This gentle curry is a sweet combination of sweet and mild heat. In addition to balancing the squash’s natural sweetness, the curry paste provides antioxidants and cancer-fighting benefits. If you prefer a more robust curry taste, feel free substitute with a stronger curry paste. Winter squash, such as butternut, provides many vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, potassium and magnesium, as well as Omega 3 and fiber.
1 cup shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 pound butternut squash
1 can chickpeas
½ cup cilantro
2 cups quinoa
Peel and slice shallot and garlic. Peel and remove seeds from one large butternut squash, chop into bite-sized chunks. Rinse and drain one can chickpeas. Chop cilantro.
Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 can coconut milk
3 tablespoons mild curry paste, or more to taste
1 teaspoon salt
In a large pot over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until shallot is soft, about 3 minutes. Add coconut milk, curry paste and salt, bring to a boil. Add squash, return to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until squash is tender. Stir in chickpeas and cilantro, continue to cook until warmed through.
Slice lime into wedges; serve curry with a squeeze of lime over a bed of quinoa.
Preparation: 30 minutes
Francie Healey is the author of "Eat To Beat Alzheimer's and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is both a Certified Health Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.practitioner.