Full-time working parent who is obsessed with figuring out how to get the best value out of the limited 24 hours in a day. This is me. But, this is also a whole lot of other people. It may even be you. I love to cook, but it hasn't yet turned into my full-time job. So in the meantime, I meal plan like crazy to ensure that our family eats well most of the time and I don't spend hours everyday in the kitchen. It can be a challenge, but it is one that I love and want to help others face head on. So, even if this, or one of my other posts, helps one person eat just a little bit better, I'm thrilled. Read, share, cook and feed. Thank you!
Ok. So this dish turned out AMAZING! I've actually tested it a handful of times over the last couple months trying to find a balance that I knew was missing, but just couldn't put my finger on. This time I found it. The recipe I'm sharing today is for a curry dish, but I came about it by outlining a Sunday Meal Prep process that gets all your weekday meals prepped and ready in under 2.5 hours and reduced time in the kitchen to under 25 minutes on a weeknight. Its crazy. I'm going to be sharing the whole thing soon in my first Weekly Meal Plan e-Book; we are still in testing mode though, patience is appreciated. However, if you want to be the first to get an official copy, be sure to subscribe to my blog, existing subscribers will get it first!
Beef Yellow Curry with Fingerling Potato's & Carrots
- 2 Pounds Stew Meat cut in 1-1.5" Cubes
- 1 Pound Carrots Cut into 3" Pieces, or a Bag of Baby Carrots
- 1/2 Pound Fingerling Potatoes
- 1 Sweet Onion, Diced
- 1 Can Coconut Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Yellow Curry Paste, Thai & True (Amazon Link here!) is one of my favorites (NO SAUCE!)
- 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
- 1 6 Ounce Container Beef Demi-Glace, Stock Options is my go-to, (or check out this Amazon Link)
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour, or other flour for a light coating on the meat
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon Pepper
- 2 Tablespoons butter or oil, I use half butter and half coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons Basil
HINT: the secret to this dish was the addition of the demi-glace. Demi-Glace is rich, brown sauce that has been reduced for a concentrated flavor. Beef broth made this dish too thin and soupy. Only using coconut milk as a liquid made the dish way too thick and heavy. Demi-Glace was perfect. Stock Options is in the freezer section. If you do purchase a frozen demi-glace, either allow it to come to room temp, or put it in a sauce pan on low heat to help it along. Do not add it frozen to your curry sauce!!
In a small bowl, mix salt, pepper and flour. Put the cubed meat in a large bowl, and sprinkle with the flour mixture lightly coating the meat. In a large pot, I prefer my Dutch oven, heat the butter and/or oil over medium heat, add cubed meat to brown. Do not over crowd your meat, you will want to remove the pieces as they brown, about 6 minutes per group.
As your meat is browning, heat a small sauce pan over low-medium heat. Add the curry paste and allow it to warm; it will become more fragrant and it heats up. After about 3 minutes, add the coconut milk, fish sauce and demi-glace, slowly simmer on low heat, do not boil, until you are ready to add it to the large pot.
Once your meat is browned and set aside, add the onions and carrots to the pot. Sauce until the onions are translucent, add the potatoes and then the meat back into the pot. Pour the curry sauce over everything, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes, but up to 2 hours.
Garnish with chopped basil.
This dish is absolutely perfect to store in the fridge for lunch or dinner. I will cook this on Sunday to serve on a Tuesday or Wednesday, plus a lunch or two through the week. It will only get better as the week goes on.
I can't wait to share my Sunday Prep Meal plan with you. It will save you even more time in the kitchen and make this crazy life just a little bit simpler.
My promise to you: I have provided links to sites to purchase some of these items online. I am currently NOT getting paid to provide these links, I am just trying to be helpful. If I ever am paid to promote an item, I will disclose it and I won't promote one I don't love!