I must admit, this recipe totally surprised me. I really wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did-especially considering I used frozen edamame and snap peas. Let’s just say I made this for bf to bring to work and then I ended up eating some the night before for dinner-whoops 😉This sauce recipe came inspired from this GIANT recipe book I have- literally it is like a cooking bible. It has everything from appetizers, to soups but then how to’s like make your own cheese, pastry, plus different cuisines from over the world… it is 700 pages of overwhelming deliciousness. So awhile back I wrote down the recipe for a cilantro coconut sauce and only months later did I finally make it. This partly has to do with the fact that I need to use up the frozen vegetables that have been in my freezer too long and partly that bf has been struck with a sinus infection so I wanted to make something that would help “clear them up”.
Another HUGE book I am enjoying right now is all about Ayurveda and eastern medicine. It goes into detail about hundreds of herbs, spices, foods, vitamins, plants… and how they help heal the body. Ginger is hopefully now a well known food that has an endless list of health benefits but specifically does a great job at clearing the sinuses. Who knew cilantro did as well? Just some of the things cilantro is capable of:
- Acts as a natural anti-septic and anti-fungal agent for skin disorders like fungal infections and eczema
- Contains immune-boosting properties
- Acts as an expectorant
- Helps promote healthy liver function.
- Reduces minor swelling
- Strong general antioxidant properties
- Disinfects and helps detoxify the body
Another healing spice I hadn’t known about before was coriander. Although coriander is the seed of the plant cilantro (sometimes the name is used interchangeably) it has many of the same health benefits and is often used in teas for allergies, hay fever…etc
And as for the rest of the ingredients, my rule of thumb is if it is green or grows in the ground then it is definitely good for you :). The verdict here is that this is super easy to prepare, has a depth of flavor and is a big bowl of good for you comfort. YUM! Also, a huge plus here is that using frozen veggies is a big money saver not to mention it saves cooking time too!
Ingredients: Serves 2
1/2 cup uncooked jasmine rice
2 garlic cloves
1 heaping tbsp fresh ginger
1 package steam fresh snap peas
1/2 cup edamame, thawed
1/2 cup coconut milk (I used silk the carton because I was too lazy to open can of full fat)
1/2 packed cup fresh cilantro
1 tbsp ground coriander
pinch cumin & chili powder
splash rice wine vinegar
few tbsp red chili sauce (I used homemade)
-Cook your rice according to package directions (word of advice- keep an eye, jasmine rice cooks rather quickly and I have noticed it needs less water than directions call for)
-Over medium heat in a deep enough sauce pan, use 1 tbsp coconut oil and saute onion 2-3 minutes. Add ginger and garlic saute 1 minute. Add ground coriander, chili powder and cumin. Add thawed veggies and toss everything well. Add coconut milk and cilantro and stir everything very well. Turn heat down to simmer and stir in rice. Add rice vinegar and sweet chili sauce. Season to taste.
This ended up having so much flavor and the aroma from the spices and jasmine rice was divine. Plus it comes together really quickly which is great for quick dinners or make ahead lunches. It’s a super delicious way to soothe your sinuses and help boost immunity! 🙂
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