Lets be real, I like curry any time of year, but there is something extra grand about a rich, full bodied Thai curry when the snappy weather starts to hit. Especially one with juicy ginger infused meatballs and creamy coconut chile lemongrass gravy. Dull cloudy days call for meals like these, with some pillowy jasmine rice, or if your weird like us, leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Unfortunately there was no turkey on the thanksgiving scene, since 2 people and a baby hardly qualifies for turkey feasting, a humble roast chicken gladly took its place. Though I suppose the real Canadian Thanksgiving is today, so technically we celebrate all that we are grateful for with this divine Red Thai Meatball Curry, and I tell you, it is worthy! Um, and guess what, on a side note, I built a table, yes the one beneath this meatball wonder meal. The only other thing I’ve ever built was a birdhouse, when I was 10. I think I may just have a new obsession, the chop saw, the gratification of slicing doesn’t end at vegetables, oh no, wood is just as fun. Building things is my new favourite fall activity, It’s surprisingly gratifying. Plans for a boot rack, bedside table and bookshelves are officially in the works.
7 Remedies For the Autumn Blues
- Tea- drink tea, under a tree and watch the leaves fall to the ground on their way to becoming fertile soil for the oxygen giant to continue growing.
- Snuggles- Find your lover, friend, child, cat or dog and cozy up under a warm blanket. There’s nothing like a good cuddle for boosting oxytocin (the love hormone) and making you feel a zillion times better.
- Have a piece of pie- Welcome to pie season, where the apples and pumpkins almost seem to bake themselves. Even if you don’t normally make pie, try! This paleo pumpkin cheesecake looks epic!! (even though it’s not pie…)
- Soak up the sun- Even though it’s a little more chilly out, it’s still important to get outside and absorb as much sunshine vitamin as you can. This is the time of year when our Vit.D banks are starting to dwindle, with shorter days and less skin exposed it might be a good idea to start supplementing.
- Reflect- Autumn is a great time for reflection, look back on the last year and jot down what your grateful for, ways you want to improve, favourite moments from the last year. Don’t be critical of yourself, instead shift into a positive place where you can see that everything happened for a reason (even if you don’t know it yet).
- Listen to the tunes you forgot about all summer- Or try an awesome playlist on songza, spine tingling piano serenades, celestial love, so many good ones.
- Make some comforting curry and infuse your house with good smells!
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 Tbs ginger, finely chopped
- ½ red onion, finely chopped
- 1 Tbs ground flax
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1-1½ Tbs red curry paste, depending on how spicy you like it mixed with 1 Tbs. water
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp ground lemongrass (optional)
- 3-4 kaffir lime leaves (optional)
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice, and extra wedges for serving
- a few cherry tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 anaheim pepper, cut into strips
- a few green beans
- 1 jalapeño, for some extra kick (optional)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Combine beef with grated ginger, red onion and flax, use your hands to make sure everything is mixed well and evenly distributed.
- Form 12-15 meatballs.
- Heat a large skillet and add a tsp of coconut oil, drop in the meatballs and cook for about 2 min. per side until they get a nice crispy skin.
- Add in coconut milk and red curry paste mixed with a bit of water, fish sauce, lemongrass and lime juice. Cover and simmer for 5 min.
- Add in the peppers, green beans and tomatoes and cover for another 2 minutes.
- Season with sea salt to taste and top with fresh jalapeño or cilantro and a lime wedge
Recipe inspired by this one at BBC food with a few distinct variations.
What’s your go to when you need a bit of cheering up? Do meatballs make you significantly happier or is it just me? I’d love to know.