Intro to Cooking: DIY Thai Coconut Tofu

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Stuck inside this weekend because of an(other) excess of snow or lack of money? If you’re already missing all of that free wonderful food from home, practice your improvisatory skills with DIY Thai!

Featured Ingredient: Coconut

Coconut is rich in protein. It’s a favorite among fitness freaks (and CollegeCandy writers) for its ability to promote muscle growth. Coconut is also rich in Calcium, Vitamin A, and (good) fats. Studies show that it also helps maintain proper thyroid and kidney function. That makes it the perfect ingredient for a satisfying, tasty, easy, healthy meal!

You Will Need:

2 TBS coconut or sesame oil (or cooking oil of choice)
¼ cup shredded coconut
1 small onion
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 cup carrots
1 Package firm tofu
4 TBS peanut butter (or tahini sauce)
1 TBS soy sauce (optional)
Ginger or coriander to taste (optional)

Recipe:

1.     Cut your veggies to size of choice. Cut the tofu in cubes.

2.     In a large bowl, mix your oil, peanut butter (or tahini), and soy sauce. Add in veggies and tofu and mix until all is coated.

3.     Pour mixture into a baking-safe dish and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. At this point, take the dish out and stir up the mixture to keep it from sticking. Add in the coconut. Bake for another ten or fifteen minutes, until the tofu is golden and the veggies are nice and soft.

Pour this over rice, quinoa or even some thai noodles and voila! You have a Thai-inspired dish faster than the delivery guy could bring one!

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