What’s for dinner you say?? Why it’s a delicious bowl of vegetarian and vegan friendly yellow Thai curry! Now before you get all confused, let me first clear the difference between a vegetarian and vegan. Now a vegetarian eats no meat but does include products derived from an animal like butter, milk and even animal based products not used for food like leather, silk, wool. A vegan on the other hand, consumes no meat nor do they use anything derived from an animal. So basically, vegetarianism is more of a diet while veganism is a lifestyle devoid of any animal derivative. Ahhh, makes more sense now doesn’t it?
Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love me a nice medium rare, juicy cheese burger (now and then of course) like the next carnivore however, I tend to follow more of a plant based diet so I guess you can call me a “flexatarian” or even a “flexigan?” Ok, I made up the latter, but you get my drift.
So on occasion I like to mix up some recipes and incorporate a more plant based meal. And to make sure I get enough protein, I like to choose tofu! Now before you get all weird on me, just think of what a versatile ingredient tofu is. Yes it may be soft and spongy and can be a bit off putting to some, but remember: don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, but tried it well! Tofu can take on whatever flavor you give it and can also be breaded, fried, baked… oh the possibilities are endless. Plus tofu is packed full of protein so even those athletes out there can be assured they are meeting their needs. Using tofu in replace of meat is not only a great way for you to experience all types of foods but even more so, to expose your children to variety as well.
Children, especially at young ages, should be exposed to a variety of foods to help influence and expand their taste buds but more importantly, allow them to meet their needs for different nutrients. The same goes for adults. Variety isn’t just adding spice to life but allowing you get all the nutrients you need as some foods contain more than others. Therefore, aim to cook a meat based meal one day and another day with just plant based choices.One ingredient I find to work super well with both meats, veggies and tofu is… curry! Well naturally of course given my background and the introduction of course.
I found this great yellow Thai curry sauce (pre-made) from Trader Joe’s and it’s free of artificial anything! So of course being a full time mom AND working full time, these pre-made sauces come in handy. Here’s what you need:
- 4 oz organic tofu, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons organic olive oil
- 1 small organic sweet yellow onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 cup mixed vegetables ( I use organic frozen peas, corn, green beans, and carrots)
- 1/4 cup Yellow Thai Curry Sauce
- 1/2 cup steamed, plain Basmati rice
I lightly saute onions in olive oil until onions are wilted and soft. I then add tofu and continue to lightly pan fry for a couple of minutes then grate garlic and mix. I then add frozen vegetables and let saute for another few minutes on medium heat until soft. Add in the Thai curry sauce and honey and mix all together. Salt and pepper to taste and depending on your taste buds, mix in more honey or Thai curry sauce. Then serve over some steaming hot Basmati rice topped with some avocado and Sriracha for an extra kick (optional of course but even tastier).
Super fast, super healthy, and super tasty. Takes less than 30 minutes and so versatile because you can also use any meats and/or veggies your heart so desires!