Crazy things are afoot this week.

This morning, I ate peanut butter and jelly for breakfast and didn’t taste test the entire jar in the process.  Strange. And unusual.

Yesterday afternoon, I told myself I only had to run 4 miles.  And then I actually only ran. 4. Miles.


Last night, I shook my life and schedule up and went on an impromptu date.  For a neurotic control freak like myself who has every minute of every day planned…

…this was an exercise in living.  I like living.  I should do it more often.


And on Sunday, I’ll be hitting the streets of NYC, weaving my way through Central Park and then Times Square, all the way down to the financial district.  13.1 miles.  All before 10AM.  (Hopefully.)

Like I said.  Crazy things.

I blame it on the tapering.  It gives me all this pent up energy that I’m not supposed to be using to lift weights or run double digit miles.  And so obviously I have to expend it in other ways…

…and well.  There is more than one way to get a cardiovascular workout in, after all.

Like, you know…

…curry making.  And then curry eating.  Those are two of my favorite workout alternatives.  The heat of the curry gets your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing, but then the sweet notes of the coconut milk and sweet potatoes bring it back down.  It’s like interval training.  But for the soul.

And will it make me faster on half marathon day?  Well.  That has yet to be determined.  But I’m definitely excited to find out.

PS –  if any of YOU guys want to follow my progress on Sunday, you can sign up to have updates sent to your phone!  Just click here and enter in my name (Joanne Bruno).  I think it costs 99 cents to have the text messages sent to you but you can also track me online in real time, for free.


Golden Thai Curry with Green Beans
Serves 4, adapted from Vegetarian Times March 2012


  • 1 lb sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into half moons
  • 1/2 lb green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp penang or yellow curry paste
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 13.5 oz can light coconut milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp thinly sliced basil leaves


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook the potatoes for 7 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon.  Add carrots, cook 10 minutes, and remove with a slotted spoon.  Add green beans and cook 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon.  Set aside all vegetables.
  2. Heat oil in pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook 7 minutes, or until starting to brown.  Stir in garlic, curry paste and peanut butter.  Cook 1 minute.  Add coconut milk, 1/2 cup water, and sugar.  Bring mixture to a simmer. Stir in potatoes, carrots and bell pepper.  Simmer 10 minutes.  Add green beans and basil, and cook 2 minutes more.


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98 Responses to Golden Thai Curry with Green Beans {}

  1. You are on a serious roll this week! Loving it:-)

  2. brocstar says:

    Woo-Hoo! First race post-stress fracture.. good luck and have fun! You’ll be doing 26.2 in no time at all (well, maybe a little time. But barely any.)

  3. Good luck this weekend Joanne! I know you’ll do great. I have a cut back week, have to run 8 on Saturday – but next week 12!!! Yikes!

    I hope you have great weather – and I LOVE this dish – it looks amazing!

  4. Curry as interval training: love it, Joanne! Good luck on your half marathon! 🙂

  5. 1) This dish looks soooo appetizing!! 2) Good luck on Sunday! Will be cheering you on – I’m sure you will rock it!

  6. Gloria says:

    Good luck Sunday!! You rock!
    This look amazinf and yum!

  7. Lora says:

    What a beautiful curry dish and good luck on Sunday!

  8. Big Dude says:

    That looks and sounds delicious Joanne – enjoy your run.

  9. Danielle says:

    This sounds great – I could eat Thai curry everyday!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    This is the second thai coconut dish i’ve seen this morning. I need to go get some coconut milk asap

  11. Beautiful 🙂 I love Thai curry, and neeeed to make it myself sometime soon! 🙂

  12. Lynn says:

    Good luck on Sunday! I will check your progress. And I wish I had some of that yummy dish for lunch today. 🙂

  13. Good luck on your run! I can’t wait to hear all about it. Everything about taper week is weird, but at least you’re sticking to it! Can’t wait to try this curry out it’s bookmarked for next week!

  14. Alyce says:

    OOH fantastic! I love curry. And peanut butter. And coconut milk. I know what I’m making for dinner!

  15. Ben says:

    Yay for living! When I first tried it I loved it so much that I didn’t go back to my boring way… Not saying that you are… NEVERMIND. That dish looks so good! 😉

  16. The dish looks so good, I just had a Thai curry first time last month and decided that I absolutely love it.
    Good luck in the race!

  17. Claudie says:

    This curry looks tasty with those potatoes and, as usual, I’m loving all the colors in your dish!
    Have plenty of fun on Sunday! 🙂

  18. daphne says:

    oh yes! get the heart pumping with some good curry! Hey, chill helps with metabolism! Love how many veges you add to this dish- more the merrier!

  19. Amy says:

    I’m sick 🙁 And actually sat still for 20 whole minutes yesterday. Talk about crazy!

  20. Good thing you saved some of the peanut butter to use in the curry. Interesting that yellow curry paste is used but its called golden curry. I guess gold sounds more prestigious than yellow:) In a restaurant I will pay a couple of dollars extra for golden instead of yellow curry:)

  21. Jenna says:

    You ARE on a roll–and way to go being flexible and going on that spontaneous date! (details! details!) As for this curry, you know the way straight to my heart. I’ll be stopping by the Asian grocery store soon, and I’ll be sure to pick up some panang curry paste to make this sweet little dish.

  22. Yay, good luck…I’ll be thinking of you!! And YUM on this beautiful, colorful curry. It makes me happy just looking at it. 😀

  23. Epicurea says:

    good luck! this curry will keep you energized and is a nice inspiration to work on my asian repertoire :-)!

  24. Geni says:

    Such a gorgeous, gorgeous dish of veggies and good things to eat. You always inspire me to eat better AND exercise more. Good luck Joanne and take good care of yourself. No injuries!!!!!! I won’t allow a single one. Okey dokey?

  25. Nicole, RD says:

    Yay! I love signing up for your time tracking! If bloggers following your every split isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is. You’ll do great!! 🙂

    And you certainly did great with this dish. I LOVE green beans…and curry. Obviously (we’re friends).

  26. Shannon says:

    ha. curry eating might be nice, but i like other cardio options as well 😛 good luck sunday!!! i’ll be thinking of you while i bust out a slow 3.1 🙂 and then go for a bike ride?

  27. Blaming the taper is so…versatile, isn’t it? 😉 This looks fantastic! Good luck on Sunday and I’ll be tracking you! Pain is temporary, pride is forever. Also, you are a honey badger and the honey badger don’t care – it just takes. What it wants (last mantra courtesy of my daughter – and it worked in my last marathon). Crush it!

  28. Laura says:

    I am drooling over this recipe Joanne! I want to make it for dinner tonight. All of the ingredients are so wonderful and sound like they pair together beautifully.

  29. good luck with the run! I’m a sucker for curry so this recipe is perfection!

  30. Shana says:

    Looks amazing. Good luck on your race!

  31. Rachel says:

    Good luck in your race! I’m sure you’ll be curry-powered fast!

  32. Erica says:

    Your pictures are so beautiful!I am drooling here…Great vegetarian meal! Good luck!

  33. Rona says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! It is the type of meal that I could eat for several days in a row. Good luck on the marathon!

  34. What a beautiful and colorful curry! Good Luck this weekend!!!

  35. Kristen says:

    Well, I hope that curry does make you run faster! Good luck in the race..and with those dates we keep hearing about;-)

  36. THis looks very nice and I will for sure cook that because.. I like Thai…and peanut butter 🙂 Have fun with your run!

  37. kankana says:

    Thai food is one of my favourite. The flavor it adds makes me want for more .. all the time ! Keep running 🙂

  38. awesome colorful pictures! I love the recipe

  39. OohLookBel says:

    That curry looks incredible, so colourful. I haven’t been to the gym this week, so maybe such a curry will give me an internal cardio workout, haha!

  40. This looks delicious! Just the kind of meal I’ve been craving – substantial and flavorful, but veggie-heavy.

  41. girl kick ass on your marathon!!
    you go!

  42. Dining Alone says:

    I have that same black and white bowl 🙂 GOOD LUCK this weekend!

  43. Cara says:

    You underachiever, you. KIDDING! Sounds like you are on path to an awesome race!

  44. Nicole says:

    The curry looks gorgeous! GOOD LUCK on Sunday!!!! 🙂

  45. tigerfish says:

    I thought I saw potatoes then saw sweet potatoes in your recipe. I like the addition of sweet potatoes into this Thai curry.

  46. Candace says:

    This is just gorgeous, Joanne! Best wishes on the race this weekend. I’ll be cheering you on from New Hampshire.

  47. Katie says:

    The variety of bright colors in this curry are just beautiful. I love embracing a bit more of the spontaneity of life, although it’s never easy for me. Good luck with the race on Sunday!

  48. Deborah says:

    I love that – interval training. But for the soul. That’s my kind of food!!

  49. haha, curry making! Not what I was thinking but that works too! 🙂 Good luck on your half marathon-you rock!

  50. good luck on Sunday and well done on the impromptu date! It makes life interesting 🙂 I am not heading off to raid the peanut butter jar 🙂

  51. Dolly says:

    that looks so nice and healthy!!!!

  52. Yes I agree Curry is a lovely vitalizer, blows some fresh wind into the house and into life! Looks very appetizing!

  53. Suzi says:

    This is a seriously lovely dish. Spicy with coconut cool. Good luck on the race, Sunday. Happy day today!

  54. Such a beautiful and stunning dish. Love that it’s popping with bright color!

  55. Okay now this just looks amazing! I could probably eat all of this because this is the kind of dish I love!

  56. Faith says:

    Sounds like good things are going on (love the sound of that impromptu date — wish my hubby read your blog!)…good luck on Sunday, sweets!

    And I have to say, that is a STUNNING bowl of curry!

  57. Margarita says:

    This looks delicious! Curry, ah! I could eat this everyday. That placemat in the first picture… I have the exact same one. I am jealous that you are doing a half. I can barely make it to 5 miles. Good luck on Saturday!

  58. That Girl says:

    A strange week indeed. Good luck on Sunday!

  59. Ooo, what a lovely curry – and so colorful! This looks like something that would make my husband do *just* about anything I wanted, hah! Great recipe.

  60. Pam says:

    I am loving this one – so much flavor!! Great photos.

    Good luck on Saturday!! I hope your impromptu date went well.

  61. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, This looks wonderful. I hope that you had a great run on Sunday.
    Blessings, Catherine xo

  62. good luck!! a wonderful dish screaming with flavor…love it!

  63. Mary says:

    The curry looks lovely, Joanne. I hope all goes well on Sunday. Have a great day. Blessings…MAry

  64. wow! What a hearty meal!! I can’t get enough of Thai curry!!

  65. This curry will make me so so happy..
    Delicious and healthy…
    Love the clicks….

  66. Beautiful and flavourful curry!
    All the best with Sunday run, Jo.


  67. The VT recipes don’t often appeal to me but you always make them sound and look so good! Good luck with the half marathon!!! 🙂

  68. Monet says:

    Wow…just beautiful! I, too, am trying to live outside the box more. I need to let go of control! Thank you for sharing, sweet girl. Your recipes (and your words) always make me smile.

  69. beti says:

    this curry looks delicious, fresh and perfect for spring

  70. Mary says:

    This is a beautifully colorful dish. Loved the striped placemat underneath it too!

  71. Gorgeous coloring, Joanne! This looks like a bowl full of yum!!! 😀
    Hope you have been well hon!

    Tammy <3

  72. Hannah says:

    So proud of and happy for you, my dear. You’re on a roll! 🙂

    PS, you know me too well/are too sharp/saw right through the “hidden” message in my pie post. 😉

  73. Ambika says:

    Absolutely love this curry! Looks incredible, so many veggies! I would love to eat this with steaming hot jasmine rice!

  74. Reeni says:

    I love coconut curry! The way you describe it makes me wish I was eating it! Right now. Another thing we have in common. Control freaks.

  75. teresa says:

    i’ve always had a problem being spontaneous, but i agree that is one of the best ways to live.

    LOVE this dish, it looks so rich, yet healthy.

  76. colorful and pretty! i need to make a low carb version and add lots of meat (oppps) heheheh

  77. Miriam says:

    Anything involving curry totally counts for cardio in my book :), it looks awesome. Good luck on the run!!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  78. Natalie says:

    i suck at spontaneity, though i’d like to fix that!

    ps. can you start a private blog so we can get dating deets? 😉 you know me and my nosy self!

  79. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a beautifully fresh, vibrant and colourful Thai curry. Looks amazing. And I so admire you for all that running! I used to jog and quite enjoyed it (but not as much as swimming) but now I don’t seem to be able to run at all – devastating! Good luck this weekend. I hope you have good weather and run a PB xx

  80. Susan says:

    This dish is the personification of spring! Colorful, fresh & healthy!

  81. bellini says:

    Just like India this is a colourful dish full of wonderful flavour.

  82. Johanna GGG says:

    good luck with the run and thanks for the laugh at your wordsmith genius in managing to make a curry sound like interval training! love your curry bowl – just wish I had just used up a stash of green beans

  83. Chris says:

    I like this one a lot, I’ve been craving curries more and more. Mostly Thai curries but curry in general too.

  84. Natalie says:

    You’re my hero, Joanne. Best of luck on Sunday!!

  85. Nicole says:

    This curry looks out of this world. Enjoy the run! The farthest I ever went was 10 miles – and I don’t think that will ever happen again. More power to ya!

  86. Jenn Kendall says:

    good luck with the run!! and this curry looks super delicious!

  87. Hope your marathon went well- I’m sure these lovely veggies made you speedier!

  88. sally says:

    Yummy! I love all kinds of veggie curry.

  89. Lori says:

    I hope the race went well! I am so ready for a bowl of garden-fresh veggies! This is like a ray of curried sunshine.

  90. Congrats on the race! This looks fabulous–I have been craving curry lately and this one is making my mouth water. 😉

  91. Beth says:

    This looks absolutely delicious!

  92. Yasmeen says:

    How beautiful, Joanne! So colorful and just the type of dish I’m craving as our nights get progressively cooler. How did the race go?

  93. Ginger says:

    we, and our 13-month-old, loved this! nice to have a curry dish that isn’t too spicy for a baby.

  94. Ginger says:

    also- I used yellow curry powder in lieu of paste and it was fine

  95. Deairdre says:

    That was so yummy! Thanks

  96. Megan says:

    awesome dish. it inspired me to cook a quick potato curry tonight, which i blogged, thanks for the inspiration

  97. RateMyFoods says:

    Your dish looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. I love the presentation and colour too!

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