Thursday, March 21, 2013

Panang Curry with Tofu

So I've transitioned from my busy life as a high school swimming coach to a much less busy life as a Girls on the Run coach at my school. Sometimes as a vegan it's hard to bite your tongue. Like when I hear someone say "But milk makes your bones strong." Or "Meat is good for building muscles". While I just want to shake the person and tell them to read Brendan Brazier's Thrive diet, or watch Forks over Knives,  that hasn't worked for me in the past. I've learned to bite my tongue. Especially when it comes to educating my students. Biting my tongue through the nutrition portion of the GOTR classes...!

On the other hand, 2 co-workers of mine have approached ME about wanted to go vegan. I gave them my resources and they are on board! Ah see, the power of eating your salad in silence :)  One of them, Tiffany, is a 3rd grade teacher and is an avid runner like me. The other one, Justin, is our school librarian. 

Amber is still a once a week vegan. :) And I am still getting my bi-weekly free facials. Last week Amber wanted a vegan panang curry and this is what I came up with!

Vegan Panang Curry with Tofu

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 tbs chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tbs red curry paste
  • 2 cans coconut milk (I used light but by mistake. I think it would have been better with regular)
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbs lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 cup chopped white mushrooms
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tbs basil
  • 8oz cubed extra firm tofu
  • 1 small broccoli head, chopped
  • 1 jalepeno, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
Directions:

  1. In a large pan, heat the oil, garlic, and ginger on medium- high heat. Add in the curry paste, basil, and onion and saute for 5 minutes. 
  2. Whisk in coconut milk, maple syrup, soy sauce, and lime juice. 
  3. Add the veggies and tofu and cook until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Top with cashews.
I served this with Jasmine rice and it was perfect!

Hope you enjoyed this one. I am off to Denver for a week to visit my brothers. When I get home it will be spring, right? I can dream.
-Em

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