Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thai Red Curry Tofu & Vegetables

Today for lunch, I tried to make something homemade that was similar to the wonderful meal that I had a couple of weeks ago at Tomy Thai. I simply cooked up a package of extra firm tofu and a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables with a can of Light Coconut Milk and a Tbsp. of A Taste of Thai Red Curry Paste. Needless to say, I left out the fish sauce. There are all kinds of vegetables in there like onions, red & green bell peppers, green beans, broccoli, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, etc. It's not nearly as good as the stuff I got at the restaurant, but it's still very good... and SPICY!

To go with the tofu I made some Coconut Jasmine Rice using the recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. This is the same rice that I made back when I had the Jerk Seitan, however, I made one major modification to it this time. After I made it before, a day or so later, I realized that putting a whole can of regular coconut milk in my rice meant that I had added something like 63 grams of saturated fat to it. 63g of saturated fat in the rice!?!?! That's one of the reasons I used the Light Coconut Milk in the curry sauce this time. And for the rice, I ended up using Goya Coconut Water instead. It's basically fat free, and the rice ended up being every bit as delicious as it was with all that fat in it. The rice was cooked with a cinnamon stick in it, and when it is done you normally pick the stick out and throw it away. Instead of throwing it away though, I just laid it on top of the rice in my lunchbox to make it look nicer when I open it up to eat it today.

I also brought some raw carrots to nibble on, and for dessert I packed a few Newman-O cookies. I have been meaning to try these things. I see them in the store all the time. And this week there is a huge display of them on an end-cap and they're on sale, so I finally picked some up. They are very good. They taste like you would expect, just like an Oreo. Well, actually, I think they taste a little bit better than an Oreo. And well, while these aren't exactly health food, they are vegan, and I had been wanting to try them. They're really good.

Well, that's all for Thursday. I haven't decided what I'm gonna' do for tomorrow yet, whether I am going to pack my lunch or go out for something at a restaurant again since I only have to work half a day on Friday. I guess I'll decide later this evening.

Thanks for checking in. Have a great day and I'll see you on Friday.
COCONUT JASMINE RICENEWMAN-O COOKIESTHAI RED CURRY TOFU & VEGETABLESCARROTSFORK & SPOON

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks tasty as usual! I'm going to try the cocount rice next week. Thanks for the idea to use Coconut water in it.

If you get a chance, try the Newman Ginger-Oh's. I didn't used to be a fan of ginger cookies, but husband is so I bought some. Now I buy them all the time.

Brooke said...

Mmmmmmm, I like the Mint Newman-Ohs. But I tend to eat most of them in one sitting, so I try not to buy them very often. And they are dunkable in milk (non-dairy, of course!)!

-Brooke

SusanV said...

I love the coconut water idea! I'm going to have to see if I can find some.

scs said...

Thanks for the coconut water tip! I use coconut milk all the time in recipes, and even when I use the light version, the fat really adds up. I have never even heard of coconut water, but I will start experimenting with it.

Knit Knat Knut said...

The coconut water is a great idea! I've been subbing soymilk with coconut extract in recipes lately to avoid fat.

kennyboy said...

I first saw it on the Alissa Cohen raw food DVD. She just cracks the top of a coconut open and sticks a straw in it and starts drinking it, talking about how good coconut water is. I thought HUH?

I thought it was full of satururated fat. Well, apparently that's the coconut milk, which is squeezed from the meat of the coconut. The liquid that's just inside naturally doesn't have hardly any fat in it, and from what I've read, could even be pumped directly into your veins as a plasma replacement. Apparently, it's good for you...

Who knew? not me.

caroline said...

Regarding saturated fat in coconut milk, the saturated fat is medium-chain fatty acid, which is easily absorbed by the body. It's not the long-chain saturated fat of animal products that's associated with heart disease and bad cholesterol. If you're vegan, I think saturated fat is probably not something to worry about too much.

Cassie said...

We live on those newman cookies! Have you tried his peanut butter cups? BETTER than Reeses!