Try this new twist with ground meat, Turkey , Beef, Chicken or Pork would work. A great alternative to the ho-hum Hamburger Helper, this dish tastes fresh, light and a little spicy. Adjust the heat to your liking by the amount of jalapeno you use.If your not an eggplant fan try zucchini or butternut squash instead.
Spicy Green Curry with Turkey and Eggplant
2 T Olive Oil
1.5 lbs ground meat (Turkey, Chicken,Beef or Pork)
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 pound fresh green beans washed and trimmed
3 cups cubed eggplant, ( skin off or on)
1 jalapeno minced (adjust to your spice preference)
2 T minced ginger
1T minced garlic
1-2 T green curry paste (found in Asian section of supermarket)
1 can coconut milk
1t lime zest
1T lime juice
1 T chopped mint
1 T chopped cilantro
Brown ground meat in a large pan over high heat, add 1 T of olive oil if using turkey or chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper while browning. Remove meat from pan and set aside. Turn heat down to medium and add 1 T oil to the pan, add eggplant, green beans, jalapeno, ginger and garlic, sauté for about 5 minutes. Move vegetables to the sides of the pan and add green curry paste to the middle. cook for about 2 more minutes. Add can of coconut milk, and lime juice and zest and stir.
Add ground meat back in and stir. Simmer with cover on for about 10 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and eggplant and beans are tender. Add fresh herbs (Mint and Cilantro) and stir. Serve with lime wedges and more fresh herbs if desired.
*If using zucchini, cook time will be shorter, if using butternut squash cook time will be longer.