During the course I gained a lot of confidence in my cooking skills. I suppose it was always there, but just lying dormant as I was nervous to branch out of my cozy little cooking bubble. Developing flavors was something I didn't know much about. Honestly, just in the last few years I've started integrating spices other than god ole salt and pepper into my cooking.
This recipe has so many wonderful flavors and simple techniques. It's also my husband's favorite recipe that I wrote during the course. I am so happy to share it with you and I hope you love it as much as we do.
Red Curry Thai Tempeh Stir Fry
1-2 blocks organic tempeh, cut into thin slices (about 1/2" thick, 2" long)
3 T tamari
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 t salt
1 inch ginger, sliced
3 yellow potatoes, cubed
1 c cauliflower, separated into small florets
1 c broccoli, separated into small florets
1 c bell peppers, cut into strips
1/2 c carrots, julienned
1/2 c fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch ginger, minced
1 medium white onion, diced
3 T red curry paste
1 c coconut milk
2 medium tomatoes, diced
2 green onions, julienned
4 T coconut oil, for stir frying
To soften the tempeh and impart flavor, bring 5-6 cups of water to a simmer, add in the sliced ginger and garlic, tamari, salt and tempeh. Simmer for at least an hour. Once softened, drain the tempeh and let dry and cool down on a tray.
To make the stir fry, heat a wok over med-high heat, add in a tablespoon of coconut oil and stir fry the tempeh in two batches. Make sure to let both sides get evenly browned. Once the tempeh is fried, set aside. Now do the same with the yellow potatoes. After the potatoes are fried, add a little more coconut oil to the wok if necessary and then add in the white onions and carrots. After 1-2 minutes, add in the cauliflower, broccoli, green beans and bell peppers. When the vegetables are evenly cooked, add in the tomatoes and then the minced garlic and ginger and stir fry until aromatic, around a minute. Next, add in the tempeh, potatoes, red curry paste and coconut milk. Stir until all of the veggies are evenly coated. Serve over warm basmati rice, or your favorite noodle and top with the julienned green onions.