I'm always looking to get more veggies into our diet (heck, if could get any veg aside from baby carrots into L's body, I'd attempt a cartwheel). So when I see recipes that offer wiggle room on veggies, I jump at the chance. Casual dishes that involve sauces can usually be stretched so that you could add, say, double the vegetables called for - helping you on your way to 5-9-a-day.
This delicious looking recipe from the new Everyday Food cookbook called Fresh Flavor Fast caught my eye. I had an over-abundance of bell peppers in the fridge and a bag of frozen cut green beans on hand - voila! A veggie-full combo, easy enough for a weeknight and easily convertible to please any vegetarian or vegan palate as well. I made this to serve 2 generously, but you can easily double either the whole lot, or just the protein portion to suit however many mouths you have to feed.
Thai Green Chicken Curry With Chicken (or Tofu) (adapted from Everyday Food Magazine)2 chicken cutlets, about 3-4 oz. each (or use extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into cubes) 2 bell peppers, cut into strips 1 large onion, chopped 10 oz. frozen cut green beans, thawed 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 T. Thai green curry paste 1 can (14.5 oz.) light coconut milk 1/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth) 1 c. packed torn fresh basil leaves Juice of 1 lime Cooked rice for serving
Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken cutlets or tofu and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes each side. Remove to a plate, let rest for 5 minutes and then cut into bite-sized pieces.
Meanwhile, add the onion and season with salt and pepper (if you are using tofu in your recipe, you may need to add a bit more olive oil here). Cook until translucent, then add the green beans and bell pepper strips. Cook, stirring frequently, until the beans are heated and the bell pepper begins to soften. Add the curry paste and cook until the paste is slightly darkened, approximately 3 minutes. Add the chicken or tofu, coconut milk and broth and bring to a simmer.
Cook until the vegetables are tender and the sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and add the basil and lime juice. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and/or pepper accordingly. Serve over rice.