle for us.  I keep telling my husband that it’s not that he never gets to eat bread again, but that we can reserve it for special occasions.  Personally, I would be happy to do this forever.  I’m not even missing a sandwich – and to be honest, because we haven’t been snacking except for almonds here and there, I am only eating when I’m hungry.  I’ve put less emphasis on how things taste (even though that’s a bonus) and more about the fact that my dinner is food and needed for sustenance.  It’s also given me time to devote to other things.  I love to cook.  Not so long ago, I’d spend a couple hours cooking something fabulous (with bread, soy, dairy, what have you…), drinking wine, listening to music.  It became a thrice-weekly activity, and my days would be somewhat consumed (outside of work) with “what’s for dinner”.  While it is fun to cook, I’d like to make cooking and drinking into a once a week “date night” and spend the time I’d normally use cooking to, oh I don’t know, walk or run?!  Cut out the drinking altogether as well.  It just isn’t worth it.

In the time that I’ve had lately outside of working and being ruled by food, I’ve been reading.  I finished up A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin, and started A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller.  It is a wonderful book so far.  Next up is the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.  Do you think I enjoy science fiction and fantasy, or what?

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