Monday, October 17, 2011

Miso curried vegetables

Breakfast: Vegan crepes with cherry jam

Lunch: Vegetable and rice soup with ciabatta bread dipped in balsamic vinegar

Dinner: Miso curried vegetables

I've said a few times on here that I find myself making the most inventive recipes when the cupboard is quite bare. This recipe was created in that situation, with the added idea that I wanted something with spinach and potatoes. I was seconds away from making spinach, chickpea and eggplant curry when I noticed that Putin was making miso soup, and a thought was born.

If you're not a massive fan of miso this might be a little too strong for you, so feel free to use slightly less miso and a little more water. If you like miso soup, I think this will be perfect.

You'll need:
(Feeds 2-3)
5 small potatoes
2 heaping tsp miso paste
1 tsp red curry paste
3 tbsp water
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup red pepper, chopped
1 1/2 cups green beans, chopped
3 cups spinach, torn
oil to fry
Cut the potatoes into 1 inch cubes, leaving the skin on, put them into a pan of water and boil for 10-25 minutes or until tender
Mix together the miso paste, red curry paste, water and olive oil in a bowl
In a frying pan, heat a little oil then add in the red pepper
Cook for 5 minutes, then add in the green beans
Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring often
While the beans and peppers and cooking, boil the spinach for 3-4 minutes in water
Drain the spinach, rinse with cold water, then place in a blender and blend into a paste
When the potatoes are tender, drain and add into the frying pan with half the miso mixture
Stir to coat and cook for 2 minutes
Add in the rest of the miso mixture and the spinach paste, and stir to coat
Heat for 1 minute then serve

This is a lovely meal that doesn't take long to make and leaves you feeling totally satisfied. While the potatoes are mostly to thank for that, the spinach is full of iron and the miso contains both protein and zinc, and has been reported to contain vitamin B12, though that has been contradicted in some studies. Either way, this is a filling and nutritious meal that I'll definitely be making again!

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