Healthy Vegan Coconut Curry

I love veggie curries, its probably what I cook the most of and my family are sick of them!!! But this one is always a popular, simple and tasty. You can of course switch for whatever veggies are the most popular in your house.

Easy Coconut Veggie Curry!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 small diced onion
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped or minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger(I freeze my ginger in small chunks so easy to whip out of the freezer when you need it)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 cup of snap peas
  • 1 Red and 1 Yellow sliced bell pepper
  • Half a head of broccoli chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder (to play it safe we opt for mild curries for the kids and then sprinkle some fresh chillies on top of our own
  • 1 pinch of cayenne (leave out if you prefer your curry mild)
  • 2 tins of light organic coconut milk(full fat for a richer creamier curry or if its the weekend!!)
  • 1 cup low salt veggie stock
  • Pinch of himalayan pink salt and pepper to taste(sea salt is perfect too

Toppings:

  • Flaked almonds
  • Fresh coriander
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Fresh chillies (optional)
  • Organic vegan yogurt(optional), normal yoghurt works great too if not concerned with vegan

To serve
Brown Rice or Quinoa

Method:

  1. Steam Fry by adding a couple of tablespoons of veggie stock on a heated pan and steam fry the onion, garlic, ginger for around 5 minutes or until soft.
  2. Stir in the coconut milk, veggie stock, cayenne, curry powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Simmer for around 10 – 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile cook your rice or quinoa. I like to add a little stock to my quinoa to give it an extra little kick.
  4. Add in the veggies and cook for the remaining 5 minutes so they are slightly cooked and remain a lot of their goodness.
  5. Serve with a squeeze of lime, sprinkle of chopped coriander, almond flakes and chopped fresh chilli. My kids love a dollop of yogurt on top!

Why is it good for me?
Onions are packed with immune-boosting nutrients like selenium, sulfur compounds, zinc, and vitamin C. In addition, they are one of the best sources of quercetin, a potent flavonoid, and antioxidant that has antiviral properties as well as histamine regulating effects.

Garlic has been used as an antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal agent. It may help the body resist or destroy viruses and other microorganisms. It does this by boosting the immune system. Garlic is also claimed to fight infections.

Besides adding a zesty kick to a dishes, the health benefits of Chilli pepper are infinite.  Chillies fight inflammation, they have Cardiovascular benefits, clear congestion, boosts immunity and aids weight loss.

strong>Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain

Coconut milk is believed to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It builds muscle and helps reduce fat, is rich in electrolytes and can prevent fatigue and can assist in weight loss. It improves digestion and relieves constipation.

The capsaicin in cayenne peppers has metabolism-boosting properties. It can also help reduce hunger. It may lower blood pressure, aid digestive health, helps relieve pain, improves psoriasis and is thought it may reduce cancer risk.

Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They also have a number of health benefits. They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.

Snap peas are rich in folate, which is important for your body to maintain healthy cell division and DNA duplication. They are an excellent source Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin K, Fiber, Beta-carotene, Potassium and Magnesium.

Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. They also contain a healthy dose of fiber, folate, and iron. Along with being full of nutrients, Bell Peppers deliver a satisfying and low-calorie crunch with every bite.

Broccoli is a good source of fibre and protein, and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins including folic acid.

Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.

Limes are a good source of magnesium and potassiu. It rejuvenates the skin, reduces inflammation, improves digestion, fights infections, helps with weight loss, lowers blood sugar, reduces heart disease and it is believed to prevent cancer.

Coriander has multiple health benefits. Coriander is a wonderful source of dietary fiber, manganese, iron and magnesium as well. In addition, coriander leaves are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and protein. They also contain small amounts of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, thiamin, niacin and carotene.

Vegan yogurt offers a great way to pack fiber, calcium, and protein into your diet—not to mention probiotics, which are great for digestive health.