My body craves green veggies! I know it sounds weird. Some people crave chocolate. Not me — I crave greens! Don’t get me wrong, I will eat chocolate if you put it in front of me! Willpower is not one of my strong suits. This recipe definitely satisfies my “greens” craving! Not to mention, I eat a lot of tofu, which goes quite well with this appealing side dish. The red curry sauce brings on just the right amount of heat. I use this sauce in so many recipes because it’s outrageously good! Have a piece of chocolate later! 🙂
- 2 cups green beans, trimmed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Thai chili peppers, seeded and chopped
- 2 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 lemon grass stalk (soft inner bulb only), chopped
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 6 oz. firm tofu, drained, patted dry and cubed
- 2 scallions, sliced
- Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- Cook green beans in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes until crisp tender. Strain beans and “shock” in ice water to preserve its color. Strain again and set aside.
- Place garlic, chili peppers, red curry, lemon grass, fish sauce, and coconut milk in blender. Process until smooth. Heat oil over medium high heat in a wok and add tofu until tofu is slightly browned. Add in scallions and cook another 1 minute. Add blended mixture to wok and heat to a slow simmer, about 4 minutes. Add in the green beans and simmer another 2 minutes. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds for garnish.
To toast the sesame seeds: Place in a skillet on the stove over medium heat and dry toast it until light brown. Don’t overcook.