Winters in Minnesota are brutal. Soups and stews are my go to meals for the next 4 months. I was inspired by a recipe from Budget Bytes. Feel free to omit the fish sauce or make a vegan fish sauce. You can also try subbing in Worcestershire for the fish sauce as well.
I particularly like this Red Curry Soup – it has some heat and is loaded with veggies and protein.
I layered my soup with what I had on hand – basmati rice, spinach and tofu:
The tofu was marinated in a mix of grated ginger, minced garlic, mirin, shoyu/tamari, curry paste and some maple syrup. Then I fried the tofu cubes in coconut oil.
My soup had a few different veggies. Here is the recipe I followed:
- coconut oil
- 3 small sweet peppers, diced
- 1 small sweet potato, peeled, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- grated ginger
- minced garlic
- red curry paste, approximately 1 Tbls
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 c vegetable broth
- Saute diced peppers, sweet potato, and onion for 5-7 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic and curry paste, cooking for another 1-3 minutes
- Once spices are fragrant, add the coconut milk and 2 cups of veggie broth. Cover and simmer until veggies are fork tender
- In a separate pan, fry the marinated tofu. If using spinach, saute in the same pan as the tofu
- Layer ingredients in a bowl and top with the soup
If you are looking for a fast meal that is full of flavor, this recipe is your winning ticket. I found this fantastic curry paste at a nearby co-op. The Kanokwan paste is vegan, gluten free and MSG free. I’ve had Thai Kitchen’s curry paste before, and that is okay, but this is an authentic paste from Thailand!
If you aren’t keen on squash or broccoli, feel free to mix in any veggies of your liking. I prefer pairing the squash with this yellow curry because it reminds me of one of my favorite dishes from Chang Mai Thai in Minneapolis.
As you will see, the biggest challenge of this meal was peeling the squash.
Normally I chop off both ends of the squash and guide my knife, cutting end to end. However, this was a superman squash with a skin of steel. After 10 minutes of labor, I successfully removed the outer layer. If your knife skills aren’t up to par, or if you are working with a dull knife, I highly recommend you invest in frozen squash cubes. There are a few great organic brands in the freezer section!
I can’t say enough good things about this recipe. Enjoy!!
– 1 onion, diced
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 1 tsp ginger, grated
– coconut oil
– 1 small squash, diced
– 1/2 head broccoli, cut into florets
– 1 packet of curry paste
– 1 can coconut milk
1. Melt coconut oil in a skillet. Add onion. Once the onion is fragrant, add garlic and ginger. Cook for 1-2 minutes
2. Add the curry paste and let the spices cook together for a few minutes. Next, add the coconut milk, squash and broccoli
3. Simmer over low heat until the squash is tender (about 7 minutes, depending on the squash and size of your diced pieces)
4. Serve over basmati rice
To celebrate my next abroad adventure I made a Thai butternut soup. Ingredients that make it Thai-inspired include lime juice, coconut milk and ginger. I add extra sriracha to give it a bigger kick, but feel free to omit that part. The soup turned out creamy and full of flavor which makes it a recipe you must try!
– 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
– 1 small onion, chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 2 Tbls fresh ginger, minced
– 1 Tbls tomato paste
– 2 Tbls lime juice
– 1 1/2 c coconut milk
– 3/4 c water
– sriracha to taste
1. Heat the oven to 400F. Coat the butternut cubes in a little oil and pour onto a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until soft 2. Sauté onion in a little water. Once soft, add the garlic and ginger. Cook for a few more minutes
3. Add remaining ingredients, including roasted butternut. Using an emersion blender, puree everything together. Top with srirarcha and serve immediately