Today we are going to make a mild coconut prawn curry, with special ingredient: bamboo shoots.
Ever since adopting a Ray Peat influenced diet, I have been trying to make Peat-approved, therapeutic and tasty recipes to eat on a regular basis. Bamboo shoots, are a good addition to any diet due to the type of fibre they contain. Not to mention they add a great crunchy texture to a meal. Your final meal should look something like this:
As mentioned in my Carrot Salad Recipe, different plant fibres have different effects on our digestive tracts. These can basically be split down into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fibres.
The fibres in wheat for example can deplete your body of vitamin D, leaving you at higher risk of virtually all degenerative conditions. The mainstream paradiagm suggests that fibre in the form of whole grains helps to bulk up our stools and help to clean out the intestine, but is there evidence of this? What we actually see from these indigestible and abrasive fibres is irritation of our already damaged guts and further inflammation. The immediate result of eating these bad fibres is increased serotonin production in the gut, leading to the whole stress hormone cascade. Long term consumption of these fibres (and fibre from beans, seeds, above-ground vegetables like kale, lettuce, etc) will likely lead to a thinner intestinal barrier.
The ‘good’ fibres are things like carrots, bamboo shoots, tropical fruits and cooked fruits. Fruit-vegetables such as squash, tomatoes and cucumbers are fine too, provided they are well cooked.
- 300g Prawns
- 300g Butternut Squash
- 150g Bamboo Shoots
- 2 handfuls Raisins
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- Few pinches Salt
Optional (not entirely Peat-approved):
- Coconut Milk
- White Pepper
- Peel the squash, chop and dice into cubes, and boil in salted water for at least 40 minutes.
- Slowly fry the prawns in coconut oil on a low-medium heat
- Add the bamboo shoots to the frying pan after 15 minutes along with the other ingredients
- Stir regularly
- When the squash is ready, drain and add to the frying pan, and mix in.
- Plate it up! Serve with freshly squeezed and strained orange juice for the perfect drink accompaniment.
Benefits of bamboo shoots:
Bamboo shoots once boiled are very similar to raw carrots in that they have an antiseptic property on the digestive tract.
Gut bacteria produce endotoxin (aka lipopolysaccharide) which is toxic to the liver, prevents it from metabolising properly, and raises stress hormones. Bamboo shoots will shut down this whole stress response by stimulating the bowel and eliminating excess bacteria.
By this mechanism, bamboo shoots and raw carrots will aid in weight loss, help normal bowel movements and improve metabolism. In fact there is direct evidence that bamboo shoots will help to prevent cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
If you suffer from constipation at all, bamboo shoots have been shown to significantly improve the frequency of bowel movements as well as blood lipid profiles.
You can find bamboo shoots in your local supermarket if you are lucky (on the asian food aisle), otherwise you can buy them online at Amazon.