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Thai Fried Rice

Disclaimer:  There is nothing authentic about this recipe.  I’m from Iowa.  Although I love Thai food, and one day aspire to make an authentic Pad Thai or Pad See Ew at home, I’m still learning the best and most authentic Thai pantry items and cooking techniques.  This is simply a recipe that I made up using Thai flavors.

This dish was created (as many of my recipes are) to help incorporate more vegetables into my veggie-challenged family’s diet.  It incorporates two of my my favorite techniques: cutting up the vegetables really small so it’s hard for them to pick them out, and adding some sweetness.  Mango provides the sweetness in this one-dish meal that incorporates leftover rice and Thai flavors like lime, cilantro, Thai basil, and chili.  The dish also uses a specialty ingredient: fresh water chestnuts.  Don’t worry if you can’t find them though, you can omit them or substitute canned water chestnuts.

I’ve included some tofu in this dish, but some prawns or eggs scrambled into the rice could be protein alternatives.  This dish is vegan without the fish sauce.

This dish gets results.  Only the tofu remained in the bottom of the bowl when I served this.  All the veggies were gone.   There is still work to be done on the tofu front.  We’ll get there . . .

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Really Good, Really Easy Tofu Stir Fry

Lots of people *think* they don’t like tofu.  There is no question that tofu that is not prepared well can be bland, mushy, and generally not that great.  Tofu that is well-prepared is delicious.  It absorbs the strong flavors of stir-fry sauces beautifully, and tofu that has been pressed and added to a stir fry complements the textures of stir-fried vegetables perfectly.  The secrets to great tofu are:

1. Buying the right kind of tofu

2. Seasoning and cooking it properly

This recipe is a great one to try if you think you don’t like tofu or are on the fence about it.  Just take care to follow the preparation directions carefully, the preparation makes all the difference.  

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Sesame Crusted Halibut with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and Soy Ginger Glaze

This is an easy and healthy meal suitable for entertaining.  For a weeknight meal, and to lower the calorie count, you can omit the potatoes.  However, they make a stand-out dish and take this meal to the next level.  Great for serving to guests or a nice Friday or Saturday night dinner at home.


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