Sometimes I really want a good curry, but I don’t have time to toast the spices or wait for it to come together. This super simple curry from Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen is even quicker with our favorite Penzey’s Curry spice blend. Plus the best part is you can add any vegetables you have. I’ve used carrots, zucchini, broccoli and peppers with just as delicious results.
Quick Yellow Shrimp Curry
- 1 bag frozen shrimp medium shelled and deveined works best.
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1 l can coconut milk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or any oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1-2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons Penzey's Curry Spice mix*
- 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- handful fresh parsley finely chopped
In a frying pan, sautee the onions over a medium heat for about 5 minutes or until they become transparent.
Add the spices and garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.
Add the shrimp and lemon juice. Stir to coat in with the spices, then pour in the coconut milk.
Add the peas and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and leave to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Mix in the chopped parsley just before serving. Serve with rice, couscous or quinoa
This takes less than 15 minutes, 20 if your vegetables aren’t already chopped. It’s simple, delicious and extremely delicious. I only wish there was a little more leftover for lunch the next day, there never is enough!
*If you don’t have the Penzey’s Curry spice mix, the original recipe called for: 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon coriander and optional 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.
p.s. even our toddler loves this dish!
This was a surprise win for our family. Even before Miss A’s arrival, we made it a point to eat more fish. Salmon is hard one because done well, it’s amazing. Done poorly, it’s terrible.
On a whim, I tried this Honey-Soy Salmon dish from Parents magazine. It was so easy and even better, Miss A kept asking for more! She wasn’t really a fan of the zucchini, but she also hadn’t had it with the skin still on before.
Toddler Approved: Honey Soy Salmon
- 4-6 salmon fillets (we get the frozen ones that still have the skin on the number of fillets depends on the number of people eating)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce we used regular
- Nonstick cooking spray or just some of your favorite oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive
- 2 medium zucchini sliced into 1/4-inch thick half-moons
- 1 onion diced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Add honey and soy into a zip top bag, squish to mix.
Add the fish and seal the zip top.
Turn to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours (we marinated for about an hour).
Drain and discard marinade.
Preheat broiler. If you have the option of low or high, choose high.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat foil with cooking spray or lightly drizzle oil.
Place fish on foil. Broil 5 to 7 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness of fish, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
We broiled for about 7 minutes total.
While the fish is broiling, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and onions. Cook about 3 minutes or until just tender; season with salt.
Serve the fish fillets with the zucchini.
Note: if using frozen fillets, be sure to allow to defrost before you marinate. It makes a difference.
The addition of lightly caramelized onions made the salmon even tastier. We will absolutely be making this dish again. Plus it was so easy, we could make it even on the busiest weeknight!
One of the hardest parts about giving up six main food groups and items for baby A (she has protein digestion issues so I’m not eating dairy, wheat, eggs, fish, soy or peanuts) is finding quick, easy weeknight meals. Through a lot of trial and error, J and I have learned that some meals that look easy aren’t and some that look time-consuming are actually simple. This is a simple one. We’d put off making Lamb Tagine with Potatoes and Chickpeas from Williams Sonoma because it looked complicated. We were throughly surprised to learn it was easy and perfect for a busy weeknight.
Lamb Tagine with Potatoes and Chickpeas
- 3 teaspoons cumin seeds we used ground
- 3 teaspoons coriander seeds we used ground
- 3/4 teaspoons peppercorns we used ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika we used Hungarian
- 1 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons salt plus more, to taste (we used Kosher)
- 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 lb. boneless leg of lamb cut into 1-inch cubes (we just used stew lamb, which was perfectly sized)
- 1 yellow onion julienned
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 pound lb. small Yukon Gold potatoes halved (we ended up using aand it was perfect!)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus more for garnish
- 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained, 15 oz.
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
In a small fry pan over medium-low heat, toast the cumin and coriander seeds, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Transfer to a spice grinder, add the peppercorns, paprika, ginger and the 2 tsp. salt and grind until well combined. Set aside. If using ground, skip the grinding step and just combine in a small bowl. Mix with a fork.
In a tagine over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until almost smoking. Working in batches, brown the lamb on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. If you don't have a tagine, we used our most favorite pasta pot.
Add the remaining oil and the onion to the tagine or pot, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and the spice mixture, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is caramelized, about 2 more minutes.
Add the lamb, water, potatoes and the 1/4 cup cilantro and bring to a simmer.
Cover the tagine or pot and adjust the heat so the mixture gently simmers.
Cook for 45 minutes, then add the chickpeas and lemon juice.
Continue cooking until the lamb is tender, about 45 minutes more. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.
Garnish with cilantro and serve. Accompany with couscous or rice.
I LOVE this dish. It’s flavorful and warming and just delicious. It’s as good cold as it is right from the stove.