I have been doing some research on this whole knee-ache thing and I discovered what the problem is. Guess what I have. Runner’s knee. Is that not the funniest thing you have ever heard? I am a runner and my knee hurts on occasion and so therefore I have RUNNER’S KNEE. Way to state the obvious. It has something to do with my quads not being strong enough or something like that and so I need to do some quad-strengthening exercises, which, unfortunately happen to be some of my least favorite exercises (wall sits, squats, etc.). I may also need to get some special sneakers and so I’m planning a trip to Marathon Sports in the near future. At least it’s something that’s not really health-threatening or permanently damaging, so that’s good news I suppose, it’s just annoying.

I have a four-day weekend this weekend (for some holiday that has something to do with Paul Revere – that’s New England for you) so I’ve been trying to enjoy the nice weather. On Friday my roommate and I went out for ice cream – Peanut Butter and Jelly flavored was the new one for the month, yesterday I went for a long walk to get my haircut, tomorrow is the Boston Marathon so I may go meet up with my cousin whose boyfriend is running in it and then my roommate and I are making a trip to Texas Roadhouse and BJ’s, and on Tuesday I am planning on going clothing shopping for the Bahamas (even though I hope to be wearing very minimal amounts of clothing during that whole trip :P). Really, it’s looking to be a very action-packed few days.

When I went home for spring break, I brought all my winter clothes back with me so that there would be more room in the car in June. This freed up a shelf in my closet which I am now using to display my cookbooks! (They were previously hidden away in a box.) I showed them to my roommate at which point she scoffed at the multitudes of vegan cookbooks that I own. “But Joanne, you eat meat!” she exclaimed. “Yes,” I replied, “but I like the way vegans. Plus a pound of beans is less expensive than a pound of chicken. By a long shot.” A few days later in an attempt to actually use some of these cookbooks, I set to making this sweet potato curry and asked her if she wanted a taste. She loved it. I pointed to The Tropical Vegan Kitchen, which is where it is from. It just goes to show you that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Literally.

Thai Sweet Potato Curry
Serves 2, adapted from The Tropical Vegan Kitchen

1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic
1 tsp red curry paste
3/4 lb sweet potato
1 can lite coconut milk
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 oz peanuts, chopped
2 scallions
3/4 cup brown rice

1. Set up the rice to cook (i.e. boil and simmer).

2. Chop up all of the veggies – onion, garlic, and sweet potatoes.

3. In a medium skillet, heat the EVOO. Add the onion and cook until soft – 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 min. Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the sweet potatoes and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes.

4. Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook about 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft. Serve warm, over the rice, with scallions and peanuts.

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13 Responses to Thai Sweet Potato Curry

  1. Debinhawaii says:

    I love that book! I am with you, my vegan and vegetarian cookbooks are probably the biggest part of my collection and I eat meat too. But if you can get such a great meal, cheaper, delicious and better for you–it’s a bonus.

    Your curry looks amazing–and yes, yit is official nowm you are the “sweet potato queen!” 😉

  2. Lo says:

    Oh, YUM. This curry looks absolutely stellar. I love the versatility of curry pastes… and the speed they bring to a great dinner.

    I’ve also got to agree on the vegan/veggie cookbooks… so many in my collection, and they’re all a wealth of great ideas for healthy eating. Bring on the veg!

  3. Reeni? says:

    What a delicious way to enjoy curry and sweet potatoes!! I eat meat but love vegetarian recipes, too. I think that’s why were foodies-we love all sorts of cuisines and types of food. Enjoy your long weekend!

  4. Kalyn says:

    Bookmarked! I’m going to make this for sure.

  5. Natashya says:

    That sounds wonderful! I love to have a range of veggie and vegan meals too – keeps you balanced.

  6. Van says:

    First off…

    I used to be a runner – ran about 7 to 10 miles a day for. I had major knee issues and I also have double jointed knees (yes, they bend backwards). I decided to stop before the whole knee replacement at age 30 came into the picture.

    Anyway, this dish looks tasty. When you say “red curry paste” did you make your own out of powder, or was it purchased?

  7. Donna-FFW says:

    LOve the combination of the sweet potatoes and the curry. Delicious, Joanne!

  8. Jeff says:

    Runner’s knee for me was easy to get over. I just quit running. I hate the idea of having to do legs at all with weights. Always feels like I overdo it and the next two days I spend hobbling around. Suck!

    Recipe sounds great too! Love thai flavors.

  9. Daniel says:

    I never understood how people can be so absolutist with regard to cookbooks. Why CAN’T a meat eater use a vegetarian or vegan cookbook? Is there some rule somewhere that I missed? Love the fact that there are people out there like you who bridge the gap!

    PS: Thanks for sharing another a great recipe.

    Casual Kitchen

  10. Joanne says:

    Deb – Haha, I think I shall make myself a crown or start to have my friends refer to me as Queen Sweet Potato. Vegan/vegetarian dishes rock!

    Lo – Curry pastes definitely make life easier and they can be used in so many ways! I am all about the veg as well.

    Reeni – Exactly. I want to eat anything and everything at least once and that INCLUDES but is not limited to vegan/vegetarianism. Go foodies!

    Kalyn – Please do and let me know what you think.

    Natashya – Definitely! The best thing about vegan/veg cookbooks is that I can always add meat to the dishes if I really want to. Why limit myself?

    Van – I used store-bought red curry paste (I think thai kitchen is the brand). They’re not really that hard to make but I am lazy. I find that this brand is pretty good. That’s crazy about your double-jointedness! I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone with that “talent”.

    Donna – Thanks so much! Sweet potatoes complement most things (IMO).

    Jeff – Haha, that’s one way to go about it…I am an addict though, so I guess there will be squats and wall sits in my future. Thai flavors are awesome!

    Daniel – I think such people are just insecure in their omnivorism. They find that they are secretly attracted to vegan/vegetarian cuisine and are threatened by it. Kind of like homophobes. I am glad that you challenged me to use more of my cookbooks! It definitely pushed me to make this recipe.

  11. zoe says:

    ooh I love curry. This looks delicious

  12. Joanne says:

    zoe – Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment!

  13. shanthi says:

    Yummy and authentic curry. Do visit my blog when time permits.http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com/

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