Ahh, spring time. The birds are chirping, the daffodils are out, denim jackets are appropriate again, and the world is sighing in relief that winter has finally passed. April is just the best….
April in Rochester actually goes a little something like this: “Snow is melting, woo! Wow, I don’t need to wear my big jacket anymore, this is awesome! Shit, it’s raining, well, at least it’s kinda warm? Oh my god the daffodils are up, it must truly be spring! Fuck my life, it’s snowing.”
Yep, it’s snowing here folks, and it’s about 30 degrees. I could cry. I really could.
Being mad at the weather is the worst because you can’t curse at it or punch it in the face, considering it’s not a solid being, and you end up taking out your frustration on whoever is around to take it. This morning I trudged to work in my warmest scarf, winter hat, mittens, and fleece and saw the hopeless anger in the eyes of every person I passed…we just cannot catch a break here.
One thing that does always cheer me up, even when spring seems like a completely lost cause, is a bowl of veggie curry. It’s got to be one of my all time favorite foods. It’s stupidly easy, so flavorful, and warms up every corner of my heart and soul, even when said heart is as cold as the ice on my windshield this morning.
For the curry sauce:
- 3 tbsp. red curry paste
- 1 can light (organic) coconut milk
- 3 tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tbsp. grated ginger
For the dish:
- 1 package udon noodles, cooked as directed on package
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 medium onion
- 1 small eggplant, peeled and cubed
- 1 small zucchini, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 head bok choy, chopped
- 1 package mushrooms of choice, sliced
- 1 cup veggie broth
- 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
In a large pan, heat the coconut oil over high heat. Add veggies and stir fry until softened, about 5-8 minutes, then add veggie stock. Cook until stock has evaporated 3/4 of the way.
While veggies cook, mix the curry sauce ingredients in a bowl and pour over veggies. Turn heat to medium and let simmer for another 10 minutes or so.
Serve hot over udon noodles and garnish with sriracha, cilantro, peanuts, bean sprouts, whatever you want.
Whether the weather is bringing you down, you want to enjoy a bowl of something hot on the couch while watching a shitty TV show, or you’re just in the mood for a comforting, spicy pick-me-up, make this curry and I promise you’ll feel better.