038 – The recipe that changed my life

I am not a chef. I have never wanted to be a chef. I hardly ever have an interest in cooking anything more complicated than a box of KD or a batch spaghetti and meatballs. The “fanciest” meal I would ever make was Rice and Salmon.

I was never much of a health nut. I’m not saying that I am unhealthy, I am actually quite healthy and I do like to eat healthy foods, but making good healthy meals was always something I thought was time-consuming, fancy, and difficult.

When I first lived on my own in Toronto, I had a severe lack of time, a lack of willingness to learn how to cook, and no one to teach me to cook healthy, yummy, and simple meals. I was also given food fairly often at work, between eating out or catering. This meant that buying fresh food was hard to justify because half of it would end up going bad before I would eat it.

Since moving to Vancouver, I surrounded by healthfood. My living situation allows for having more healthy and fresh food around that won’t go back so fast. Even still, I have this laziness when it comes to going out of my way to get it for myself, and I still haven’t figured out why that is. Ever since reading “Atomic Habits” I am much more open to trying things and attempting to eat healthier on my own.

Recently, a friend of mine sent me a recipe, and after she pushed me for a while I finally tried making it. It was the best thing that I did! So simple, very few ingredients, easy for me to deal with, and I have since made it multiple times and it’s delicious every time. The real trigger for me was the recipe contains salmon, and I love salmon.

Here’s the recipe for those of you that are interested.

Ingredients:

  • 165 – 200mL of coconut milk

  • protein: 1 can (approx 200g) of salmon or salmon filet

  • some frozen veggies (1-2 cups, or however many you feel like)

  • 2 tbsp of red curry paste

  • 1 tbsp Cooking oil like olive oil etc

Cooking Instructions:

  • Mashup salmon into a bowl

  • Add red curry paste, and cover the salmon with it

  • Heat a pan to medium heat

  • Put the cooking oil in the pan

  • Put the salmon (with the curry paste on it) into the pan

  • Stir around and cook it for about 2 minutes

  • Add frozen veggies

  • Stir around and cook it for about 3 minutes

  • Pour in the coconut milk

  • Cook it for a bit so the coconut seeps up the flavour and simmer until the coconut milk has sort of evaporated to a paste type consistency – max about 5 minutes.

  • Remove from heat, put in a bowl and enjoy!

This recipe brought me excitement to actually cook something. I find the most natural and healthy ingredients, and it’s the exact right amount of food for me for dinner or lunch. The most important is that I feel good after eating it.

Let me know if you try it out and how you like it!

Until next time, always be creating.

Alex

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