Ahhh, the good ol’ soy debate. Is it really that bad for you? Absolutely not. The issue and most of the misunderstanding when it comes to soy is that a majority of it is genetically modified. The other issue is the confusion behind the presence of isoflavones aka phytoestrogens which people assume imitate oestrogen effects.
Generally speaking, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) is an excellent source of complete protein which is essential in a plantbased lifestyle. This may be found in edamame, soy milk and tofu. In a fermented variety such as miso and tempeh, soy can also be a source of probiotics for a healthy gut. In this recipe, I have used certified organic firm tofu.
1 large block of firm organic tofu
5 small organic potatoes
2 TBSP vegan green curry paste
1 stalk of fresh lemongrass
3 kaffir lime leaves
2 dried chillies- optional
Juice of half a lime
1 cup of coconut cream
1 TBSP good quality coconut oil
1 TBSP olive oil- optional
1/3 cup organic peas
1.5 cups of organic basmati rice, cooked as per package instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
2. Chop the potatoes into chunks as seen in the photo. Season with a little olive oil if desired and bake for 20 minutes.
3. Preheat a large pan and melt the coconut oil.
4. Cut the block of tofu in cubes as seen in the photograph before frying until the sides are crisp and set aside. Menawhile, cook the rice.
5. Toast the dried chilli (if using) and lemongrass in the pan before adding the curry paste, coconut cream and kaffir lime leaves. Mix well before adding the tofu and roast potatoes.
6. Simmer until the mixture thickens- roughly 10 minutes.
7. Stir through organic peas before serving with desired vegetables and the cooked rice.
ꕥ As always nutritional information I provide has been taught during my science degree. Obviously avoid soy if you are allergic or have an intolerance to soy products.
ꕥ Substitute the potato or pumpkin with sweet potato if preferred.
ꕥ Leftovers freeze well.
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