I love Thai food. Jim does not. I mean he’ll eat it every once in a while, but we don’t go out for it nearly as much as I’d like to. So when I decided to make a Thai-inspired dish for dinner last night, I was a bit apprehensive. I needn’t have worried, though, because Jim loved it. And I think you will too.
This really is the simplest dish to make. Which is a good thing because Jim and I got home late last night. And honestly, I’m super proud of myself because in the past, after an hour and a half yoga class followed by grocery shopping and returning home after 8 p.m., I would have abandoned my dinner plans and picked something up while we were out instead of cooking. We would have spent more money and inevitably put crap into our bodies that we didn’t want there.
I must be making progress. This new lifestyle Jim and I have been living must be working. That alone is proof of it.
Anyway, I promised you a recipe and taunted you with a photo, so here we go! The update can wait.
Mr and Meatless’ Thai Noodles
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil (you can use whatever oil you want, I just like the sesame flavor for this dish)
1 tbsp red curry paste (more if you want…or less. But don’t worry, it’s not that spicy)
1 heaping tbsp peanut butter
A few squirts of Sriracha sauce
1/2 can coconut milk (I used full-fat for a creamier texture, you could probably use lite too if you wanted)
1 1/2 cups veggie broth
As many veggies as you can stand, cut into spearish shapes (I used carrots, zucchini, little mushroom guys, broccoli and spring onion)
Handful of rice noodles (again, use as much or as little as you want)
Water for boiling
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat. Add noodles and leave them while you do the rest of your preparations.
Heat oil in a large pan. Add red curry paste. Mix it all around and let them mingle for a moment. Add your firmer veggies (carrots, onions and broccoli for me). Let them saute for a few minutes. Add more oil if you need to. Add the rest of the veggies and saute for about a minute. Add veggie broth. Cover and let the steam cook your veggies a little bit more, maybe 2 minutes. Remove lid. Add coconut milk. Let the milk warm, about a minute. Stir in the peanut butter and Sriracha. If you like it a little thinner, add more broth.
Drain the noodles and divide them between your bowls. Spoon vegetables and sauce over noodles. Enjoy!
*Note: This recipe is very versatile, and you’re not going to mess it up by changing things, adding things, etc. Jim likes his extra spicy, so he added a bunch more Sriracha. If I’d had some cilantro, I probably would have put some on top to garnish. You could add shrimp or chicken if you feel it lacking in protein. I actually sprinkled a little bit of salt into mine. You could add soy sauce. It’s not terribly Thai, but then again, I don’t think salt is either. I don’t claim to be any kind of an ethnic cook. That’s why I said this recipe is Thai-inspired.
We both thoroughly enjoyed this meal. There was some sauce leftover, so we’re excited about using it with some brown rice and veggies on nosh night this weekend.
A Little Update
As of April 18th, Jim and I have been juicing, eating mostly vegan, avoiding caffeine, working out weeks we don’t juice, getting enough sleep, I’ve started doing yoga, and overall putting our health before anything and everything else. Mostly. Hey! We’re not perfect! And honestly in those moments of imperfection, I’ve paid dearly. For the pizza and alcohol I consumed last weekend, my tummy paid all Saturday night and most of Sunday. For the hash brown casserole we ate all day the Saturday before, I paid dearly. And when I finish this lovely soy latte my amazing little brother brought me at work (and forgot to get decaf) I’ll be paying dearly this afternoon with jitters, a racing mind and a need to run nine miles. My body is losing it’s ability to handle having crap inside of it. I’m healing!
But mostly, I feel amazing.
I have energy. And without a daily morning latte!
I have a clear mind. I have control over my mind.
I have motivation. To workout. To eat well. To write. To work on my business. To do crafts and hobbies I lost the will to do long ago.
I have a positive attitude. Even about this job which drives me mad but is necessary for, well, every thing.
I have confidence. I KNOW I can succeed. At yoga. At photography. At getting my novel published (you know, once it’s finished). At losing weight. At being a good wife. Maybe even someday a good mother.
I’ve lost 12 lbs.
I’m happy. Content. Looking forward to the rest of my life. Looking forward to seeing my husband tonight, to going fishing with him on Sunday. To my lovely friend Stephanie’s bridal shower this weekend. And her wedding in June!
I’ve never felt so good in my life.
And that’s your little update for today.
And while I’m feeling so damn positive, what’s your favorite thing about life right now? Anything. Tiny or huge. Share with me!