Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

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Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

There is little in this world I enjoy eating more than Thai food. (Okay, tacos too, but you’ve seen enough recipes here involving those.) And when it comes to Thai food, I almost always go for curries. (Side note: red curry was the first dinner I ever made for my now husband, almost 12 years ago. Awww.)  Lucky for me, everyone in my family (even the 2 year old) loves Thai curry dishes too. Not so lucky for me, these dishes usually require quite a bit of time and ingredients to prepare. You guys know me – I do not enjoy extravagant, time consuming recipes. So sadly, red curry was, for a long time, something I only made on special occasions (and never on weeknights). Recently though, I found a way to make a truly delicious version of vegetarian Thai red curry that only requires a handful of ingredients and takes about 20 minutes to prepare. It’s so easy and so good that it’s become a regular weeknight dinner around here. If you like curry dishes, I think you’ll love it as much as we do.

Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry
Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS
1 cup Village Harvest Origins Collection Organic Coconut Tumeric Brown Jasmine Rice
package extra firm tofu, cubed*
1 can coconut milk
3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
2 cups broccoli florets (you can also use cauliflower, or really any veggie you have on hand)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons. garlic powder
lime (for juice)
basil (for topping)
salt
hot sauce or red pepper flakes (optional)

(I’ll preface the instructions by saying that you can easily prepare your tofu right before you eat this, but I like doing it in advance. In fact, I usually buy a couple of packages, prepare them, and keep them covered in the fridge. Then when I make this red curry, I just throw them in the sauce which makes the entire dish take about 10 minutes to make.)

Begin by pressing the water out of the tofu block and cutting into cubes. (Or, if you really want to save time, buy it already cubed like I do.) Heat some coconut oil or olive oil in a large skillet (enough to coat the tofu without being too greasy) and pan fry the tofu over medium high heat until brown on all sides, adding a little salt as you go. Once tofu is read, either place into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until you use it, or continue to the next step while the tofu is cooking. In a medium saucepan, bring coconut milk to a low simmer. Add red curry paste, brown sugar, and garlic powder and stir until combined. Add broccoli florets and tofu and simmer for about 8-10 minutes. While this is cooking, heat the Village Harvest Organic Coconut Tumeric Brown Jasmine Rice in the microwave for 90 seconds. Pour rice into bowls, top with curry sauce, squeeze a little lime on top each bowl and top with basil (or Thai basil). Enjoy!

Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry
Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

This red curry is super simple and so fast to make, but incredibly delicious. And that’s why it’s truly  the perfect quick weeknight meal to prepare for my family. Preparing the tofu in advance and keeping it in the fridge eliminates so much time for me, but the real time-saver is the Coconut Turmeric Brown Jasmine Rice from Village Harvest’s new Origins Collection. This collection features authentic recipes from India and Thailand that can be served alone or prepared in endless ways, and that are all organic and non-GMO, 100% whole grain, and gluten free. And they’re not just rice – they’re recipes. So you can serve them alone as tasty side dishes, or as part of recipes like this one. Best of all, they’re microwavable and ready in 90 seconds. (This is huge!) My favorite for curry dishes if the Coconut Tumeric (Thailand), but I genuinely love all of the other varieties they offer as well: Basmati & Lentil (India), Lemon Rice (India), Tikka Masala (India), and Thai Green Curry (Thailand). Village Harvest Origins is truly a smart and simple meal solution that you can bring to life in 90 seconds. If you’re anything like me and love delicious Thai (and India!) dishes but don’t have the time to prepare them on the regular, I highly suggest giving this collection a try. And let me know what you think.

Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

Any other red (or yellow, or green – I love them all) curry fans out there? What’s your favorite type of Thai food?


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Anybody besides me remember the children’s book called “I’ll Love You Forever”. I always thought it was kind of creepy because this lady sneaks into her adult son’s bedroom at night to sing her little bedtime song. Somehow, when it’s a pet, it’s not creepy at all! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Halo Supports Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp in NYC This Weekend

Lil BUB with her DUDE Mike Bridavsky and Jackson Galaxy

Halo is proud to be part of this year’s Cat Camp, a cat advocacy event held in Manhattan on May 5th and 6th hosted by Jackson Galaxy.  Halo, Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org are donating 20,000 bowls of food to rescues participating in the event. Jackson Galaxy is a board member of GreaterGood.org, which runs the Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive High Five program, sponsored by Halo.

Cat Camp will host speakers and panelist sharing their knowledge on topics ranging from learning about how to care for community cats, saving orphan kittens and how to run a nonprofit.

There is also an opportunity to have a Meet & Greet with Halo spokes pet, Lil BUB.  You can meet, pet and take a photo with BUB, with 100% of the proceeds from the ticket price benefiting homeless cats. The event takes place on Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and Sunday from 2-3pm. Plus, Lil BUB’s Dude, Mike Bridavsky, will be doing a panel discussion called, “The Story of Lil BUB: Caring for a Special Needs Cat from Space.”

Purchase your Cat Camp tickets now.

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Very interesting concepts:

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8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids

8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids

This post is in partnership with Samsonsite but all opinions are my own.

Traveling has been an important part of my life since I was in college, and while both my husband and I worried that we’d have to stop once we had kids, we’ve managed to continue to take trips with our babes several times a year. In fact, both of our kids (now 4 and 2) have been traveling with us – by car and by plane – since they were newborns. That said, traveling with little ones is quite different than traveling on your own (just ask my husband, who works for a band and flies at least twice a week, about the stark contrasts between when he travels for work and with our family!). One difference I’ve consistently noticed is how much more challenging it is to make eco-conscious choices when traveling with kids. When you’ve got children with you (especially little ones), there are more messes, more requests for quick food, more stops, more garbage, and just general excess that ultimately isn’t very good for the earth. When we flew to California a few weeks ago, we really made an effort to make the trip more eco-friendly. And it worked. As we near the end of Earth Month, I thought today would be the perfect day to share some of my tips in hopes that it will help those of you with little ones who would like to make your travel more earth conscious as well.

8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids
8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids

1. Take reusable water bottles. It’s no secret that disposable water bottles are terrible for the environment, but they’re everywhere, and when you’re traveling with kids, they’re admittedly quite  convenient. We always bring one of our own reusable bottles for each of us though, whether we’re driving or flying. We fill them up in the drinking fountains at the airport, and if we’re traveling by car, we either fill them at stops along the way or bring a big water jug along with us.

2. Pack snacks from home. We fill reusable containers with snacks for both air and land travel, and for road trips we also bring fruit and sandwiches we make at home. The packaging alone from airport snack shops and/or fast food restaurants is incredible wasteful, and you’ll say some money too.

3. Bring a stroller. Obviously this will only work with little ones, but the great thing about strollers (especially double strollers, like we have) is that you can walk farther and longer than if you’re trying to go on foot with toddlers or preschoolers. And walking is always the best mode of transportation to explore your destination when you’re trying to be eco-conscious. If you have a baby or toddler, a carrier or sling works too. And along the same lines, if your kids are old enough, you can rent (or bring) bicycles as a family and get around that way.

8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids
8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids
8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids

4. Choose eco-friendly luggage. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve been listening to me rave about our Samsonite ECO-Nu suitcase (we have the 25″ Expandable Spinner in Granite/Midnight Black) for over a month, and for good reason. This is hands down the best piece of luggage I’ve ever owned, and it’s perfect for trips with kids because it’s super lightweight but, thanks to its big pockets and Hidden-Expansion System (which keeps the expansion zipper discreetly tucked beneath the main zipper), fits a seriously impressive amount of stuff. It’s also incredibly easy to transport (which any of you with kids know is key for travel when you’re trying to wrangle a million things at once), thanks to its awesome four wheel Saguro Wheel System. Best of all though, its fabric, including the lining, is made completely from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. All of it. Bottles are melted down into a liquid polymer, then purified into filament yarn, and finally woven into the high quality, durable fabric that is used to make the ECO-Nu. How cool is that? Our Samsonite ECO-Nu has also been a great way to teach our kids the importance of making green choices when purchases travel supplies. I really love how the line is so clearly designed with both the traveler (whether with kids or alone) and the earth in mind. In fact, we’ve already decided that once the other pieces of luggage we own are no longer usable, we’ll be replacing all of them with ECO-Nu pieces.

5. Turn off the lights and down the thermostat. We are so good about this at home, but I’ve noticed that when we stay at hotels, we are more forgetful about doing these things when we get out. We’ve started to make it a game with the kids, where whoever remembers to turn out the lights and down the thermostat first is the winner. It’s actually a great way to get them in the habit of doing it wherever they are. (Bonus hotel tip: reuse linens and don’t request the sheets to be washed nightly.)

6. Visit natural places. Sure, my kids love loud, fancy mega kiddie/family fun center type places, but they honestly love forest preserves and state/national parks (which are infinitely less wasteful) just as much (if not more). We took my daughter to the Grand Canyon when she was 16 months old and she still regularly asks to see pictures from it! Even if we’re just taking a day trip to another town, we get outside and explore nature and other unique characteristics of where we are. It’s amazing what you can find and all of the ways you can teach your kids about the environment that way. (The fox sculpture you see in some of these photos was made entirely from recycled bicycles. So cool!) I remember reading that people tend to care more about issues if they have personal connection to them, so this is an ideal way to encourage your little ones to care about the earth from an early age.

8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids
8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids
8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids

7. Choose local. Shop locally. Eat locally (especially at places like farmer’s market and food trucks, or farm-to-table and/or organic restaurants). On top of the fact that choosing local is almost always better for the environment because the carbon emissions are much less than products that have to travel far to reach you, your kids will be excited to visit places that are different than familiar chains or that they’re used to frequenting at home.

8. Camp. Full disclosure: we have not yet been camping with our kids, so I can’t say this is a tip I have tried myself. But so many of our friends with older children have camped with them and absolutely loved it, and we’re looking forward to our first family camping experience this summer. Camping uses less energy and less water, and it’s an incredible way to help your kids connect with and develop a respect for the earth.

These are all simple, easy ways that can add up to truly make an impact on the state of the earth. If you have any ways that you make travel with kids more eco-friendly, I’d love to hear them!

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Hey, Swimsuit Season. (Yep. It’s Almost Here.)

The 8 Perfect Swimsuits for Summer 2018
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Yes, it snowed here in Chicago last week, and here I am, clearly in denial, writing about swimsuits. Despite our complete lack of spring here (and apparently in much of the rest of the country as well) however, the swimming pool still opens next month. And summer is my favorite season, so it’s nice to have something to look forward to when you have to pull your winter coat and boots from the back of your closet in mid April, know what I’m saying?

I am way into the high waisted bikini bottoms I’ve been seeing around for the upcoming season, as well as all of ruffles gracing suits this year. The pieces you see above are some of my favorites that I’m currently eyeing. I’m especially smitten with #6. That color is everything.

Who else is giving this winterish spring the middle finger and swimsuit shopping? Which piece above is your favorite?

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