Googling Up Easy Delish Dinner

I’ve been a little busier than usual lately – I got some real live PAID work, for which I am extremely grateful, but which throws a pretty big wrench in my normal task accomplishment rhythm.  My fabulous bathroom renovation has been, shall we say, stalled (har, har), the garden’s behind, I’ve stopped planning about 15 home improvements and I’ve had a harder time than usual planning food.  Still spinning a bit I guess.  I’ll get the hang of it again, but in the meantime, we still have to eat.

So the other night, when I didn’t get to the market as planned, I made a quick survey of the ingredients I had available, and decided to just google them.  I typed in potatoes, green beans, and coconut milk… and up came dinner.  Isn’t technology wonderful?  And I really mean it this time (unlike so many of the times I say that).

There were several posts that featured the same basic idea (a gentle curry), so I settled on the one that looked like it would make the amount of food I wanted, put some rice in the rice cooker, and got to work changing the recipe to suit myself, as I do.  So I give you:

Coconut Curry with Green Beans, Potatoes and Kale – inspired by this version

  • 2 T coconut oil (or vegetable oil)


    a slightly blurry, but lovely dish

  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 T brown mustard seeds
  • 1/2 t garam masala
  • 1 t cayenne (optional – I opted no, but will opt yes next time since my daughter didn’t like it anyway 😉 )
  • large can or box diced tomatoes
  • 1 c water
  • about 5 medium russet potatoes, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 large handfuls green beans trimmed (cut if you like, I didn’t)
  • 1 1/2 c coconut milk (the full fat canned kind)
  • 3 VERY large handfuls baby or cut kale

big pot of yum

In deep pan or large pot, melt coconut oil.  Add spices and stir a bit.  Allow to saute until mustard seeds begin to pop and your kitchen smells AH-MAZING.  Add your tomatoes and stir.  Allow to warm, stirring a few times.  Add 1 c water and potatoes.  Stir.  Allow to come to a gentle boil, cover and turn down to simmer for about 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally ensuring potatoes aren’t sticking to the bottom.

Add the green beans and continue to cook for about 4 more minutes or until the beans and potatoes are tender to your liking, stirring occasionally.  Add the coconut milk and warm.


chunky coconut milk

Now when I opened my coconut milk, it had separated and fat on top wasn’t creamy, it was sort of pasty.  Nothing was wrong with it and so I ignored the online suggestion to throw it in a blender.  When I added it to the acidic tomatoes, it didn’t stand a chance of blending.  In the end, it didn’t really matter, but it would have been a prettier dish if I’d gone ahead and blended the coconut milk.  Back to our regularly scheduled dinner…

Add the kale (oh yes, Dad, kale) and stir.  Cook just until the kale wilts (gets softer, but not mushy).

Serve on top of rice – or your preferred grain.  So googling dinner worked out pretty darned nice.  Delish!

Looking for more ways to use kale? Try these.

Looking for other takes on curries? Try this

Harboring a childhood aversion to green beans? Food for thought here.

Thinking something other than grain would be nice?  How about barley or amaranth?

Trying to clean up your eating habits? Join us in our Baby Steps to Better Health. C’Mon… you know you want to.

22 responses

  1. I know what we’re having for dinner Sunday night – and you saved the googling for me. Sounds lovely. I love the idea – going to google some strange ingredient combos and see what I get!

    • Thanks for hosting and stopping by! I was in such dire straits, googling seemed like the only way to go and now I think it really does make sense. So many times I go to the store for a few things to make a recipe I have in mind and really it would be smarter (and cheaper) to just search on what I have on hand. And it sure worked out well this time. 🙂

  2. Yum! I have to try this. I love curry. Thank you for linking up with Fabulously Frugal Thursday. We would love if you link back to us and ensure your post is thrifty so we can also pin it to our Fabulously Frugal Board.

  3. I am just finding out about coconut oil and am looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” I always enjoy the recipes you share. 🙂

  4. Oh dear, I shouldn’t read posts like this when I’m hungry! Especially when I don’t have any veg in the house to make into a curry. Thursday is a bank holiday though so I think I’ll just have to make sure to get up early on Wednesday to make it to the farmers’ market to get some stuff in before work.

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