Fried Tofu and Veggies in Coconut Curry Sauce

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend and beginning of this new week. I have been trying to get caught up with errands and  chores. I wanted to show you all last nights dinner. We used store bought coconut curry sauce that is vegan and added different types of veggies that we already had at home as well as cut up some tofu and fried it. This dinner was so simple to make as well as delicious, in our opinion it was just as good or even better as the restaurant curry dishes!

 

I have posted an image of the coconut curry sauce that I used, the brand is Maya Kaimal, you should definitely give it a try. If you purchase this at Costco it comes in a 2 pack and the other curry sauce that it comes with in Vindaloo. The Vindaloo sauce was also delicious unfortunately I did not get to take a photo, next time!

 

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I decided to saute some mushrooms, red bell pepper and onion because that is what we already had at home. I then cut up some firm tofu and fried it in a pan with some oil. After letting the veggies saute for a few minutes with a few table spoons of water I decided to add in the coconut curry sauce. I let the veggies and coconut curry sauce warm up for a few minutes then added the fried tofu and let that all cook together for another few minutes. While everything was cooking I made some rice on the side I then used a 1 cup measuring cup to mold the rice and placed it on the plate and then poured some of the coconut curry veggies in a separate bowl. The presentation looks like it was a dish ordered from a restaurant.

I want to soon attempt to make my own coconut curry sauce from scratch but until then store bought will do! Please let me know if you have your own curry sauces that you make from scratch, the more simple the better!

 

as always,

The Lazy Vegan Cat

 

 

Importance of a Healthy State of Mind

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Hello,

I hope everyone has been doing well! I wanted to talk about something a little different today. I wanted to talk about the importance of having balance in your life and the positive effects on mental health.

Mental health was something I always knew about but I have come to realize that I was not fully aware of the state of my own mental health. For the last few months I have been on a journey to not only bring balance to my life but also work on getting myself to a healthy state of mind. What brought me to this point was suffering from panic attacks. Before the panic attacks happened to me they were not something I was really aware of or would have ever thought would happen to me.

I never realized how much stress is a part of our everyday life and the amount of effort our mind and body puts toward dealing with it. The stress I was going through had gotten so severe that my body reacted with a panic attack. I started going to counseling which is helping me tremendously. It is important to talk about what is bring stress to your life and the best ways to manage it. The important thing is not only to take control of what is bringing you stress but to learn how to manage your reaction and emotions.

Exercise is also very beneficial to helping manage stress. Exercise produces endorphins, which is a chemical in the brain that acts as a natural pain killer, it helps you sleep and reduces stress. There are also many other factors that play a role, for example a healthy diet, keeping toxic people that cause you stress away etc.

I hope me sharing my experience will help people that may be going through something similar, I will continue to share my progress and what I learn through my journey. I am putting all these skills to use, it is not an over night fix, it takes time. Sometimes I feel like I am taking 3 steps forward and then 2 steps back, but it is important to keep going.

 

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Stay healthy and happy 🙂

 

Spaghetti Dinner! (10-15 minutes)

Hi Everyone!

I have a few more dinner, lunch and snack inspirations coming your way!

I know that this is a weird combination but we made due with what we had at home last night for dinner and it actually came out super delicious!

 

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Last night I had spaghetti and fried okra for dinner. You know I am all about quick delicious meals.

The fried okra is from the frozen section of our local grocery store, I checked the nutrition label and it is vegan! Some are not so always be sure to check the label beforehand. The tomato sauce that I used is store brand as well, I just added some extra ingredients to give it that home made vibe. I don’t have a specific brand that I always use, I try out different ones all the time. There are some that I like more than others, that I don’t feel over power the dish so I try to stick with those.

If you would like to replicate this dish I will list the ingredients below as well as quick and simple directions. I do not provide measurements because there really is no need to. I usually “eyeball” it and try to see what would work best with the amount of people that will be eating.

 

Ingredients:

  • spaghetti
  • tomato sauce (brand of choice or if you are adventurous.. home made!)
  • frozen or fresh onion and peppers (I used frozen)
  • spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • vegan “ground beef” crumbles
  • any side of veggies of choice, I decided to go with breaded okra

 

Directions:

Boil pasta while simultaneously in another pan  saute onion and peppers and vegan “ground beef” crumbles. If you would like veggies on the side I suggest you get those started as well. Once you saute everything for about 5-7 min,  add tomato sauce of choice and spinach  and cook that for about another 5 min or so. Then once everything is cooked you may plate and enjoy. Remember that you may need to cook a little longer depending on how much you are making. The amount that I made was for about 3 people.

That is it for this dish, very simple and easy to make and wont take up too much of your time. It is always better to cook at home because you know what you are putting into your dish. Even if you use store bought items it is still healthier than eating out. Although it is nice to go out once in a while and enjoy a meal that you do not have to cook.

 

Thank you for following my blog and I will be back soon!

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BBQ Jack Fruit Over Rice With Veggies On The Side and “Cheesy” Muffins!

 

Hi Guys!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and are having a relaxing weekend, if you work over the weekend I hope it goes by quick and you get to relax and enjoy your “weekend” as it comes.

About 6 months ago I had jack fruit for the first time and I was surprised at how delicious it is! I have started to incorporate this into my diet, my boyfriend absolutely loves it. You can buy canned jack fruit or the actual whole fruit if it is available for you. I have tried canned jack fruit, but the one I used for this recipe is pre-packaged. I had the jack fruit over rice, I also steamed some veggies  and also made some vegan cheese and green onion stuffed muffins.

Ingredients:

BBQ Jack fruit (either canned jack fruit and BBQ sauce separate or pre packaged BBQ jack fruit)

rice

sauteed steamed veggies

Store bought refrigerated muffins

Vegan cheese

Green onions

 

Muffins:

I split the muffin dough in half, and added shredded vegan cheese and some chopped onion in the middle. I then placed them in a pre-heated over for 15 minutes.

Jack Fruit:

I purchased pre-packaged BBQ Jackfruit

 

If you have tried jack fruit let me know what you like to prepare it with, if you have not had it and decide that you would like to try it let me know what you think!

 

Vegan “cheesy” Pastry Dogs!

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Hi guys!

I hope you had a wonderful week! I wanted to share this quick little recipe with you all, it is my vegan take on “pigs in a blanket”. I personally do not like that name so I call mine “Vegan Dogs in a blanket”.

I bought some store bought croissant pastry dough and added vegan cheese, I had regular Mozzarella style and also Mexican blend. I also cut up some vegan “hot dogs” and added the in the croissants. These are very easy to make and take less than 10 minutes to put together. Preheat the oven to 375 and cook for about 10-15 min. Let cool for about 10 minutes and enjoy. They are delicious while still warm and are great as a snack or a side dish or for finger foods if you are hosting a party.

Please let me know if you decide to make these and what you think! Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

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@ thelazyvegancat

Delicious Lazy Spaghetti and Vegan Meatballs

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Hi Everyone!

CARBS!! Specifically spaghetti is what I have been craving all week! My goal is to come up with the perfect fresh tomato sauce recipe and it is something I am working on. For this recipe I used jarred tomato sauce, I have been feeling sick with a cold the whole weekend so I wanted something quick and easy. Since I used jarred tomato sauce I wanted to  make it a little special so I added sauteed onions and cherry tomatoes, it came out delicious and it was very quick! I also added vegan meatless balls which were marinated in the sauce while it cooked and they turned out amazing.

 

  • While I boiled spaghetti (10 minutes), I cut up a quarter white onion and a package of cherry tomatoes.
  • I then sauteed the onions for about 3-4 minutes and added in the cherry tomatoes. I let the onions and cherry tomatoes cook for about 4 minutes, then added tomato sauce.
  • In the mean time I microwaved the  frozen meatless balls for about 2 minutes.
  • Once the meatballs are done warming up, I added them to the sauce and let them simmer until the pasta is done cooking.
  • I drain pasta and combine with sauce and meatballs. I usually add nutritional yeast but I ran out so I did not add them this time.

If you decide to try this recipe please let me know how it turns out! It is quick and easy, especially if you have a family.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your Sunday. 🙂

 

Total cook time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 onion (depending on your portion
  • cherry tomatoes (as many or as little as you like)
  • Spaghetti
  • tomato sauce (any jarred brand or home made)
  • meatless meatballs (your preference)
  • nutritional yeast

 

 

 

 

Avocado and Tomato Open Face Sandwiches

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Hi guys!

I hope the New year is treating you well, I have been gone for a little while but now I am back and I would like to share a new simple recipe with you!

During the winter it gets dark earlier and I find that I don’t feel as motivated to cook after work. I have been trying to make dishes that don’t take too long and this sandwich is one of those recipes! It took me about 10 minutes to make and they came out so amazing, you should definitely try them. 🙂

I wanted to try something different so I used English muffins which turned out really delicious. I then mashed some avocados and added salt and pepper. I sliced up a nice mildly ripe tomato. To dress this sandwich up I used a vegan mayo spread and I topped the sandwiches with balsamic vinaigrette. I will list all of the ingredients below, if you do decide to make this please let me know in the comments what you think.

Thank You for reading my blogs and I will see you next time!

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Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

English Muffins (I used two English muffins to make 4 open faced sandwiches.)

Tomatoes – 2 (depends on how many tomato slices you want on each sandwich)

avocados – 2

salt- a pinch on each sandwich

pepper- a pinch on each sandwich

vegan mayo spread- a teaspoon on each sandwich

balsamic vinaigrette- a drizzle o each sandwich