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A Taste of Thai

2 bunches asparagus, steamed

½ - 1 onion, cut and sautéed

1 firm water pak tofu, cubed

3 Tbs olive oil,

3 Tbs soy sauce,

minced garlic,

and salt to taste


    In a frying pan, drizzle olive oil, and heat the oil to hot. Add the cubed tofu and fry until it's nicely browned. Then add the soy sauce and minced garlic and cook a little longer to season the tofu. Set it aside. (If you prefer to bake the tofu, you can drizzle 1 Tbs olive oil, 1 Tbs soy sauce, then add garlic and salt and mix gently in a bowl-then pour onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, until nicely browned.)

     

    Thai Peanut Sauce

    1 can light coconut milk

    ¾ C creamy peanut butter

    ½ tsp salt

    1 - 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice

    ¼ C water

    1/8 tsp red curry paste (optional)

    1/3 C sucanat or more to taste


      Heat coconut milk in a kettle on low until it simmers. Then add peanut butter, sucanat, salt, and red curry paste. Simmer on low heat until sauce is well blended and begins to thicken. Stir together steamed asparagus and sautéed onions. Put cooked brown rice on the plate, then asparagus, onions, and fried tofu. Top with peanut sauce and a sprinkle of unsalted, chopped peanuts.


      Zucchini Casserole

      4 medium unpeeled zucchini, sliced

      1 C carrots, shredded

      ½ C onion, chopped

      2 ¼ C herbed croutons

      ½ recipe of Mushroom Gravy (p. 133)

      ½ C Better Than Sour Cream (non-hydrogenated)

      1 - 2 Tbs olive oil


        Cook zucchini and drain. Sauté the carrots and onion in olive oil. Stir in 1 ½ C herbed croutons, mushroom gravy, and sour cream. Stir in zucchini. Put in casserole dish and sprinkle the remaining croutons on top. Bake at 350° for 30 - 40 minutes. Serves 4. (The picture of this recipe is a doubled recipe.)

        Hint: If you want to make your own croutons, toast 3 slices of whole wheat bread. Cut up toasted bread into cubes. Pour a little olive oil in a frying pan and add some all-purpose seasoning. Then add the bread cubes and toast them with the seasoning until crisp.