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  • Wendy Cohan, RN
    Wendy Cohan, RN

    Quick Thai Panang Curry (Gluten-Free)

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    This is a fun, lively gluten-free recipe suitable for family or friends, or even entertaining a crowd.  It's especially nice to make in the early to mid summer when fresh green beans are in season.

    Put Thai jasmine rice or Basmati rice onto cook in rice cooker or stove top.

    Panang Curry Paste Ingredients:
    1/3 cup dried red chilis (California chilis are fine), soaked until soft, seeds removed
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons diced fresh ginger
    1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
    2 tablespoons each diced garlic & shallots
    1 tablespoon roasted peanuts (or almonds)
    1 teaspoon shrimp paste or dried shrimp (Mojave brand – contains sulfites)
    2 tablespoons cashew-macadamia nut butter, almond butter or peanut butter
    1 teaspoon grated lime peel
    1 tablespoon dark agave syrup or dark brown sugar
    ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
    2 Tablespoons chopped lemon grass (optional)

    Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse to combine, then run for a few minutes until a fine paste forms.  Let paste rest at room temperature for all flavors to combine, while assembling remaining ingredients.

    Pangang Curry Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon canola or peanut oil + 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    2 cups sliced chicken tenders or boneless skinless chicken breast or
    2 cups sliced beef (a tender cut for stir-frying)
    1 cup sliced button mushrooms
    2 cups sliced fresh green beans
    (optional – ½ red pepper, or 1 carrot sliced)
    2 tablespoons fish sauce (Thai Kitchen brand has a good g.f. one)
    ½ cup coconut milk
    1 cup chicken broth (I use Pacific Foods brand, which has a good clean taste)
    ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
    ½ cup chopped Thai Basil
    Juice of ½ lime

    Cooking Directions:
    Sauté Panang curry paste in oil for at least two minutes to allow flavor of spices to develop.  Add chopped chicken and combine with paste, sautéing on medium-high heat until chicken begins to cook, then add green beans and mushrooms, continuing to sauté over medium-high heat until vegetables begin to become tender.  Add 1 cup chicken broth and cook a few more minutes, then add fish sauce, lime juice, and herbs.  Sauté for a few more minutes.  Add coconut milk and reduce heat to low while adjusting seasonings.  Serve over rice.

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    Guest Gloria Brown


    Thai recipes make for excellent potentially gluten-free cuisine. If completely fresh ingredients are used, rather than trusting others to manufacture uncontaminated products, when you know how difficult doing so yourself is, delicious and safe meals are possible. (To get around packaged products, buy nuts in bulk, rinse thoroughly, soak, and roast or press yourself; make your own broths from meats you know are gluten-free; if you do not press your own oil, lightly steam foods rather than sauté; grow your own spices–or purchase in bulk as whole as possible and thoroughly rinse before seasoning your meals.)

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  • About Me

    An RN for 14 years, I have been following a strict gluten-free diet for six years of improving health! Now I help others as a Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance Educator. I work one on one with people on meal planning, shopping, cooking and dining out gluten-free. I will also work with children who have behavioral issues related to gluten or other food sensitivities.  My other websites are: www.WellBladder.com and www.neighborhoodnurse.net.

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