Lately, my mentality around cooking has been making simple dishes that I can update by adding or subtracting different spices and herbs. I have been loving everything with turmeric (like this turmeric milk) and cilantro, and find it really satisfying to make super simple curry bowls. We’re actually running low on groceries at the moment, which is always ridiculous since Fred and I both work at a grocery store, but this came from the little bit of produce that we still had left in the fridge. I used about half a head of broccoli and 1-2 cups of baby rainbow carrots, plus a sprinkling of cilantro, lime juice and some delicious mushroom salt that has cayenne pepper and pieces of various dried mushrooms. While I was making the turmeric and coconut milk vegetables, Fred cooked the white long grain rice with a bit of vegetable bouillon. This whole dish takes under 30 minutes and is entirely vegan, gluten-free, and great for cleansing and inflammation.
I love when cooking is as easy as throwing everything into a big pot and letting it simmer away. I started with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large pot over medium low heat, then added in 2 cloves of garlic and half a shallot. I absolutely adore the smell of simmering garlic and onion, and you can watch them cook in the oil and change colors. Add in the coconut milk and half a cup of water, bring up to a boil, then let simmer for another 5 minutes. You can then add in the broccoli and carrots, and let that simmer away for 15-10 minutes until the vegetables are tender. I enjoyed this dish in a bowl full of the turmeric and coconut milk broth, a few spoonfuls of the vegetables and heaping scoop of the rice. I topped it with cilantro and a fresh lime juice and Fred and I sat in silence as we stuffed our faces!
I only recently started eating cilantro, since it always bothered me when I was pregnant. It was hard for me to forget how awful my stomach felt whenever I would smell it, but I am finally over that and have been eating cilantro as much as possible. Are there any spices or herbs that you just can’t cook with?