Quick N Easy Thai Coconut Shrimp Stir Fry Loaded With Veggies #SundaySupper

I was super excited when my #SundaySupper team decided to do a “ Back To School Meals” theme this week.  Being a busy working mom I need ideas and all the help I can get  to put together quick and easy healthy meals on the table. I can’t wait to visit all the participating blogs and get some great tips and recipes.  Added bonus : all these meals can be put together in 30 minutes or less. My kind of meal :)!  Who wants to spend time slaving over a meal on a school night ? :)  I do some of my cooking for the week over the weekend so when I need to put together a quick meal, I like one pot meals where I can combine the meat and the veggies. A good stir fry loaded with veggies is quick and easy and gives my family  a healthy dinner. Serve the stir fry over rice noodles or rice and serve some fresh fruit and milk and we have a complete meal in 30 minutes or less. Cook the rice in a cooker while the stir fry is simmering. This Thai style stir fry swimming in coconut milk is super simple to make and transports you to a Thai restaurant ! Seriously :) ! I love cooking with coconut milk and coconut oil and this dish has both. Fresh ginger, garlic, basil, mint, cilantro and Thai red curry paste make up the spice mix for this curry. I found using hot chili sauce instead of authentic Thai chili paste works just as fine. Tone down the curry paste if your kids are not too crazy about spicy. The coconut milk tones down the taste so it’s not very hot.  I used Costco stir fry veggie pack which has oodles of veggies like baby corn,  snow peas, red peppers, mushroom, and other veggies. You can use any combo of  your favorite veggies. Get creative !!  Make this vegan by substituting the shrimp for tofu. It tastes great with tofu too.

 

Floating in coconut goodness !

 

Nutrition Wise !

This stir fry is bursting with fiber courtesy of the veggies. It’s also brimming with healthy fat in the form of coconut milk and coconut oil ! Read my post on the “wonders of coconut milk”  to see why I love and advocate coconut milk!   A good amount of protein and when served with rice or noodles give you a nutritionally complete meal. Adding some fresh fruit and milk to the meal are just additional nutritional icing on the cake !

In the skillet !

Making it child friendly with some fresh fruit and milk . My kids like blue plates :)!

Up Close And Personal.  Yummy !!

 

Thai Coconut Shrimp Stir-fry

Serves 4 - 6
Dietary Diabetic
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1lb shrimp (peeled and devined)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (grated or pureed)
  • 4 cloves Garlic (finely diced or pureed)
  • 1 Onion (Sliced)
  • 5 cups Stir- fry veggies (or 5 cups of you favorite veggies sliced long )
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric or curicumin (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste (or medium hot chili sauce)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (or juice from 1 lemon)
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Note

Good veggies to use in a stir-fry are bell peppers, squash, Zucchini, mushroom, carrots, celery, broccoli, snow peas, water chestnuts, peas, edamame etc, Be creative !!

Directions

If using fresh veggies, chop all veggies into long pieces. Finely chop basil, mint and cilantro.
Heat coconut oil, add onion and saute till soft. Add chopped ginger, garlic turmeric and red curry paste. saute for 2 minutes. Add shrimp and saute for about 5 minutes till cooked.
Add veggies and salt and saute for another 5-7 minutes till crisp cooked. Cook longer for softer veggies. Add the chopped mint, cilantro, basil and lemon juice.
Add coconut milk and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Take off fire and serve over hot rice or noodles.

Just take a look at the  awesome line up of ‘Quick and Easy’ recipes !

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day on Sunday. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 p.m. EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about Back to School Meals and ways to make meal time easier!

All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us throughTweetChat! We’ll be sharing great recipes and tips all afternoon, and we’ll be talking all things Back to School Meals during our chat!

Comments

  1. Now you have started off my morning with a Thai food craving. Oh heavens I have to make this soon.

  2. Love the flavors of this recipe! Coconut and curry paste, just wonderful. Have a great sunday!

  3. This sounds absolutely delicious! I LOVE Thai curries, but have no real idea how to make them myself. Getting back into a healthy routine (exercise will commence next week once this crazy summer heat has past) and this is a great recipe that I can use for sure.

    Love how you include the nutritional information with every recipe, too! Thanks :)

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Yay Tom !! Good for you. Getting fit :) Make it and tell me how you liked it. I actually had a nutrient analysis software which has some kinks. Once it gets fixed , will put in cals, protein …. that kind of nutritional info too. Thanks for the share ! Appreciate it !

  4. All of these flavors look amazing! SO much color! 😉

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Thanks ! Been shopping for bright colored plates and stuff just to get colorful pics :) Glad it’s paying off.

  5. I love Thai food and this sounds amazing! Would love to hear your opinion on coconut oil sometime. Our local RDs don’t like recommending it because it’s high in saturated fat, but everything I’ve read about it sounds like it’s great for your health.

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Have a couple of posts on coconut and why I think it’s healthy. Will tweet you links tomorrow. The saturated fat is the kind that gets burnt V quickly as fuel. Does not accumulate so it’s considered good fat that can be used as body fuel. I myself recently changed to it and have seen the health benefits. Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. This looks awesome. I can’t wait to try this soon.

  7. Fantastic ideas to save time…and WOW, what a delicious meal. Another one my boys would gobble up (they love shrimp)!

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Thanks ! My family gobbled it up too and it was super easy and simple to make. Perfect for a week night !

  8. I’m definitely adding this to my weeknight meals! I love everything about this recipe – the shrimp, the vegetables, the coconut, the curry (although I may use sweet chili sauce). Thanks for sharing!

  9. it’s difficult to choose between tofu and shrimps, so I use both them. And the result is a delicious dish 😀
    it’s fit me that lazy to prepare a breakfast in morning :)

  10. I love cooking with coconut milk and coconut oil too! And this recipe looks like a perfect way to do both. Thanks for sharing

  11. My favorite food in the whole entire world is Korean. Then it’s Thai. When I was pregnant I always had a craving for Chinese food but when I had it I wasn’t satisfied. It turns out I was craving Thai not Chinese. I just didn’t know it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Makes me want Thai food today! RIght now.

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Have’nt tried Korean food too much but pretty sure I’ll like it since it’s like Thai a bit ! Hope you got plenty of Thai when you were preggie :0) Thanks !

  12. I love stir fries because they come together so quickly! This one looks fresh and delicious!

  13. Yum!! I just made a Thai Coconut Curry this week. Love shrimp and coconut together!

  14. Thanks for reminding me about another great stir fry combo, Sue!

  15. what a delicious recipe, specially the coconut shrimp, i really love sea foods and i did not know if its complement with a coconut.

  16. I dig the coconut and curry combination! And that side of watermelon is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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