Somebody please make me stop eating these Thai Lime & Chili Almonds from Trader Joe’s. I just ate one of the little dried chili’s and my mouth feels like hot lava. And I’m too lazy to go upstairs to get a drink, so I just keep eating them! I am a huge sucker for Thai food. Especially the spicy and sweet combo. There’s nothing better than a rich, slightly sweet curry with that spicy kick at the end.
I had actually never had Thai food until my honeymoon. My husband and I were really into exploring new foods while on our honeymoon and we went to a little restaurant called Benja’s Thai and Sushi while in St. George, Utah. We had our first Thai curry, our first sushi roll (heaven!), and the best dessert of sticky mango rice. That was one of the best meals I have ever had. Ever since then, there has been a special place in my heart for Thai food.
Today’s recipe is a red Thai curry that is made super simple in the crockpot. This is one of my husband and daughters very favorite meals. Its full of sweet potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, and peas smothered in a slightly spicy (you can adjust the heat) red coconut sauce. I use light coconut milk to keep the fat content lower, but I have made it with full fat coconut milk and even full on coconut cream (the thick part of coconut milk). Its pretty amazing with the coconut cream, but I just don’t feel good about making it on a regular basis with the higher calorie choice. So light coconut milk is what I end up using. You can really use which ever coconut option you would like, but just know that the sauce thickness will change depending on the type you use. With light coconut milk it will be pretty runny and with coconut cream it will be quite thick. Honestly, the coconut cream is the yummiest. If you are feeling indulgent, you should give it a try. I get my light coconut milk at Trader Joe’s because it so cheap! I also get my coconut cream there, mostly because I can’t find it at many other stores. Did you know you can make your own coconut cream? Here is a a tutorial on making your own coconut cream on Oh She Glows (no need to whip it for this recipe.)
Recipe by Edible Experiments