This is one of the easiest, quickest and most satisfying curries ever, especially if you’re cutting, carb cycling, or following any kind of very low carb diet. Red Thai Curry has a much more robust flavour than the green equivalent, so tends to be better with beef rather than chicken- and if you’ve not used meatballs in a curry before, you have to give it a go! Ensure you buy good quality beef meatballs with a high meat percentage. Low quality meatballs will have a high water and bulking agent to meat ratio, sending the nutritional benefits of the dish down the pan, alongside your gains.
This is the low-carb version and it’s great with fresh spinach on top to mop up the sauce. If you’re bulking, just serve it over some basmati rice. This recipe makes 4 servings.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings):
- 300g pack of British beef meatballs
- 1 1/2 tbsp red Thai curry paste
- 400ml reduced fat coconut milk
- 225g can bamboo shoots
- 225g can sliced water chestnuts
- 1 red chilli, finely sliced
- Small pack of trimmed fine green beans
- 1 tsp coconut oil/olive oil/vegetable oil
- handful of fresh basil leaves (optional)
- 1 lime cut into wedges, to serve (optional)
- Melt the oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add your meatballs and brown for 5 mins or so. Transfer to a plate for a while.
- Add the curry paste to the pan, stir about a bit to release the flavours, then throw in the coconut milk. Half-fill the empty can with water and put this in too. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 3 minutes, until slightly reduced. It will still be quite a thin sauce at this stage.
- Drain the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts and add to the curry sauce pan. Get your meatballs and put these back in the pan too. After 5 minutes , add the green beans and continue to cook until just tender, but still bright green and crunchy (2-3 mins).
- Serve in a bowl with lime juice squeezed over and a few basil leaves. Scatter the chilli slices on top too.
Nutritional Information (per serving) without Rice:
- 370 kcal,
- 31g protein,
- 4g carbs,
- 26g fat.
Guest Author Bio:
I’m Hannah, I run the blog www.corekitchen.co.uk. I believe that in order to get the most out of your body, you need to focus on how you fuel it. I love creating nutritionally balanced, goal-focused recipes that provide energy & recovery after training. Out to prove that healthy eating & tracking macros doesn’t have to be all about brown rice & chicken!