While some people raced out to buy vitamin c, zinc, and elderberry syrup when they heard that Covid19 had come to town, I started thinking about where we could find some of these nutrients in our food. Most people recognize vitamin C as being supportive of their immune system, and it's true. However, according to Chris Masterjohn MD, using high dose vitamin C supplements to ward off Covid19 may not be your best plan of action. Instead, like me, he recommends focusing on getting it through your food. Some of the most vitamin C rich foods around are herbs and spices. Did you think it was just oranges? The combination of turmeric, cilantro, and peppers in this sauce make it a vitamin C power house. Serve it up with some sweet potatoes or cauliflower rice and you've added a whole other level of vitamin C to your immune boosting dinner. Just incase you needed more reasons to add extra cilantro (coriander) to your diet, studies show that it may have anti-cancer properties as may aid in reducing migraine headaches.
I've adapted a Green Curry recipe from The Paleo Cookbook and made it crockpot friendly. Fredrik enjoyed watching me chop the onion, cilantro, and peppers and even helped dump the spices into the blender. This nutrient dense meal is easy peasy and delicious.
1 purple onion roughly chopped
1-3 jalapeños stemmed and seeded (more or less depending on your preferred spice level)
2 cups cilantro ( used the entire 2.5oz bag from Trader Joes, stems and leaves)
1/2 Tbs Turmeric
1/8tsp ground clove
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
1 can coconut milk or 2 cups sour cream/yogurt/kefir
Place 2.5-3 pounds of cubed chicken breasts or thighs in a crockpot. Pour sauce over the chicken and cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4 hours. Serve over rice or with Naan and top with plain yogurt.
Keep it keto: serve over cauliflower rice or miracle rice
Pescatarian: Heat the sauce on the stove for 20-30 minutes to cook the onion. Then add shrimp or cubes of fish such as Mahi Mahi or Cod and gently simmer until cooked through about 5-10 minutes.
Make it vegetarian/vegan: Replace the chicken with 1-2 cubed potatoes, a can of chickpeas, and/or some fresh cauliflower. Paneer would also work, but similar to using fish I wouldn't cook it all day in a crock pot.
No Chicken left in the store: Replace with beef stew meat or cubed pork roast.
I'm a dietitian with a passion for good nutrition, bold flavors, playing in the dirt, and being with my family.