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Recipe: Lightened Up Chicken Korma

The Indian dish Chicken Korma can be a pretty heavy dish, but I’ve lightened it up in this recipe without losing any flavor at all!

4 servings

1 cup basmati rice, cooked to package directions
2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
2 tbsp water
1/3 cup slivered, toasted almonds
1 tbsp Madras curry powder
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped and divided
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 13.5 ounce can unsweetened, light coconut milk
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup sliced white or crimini mushrooms
8 ounces green beans, sliced into thirds
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Cook the rice to package directions.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with some salt and pepper. Lightly brown the chicken for about 5-6 minutes, making sure to cook all sides. It does not need to be cooked through at this point. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate and set aside.
Puree the water, almonds, curry, 1/2 of the onion, ginger and garlic in a small food processor or blender. Set aside.
Add the remaining coconut oil to the same pan you cooked the chicken in. Add the rest of the chopped onions and sauté until lightly browned, about 10 minutes stirring frequently. Stir in the curry puree. Cook for one minute. Stir in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Stir in the tomatoes, onions and green beans, cook for 5 minutes. Add in the chicken, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in 1/2 of the cilantro. Sprinkle the rest of the cilantro over the top before serving. Serve hot with rice.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

This delicious Quick & Easy Thai Shrimp Soup recipe can be ready and on your dinner table in just 20 minutes, no need for take-out!

4-6 servings

5 ounces Saifun (mung bean) noodles
2 tbsp canola oil
1 pound small shrimp (51-60 count), peeled and deveined
pinch of salt and pepper
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tbsp chopped fresh lemongrass
3 tbsp Thai red curry paste
3 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
4 cups vegetable broth
1 can (13.5 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
–serve with
sliced green onions
freshly chopped cilantro

Cook the noodles to package directions and set aside.
Heat the canola oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat. Cook the shrimp until pink about 2-3 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a clean bowl, set aside.
Add the onion, garlic and pepper to the pot. Cook about 5 minutes until fragrant and softened.
Stir in the ginger, lemongrass, curry paste, fish sauce, soy sauce and lime juice. Cook about a minute.
Whisk in the broth and coconut milk. Bring the soup to a boil, cook for 8-10 minutes so the soup can thicken a bit and flavors can marry. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stir in the shrimp, noodles and cilantro. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry with Chicken and Bacon



~ Marla Meridith