Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2″ piece of ginger
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 13.5 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cashews

Directions

  1. Break down your squash.Trim off both ends of the butternut squash. Cut squash neck and bulb in half length wise. Peel both pieces of squash with a veggie peeler. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds from each of the bulbs, discard seeds. Place squash pieces cut side down on board and cut each piece in half lengthwise. Cut squash crosswise into 1″ thick slices. Place in bowl and set aside.
  2. Prep your veggies: Cut the onion down into cubes, NOTHING has to be pretty, it will all be blended in the end, so don’t worry about pieces being uniform. Using a spoon, peel the ginger and cut into two large pieces. Then take your chef knife and smash the garlic and peel & coarsely chop.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a Large dutch oven saucepan on medium. Add chopped onions, red pepper flakes and salt. Sweat out the onions.
  4. As soon as onions are translucent, add the garlic and the peeled ginger.
  5. Add squash, cashews and vegetable broth to the pan. Pour in 90% of the coconut milk (the remaining 10% you can use for the garnish, or you can put the whole can in now, up to you). Add enough water to just submerge the squash. (note: too much water will make the soup really runny. You want the liquid to just reach the top of the squash.)
  6. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally
  7. When it reaches a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are very tender, about 15 minutes.
  8. Once veggies are tender, it’s time to blend!
  9. Set up your work station: you’ll need your pot of soup, blender, a large bowl, a ladle and a kitchen towel. Using the ladle, fill the blender now more than half way with equal parts broth and veggies. **If you fill it up too much, your blender will overflow as it blends (hellooooo mess!)**
  10. Now that you have some of your soup mixture in the blender, secure the lid and crack the vent so the steam can escape. Otherwise you’ll have a nice soup explosion on your counter. Holding the lid down with the kitchen towel, blend soup, starting at a low speed and working up to high speed, until smooth and silky. Transfer to the large bowl. Repeat with remaining soup in pot, working in small batches, until all the soup is blended.
  11. Clean out your dutch oven and return your blended soup to the stove. Heat soup on medium, stirring occasionally until you can see steam rising from the pot. **When you blend the soup, it loses a lot of the heat, you’re just warming it back up to serve nice and hot**
  12. Now it’s time to eat! Ladle soup into bowls or cups, whichever you prefer. Swirl the remaining coconut milk on top as a garnish.
  13. Grab a spoon and ENJOY!

Notes:

  • As and added garnish, you can use tasted coconut or pepitas.
  • I always serve this soup with a nice toasted bread for dunking.
  • The cashews are to thicken the soup and add “body.” Depending if you’re looking for more or less, you can adjust the cashews accordingly. I love my soups really savory, and that’s where the cashews come into play.
  • On your first try, this soup can get messy with the blender if you aren’t familiar with blending hot liquids. Just go slow and don’t do too much at once.
  • IT FREEZES! Go ahead and throw your leftovers into a freezer safe container or bag and save it for an easy dinner another night! SCORE!

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Positive Affirmations For Moms

I am a good mom.

I am exactly who my kid needs.

I am capable of amazing things.

I am grateful for the time I get to spend with my kids.

My kids don’t need a perfect mom.

I will show my kids love through my actions and words.

I will stay calm, even in the midst of chaos.

I am not “just” a mom.

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Love Yourself

Reminder to you, Love yourself instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.

It starts within. When you think about it, loving ourself should be the easiest thing for us as humans to do. I mean, we’re with ourself 24/7. We know our ins and outs, what makes us tick and what brings us joy…

So why is it that self love seems to come last now? Why is it so easy for us to pick apart every little bit of ourselves day in and day out?

Is it because other people do it so easily that we feel we need to jump on that bandwagon? Is it from the constant comparison we do everyday because of social media? Where did the love go? We were born into this one body, this one mind, this one life. It was not meant for us to bash and malnourish.

When you think of our bodies and mind as a seed that grows into a flower, what are the necessities to grow the flower and to keep it big and beautiful? Water, food, sunshine and warmth. We must nurture the flower and be gentle with it through the seasons to keep it blooming. As do our bodies.

The more we put ourselves down, the more opportunity we give for other people to do it as well. This then leads us into the true belief that we aren’t worthy, that we aren’t beautiful, that all the critics are right.

But honey, THEY’RE WRONG!

You love yourself. You give your self the warmth and nourishment you need. Because once you start to shine and blossom again, you’ll be amazed at what else follows. Love yourself. Be your true self. Life is much more fun when you’re happy and confident.

I challenge you:💕Do something for yourself today. 👏🏼Give yourself a high-five when you get something done. ✨Be kind to yourself.

You are not flawed, you’re fabulous!

xx Kelsey

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Sleep When The Baby Sleeps…


I know I absolutely ignored this advice as a new mom and here I am, still ignoring it!

Cut to today, my kids go to bed and I’m dog tired…but do I go to sleep??? Ya Freaking Right! (LOL)

I feel like this advice should be taken away because when my babes were teeny tiny, I felt wrong for doing things while they were napping. The only reason I felt bad or guilty for getting stuff done around the house was because I kept hearing everyone under the damn sun, telling me to sleep when the baby sleeps. Yes, I was tired and probably should have slept, but that also mean when the baby woke up, I would be doing other things like cleaning the kitchen, folding the laundry, figuring out what was for dinner…all the things. When for me, it made more sense to do that while the baby was sleeping that way I could focus on them when they were awake.

Doing anything while my baby slept didn’t feel normal at that point because I was going against what other people said. I listened to the advice, didn’t agree with it, but still felt wrong in making my own choices.

This is exactly how we’ve set up motherhood. Everything we do now turns into this second-guessing game and it’s not fair. For me, cleaning the house and catching up on work (I was finishing my master’s at the time) was a priority and it was a nonnegotiable.

Some women need their house to feel tidy in order to reduce their anxiety, which means getting it cleaned while the baby is sleeping. There’s nothing wrong with that. All people are different and we shouldn’t feel obligated (especially during our motherhood journey) to listen and implement all the advice.

We as a society need to find away to stop making moms feel guilty for making a decision of their own. There isn’t anywhere that it says you HAVE to do these things when you’re a mom, but you’ll be damned if you don’t because that mom guilt & the mom shame will set in real quick and never leave. So here’s a simple shift when talking to a new mom about “sleeping when the baby sleeps.”

CHALLENGE: If you’re going to say this to a mom let’s rephrase it shall we…

TRY THIS INSTEAD: “Can I come over when (______) takes a nap to tidy up your house so you can take a nap?” Or “can I come over when (___) takes a nap so you can have some time to yourself?”

Help a new mom (and a seasoned one) feel like they are supported. Help her to start the healthy habits of self-care. Be there for her because you remember how lonely those first couple of months felt. Let’s do more supporting and LESS dictating.

To the new mama: do whatever feels right for you. If you’re able to sleep while your baby is sleeping, by all means do it! If that’s not what will make you feel at east, then don’t. As in all motherhood, you need to do whatever feels right and what’s working for you and baby. Ignore all the noise and feel comfortable with your choices.

xx Kelsey

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Pep Talk For Mamas

Motherhood is hard!

 The complexities of motherhood can easily consume our mind. All too often mother’s everywhere are feeling self-doubt and less than. 

Motherhood equates to at least a two person job, that we are doing solo. We take on all of the responsibilities because it’s just written into our DNA that way. 

But all of the pressure of motherhood and this notion of “perfection” get to be too much. We end up losing sight of the whole point of motherhood….being a Mom.

So be the mom you want to be. Be the fun mom. Be the strict mom. Be the weird mom. Be the mom that all of you kids love to be around. Be the mom who has a child going to Ivy League college. Be whatever mom you want to be. 

But be consistent. Keep showing up for your child with whatever mother you chose to be. Be there. Be present. And KEEP GOING.

Don’t you dare give up mama! You are doing the damn thing! If you’re feeling overwhelmed (which you probably are), accept it, because honey, you are working your ASS OFF! Sit in those feelings, acknowledge them, accept them then fix that crown of yours and keep going. 

You got this babe!

xx Kelsey

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Life Conversation Starters

As parents there are many different items on our agenda to teach our children before they leave the house. In our short 18 years with our children a lot of life happens but generally speaking, there isn’t a lot of adult life/rough life that happens which can cause a hiccup for children as they enter into adulthood. How honest are you with you child about real issues? Are you open with your child about the struggles adults face?

When we paint this beautiful picture of adulthood (because we’ve overcome most of the struggles already) it may set up our children for trouble. By talking about ALL the trials and tribulations of early adulthood, our children are some what aware it’s not all cotton candy and rainbows. Life is full of ups and downs, it has many many seasons, and one thing life isn’t always, is consistent. A good way to start having these conversations is by using these conversation starters. You’ll be surprised where the conversation leads.

  1. Do not educated your children to be rich. Educated them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.
  2. Eat you food as medicine, otherwise you will need to eat your medicine as food.
  3. Whoever loves you will never leave you, even if they have 100 reasons to give up. They will always find one reason to hold on.
  4. There is a big difference between being human and human being.
  5. If you want to go fast – go alone. But if you want to go far – go together.

Find the time to have these conversations with your kids. Talk to them about their future and what they envision & how they’re going to get there. Plant that seed of success, with success being a happy, fulfilled, enriched life. We as parents are here to guide our children and help them be the best version of themselves. So get talking.

xx Kelsey

Rating: 1 out of 5.
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Parenting Reflection

May you be blessed with a child who…

Defies you so you learn to release control,

With one who doesn’t listen

So you learn to tune in,

With one who procrastinates

So you learn the beauty of stillness,

With one who forgets things

So you learn to let go of attachments,

With one who is extra-sensitive

So you learn to be grounded,

With one who is inattentive,

So you learn to be focused,

With one who dares to rebel

So you learn to trust the universe,

And may you be blessed with a child 

Who teaches you that it is never about them 

And all about you.


As you read that, imagine all the times you saw your child behavior as a personal vendetta against you. Now read it again. We parents tend to fall into this mindset that our children are purposefully doing things to us out of spite, but in fact, it is us who are spiting our children for not releasing our own issues in order to parent our children. When we learn to step back and release our agendas and focus on the actual behavior itself, we are able to nurture the body’s natural response to situations. For instance, our toddler isn’t giving us a hard time by throwing a tantrum….they are having a hard time with their emotional control. Step back, read the situation, then step back in and empathize with your child, “I see you’re really frustrated because you can’t have that toy, can I offer you a hug?” or “wow, it looks like that made you really sad, do you want to talk about it?” By identifying what your child may be feeling takes you out of your head and into theirs.

So I challenge you, step back take a moment to get out of your head, and step back in with an agenda-less mind. Help, console, problem solve, be present. Oh and P.S. It’s not easy, so don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t master it the first couple of tries. You’ll evolve and watch how positively you child responds.

xx Kelsey

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12 Phrases to use when talking to children

Talking to kids can come so easily. They have thoughts about everything and stories for miles. They see the world in a completely different light, and could ask enough questions to fill an afternoon.

But sometimes finding the right words for talking to kids can be really, really challenging. When choosing how to respond to the marker on the wall, or the seemingly unending why-can’t-I battle, or in simply keeping healthy communication open with kids who don’t want to talk, the words don’t seem to come so easily.

In challenging situations, our frustration and/or overwhelm seems to bubble over, clouding any cohesive sentence structure we might have put together. The pressure is on, we need to “use our words,” but all we can muster is a non-verbal utterance resembling something like a cross between a growl and a guttural sigh. I find that in these really challenging moments, it helps for parents to have a few familiar and effective phrases in our back pocket. Words that have already been carefully selected before we lost our minds.

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Here’s a list of my favorites:

1.“At the same time…”

Using the word “but” can complicate already tense conversations. Often seen as negating whatever came before, it can create confusion and hurt feelings. The phrase, “I love you, but…” or “I’m sorry, but…” comes off as “I love you, but not enough,” or “I’m sorry, but not really.”

Instead, use the phrase, “at the same time”. This phrase validates both what comes before and after as coexisting.

“I love you. At the same time, I can’t let you hurt other people.”I’m sorry you’re upset. At the same time, running away isn’t safe.”

2.“I need you to…/you need to…”

One of the biggest invitations for power struggles comes when we make our requests sound optional. We say things like, “Are you ready for lunch?” or “How about we get you dressed?” or “Do you want to pick up your toys?”

Those phrases are great IF we actually mean to give our child those choices. When we don’t, we need to be more clear. “You need to come to lunch, please.” “I need you to get dressed, please.” “You need to pick up your toys, please.”

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3. “I see…”

“I see two children who both want the same toy.”
“I see you look very upset…”

Stating your observations as you come upon a problem helps to prevent you from placing blame or making assumptions. And that keeps everyone more open to problem-solving because you’re starting from a place of trying to understand, rather than trying to place blame.

Simply start by describing what you see in a completely nonjudgmental way. Then invite the children to help you fill in the rest.

4. “Tell me about…”

Similar to #3, the key to this phrase is not assuming. Whether you’re trying to understand what’s going on in a tiff between friends, or curious about the work going on in a painting or block structure, it’s better to ask for the child’s input rather than jump to assumptions. “Tell me about your picture…” works better than “What a lovely bear!” (especially when the bear was actually a dog.) “Tell me about what happened…” works better than jumping right in with, “I can’t believe you hit her!” (especially when the hitting was preceded by 2 hours of taunting.)

5. “I love to watch you…”

This is a great phrase to keep at the ready for every day, proactive relationship building (which always pays off when times get tough).

Simply letting a child know that you are watching them and enjoying them can go a long way in building their positive self-perception. Sometimes the best thing we can do to motivate good behavior and build good relationships is simply to notice the wonderful good that already exists.

“I love watching you play with your brothers.” “I love listening to you play the piano.” “I love to watch you build with your legos.”

It’s a simple phrase that lets a child know we notice them, while at the same time reminding us to slow down enough to be noticers.

6. “What do you think you could do..”

As experienced problem-solvers ourselves, it can be tempting to swoop right in and fix every problem. But it’s important that we give kids ownership of and practice with the problem-solving process.

“What do you think you could do to help your sister feel better?” “What do you think you could do to make things right with your friend?” “What do you think you could do to make sure everyone gets a turn?” “What do you think you could do to take care of this spill?”

Notice that children are not only invited to come up with a proposed solution, but to own it. “What do YOU think YOU could do…”

7. “How can I help…”

Similarly, there are times when a child clearly needs our help, but we want to be sure we help, not rescue. We want to offer our abilities without taking away their responsibilities. “How can I help you with this broken glass?” “How can I help you clean your room?” “How can I help you understand your homework?”

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8. “what I know is…”

There are times when our kids tell us things we KNOW are not true. But when we jump to, “That’s a lie!”, they typically shut down or become defensive.

Whether it’s lying, magical thinking, or a complete misunderstanding, we can avoid an argument or an overreaction by calmly starting with what we know.

“What I know is that there were four cookies on the plate when I left.” “What I know is that toys can’t move by themselves.” “What I know is that Jesse’s mom wasn’t home today.”

9. “Help me understand..”

Similarly, inviting a child to help you understand, is less accusatory than “explain yourself”. It communicates that you don’t understand, but you WANT to.

“Help me understand how this got here.” “Help me understand what happened.”

10. “I’m sorry…”

Kids aren’t always the ones making the mistakes in these difficult situations. Sometimes our imperfections are the best starting point for important learning opportunities. When we apologize for our shortcomings, we model how to make appropriate apologies, but also teach our children that we all make mistakes. When they see us acknowledge and apologize, they learn that they can do the same. Additionally, when we repair our relationships, we make them stronger.

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11. “Thank you…”

Along with all the hard situations, we have to acknowledge the great ones (or even a great sliver of a really hard day). Just like we want to know our hard work is appreciated every day, our children want to know that their effort is noticed as well.

“Thank you for packing your lunch this morning.” “Thank you for being such a respectful listener.” “Thank you for helping your sister.” Even, “Thank you for doing your jobs. I know you wanted to do other things first. (Unspoken: Because you threw a big fit beforehand.) I really appreciate you doing it even though it was hard.”

12. “I love you”

With all the words we search for, these three should come easily and frequently. With our words and with our actions, our kids should know that through thick and thin, we ALWAYS love them.

There are two truths that seem to be true in regards to child development:

  1. All learning and development happen in the context of human relationships.
  2. Healthy human relationships, particularly in families, are built on unconditional love.

Before, during and after our most challenging situations with our kids, we should convey to them that they are always safe and loved, no matter what. Love can compensate for all kinds of parenting mistakes. Even when we can’t find the right words, or when those words just don’t come out like they should. When they come from a place of love, and when that love is consistently made clear, we eventually find our way back together.


Parenting is one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life. There is not one way of doing it, there isn’t a manual of the right and wrong things to do. There are just suggestions of what has worked for some. These have worked for me with my five children, do they work every time? Nope. Because my children, like all children are not the same every moment of every day. Above all, patience is what I strive to have. I try to model with the best of my ability, positive and constructive communication as well as empathy. Growing up is a really hard thing to do, and I think that we as parents tend to forget that because we made it through. Have grace with your children. It’s a great big world and they’re trying to find their place in it.

xoxo

Kelsey

Rating: 1 out of 5.
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Continuous Parenting – what’s that?

This is an interesting read for any parent feeling the burned out sensation. The world we live in is a lot different than the one our parents raised us in. Technology has made it possible for us to be in constant contact with our children, which triggers our brains to be “on duty” ALL THE TIME. Keep reading for how it is effecting parents.


Each day, licensed clinical social worker Ofra Obejas has appointments with a number of parents—with the idea that this is a designated time for them to decompress, turn their attention inward and concentrate on the counseling session. Yet, Obejas says she has noticed a disappointing trend: Many clients don’t disconnect for that brief period.

“Parents have sat in therapy session with me and checked every time their phone alerted them, ‘In case that’s my kid calling me.” The smart device allows parents to never be away from the child.

Unlike in generations past, today’s parents can be always “on” due to everything from high-tech baby monitors to a stream of pictures and updates sent to their phones. That’s what we have termed “continuous parenting,” and the risk is it not only sets parents up for fatigue, but also sends children unhealthy messages about their own boundaries.

The answer isn’t to erase our kids from our minds every so often—because that simply isn’t possible. But we can benefit from making the effort to step back from actively “parenting” every now and then. 

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Parents spend more time than ever with their kids

According to a recent study from The Economist, American moms now spend twice as much time with their children compared with women 50 years ago. That works out to be an average of 125 minutes per day of devoted mom-child time. (Kudos to dads, too: Since 1965, they have tripled the time spent with their kids. It’s now up to an average of 59 minutes daily.)

Experts credit this to increasingly flexible work schedules and options to punch in from home. Likely also at play is the fact that the newest generation of moms and dads are embracing the duty like few before, with 99% of millennial parents reporting they truly love parenting.

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We’re leaning into parenting—but are we overdoing it?

It’s one thing to identify first and foremost as a parent and take pride in that role. It’s another thing, however, to confuse our sense of worth with our children’s accomplishments, which is something former Stanford University dean of freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims says was commonplace among the parents she encountered.

“When I ask parents why they participate in the overprotection, overdirection, hand-holding frenzy, they respond, ‘So my kid can be happy and successful,'” she writes in How to Raise an Adult. “When I ask them how it feels, they respond, ‘Way too stressful.'”

This constant investment in children’s lives can take a toll on the parent-child relationship when the parent doesn’t take time for him or herself, too. “The parents feel that they ‘sacrificed’ their own time for the benefit of the child, even though during much of that time there was no direct engagement with the child,” Obejas says of those hours spent shuttling kids around town or waiting outside the doctor’s office. “The parents’ own emotional and mental cup becomes empty, and when the child asks for more attention, the parents feel like they have already given enough.”

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The expectation of constant contact ‘is draining for the brain’

Even outside the category of helicopter parents, the expectation that we should constantly know what our children are doing is problematic. “‘Always on alert’ didn’t start with children,” says Obejas. “It started with devices and apps designed to be addictive. It overtaxes our fight or flight response and leads to toxic stress when levels of cortisol and adrenaline don’t ever subside.”

Compared with the days when it was the norm for kids to roam free until the streetlights came on, it’s commonplace today for parents to expect regular updates of their kids’ exact whereabouts either by texts or GPS tracking tools.

“While this can be a safety backup, it increases the type of hypervigilance we know is draining for the brain,” says Urszula Klich, licensed clinical psychologist and president of the Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association. “[This] can also cause incredible anxiety as parents hear and read things they wouldn’t normally be subject to, that is, let’s face it, a normal part of kids growing up.”

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Roles have reversed

Not so long ago, parents would go to the store or out on a date only with the faith that everything was fine at home. Now? That’s almost unthinkable—as we’ve instead shifted to the mentality that our children or their responsible caregivers should be able to contact us at any given moment. Despite the good intentions at play here, this comes at an expense.

“In what other job do you never get a break? It is truly exhausting to never get to turn off the parent brain,” says LMHC Jasmin Terrany, author of Extraordinary Mommy: A Loving Guide to Mastering Life’s Most Important Job. 

Driving this is the trend toward maternal gatekeeping, which describes the subconscious desire to micromanage child care even when someone else is perfectly capable of holding down the fort. As uncomfortable as this may feel, it’s healthiest for everyone when parents can hand over the reigns on occasion.

“We must have regular practices to refuel,” says Terrany. “We don’t need to feel guilty about taking this time for ourselves—our kids will not only learn that self-care is essential, but when we are good, they will be good.”

This is also how we let our children know another adult can attend to their needs, which is an important step in fostering their sense of independence and confidence. As Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity, expressed, “Let your partner actually figure it out on their own and know that the system survives even when you are not there.”

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Being ‘always on’ can degrade quality time, too

Much of being “always on” is a two-way street: Not only do we bring our children into our work days and social lives, but we also bring other obligations home with us in the form of emails sent to our smartphones and mid-playtime breaks to check social media.

“Our children need us, the parents to be ‘there,'” says Tom Kersting, licensed psychotherapist and author of Disconnected: How To Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids. “They need us to talk to them, play with them and be present with them. This is literally impossible if we are multitasking between the iPhone and our interactions with them.”

As expert as we may consider ourselves at multitasking, there is also something to be said for setting boundaries. “In today’s world it’s become difficult not to carry that phone around you all the time, even more so when your job is tied to it,” says Klich. “Set boundaries for yourself for when you will check, even if it’s once an hour, and stick to that making it clear to the kids what you are doing and why.”

And when we’re away from the kids, remember this hack: Calls from favorite contacts can still come through when you’re on do not disturb mode. So tell your partner or your babysitter or your kids to call if it’s a true emergency—and then allow yourself to go off the clock. You’ll be better for it.

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Rating: 1 out of 5.

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Easy Pad Thai

This is one of my favorite Pad Thai recipes. I specifically like because I’ll make three or four bathes as a time and freeze the extras. The most time consuming part of Pad Thai is the sauce, by prepping it before, this meal turns into the easiest dinner of the week. Here’s the gist of the recipe. And keep in mind this is not a “typical”/true “authentic” pad Thai. Did I mention, this recipes VEGAN!


For the Sauce

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp sriracha (omit if you don’t like spicy)
  • 2 tbsp miso
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated ginger

For everything else

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 14 oz tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 2 cups scallions chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 8 oz pad thai noodles (regular or brown rice)-cooked according to package, rinsed and immediately cooled
  • 4 oz bean sprouts
  • 3/4 cup roasted peanuts (non-roasted work as well)
  • lime wedges for serving

directions

TOFU: In a large pan (nonstick), preheat the over high heat. Once the pan is hot, apply 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the cubed tofu and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt. The tofu should sizzle when it hits the pan; otherwise, turn up the heat. Cook the tofu for about 7 minutes, tossing it often until it’s nicely brown. Once the tofu is browned and cooked to your liking, transfer to a plate.

SAUCE: combine all of the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl. Whisk together. The miso may not dissolve completely, that’s ok- the goal is to get it as sooth as possible.

Broccoli: Once the tofu is done, cook the broccoli in the same pan you used for the tofu (one less dish to wash!)You’ll cook the broccoli in about 2 tsp of vegetable oil with the remaining 1/4 tsp of salt. Cover the pan in between stirrings to help it cook faster. Typically it takes about 5 minutes to cook, it’s ok if it looks charred in some places. Once cooked, go ahead and transfer it to the same plate the tofu is resting on.

Finish: Final piece is to finish cooking the sauce. In the same pan you used for the tofu and broccoli (remember less dishes is a WIN!), cook the garlic in the remaining oil very briefly. Add the scallions and cilantro and toss just to get it wilted. Now pour in about half of the sauce and heat it through. ADD the noodles and toss to coat. Then add back the tofu and broccoli, bean sprouts, and the remaining sauce and toss to coat.

Serve: serve immediately , topped with peanuts and lime wedges, plus extra cilantro is desired. Enjoy!


notes

  • When I made this the first time, I used separate pans for the tofu and broccoli because I just wasn’t thinking. Then it dawned on me I could use the same pan for everything so long as it was large enough. So emphasis on LARGE pan.
  • I make about three batches of the sauce at a time. I mix all the sauce ingredients together then throw them into a freezer bag and save for later. When I pull it out to use I’m already 3/4 of the way done with the recipe it feels like. It will make a little bit of a mess when you’re mixing all of the ingredients together, which is part of the reason why I make batches. I have a mess might as well take advantage of it.
  • vegetables: you can put WHATEVER veggies you want in this. I typically use broccoli in a lot of my recipes because it uber cheap to buy and I can get a boat load of it. When you have 5 kids, you have to shop smart.
  • tofu: I’ve also make this recipe with breaded tofu which added a different element to it. One night I had a hankering for something that was breaded but this was already the plan for dinner, so I adapted and honestly, it was AMAZING! So tofu is absolutely – dealers choice 🙂

Rating: 1 out of 5.
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