Aug 09 2011
Sometimes I have to go back through my pictures to realize I’ve made many things I’ve yet to post. Often these are very un-fancy meals where I snap a few quick pictures in the kitchen, without bothering with lighting, props, my DSLR…
But that doesn’t mean this food isn’t worthy, that people aren’t interested in simple meals they can cook rather quickly.
I’m a big fan of using as few dishes as possible, which often means stir-frys or curries. Sure, there may be some prep initially to slice the meat and chop the veggies, but the meal tends to proceed quickly from that point. It’s also great because it’s easy to make year-round, warming you up a bit when it’s cold out, but also not heating up the kitchen too much during warmer months.
I made this curry several weeks ago, before I had my spiralizer. It was delicious with pasta, but I think spiraled zucchini would make it even more interesting. Guess I’ll just have to make it again…
Coconut and Beef Curry with Noodles
adapted from Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast
8 ounces angel hair pasta (rice vermicelli for gluten free option)
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound beef skirt steak*, cut against the grain into 2 inch strips
1 red onion, halved and cut into thin slices
2 red bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon red curry paste
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup basil leaves
1 tablespoon lime juice
Salt & Pepper
*can also use sirloin cut into 2 inch strips
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season with salt. Cook noodles per package instructions, drain.
Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon oil to large saute pan set to medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper, then add half to pan until browned on first side (about a minute), then flip to brown on the other side. Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining oil and beef, remove to plate.
Add onions, bell peppers, and water to pan. Stir occasionally until veggies are slightly tender. Add curry paste, stirring, until combined and fragrant.
Return beef and juices to pan, add coconut milk. Simmer about 5 minutes, until sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat, stir in basil and lime. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over prepared noodles.