Thai Dinner in a Bag!
Aside from eating out, one of the hardest parts of keeping a vegan diet is coming home and prepping a meal full of vegetables: washing, peeling, dicing. Oftentimes I’m playing around with around 4+ vegetables, and have something else stirring on the oven at the same time. After the last two week’s worth of cooking based solely on cookbook recipes, I needed to lighten up my grocery load and shorten some time (I also had to give up my two yoga days as I picked up two new clients, buh). So when I saw some new-to-me frozen vegetable options at Whole Food this weekend, I jumped on the chance to make my life a percentage or two easier. Enter: Thai Style Stir Fry
The vegetables included are: broccoli, green beans, carrots, onions, and bean sprouts. The whole bag is only 100 calories (duh, vegetables) – which make it the perfect base for dinner! I left my tofu in the press this morning, and came back to a nice solid block. I cut half of it and let it sit in a marinade that looked something like this:
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
After letting it sit about 15-minutes (I am incredibly impatient), spray the pan with olive oil (I used Mr. Misto) and let the tofu brown on medium heat for about 10 minutes, until most sides are golden brown.
Remove the tofu from the pan and mist some olive oil again before tossing in the bag of vegetables. Stir for about 5-8 minutes until the vegetables start to become soft. Add a little less than half a can of light coconut milk, and another tablespoon of soy sauce, and mix with the vegetables. Keep an eye on the pan and stir occasionally, but keep on heat until the coconut milk mix reduces and starts to bubble a little bit. At that point mix the tofu back in the pan and let mix for 1-2 minutes. And serve over rice!
This was sooooo easy and delicious! I need to make sure my busy nights are comprised of more meals like these. The coconut milk/soy sauce combo was so smooth and complimented the vegetables fantastically. You’d be a fool to not try this recipe out and keep it on stand by. D enjoyed it enough to go back and clear out the pan! I think from now on I will always have freezer thai vegetables & coconut milk ready for a pinch. The only things that may have kicked this meal up? Perhaps some lemongrass and a few peanuts.
In finesss news, since the weather has changed from sunny and seventies to rainy and cold, my momentum has dwindled. I managed to hop on the elliptical tonight for 30-minutes, but that doesn’t quite cut it. This morning at work my coworkers heard a crack (my knee) and a shriek (me) as something god awful happening to my right knee. I limped around for about 5-minutes and soon recovered, so who knows what that means but it can’t be good. Just in time for my new running toy to arrive – super. So let’s hope that gets all cleared up. Off to enjoy Lost!
Curious to hear what other people’s go to yummy quick-fix meals are?