Probably not the greatest picture ever taken but such a simple-to-make dinner that I wanted to share. I know I've confessed before how much I love my crockpot. There's nothing better than coming home to a dinner that's ready to go. It is awesome in the summer too because we often have very hot days but the evenings can be quite breezy and cool once the fog from the bay rolls across the hills. So it's hot enough that you don't want to be at the stove but by dinner time something warm and comforting sounds really good. That's how this came about. I had some beautiful cauliflower from the CSA and was in the mood for some kind of curry or stew to go on rice. But I was really not in the mood for recipe searching, modify and shopping. So I gathered a few simple ingredients, dumped them in and crossed my fingers :-) I used a Thai red curry paste but the resulting dish was more like an Indian curry. Since we couldn't decide, dh declared it Burmese. Whatever, it really took less than five minutes to get it into the crockpot and then I just let it cook all day. Along with some brown rice in the rice cooker we had a delicious dinner with minimal effort.
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (don't make them too small, they break down quite a bit)
1 lb. yellow split peas, rinsed and picked over
14oz can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
32 ounces vegetable broth
14oz can light coconut milk
2 tablespoons red curry paste
Toss it all into the crockpot and cook on high for 5 hours then reduce to "keep warm" setting until ready to eat (this works best if you have a crockpot you can program). Season with salt to taste.
Serve over brown rice.
We ate this with plain yogurt on the side and lots of different spicy mango and hot pickle relishes. You have to read the labels but there are red curry pastes out there that don't have any fish/shrimp in them. I believe that the Thai Kitchen red curry paste is both vegan and gluten free.
We're gearing up for someone to head back to school - shopping, packing - and this someone also got a new stick (you know, the essential back to school supplies!)