I do eat fish on occasion but I haven’t had canned tuna in years. I actually can’t remember the last time I had it and I don’t usually miss it, to be honest. There have… More
Just a few short months ago I posted about our first snow of the season and how magical and exciting it was. That feels like forever ago now and after many snowy days since, I’m officially over winter! We had yet another snowstorm on Wednesday and it caused power outages and school closings across the state and beyond. This is less than a week after another nor’easter took out power lines all over the area. Enough already winter! Can we get a break? Seriously though….
Although I’m dreaming of sun and sand these days, it’s still cold out and likely will be for a while, so I continue to crave warming and comforting foods. I can’t think of many meals more warming or comforting than curry, so I decided on a whim to take a stab at making a curry dish this week. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it made for the perfect dinner on a cold and snowy night and I’ll definitely be making it again. Even my meat-eating husband really enjoyed it! I’m not sure why it never occurs to me to make curry, even though I’ve ordered it many times at restaurants and always like it. After seeing how easy and delicious it is, I think I’ll be making it a lot more often.
For this version I used tofu and a mix of veggies. I personally love broccoli and cauliflower in curry dishes, but you can use whatever vegetables you like. I decided last minute to throw sweet potato in too and I’m so glad I did because it added such a nice, comforting touch. And although I didn’t have any fresh ginger on hand, I would use that over ground if you have it. The dish was great with ground, but nothing tops fresh ginger in my opinion!
This is one of those meals that’s good when you make it, but even better the next day after having time to really soak up all the flavors. In other words, it’s not a bad thing if you have leftovers! David polished off what was remaining the day after and seemed to enjoy it even more at that meal.
Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!
- 2 cups uncooked brown rice
- 1 14-oz. package extra firm tofu, drained
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 cups sweet potato, cubed
- 2 cups carrots, chopped
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 13.5 or 14 oz. can light coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen broccoli florets
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower florets
- Prepare brown rice according to package directions.
- To remove excess water from the tofu, line a baking sheet with a few paper towels and place the tofu in a single layer on top. Cover the tofu with a few more layers of paper towels, then place a second baking sheet and something slightly heavy on top (I used a large pot). Let the tofu drain for about 20 minutes. The paper towels should be completely saturated.
- Lightly coat a large pan with olive oil and then add the onion and garlic. Cook on medium heat for about five minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the sweet potatoes, carrots, curry powder, and ginger and stir. Cook for five more minutes. If vegetables are starting to stick, add a little water (or more oil).
- Add the coconut milk and tofu to the vegetable mixture, bring to a boil, and then lower heat to medium/low. Cook until all vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
- A few minutes before you’re planning to eat, add the frozen peas, broccoli, and cauliflower.
- Serve curry over rice.
*Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Curried Tofu Recipe
I’m 27 weeks pregnant as of yesterday and I’ve officially reached that stage where things are starting to rub together that never did before. I am not one of those women who is “all belly” in pregnancy. In fact, my belly is pretty small as far as preggo bellies go. It’s everything else that’s expanding! Especially my butt. That was the case with Jackson too, so I guess it’s just how my body operates. Because of this, I find leggings to be the most comfortable thing to wear throughout the second and third trimesters. I know many other mamas-to-be are big leggings fans too. But as I’ve learned, all leggings are not created equal. After some trial and error I’ve found a few kinds that I love, and I’ve basically been wearing them on repeat every week for the past couple of months. I figured I’d share my faves for anyone else looking for good maternity leggings. Continue reading “The Best Maternity Leggings”
The last Jackson update I did was when he was ten months old and still technically a baby, so a current one is long overdue. I certainly can’t call him a baby anymore now that I have a full-fledged toddler on my hands who will be TWO in just a few months. Excuse me while I go cry a million tears into my coffee…. Jackson has changed so, so much even since he was 16 months or so, and it seems like he masters something new almost every week now. It’s amazing to watch and also a bit bittersweet since he’s growing up so fast (a little too fast in my opinion!). I’m trying to stay focused on the moment, even the seemingly mundane ones, because I know how fast he’ll be onto the next phase. Continue reading “Jackson Update: 20 Months”
Some weeks I’m good about meal planning. Others, not so much. During those weeks when I haven’t planned out what we’re going to have for dinner each night, I inevitably find myself staring into the refrigerator, trying to come up with a wholesome, balanced meal with whatever food we have left. This was me last night. I’m sure others out there can relate! It can be tempting to order out in situations like this, and when we lived in NYC, we often did (more than I’d like to admit!), but now that we’re living in the suburbs and adhering to a tighter budget, I’m trying to cook at home the majority of the time. Fortunately, it’s usually not very difficult to piece a meal together since I keep lots of veggies and whole grains on hand at all times. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity! And it’s always worth it. Continue reading “Veggie Fajita Bowl (Vegan & Gluten Free)”
I don’t know about you but I’ve been feeling majorly uninspired lately. This time of year tends to have that effect on me. After all the excitement of the holidays, the cold and dreary weather starts to get really old and all I long for is warmth and sun. At least the days are getting longer now and we’re starting to get spurts of warm weather. Today it’s going to be over 60 degrees and it’s forecasted to be above 50 most of the week, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel!
On a different note, today I thought I’d share what I’m currently loving from Costco. I always find it helpful when others share what they like to buy from various stores because sometimes I discover new favorite products that way, so I hope this is equally helpful! It would be great if we could do all our shopping at a single place, but different stores carry different products that suit our needs, so I find it’s worth it to make the trip to multiple stores. We usually hit up Costco about once a month to stock up on our mainstays. Before joining Costco, I was skeptical that they would have enough of the healthy, minimally-processed products I like to buy, but I was pleasantly surprised to see just how much they have to offer. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m loving from Costco right now! Continue reading “Current Costco Favorites”
It’s been a while since I posted about my pregnancy and it’s going by in a flash, so I figured I’d share an update today. As of today, I am exactly 25 weeks along (the picture above is from a week ago). In a few more weeks I’ll be starting my third trimester, and in just 15 more weeks, we’ll be welcoming a new addition to our family! It’s truly hard for me to comprehend. This pregnancy has gone by so much faster than the first and I think it’s largely because I already have a little one this time around to focus so much of my attention on. With a rambunctious toddler, I almost forget sometimes that I’m even pregnant! What a difference from the first time around, where I was obsessing about every little thing (if you missed my post about pregnancy anxiety, you can read that here)!
So…what’s been going on lately? Here’s a quick rundown of my pregnancy over the past month. Continue reading “Pregnancy Update: 25 Weeks”
Good morning and happy Valentine’s Day! Are you doing anything special? Truthfully I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day and I don’t have any plans to celebrate this year, but in honor of the day, I’m sharing a recipe for a yummy heart-healthy smoothie. A smoothie is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day, but there’s really no better way to show yourself or your family a little love than by making something delicious and nutritious that does the body good. Am I right? Continue reading “Heart-Healthy Raspberry Chia Smoothie (Vegan & Gluten Free)”
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share a recipe for a homemade sweet treat that you can give to loved ones or even enjoy yourself! I don’t know if you can even consider this a recipe because it’s so incredibly easy, but I figured it was worth sharing in case you’re still searching for Valentine’s Day gift ideas last minute. When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, chocolates are always hugely popular, but why buy a generic box when you can so easily make chocolate of your own? Chocolate bark is beyond simple and it’s so much more meaningful than boxed chocolates because you can personalize the bark however you want, depending on what the recipient likes. It looks so pretty too! Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark”
So somehow it’s Friday again already. I’m not complaining because it’s my favorite day of the week (well maybe after Saturday). I’m just wondering where the days went! This week seemed to go by in a blur for some reason. Anyone else?
Anyway, I’m popping in today to share one of my favorite new-to-me recipes, courtesy of my mother-in-law, Carol. When Carol came to visit us shortly after we had Jackson (back in 2016), she made a pasta dish for dinner one night that completely knocked my socks off. It was essentially just pasta tossed with sauteed vegetables that were seasoned with olive oil, spices, and lemon juice. If it sounds super basic, that’s because it is, but don’t let that fool you! The flavor is fantastic. I was honestly surprised at how much I liked it because I’m typically much more of a tomato sauce person when it comes to pasta and never choose to order an olive oil-based dish when I go to restaurants. I liked it so much, though, that I’ve now added the recipe to my shortlist of standbys, and I request it every time Carol comes to stay with us! Continue reading “Lentil Pasta Primavera (Vegan & Gluten Free)”
It’s pizza Friday over here in our house, my fave day of the week! Anyone else share this tradition? It’s something I just recently started up because I’ve been craving pizza like crazy during my pregnancy, but I think it may just stick around. There was a time when I avoided pizza like the plague, but I love it so much and life’s too short, so it’s back in my life in regular rotation again. I choose to mostly make it myself now though because, for one, it’s actually pretty simple, and two, I like to have control over the ingredients that go into it. Otherwise I wind up feeling stuffed, bloated, and lethargic. Continue reading “Mushroom, Kale, & White Bean Pizza (Vegan)”