Endurance Curry

February 28, 2011

chickpea spinach curry

Easy to make when you’d rather run than cook, and easy to make on a busy weeknight. This curry can made ahead of time and it’s even better the next day. It’s Power-Packed with fiber, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and anti-oxidants; and turmeric, garlic and ginger help fight inflammation and enhance heart health. Cook this up tonight!

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut butter
  • 1 medium to large onion peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder or hot paprika or a shake of hot pepper sauce
  • 1 14-ounce can (small can) of tomatoes, or 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 19-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup broccoli florets or diced sweet potato
  • 2 handfuls of sliced fresh baby spinach leaves
  • ½ can to 1 can coconut milk (add to your desired taste)
  • 1 heaped tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves (optional)
  • Whole Wheat pita bread to serve

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion for about 4-5 minutes until soft.
  2. Stir in the garlic, ginger and spices and sauté for a few seconds then tip in the tomatoes and break them up with a wooden spoon, spatula or fork.
  3. Bring to the boil, add the drained, rinsed chickpeas and broccoli or sweet potato, cover the pan and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  4. Chuck in the spinach and coriander if using and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add salt to taste (you may need slightly more than usual). Add desired amount of coconut milk. Serve with whole wheat pita bread.

Check out these amazing nutritional benefits:

Turmeric

  • Purifies the blood, and also warms it and stimulates formation of new blood tissue
  • Is anti-arthritic and acts as a natural anti-bacterial
  • May be added to high-protein food to assist digestion and prevent the formation of gas
  • Is effectively used to maintain the flora of the large intestine

Ginger

  • Has anti-inflammatory properties that can lessen the pain of rheumatoid arthritis
  • It is well known for its warming action on the upper respiratory tract, so it has been used to treat colds and flu; it has been found to be effective in cramps caused by stomach gas and stimulates digestion
  • Has a wholesome effect on the circulatory system as it makes the platelets less sticky and is of great benefit in case of circulatory disorders

Garlic

  • Can be described as a food that may help prevent atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Lessens the amount of free radicals present in the bloodstream
  • Is a very good source of vitamin C, the body’s primary antioxidant defender in all aqueous (water-soluble) areas, such as the bloodstream, where it protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation
  • Contains anti-inflammatory compounds, along with the vitamin C in garlic, especially fresh garlic, may help reduce the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Comments

5 Responses to “Endurance Curry”

  1. Jenn B on March 3rd, 2011 1:08 pm

    I made this curry last night….delicious!! And the real test…my kids loved it too!

  2. Curry in a Hurry « Fit for a kid on March 10th, 2011 11:38 am

    [...] adapted this recipe for my slow cooker. I think I am falling in love with that little kitchen appliance. I can do the [...]

  3. Donna on March 10th, 2011 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the slow cooker tip. Good idea to make this overnight in the slow cooker and then it is ready for a big lunch after your Saturday long run!

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