Corey (I just can’t call him Popeye. I envision a giant lolloping and oddly proportioned ectomorph with a perpetual pipe and an obnoxious laugh, sorry) and I have gone through a lot of trial and error with recipe creation in the 6 months we’ve been eating Paleo. Some of my creations have failed, radically. Some have been surprisingly awesome. This is one of the latter: probably my all time favourite Paleo creation.
We served this to Corey’s parents when they came to stay with us for a week in late Spring. Corey’s Dad came back for seconds: to me, the true measure of success. You don’t go back for seconds just for the sake of being polite. Don’t let the unusual mix of ingredients scare you – this is like your favorite Thai Curry mixed with the comfort of Mom’s Shepherd’s Pie.
If you make a double batch and have lots of Zip-loc containers, you can have filling, delicious lunch for the whole week.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 red bell pepper, cut in thin strips
- 2 large fresh carrots, cut in coins
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 3 medium sized yams
- 1 package organic, free-range lean turkey meat
- 1 can “lite” (fat reduced) coconut milk
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup plain almond milk
- 2 tsp. shredded unsweetened coconut (to taste)
- 1 package thai curry paste (red or green, we prefer red. Try to find an unsalted version, Asian Gourmet is a great brand)
- handful chopped fresh basil
1. Nuke yams for 15-17 minutes on high. Poke them first! (Cook them in the oven if you’re not lazy/have more time, it’s totally up to you, but they’ll taste pretty similar either way.)
2. While they cook, dice up an onion and add turkey meat to slightly olive-oil coated fry pan. Cook till turkey is brown.
3. Add carrots and red pepper until tender crisp. Now add the curry paste (1 packet) and the full can of low fat coconut milk.
Stir until you cannot handle it anymore and have a taste. It’s good, right? I know! My god.
4. The yams should be done. Take them out of the microwave, split them in two and scoop out the flesh. Mash up, throw in some cinnamon.
5. Place the turkey meat mixture in a casserole dish and spread yams and cinnamon on top. Sprinkle with a few teaspoons of shredded coconut (unsweetened) Cook at 350 for about half an hour.
(PS – If any of you are trying out the Paleo diet and have special requests — maybe you really miss pizza or would kill for a bowl of cereal – let me know. I’ll try and put up a recipe that caters to whatever you’re really itching for.)