Spicy Thai Braised Tofu

I just made this delicious dish of Spicy Thai Braised Tofu, which literally had my mouth watering. You wont be disappointed. It’s a beautiful warm evening here in Melbourne, and despite this dish having a little kick to it, it wasn’t too hot that it had me running for a cold hose down! (Although, on second thoughts – that does sound so very tempting…)

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think! (the dish… not the skinny dipping!) Oh heck – why not try that too?!

(Serves 4)

Sugar Free, Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients

500g tofu (cut into cubes – I used soft but you can use firm if preferred)
1 red onion (chopped)
1 red pepper/capsicum (chopped)
1/2 butternut squash (cubed)
1/2 cup of unsalted, natural peanut butter
Thumb sized piece of fresh ginger (grated)
2 tbsp organic tomato paste
6-7 leaves of kale (stems removed)
1 bunch of Bok Choy (roughly chopped)
1-2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 cups no-salt added vegetable stock
Coriander to garnish
Himalayan Sea salt and cracked pepper to season|
Coconut Oil

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Place tofu cubes on a lightly oiled baking tray and sprinkle with paprika and turmeric. Bake for 30mins, turning after 15mins.

Heat a large sauté pan and add onion, red pepper and ginger with 1-2 tsp of coconut oil. Cook until onion has softened. Add the chilli flakes, cubed butternut squash and Bok Choy and cook for a further one minute.

Stir in the vegetable stock, tomato paste and peanut butter and bring to the boil. Season with Himalayan sea salt and black pepper. Add kale leaves, stirring occasionally to allow them to wilt down. Add baked tofu, cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for a further 15minutes or until the butternut squash is tender. Add more water if needed.

Stir in lime juice and garnish with chopped coriander to serve.

 


The Sweet Life

We get just one shot at this sweet life of ours. It will never come again – so live! Why waste life with thoughts of the past, regretting the choices and mistakes we have made? Why squander our time fretting about the future? For the future may never come.

So many of us choose to love cautiously when we can choose to love passionately instead. Yes, maybe we will get hurt. But wouldn’t we rather die with a thousand words expressed than a thousand unspoken in our hearts? Not only are we guarded in love, but we live cautiously too… Too often we dismiss our dreams and lay them aside for fears of not being good enough. We fear success and we fear failure. But those burning desires within our hearts exist for a reason. Life is what we make of it. Be bold. Be brave. Your dreams are real, so go after them.

Today, let us live. May we laugh a little louder, dance a little freer, love a little larger, and dare to dream a little longer. May we throw caution to the wind and embrace the life we intended to live. Because ‘that it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.’ Nothing is ever guaranteed. So don’t wait for life to begin, begin living.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

– Mary Oliver

In love & light,

Hayley xx