Low Calorie Main Dish

Pra Ram Long Song

May 19, 2014

I don’t make a lot of Thai food at home, but I should. I love it and there’s so many great places in Nashville to enjoy it, so I guess I never think about making it myself. I love the combination of coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, and peanut butter. Ok, that sounds super gross when you break down the ingredients, ha! But seriously, the sauces get me every time. So good that I want to turn the plate up and drink it! I was thrilled when I came across Pinch of Yum’s latest ebook Everyday Healthy. I pre-ordered it and couldn’t wait for the release. The recipe I couldn’t wait to make was Lindsay’s take on Pra Ram Long Song. The sauce in the picture had me wanting to lick the computer screen and I loved that it was vegetarian. It’s basically veggies and rice covered in the most amazing creamy Thai coconut lime sauce, and it fit in my calorie budget…score!

Pra Ram Long Song

So, how’s it taste?

First, this dish was stupid easy to make. Cook your rice, steam your veggies, make the sauce. I whipped this up for lunch yesterday in no time. The sauce is what makes it, of course. It starts with light coconut milk, then instead of peanut butter I used almond butter, plus red curry paste for some heat. Next is fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and garlic. I left out the peanuts to save some calories, but the crunch would have been nice. Although completely decadent, I felt the sauce could be a tad less sweet, so next time I’ll reduce the brown sugar and save even more calories! Lastly, the dish gets sprinkled with scallions. The contrast between sweet and savory was awesome. I was a little worried that it would be weird over the broccoli, carrots, and spinach, but it totally works! The sauce to veggies/rice ratio is too much though (and this is coming from a sauce junkie). I’m going to steam more veggies and add them to my leftovers to spread the sauce love around. This will definitely be a meal that makes it in my rotation several times.

You can find the recipe for this Pra Ram Long Song in the Everyday Healthy ebook. I can’t wait to try more recipes like Roasted Chickpea Salad, Tarragon Almond Chicken Salad, and Spicy Fish tacos. It comes with a nutrition and adaptation guide where the nutrition information is included for every recipe, plus ways to change it up if you need vegetarian, gluten-free, or dairy-free. Another cool part is the Meal Planning guide. It includes a really neat way to plan out your meals and stay organized when you’re eating healthy. The nerdy list-maker/organizer in me loves this part! There’s also an option to get just the vegetarian recipes, or just the ebook without the meal planning section. Happy healthy eating!

(Psst…My Road to Getting Fit post details what I’m doing to get healthy!)

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  • Alexandra May 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Oooh! So I was contemplating buying Lindsay’s book but was uncertain whether it’d be worth it. The recipes you mention sound delicious, though! Are the recipes complicated multi-step things? Or pretty realistically “everyday”? This one in particular sounds delicious!

    • Leah Short May 19, 2014 at 9:41 am

      They’re super easy! Each recipe is only one page, and that includes a big image (which are gorgeous by the way) and the ingredients list. I seriously want to make every single one. I also like that for the most part, the recipes are under 400 calories. There’s a few that are over. She divides it into salads, soups, meatless, chicken, slow cooker, and favorites sections. I think the salad section you would love!

  • Lesley Eats May 19, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Ooh, I bet this would be great with a vegan fish sauce substitute! Though I’m like you about a lot of ethnic cuisines. Generally speaking, I always eat out if I can’t make it better and cheaper at home. 🙂

    • Leah Short May 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

      You know it didn’t even cross my mind that there was such a thing as vegan fish sauce! Does it taste the same? I was just emailing with Alex and telling her that the more I’m working out, the more I’m craving veggies and not as much meat. You’d be so proud. 😉

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely May 19, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Looks delicious! The flavors sound amazing. I’m going to have to get the ebook!

  • Sumo Ramen Noodles May 19, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Will definitely have to check out the ebook, this looks delicious

  • Julie @ Table for Two May 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I love stupid easy recipes! I saw this on IG today (or was it yesterday) and it made me drool!!! Really, it looks delicious and from the ingredient list, I can’t imagine this tasting anything BUT delish!

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic May 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I love the fravors here, going to need to get the recipe. Yum