Sunday, April 26, 2009

Coconut Curried Tofu with Green Jasmine Rice


I've been eating a lot of non-postworthy food lately. A lot of random leftovers, fried egg sandwiches and more cafeteria lunches that I care to admit to. At least my cafeteria has a "healthy" station, but trust me when I say their turkey meatloaf and cauliflower mash is nothing to write home about let alone an entire blog post.

I found this photo tossed in a bunch of my photos and realized I hadn't shared it, so now's as good of a time as any.

This meal was definitely atypical for me. I don't do many curried dishes in general and I shy away from coconut in dishes. I think the flavor is not something I'm used to. I associate coconut with the the Easter bunny cake my mom used to make every year from her Betty Crocker cookbook (the coconut was its "fur") so when I taste it in a savory dish it just seems out of place. I tried a Thai green curry at a local Thai place and half way through my meal I realized I hated the coconut milk.

But, because I firmly believe you have to try things more than one time before you can really decide whether you like them, I made Coconut Curried Tofu with Jasmine Green Rice. And you know what? I really, really liked it. The coconut milk didn't bother me one bit. I used light coconut milk, maybe that makes a difference? I don't know that much about it so I have no idea.

I think I liked the tofu better than the rice, and if I make it again I'll probably add more vegetables along with tofu. Tomatoes were a good start, but without other veggies the serving size was teeny tiny.

My only real complaint was that my entire apartment smelled like curry for DAYS. :)

Here were my eats today because I haven't done it in a while. Like most weekends, it's kind of lacking in nutrition. I worked out both days, though. My goal next week should be to eat a balanced diet on the weekends.

Breakfast: Cinnamon-oat pancakes with maple syrup. I'll have to photograph these next time. They were DELICIOUS and fluffy. Also had coffee with a little 1/2 and 1/2.

Lunch: Family dinner with my parents, sister, and her fiance: Brats on the grill on a whole wheat bun with yellow mustard, and some asian slaw. Tiny piece of carrot cake from a Cooking Light recipe.

Mini-snack: about a handful of homemade granola just to try it. I burnt the first batch to a crisp and the second batch only burnt in parts. Despite what the recipe says, I think I need to add the nuts and coconut in mid-way through the baking. So far, I'm still not loving homemade granola. Anyone have any tips? Please?

Dinner: Grilled sirloin steak and roasted potatoes with an arugala salad.

Snack: While cleaning up from dinner and packing tomorrow's lunch I ended up eating some multigrain tortilla chips with fresh salsa. Just a couple though!


LK- Healthy Delicious said...

I feel like having a blog is frustrating sometimes... like the other night all i wanted was a burger, but i was like "I can't post that!" (luckily I had a backup post i could use though too)

this looks really good to me- i love coconut and curry so this is right up my alley!

glidingcalm said...

that tofu looks AMAZZZZZZZING