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Easy Thai Coconut Curry Scallops with Jasmine Rice – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Easy Thai Coconut Curry Scallops with Jasmine Rice

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerA friend recently went to Vegas and was talking up a coconut curry scallop dish they had at the Bellagio. Well then all I could think about was coconut curry scallops so I needed to try out a recipe and see how things went.

I found this recipe on line that had ingredients I could tweak to make it paleo and gluten free. It was unbelievably easy to do. Just a couple of small tweaks is all you need sometimes. Which goes to show that very few recipes can be off limits to you if you just know what to substitute. The taste is the same, just better ingredients,

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerTo make this recipe really easy as far as steps go, I chopped everything I needed first. This took about 10 minutes. It went fast. I put all the ingredients in their own little piles so I’d be ready for them in a snap. This dish cooked up in a little over 30 minutes and you’ll look like a kitchen ninja 🙂

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerNext I made the sauce. All I did was put in all the ingredients called for. No fancy schmancy crap, easy like weezy. While the sauce is simmering, salt and pepper the scallops.

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerAfter sauce has been cookin’, add your thawed scallops. Cook scallops about 3 minutes on each side. To test doneness, cut one open and make sure it’s white, not opaque. You don’t want to overcook the scallops though, they can get rubbery.

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerI made some jasmine rice to go with the scallops so if you do that, start it as soon as you start chopping the ingredients because the rice takes about 35 minutes. You could also use brown rice or quinoa, whatever floats your boat.

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerLook at you cookin’ delicious healthy thai food. You friggin’ rock!

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime ginger

Easy Thai Coconut Curry Scallops with Jasmine Rice - Paleo, Gluten Free
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound large scallops
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 large carrots cut into matchsticks
  • 2 large limes
  • 2 Tablespoons minced or grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (I used sriracha)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • Optional: ¼ cup chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Chop all your veggies and herbs first.
  2. Finely grate zest from one of your limes. Using the remainder of the lime, squeeze 2 Tablespoons. Cut second lime into wedges for garnish.
  3. Heat coconut oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped shallots, carrots and minced ginger; saute until shallots are tender and carrots soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in curry paste, sriracha, coconut milk, fish sauce, lime peel zest and 2 Tablespoons lime juice. Simmer gently, stirring often for about 5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle scallops with a pinch of salt and pepper on both sides. Add scallops to curry sauce.
  6. Return heat to a gentle simmer and cook just until scallops are opaque in center, 5 to 6 minutes.
  7. Gently stir in cilantro and basil.
  8. Serve over your favorite rice. I used jasmine but you could use brown rice or even quinoa.
  9. Garnish with sliced limes.
  10. Optional: sprinkle with chopped peanuts

Faux “Fried Rice” – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan

Faux “Fried Rice” – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoliI’ve been craving Chinese food lately but the thought of all that msg and sodium makes me dizzy. It just doesn’t seem fair that the only way to enjoy Chinese food is to throw all nutritional common sense out the window. So I told the hubby I wanted to make healthy Chinese food and his response was “can’t be done”. I love him 🙂

He doesn’t know all of the ingredients i have in my arsenal and I actually took it as a challenge. I started with a ton of veggies and got to chopping.

paleo quinoa fried rice healthy vegetable vegan cabbage pepperWhile the quinoa was cooking, I prepped my veggies. I find chopping vegetables by hand almost meditative but then I’m a little kooky so you can easily use a food processor if you aren’t a little kooky too.

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoliYou can pretty much customize the ingredients. Just know that you honestly can’t put too many vegetables. I had carrots, 3 different color bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, scallions, zucchini and red cabbage. Basically everything that was in the fridge.

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoli

The most time consuming part of this recipe is prepping the veggies. Because after they are chopped you just put them all in one pan with some sesame oil and stir fry on medium high, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes. Add the quinoa, seasoning and your done, So easy.

This is hands down, the best alternative to fat laden, sodium filled fried rice. It’s got so much flavor, is healthy as heck with all the veggies packed in it. It’s paleo, dairy free, vegan and gluten-free. C’mon, that’s friggin awesome! It’s so good in fact that I’m going to freeze a big stash of the veggies pre-diced so I can make this again in a flash. I’m already planning my next batch.

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoli

This is definitely going into my meal rotation and bonus, it reheats really really good.

Paleo Faux "Fried Rice"
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • *** I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE ***
  • 1 cup uncooked, rinsed quinoa
  • 2¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 1½ cup finely chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped orange bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • 5 scallions chopped fine, use both the white and green parts
  • 2 small zucchini, finely chopped
  • 4 Tablespoon tahini
  • 3 Tablespoon coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
  • 2 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or your favorite hot sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and vegetable broth, bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, lower to a simmer and cover, stirring occasionally.
  3. Continue simmering for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking (don't forget to stir it occasionally) you can chop all of your vegetables and put them all in the same big bowl.
  5. Heat sesame oil and add chopped vegetables on a medium to high heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes or until veggies soften.
  6. Once the quinoa is cooked and vegetables are fried, mix quinoa into the vegetable mixture.
  7. Continue heating on low, stirring occasionally for 2 - 3 minutes.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk tahini, hot sauce and coconut aminos. Pour over fried rice mixture and combine thoroughly.
  9. Serve warm. The leftovers reheat really good too.

 

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