Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ingredients for main dish:
1 lb package of Firm Tofu
2 thinly sliced carrots
1 bell pepper
1 Cup snap peas
1/2 yellow onion
1/2 beet, cooked
1 can bamboo shoots
2-3 diced garlic bulbs
1 tbs cilantro diced
1-2 Tbs ginger diced 
1 tsp Ovega 3 (a substitute for fish oil) This is optional and not necessary for this dish. Please see: 
Salt and pepper
Oil such as Vegetable or Canola

Cut Firm Tofu into thick or thin slices. For this dish I used thinner slices and prefer it this way. I base the bottom of my pan with just enough oil to fry the Tofu nicely.  Add salt and pepper. Additional option for extra flavor: Add Ovega 3 (an alternative to fish oil)

The trick with Tofu is to prepare it right or it doesn't taste that great. It's like anything, prepare it right and it will taste good. In my experience you need to add flavorful spices or sauces so it can soak in the flavors for great results. Tofu is an excellent source of protein.

While your tofu is frying, begin to prepare the Green curry Sauce as instructed below.

After your tofu is light golden brown start to fry the veggies in the same pan. Make sure there is enough oil coating the pan to sauté your vegetables. Fry broccoli for 5 minutes on medium heat with lid covering to lock in heat.  Saute carrots, bell peppers, snap peas 7-10 min.
Add your pre baked beet, bamboo shoots, onion, diced garlic, cilantro, and the magic ingredient..ginger!!

Green curry sauce: 
1 can coconut milk ( I use Thai Kitchen brand)
1 Tbs brown sugar
2 Tbs Green curry paste
1-2 stalks fresh lemon grass ( This enhances the flavor of the dish and I highly recommend it)
1 Tbs flour
1 cup cold water

Bring coconut oil to boil, and simmer. Add sugar and paste. Mix. Cut lemon grass lengthwise and snap it thoroughly to extract the lemon flavor. Add it to sauce mix and let sit for at least 15-20 min. After 15-20 minutes you will remove the lemon grass from the sauce.

This is optional but I like to thicken the curry sauce just a little. To do this I add 1 Tbs of flour with 1 cup cold water. Whisk with a fork. Now add approx. 3 Tbs of this mixture to Green curry sauce and mix.

One of the best recipes ever!!! Approx time 45 min. Takes a little while but worth it!
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