Soul Soothing Quinoa Coconut Curry

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I have been dreaming of a dish like this all week month.

I decided today that I needed to get back to the basics. Let’s just say that despite my best efforts, dinners have been a little lackluster on the home front. Today I wrapped up my work around 6pm and decided I would make the time for a fabulous meal.

I must say, it felt damn good to be back in the kitchen cooking up a fun meal that I was excited about. Cooking, for me, is enjoyable and often relaxing. I put some fabulous music on, pour a glass of wine, and go to town.

Before I get to the recipe, I must tell you about a recent musical discovery I had. Her name is Kristilyn Robertson and she is a truly amazing Canadian talent. When I first heard her music I was instantly struck by her beautiful voice, poetic lyrics, and dark yet eerily soft music.

I don’t talk music much on this blog, but I am a huge lover of the musical arts. I believe it soothes the soul. I love everything from classical to oldies to punk to techno. Kristilyn’s music has quickly become one of my favourite things to listen to when I bake or cook. Very soothing. You should check her out. Her CD’s can be purchased on CDBaby.com and itunes.

Back to cooking.

Thank you Uncle Steve for providing the deliciously fresh garlic straight from his garden!

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There is something awesome about eating food that someone has grown themselves. It makes me happy. The garlic was so fresh too…it was practically dripping with juice when I cut it open.

The ingredient line-up (minus the pasta sauce because I decided not to include it after all):

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I was given this GoBIO organic vegetable bouillon at the trade show:

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It was fabulous. In fact, probably the best no salt added veggie bouillon I have tried.

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This week I decided to buy this Quinoa in bulk because I have been going through the packages so quickly (they are tiny!). So I am now buying it from my organic wholesaler. Anything to save some packaging!

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Quinoa is probably my favourite grain. Fluffy, light, easy to digest, and very nutritious.

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Soul Soothing Quinoa Coconut Curry

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked Quinoa
  • 1 cup Chopped, mixed vegetables (I used frozen)
  • 3 T virgin organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 3 T curry powder
  • 1/2 t fine sea salt
  • 3 T spelt flour
  • 1.75-2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup organic coconut milk
  • 1 large tomato, diced

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Directions: Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add chopped garlic and onion and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add cumin, sea salt, and curry spices and stir well. Add flour very slowly (mine clumped so I am not the best to advise on this part!). Add the vegetable stock very slowly to avoid clumping. Stir in coconut milk and finally add diced tomatoes. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes stirring every now and then. While the sauce is simmering, cook the Quinoa according to the package directions. Mix in cooked vegetables into the Quinoa and pour some sauce over top. Serve with some crunchy crackers or flat bread for scooping.

I adapted the sauce from a recipe in Fresh’s cookbook.

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It was just lovely! Aromatic, warm, soothing for the soul. I really think coconut and curry are two amazing super foods that do so much good for our bodies. Mmmmm. I feel good right now. I topped it off with a Chi Glo bar for a sweet treat.

The best part of all is that I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow, and I suspect the sauce will last me a few days. Awesome!

I’m off to continue the night of soothing my soul with The Office. I hear a certain someone is dating Pam’s mom- oh boy!

NIGHT my friends! :D

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Tessa January 4, 2016

Looks delicious. How much garlic should we use?

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Bailey June 9, 2014

Hi! I think this is the only curry of yours that I haven’t tried! I was just wondering how much garlic you used? It doesn’t say, unless I’m completely missing it!

Thanks so much :)

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Natalie July 11, 2013

Thanks Angela! My partner and I made this last night and finished it off with your peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! I’m in the process of becoming a vegan, and I have found your recipes incredibly helpful. Tonight I’m beginning the process of making my own almond milk for the first time…thanks to you! You rule!

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Stephanie August 11, 2012

This is amazing! Just had it for dinner and cannot believe I’ve waiting so long to make my own coconut curry. Love your site and love trying all your recipes!

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BrendaBettina May 6, 2012

Just made this! What a awesome receipe:) Was the tomatoe sauce to make it more of a tomatoe coconut curry instead?

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moreskinnydays May 6, 2012

I made this and used coconut milk in the box, the “everyday” beverage type and thought it was pretty good. The next day I reheated it for lunch and ate it with flatbread. That was truly amazing!

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Red Head, Yellow Dog July 28, 2010

This recipe looks great! i think I’m going to make it tonight for my step dad’s visit. Do you think this recipe will be enough for 3 people? 2 of them being guys! Alsooo I’m out of quinoa (the horror!) and I’m trying to eat down my pantry a bit – do you think israeli cous cous would be good in this??

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catherine July 17, 2010

I’ll definitely make this next week. I love curry and Quinoa. The secret to good Quinoa seems to be to rinse it very, very well to remove the bitterness. Hope that works !

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Anastasia July 10, 2010

Angela I just had to post and say this curry is devine! I just made jumbo batch for lunches this week (I hope I don’t eat it all before the week begins!) It was my first
time using quinoa too – new favourite grain!
Oh and to stop the lumps when adding the flour – mix the flour into the stock and then add – no lumps!
Thanks for the recipes… Love your blog ♥

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Anne June 5, 2010

I’m a huge fan of quinoa and this recipe sounds delightful! Love coconut, curry and QUINOA! Recently discovered your site through one of my online workout friends…I’m so glad I took a peek and I’ll be back for more!

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Mary-Ann February 11, 2010

I found your website through a message posted on “the kind diet” website. What a wonderful surprise! I LOVE you site.

I was just sitting here wondering what to make for dinner and came across this receipe. I think I may just have all the ingredients at home.

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Sharon December 21, 2009

I am a big curry and quinoa fan but never thought of cooking with them together. Thanks for this great and healthy recipe. I very much enjoy this website as well!
I wrote a post on my blog about whole grain recipes that I think would be of interest to you: http://www.shar-on-nutrition.com/?p=362

Feel free to comment! :)

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Blender Benefits December 21, 2009

wow, this looks absolutely delicious. My gf and I have so much quinoa in our pantry that we’ve been meaning to use. I think I’ll try this for dinner tonight. Thanks!

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telisa November 16, 2009

my roomie & i are trying this tonight (we always do a ‘family’ dinner on mondays) we’re going to try adding some broccoli, bell peppers, japanese eggplant….and whatever other veggies are in the fridge!

already hungry and dinner is 3 hours away!

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::christine:: November 6, 2009

I finally made this recipe and I realized that you mentioned garlic in the pics but not on the ingredient list. I added it anyway, just in case, I thought I’d mention it :)

Oh! It was really good – Yummy!

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Alycia October 28, 2009

Please keep the quinoa recipes coming! I bought a whole big bag of it at Costco and need to use it up. =)

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Miriam October 26, 2009

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of spelt flour or would it taste real bad?! I don’t know where to find spelt flour… actually I’ve never heard of that before today!

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Marc October 26, 2009

How much garlic did you use? It wasn’t in the ingredient list. I am making this tonight, bought all the ingredients!

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Sara October 26, 2009

If you love quinoa, you have to try this recipe! This is quite possibly my favorite vegan quinoa recipe ever! I made some last night and it made me think of this post, so I thought I’d share it with a fellow quinoa-lover. :) Can’t wait to try your recipe!

http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/vegetarian-recipes/quinoa-black-bean-salad.php

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Chloe October 24, 2009

the curry is simmering as I type- boy is there a lot of it!

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Tamara Lea October 24, 2009

OMG, that looks so delicious I have to make it! Its been so long since I’ve cooked anything I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and give this a try. Thanks for sharing it!

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Holly October 23, 2009

whoops, I didn’t spell check before I posted that last comment! but, you get it, right?

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Holly October 23, 2009

Thanks for the loveley recipe! I just made it tonight and got great reviews from the hubby, too! DELISH!!! And est part, we have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!!! YEAY! Thanks again!

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Brandi C. October 23, 2009

Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks Angela!

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