COCONUT CURRY WITH SWEET POTATO NOODLES

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This dish is truly a huge winner with Crohn’s. Indian foods have so many anti-inflammatory and immunity building nutrients and are always packed full of flavor. Sadly, eating this wonderful cuisine at restaurants, or getting take-out, can leave you vulnerable to too much spice or ingredients that may not work for you. That’s why I love this recipe. Not only is this dish gluten and dairy free, it adds a great twist by using sprialized sweet potatoes, (generally a very Crohn’s Friendly food.) As with any meal, adjust the ingredients and level of spiciness for your toleration. If onions or garlic give you a hard time, you can leave them out completely. Or, try sauteing them in the coconut milk to infuse the flavor and remove the solids before adding the milk to the entire dish. Get creative….there are so many options with this delicious meal!

INGREDIENTS:

For the Curry:

  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced, about a heaping 1/2 cup
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced, about 1 cup *
  • 1 cup zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces *
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped, about half a small onion
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 13.5 ounce can full fat coconut milk
  • pinch of salt

* For People With Crohn’s, only use veggies that work best for you. Make sure to cook all veggies thoroughly for digestion. Removing skin and seeds can also help with digestion. Opt to leave anything out completely if not tolerated. Some alternative substitutes for zucchini are cauliflower, broccoli, yellow squash or mushrooms.

For the Sweet Potato Noodles:

  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, 250-300 grams
  • pinch of salt

For the Mango Salsa:

  • 1 mango, large, diced, about 3/4 cup
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
  • 1 red chili, thai, minced, adjust to preferred level of spiciness * Make sure to remove seeds. Start with a small amount and add more if tolerated.
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Optional- *1/4 cup fresh cilantro, plus additional for garnish
  • pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil on medium/high heat and cook the carrots for about 3 minutes, until they just begin to soften.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium and add in the pepper, zucchini, onion and ginger and cook until they begin to soften and brown, about 5 minutes. * Feel free to cook longer for easier digestion.
  3. Add in the 1/2 Tbsp of yellow curry powder and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add in the can of coconut milk (make sure you mix it well before adding!) and a pinch of salt, mixing well.
  5. Raise the heat to medium/high and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium/low heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce begins to thicken.
  6. While the sauce cooks, heat the remaining coconut oil in a separate pan over medium heat.
  7. Spiralize the potato using the 3 mm blade and then add it into the pan. Cook the noodles, stirring often, until they just begin to wilt, about 10 minutes. Season with salt.
  8. While you wait, toss together the diced mango, red onion, Thai chili, apple cider vinegar and cilantro in a medium bowl. Season with a pinch of salt.
  9. Divide the noodles between two plates and top with the curry. Garnish with the mango salsa and extra cilantro and DEVOUR.

Photo and Recipe Inspiration Via FoodFaithFitness

Any other Crohn’s Friendly Alternations or suggestions? We’d Love To Hear From You!!

* PLEASE NOTE:  THIS IS MERELY AN OPINION BLOG. THE RESEARCH AND INFORMATION COVERED IN THIS BLOG IS OPEN TO PUBLIC DOMAIN FOR DISCUSSION.  WE DO NOT HAVE ANY FORMAL MEDICAL BACKGROUND.  WE SIMPLY WANT TO SHARE AND DISCUSS FOODS FOR THOSE WITH CROHN’S DISEASE. BECAUSE PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM CROHN’S DISEASE TOLERATE A VARIETY OF FOODS DIFFERENTLY, RECIPES OFTEN NEED SPECIFIC ALTERATIONS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL.  GET CREATIVE! LEAVE OUT THE FOODS THAT DON’T WORK FOR YOU AND USE THE FOODS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. HAPPY COOKING!!

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