i think a lot of people highly underestimate the anti-oxidant power of spices, aromatics, and herbs!  like i said in my previous post....i am crazy for curry  and not just because of the abundance of flavor, but also because of the enormous amounts of antioxidants!  think about it, what is in curry?  tons of deeply colored spices, like tumeric, cinnamon, coriander, clove, cumin, and paprika, along with other (if it is a paste) super flavorful aromatic ingredients like garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and chilies, which all come with amazing health benefits like blood pressure and blood cholesterol reduction, increased immune response, increased circulation, and decreased inflammation, just to name a few!  I prefer Thai curry pastes that come in a can because many of these ingredients are packed in!  recently, i found out a little more about them from Fine Cooking magazine, once again given to me by a fellow friend and Deliciously Dense reader, Jane Smith.  Yellow curry paste is the mildest and green curry paste, which we had last night, is the hottest!   in between, you have your red and panang curries, which differ only slightly...panang contains red chilies with the addition of peanuts, which makes it a little less fiery than the red!  you can dress up the curries as much as you like with the addition of coconut milk (highly recommended!), any vegetable or fruit, and protein...shrimp, chicken, fish, tofu, or pork work well.  also, top the final product with some fresh herbs like cilantro or Thai basil and some acid like fresh lime juice...that is one amazing meal!  refer back to my original curry post for instructions.  i kept it simple last night with some red and yellow peppers, green curry paste, and coconut milk over spiral brown rice pasta, and some simple steamed and salted edamame for protein. 


tonight, i am using my leftover wonton wrappers from my butternut squash wontons, that have been in the freezer for a little over a month now, to make some asparagus ravioli....should be interesting!  hope it is a little less time consuming than the previous wonton adventure!