Coconut Curry with Sweet Potato Noodles

If there is a dish that can help you amp up your nutrition with powerful nutrients, it’s curry! 

There are many ways to make a curry, but with this recipe, I kept it simple & focused on adding in ingredients that help to support our body on many levels. 

Benefits of Coconut Curry Recipe

Here are some benefits of this recipe:  

Anti-inflammatory: Adding ingredients like turmeric has been shown to benefit many areas of health due to it’s anti-inflammatory & gene modulating properties, mainly due to curcumin, like cardiovascular health, neuropathic pain, depression due to neuro-inflammation, chronic fatigue, and obesity. Medicinal mushrooms, such as lion’s mane, sweet potatoes, ginger, and broccoli also support healthy inflammation levels in the body. 

Stress and hormone balancing: Using foods such as broccoli, garlic, onion, cilantro, reishi, and sweet potato all support healthy detox pathways, blood sugar balance, and provide prebiotic fibre to our microbiome to ensure healthy gut function – the foundations of healthy endocrine system and optimal hormone function. Adding adaptogenic mushrooms, like reishi, will further help to provide a sense of balance and antioxidant support to the mind and body to deal with daily stressors. 

Immune supportive: Important micronutrients found in this recipe, such as vitamin A from sweet potato, amino acids and iron from chicken, antiviral properties of garlic, onion, and ginger, and naturally occurring polysaccharides called glucans found in medicinal mushrooms like maitake and shiitake, all help to build a resilient and robust immune system. 

Healthy comfort food: Creating a dish that is both nourishing to the body and makes you feel satiated due to the flavour combinations like sweet, pungent, and spicy, as well as macronutrients like healthy fats, protein, and fibre rich carbohydrates helps us feel good on so many levels, including our soul! 

If you’re not familiar with medicinal mushrooms yet, here is a brief breakdown: 

Medicinal mushrooms: They are a class of edible fungi that are used to help the body adapt to stressors of all kinds ~ physical, chemical, and biological. Each type of medicinal mushroom has its own unique properties and benefits to support homeostasis. Most commonly, medicinal mushrooms are utilised to enhance immune, hormonal, & cognitive health due to their high antioxidant content & adaptogenic properties. The fruiting body of the mushrooms offer the greatest health benefit potential so you’ll want to choose mushroom brands that are free from fillers & high in Beta-D-glucans. 

In this recipe I’m using a mushroom blend called Balance by Eversio Wellness that contains: 

Reishi – is a great choice for when you feel chronically overwhelmed & need deep nourishment for your overtaxed adrenals. It gives you a sense of calm and helps you get into a deeper, more rejuvenating sleep. Reishi is also a source of powerful antioxidants to clear toxins & reduce inflammation. 

Lion’s Mane – well known for it’s nervous system rejuvenation and mood support for depression and anxiety. It supports repair & regrowth of nerve cells, reduction in neuroinflammation & improved cognitive function. 

Maitake & Shiitake – for when you’ve been pushing yourself too hard & need extra love & support for your immune system, blood sugar, & inflammatory response, which can all take a hit when we are under loads of stress. 

References:  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202470/ 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17895634 

Recipe for Coconut Curry and Sweet Potato Noodles

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp coconut oil 
  • 1 lb chicken thighs cut into bite sized pieces 
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt divided 
  • 1/2 red onion large, diced 
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder 
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric powder 
  • 1 clove garlic cloves large, finely chopped 
  • 1 Tbsp ginger root minced 
  • 1 can coconut milk full fat 
  • 1 head broccoli small, cut into small florets. You can use the stem too, cut them into smaller pieces. 
  • 1 sweet potato large, spiralized 
  • 2 cups broth vegetable or chicken, heated 
  • 1 tsp Balance Medicinal Mushroom Blend 

 + Any garnish!

OPTIONAL

  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro chopped
  • Red pepper flakes to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt coconut oil in a large pot, like a Dutch oven, over medium low heat
  2. Add diced onion and any broccoli stems you cut up
  3. Sauté for 5 minutes, then add spices, ginger, and half the salt
  4. Cook until fragrant, 30 seconds or so, then add chicken pieces
  5. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. Heat up broth
  7. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds
  8. Add cut up broccoli florets and spiralized sweet potato
  9. Pour in broth, add the rest of the salt, and stir well
  10. Bring to a boil and cook covered for 6-8 minutes
  11. Add Balance Medicinal Mushroom Blend and coconut milk. Stir and cover for 2-3 minutes, until coconut milk is warmed up. 
  12. Serve with fresh cilantro and a sprinkle of chili flakes. Enjoy! 

RECIPE NOTES 

To make this recipe plant based, simply substitute the chicken for the same amount of sprouted organic tofu.

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