Saturday, January 9, 2021

#Coconut Curry Tofu Cashew Stew by Denise Swanson


Continuing our quest for healthier Asian food options, my husband and I tried this dish. The combined prep and cooking time are a little longer than we like, but the flavor more than made up for the work and it makes three meals for us.

I was a little leery about using raisins, but their sweetness balances the jalapeños.

  • 16 ounces extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 heaping teaspoon diced jalapeños
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets (about 3 cups)
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 cups slivered carrots
  • 1 ½ tablespoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 15 ounces (1 can) lite coconut milk
  • 8 ounces (1 can) low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken stock (not in picture)
  • ¼ cup cashews, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup seedless raisins
  • Cashews for garnish

Remove the tofu from the package and drain. Slice the block of tofu horizontally and wrap each in paper towel. Place a heavy cookbook or frying pan over the tofu and press for 15 minutes. Remove the paper towels and cut the tofu into 2-inch chunks.

Add the vegetable oil to a large pan and turn the heat to medium-high. When sizzling, add the garlic, ginger, jalapeños, sweet potato, cauliflower, bell peppers and carrots. Sauté for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the carrots start to soften.

Stir in the curry powder, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and salt. Sauté for 2 minutes,

Add the coconut milk, tomato sauce, stock, chopped cashews, and raisins. Stir until liquids are well combined.

Add the tofu and stir. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes and carrots are fork-tender. 

Serve immediately and garnished with 1 tablespoon of cashews.


A Call to Charms






Chocolate, men, and magic. Who can turn down that inheritance?

     If life had gone as she planned, Lexie Green would have been teaching English at a prestigious university, not persuading spoiled, rich women to buy overpriced clothes they didn’t need and often looked ridiculous wearing. Can you say electric yellow see-through skirts and Torn jeans with unfinished hems?    

     Still, although this isn’t the life Lexie would have chosen, all is going well. At least until Lexie is fired and her deranged ex-boyfriend tries to kidnap her.

     Deciding that it’s better to accept a mysterious inheritance from a great aunt she’s never heard of rather than end up kept in a cage as her ex’s pet poodle, Lexie packs up and heads to Kansas. So, what if she has to go by a new name and live in a town that she can’t find on a map?

     Unfortunately, once she arrives in her new hometown, everyone there seems just a tad off-kilter and Lexie’s cousin insists that the citizens are magical. At least there are a couple of hot guys hanging around for eye candy.

     Even though Lexie doesn’t believe the nonsense about her being the Ravenscraft Shield, she does believe her father was murdered—a father she never knew existed, and she investigates his death.

     Too bad, whoever killed her father, now wants Lexie dead as well.    






There's something fishy just below the surface of Scumble River...


School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd is getting ready to return to work from her maternity leave and hoping for a peaceful year in her job as a school psychologist. But when an elderly woman disappears on her first day back and a disgruntled parent threatens to sue the school, Skye realizes that her return will be anything but quiet.


When the parent suing Skye's school is found dead and with the missing woman's case is still unsolved, Skye suspects the crimes are somehow linked. With her chief of police husband, Wally, at her side, Skye dives into the investigations. But as tensions rise and Skye and Wally's suspect list lengthens, they start to wonder whether a member of their own tight-knit community could be behind it all...


Once again, it looks like Dani Sloan will get a slice of the action...


In the small town of Normalton, IL, there aren't a lot of opportunities for small business owner Dani Sloan to cater big-ticket events. But that's about to change—a client named Yvette Joubert is marrying Franklin Whittaker, the richest guy around, and they want Dani to cater their engagement party! The swanky event is the perfect opportunity to put Dani on the map for wealthier clients.


But when a storm hits the party after guests arrive, it becomes clear that more than the dinner is ruined: Yvette is found dead beneath the marquee. Is her death a tragic accident, or a perfectly orchestrated murder? Then the case gets even juicier—it turns out that Yvette's ex-husband is Spencer Drake, Dani's almost-boyfriend, and the police start circling. Now Dani must follow an unending list of clues to save her business, her better half, and catch a criminal. Let's just hope they get their just desserts!








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  1. It's cooler than usual here in south Florida and this sounds wonderfully warming.

  2. This looks so yummy! I really hate prep work, so when I make curries and similar stews, I cheat by using frozen stir fry mix. Their texture works just fine in dishes like that.