Pumpkin Coconut Curry
Curry feels like comfort food to me! And when you throw in some pumpkin it makes your whole house smell like fall! I am definitely a cook by feel kind of girl and this recipe is absolutely a cook by feel kind of recipe. It’s one of our favorite go-to dinners because it’s SUPER quick and easy to make and doesn’t take much brain power so at the end of a long day you can just throw everything in a pot, grill some chicken and sit down to dinner. You can also make it ahead of time and just let it simmer on the stove, filling your whole house with mouthwatering fall smells. :)
10 minutes to make, 20 to cook =30 total; Feeds 6-10
2 x 12 oz cans of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 medium/large sweet potatoes
4 cloves garlic
6-8 cups chicken broth
2-4 cups coconut broth
About 1 -2 tbs Curry powder to taste
About 2 tsp Gram Masala
Salt & pepper to taste
1.5 cups Brown rice
2 large chicken breasts
Old Bay seasoning
Put rice in a pot with 3 cups chicken broth (or water). Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until water is gone (about 15-20 minutes)
Rough chop onion, garlic and sweet potato & put in a large stock pot
Open both cans of pumpkin and dump it in the pot
Add 4 cups chicken broth and 1-2 cups of coconut milk
Add curry powder, graham masala, salt and pepper (add it slow, you can always add more later)
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until sweet potatoes are soft.
While soup cooks, coat chicken in olive oil and Old Bay seasoning & grill
Use an immersion blender to blend in pot until smooth OR pour into a standard blender and blend until smooth.
Taste & adjust spicing if needed
Fill the bottom of a bowl with rice, pour soup on top and top with sliced chicken and pumpkin seeds.
Goodies In this Recipe
Pumpkin-Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene which your body converts to vitamin A, essential for eye health. In addition, one cup of pumpkin contains 7g of fiber and 3g of extra protein.
Sweet Potato-Sweet potatoes are a rich source of fibre as well as containing a good array of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and they're a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C. One of the key nutritional benefits of sweet potato is that they're high in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed.
Onion and garlic-Onion and garlic are both excellent immune system boosters. They pack a powerful nutrient punch (including high levels of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium) while being relatively low in calories. Both have compounds that help detoxify the body as well as having anti-inflammatory properties.
Chicken broth-If you want a heavy hitter in the health department, chicken broth (especially the homemade variety) is your top pick for amazing benefits. To name a few it helps re-mineralize (strengthen) teeth and bones, repairs your digestive tract by sealing the lining of your gut, contains vital vitamins and minerals that do everything from making your hair silkier all the way to helping ease joint pain. If you want to get really overwhelmed with amazingness, just google "homemade bone broth benefits."
Coconut Milk-Coconut milk is not only high in essential nutrients such as vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, but it also contains essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids (also known as healthy fat) is the kind of fat that actually helps your body burn fat. Additionally, half of the fat in coconuts is lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral activities. Cold/flu season, you lose!
Curry Spice--Curry is an AMAZING spice. The vibrant yellow color comes from a spice called turmeric which is a serious inflammation reducer and cancer fighter. Curry powder also has a track record of supporting brain health, strengthening bones, aiding digestion, battling bacteria and contributing to heart health.