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This flavorful vegetarian Thai red curry recipe matches sweet potatoes with fresh dandelion greens and asparagus, though you can substitute cauliflower florets, cubed Asian eggplant, squash or carrots. If you're using cauliflower or eggplant, add them earlier, when the potato is only partially cooked, as they will take longer to cook than asparagus. Classic Thai red curry is flavored with lime leaves and Thai basil. If you find them, use them, but even without them the vegetable curry will still be a knockout.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013

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total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat a wide heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add about 2 tablespoons coconut milk and curry paste, stirring to dissolve it. Cook, stirring, until aromatic, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add 1 cup of the coconut milk and cook for 1 minute, then add sweet potatoes. Stir to coat the pieces and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes more.

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  • Add water and bring to a boil. Cook until the sweet potatoes are almost cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining coconut milk, asparagus, chiles (if using) and lime leaves (or lime zest); cook for 1 minute. Stir in dandelion greens (or arugula), basil and salt until well combined. Continue cooking until the asparagus is just tender, 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove lime leaves, if necessary, before serving.

Tips

Red curry paste is a blend of chile peppers, garlic, lemongrass and galangal (a root with a flavor similar to ginger). Look for it in jars or cans in the Asian section of the supermarket or specialty stores. The heat and salt level can vary widely depending on brand. Be sure to taste as you go.

Nutrition Facts

about 1 1/3 cups
175 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 24.5g; dietary fiber 4.2g; sugars 6.7g; fat 7.1g; saturated fat 5.1g; vitamin a iu 16639.8IU; vitamin c 31.1mg; folate 98.9mcg; calcium 83.7mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 35.8mg; potassium 433.2mg; sodium 394.3mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat

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