Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu

Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

I’ve employed the best wee assistant photographer ever. Just look how cute! I mean, come on… he even did double duty as a little sous chef, helping me pick the snow peas from the garden for this dish.

We’ve been doing lots of very quick meals lately that are really cheap and super easy. Those are always the best ones though, right? The dishes that most folks make, most of the time. Sometimes food bloggers can get carried away in the beauty of the unique and the original (guilty) but honestly, the beauty of a tasty dish that can be done in 30 minutes flat after a busy day at work can be just as beautiful. Especially when you have a little one constantly pulling on your arm to please, '“Come play trains!” (he’s obsessed with these) or “Come play the wrestle game!” (the latter is just him jumping up and down on us on the bed…), because those playful moments with the munchkins are the truly beautiful moments you don’t want to miss.

Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

A word to the wise: be careful when eating this one. Turmeric will stain the shizz out of anything and everything. It’s incredible for inflammation though! I ensure Todd gets a lot of it in his diet because of his rheumatoid arthritis. I put it in everything. Be sure to add a dash of pepper when consuming turmeric because it super boosts the absorption rate.

Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu


Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu
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Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

Ingredients
  • 6 oz rice noodles (I like the wide ones)
  • 1 14 oz package of firm tofu, drained and cut into four rectangles
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • ½ medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tbsp Thai green curry paste
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • Dash of white pepper (black will work)
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • 2 medium celery stalks, cut on the bias
  • 1 15 oz can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp brown sugar
  • Small handful of snow pea pods, whole
  • Sprinkling of sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the noodles. Cook until al dente, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and coat with a nonstick cooking spray if needed. Grill each tofu piece for 5-8 minutes on each side, until grill marks appear. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. While the noodles and tofu cook, heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; saute 2 minutes. Add the curry paste, ginger, turmeric, and pepper; saute 2 minutes. Add the carrot and celery; saute 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk, soy sauce, and brown sugar; reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. When the noodles are done stir them into the pot with the pea pods, remove from heat and let rest for additional 3 minutes so the noodles can soak up some of the sauce.
  5. Serve the noodles hot, topped with grilled tofu. Drizzle some sauce over the tofu and top with sesame seeds.

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    Yield: 3 servings

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Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.
Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

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Todd is a breakfast man. Each weekend, we embark on the journey to make a decadent feast to break our fast. Oftentimes it's more for his sake than my own. I've never claimed to eat breakfast with any regularity, however, these pancakes I would gladly eat each morning! 

I adapted these pumpkin pancakes from Food52's cookbook simply titled, Vegan. I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive this book to review and how many things I've many from it already. This is one of those cookbooks that confidently sighs and claims a coveted spot among your other trusty cookbooks. It's a keeper for sure, take my word on that.

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The cookbook is divided into the classic, Breakfast, Appetizers & Snacks, Soups, Salads, Main Dishes, and Desserts chapters. It also features a neat Vegan 101 section where the different components such as A Tempeh Tutorial and Give Millet a Chance are incorporated into the applicable recipes. I thought this was kind of neat as one doesn't always read these bits before embarking on a recipe. It was fun to see them spread out amongst the recipes, where needed. There is also a Basics chapter that features recipes for a couple different milks, an egg replacer, and a few cheeses. 

Vegan is filled with beautiful photographs in the usual, moody Food52 style which I really adore. The images are just so simplistic and modern, featuring neutral colors and a matte finish.  The entire hardcover is elegant and understated, not boastful; you can tell it's solid.

So far I've made the Go-To Pancakes, Five-Minute No-Bake Granola Bars, and the Mushroom, Pecan, and Lentil Burgers. All were absolutely scrummy! I can't recommend this cookbook enough! Right now get Food52 Vegan: 60 Vegetable-Driven Recipes for Any Kitchen (Food52 Works) for almost half off at Amazon.com! That's less than $13 for this hardcover. I hope you love it as much as I do. 

Okay, now onto these delicious pancakes. You definitely don't want to miss these, they are too easy. I decided to make Gena's pumpkin version because... you know... it's my favorite season-pumpkin season!! Of course, I couldn't just well enough alone though. 

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Todd sprained his ankle while we were working on our home building and it had swelled pretty huge (thanks rheumatoid arthritis, *sad face*) and was obviously paining him a great deal. Turmeric is supposed to help with inflammation and considering that's basically what RA is, I add it to pretty much everything upon discovering the finger-staining stuff. These pancakes were no exception, and could not escape my heavy-hand when it comes to turmeric. Plus, see as these are pumpkin pancakes, the turmeric aided in enhancing that very orangey-pumpkin hue. It was decided that cinnamon would be an excellent compliment to both the turmeric and the pumpkin and so it was that these pancakes were born. Now I crave them almost every weekend. 

Unfortunately, in the end, Todd had to have his one knee drained but I like to think these helped at least a little...

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp vegan granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil, refined or unrefined
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pat of vegan butter (for serving)
  • splash of maple syrup (for serving)

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour through the salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Whisk the wet mixture into the dry mixture until smooth.
  2. Heat a cast iron pan or grill over medium-high and coat with a nonstick cooking spray. Once hot, pour on about ¼ cup of the batter. Once bubbles have formed all over the surface, flip and cook on the other side until just golden. Repeat with remaining batter and serve hot with maple syrup and vegan butter.
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