It's a constant challenge at our house to plan and prepare easy weeknight meals that are also healthy and tasty. In this way I'm sure we are no different than most busy families! With evening sports activities and music lessons to get to, plus homework to be done, how many of us have the time to create complex meals on a daily basis?
The good news is that, with a little planning in advance and a thorough shopping list, we can make healthy family meals in under 30 minutes. Like this vegan, gluten-free Thai Red Curry Tofu & Bok Choy Stew. Put some brown rice (or whatever rice you favour really) into a rice cooker or pot and whip together the stew while it cooks. In under half an hour you have a lovely entree complete with protein and veggies in a delicious sauce.
Saffron Road's line of made-in-the-USA all natural and halal-certified entrees, simmer sauces, broths and more is intended to get dinner on the table quickly without compromising good health. They have a number of vegetarian and vegan options too. The Thai Red Curry Simmer Sauce that I used for my recipe is verified non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and made with all natural ingredients. It's a healthy dinnertime shortcut that you can feel good about feeding to yourself and your family.
The Thai Red Curry Sauce has a coconut milk base with a refreshing blend of lemongrass, ginger and lime juice and a pleasant kick of heat - enough to satisfy my husband, who likes the hot stuff - but not too much for me (I wasn't raised munching on hot peppers with my dinner like he was!)
Here's a look at the simple and wholesome ingredients used in this quick stew. I based the recipe around extra-firm tofu cubes, because I am a committed tofu lover. Add to that some tasty baby bok choy leaves, orange pepper slices, onion, garlic, Saffron Road's Thai Red Curry Simmer Sauce and fresh basil for garnish, and you have yourself a tasty, fragrant meal.
I made this recipe primarily for my husband and me, not really expecting the kids to get excited about it (seeing as it's pretty darn healthy and all). To my surprise they both gobbled it up. I even had to talk to them about grabbing chunks of food off the stove with their fingers! It's a good problem to have for a mom, right?
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Thai Red Curry Tofu & Bok Choy Stew
Keywords: gluten-free vegan vegetarian tofu
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 350g extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 baby bok choy, split into leaves
- 1 medium orange or yellow pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 package (198g) Saffron Road Thai Red Curry Simmer Sauce
- fresh basil leaves (garnish)
- salt and pepper to taste
Cook rice according to directions on package.
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pan.
Add onion and stir until slightly soft, 3-4 minutes.
Add tofu cubes and cook until browned, about 5 minutes (adding more oil if needed).
Add baby bok choy and pepper slices and cook about 4 minutes.
Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
Reduce heat and pour in simmer sauce. Stir gently and simmer until sauce just begins to bubble. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over rice. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
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