Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Red Curry with Broccoli and Tofu


Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

The first meal I ever made for my now husband was red curry. (I also made way too many vodka and sodas, but that's another story.) We made it often for years, then kind of forgot about it. It reemerged during quarantine though, and now it's basically a staple. Here is how we make it!

Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry
Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

Red Curry with Broccoli and Tofu

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS
package extra firm tofu, cubed*
1 can coconut milk
3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
2 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 cups cooked jasmine rice
lime
basil
salt


Use paper towel to press as much water out of the tofu as possible, and cut into cubes. (Or, if you really want to save time, buy it already cubed like I do.) Heat about a tablespoon of coconut oil (or olive oil) in a large skillet, and pan fry the tofu over medium high heat until brown on all sides. While tofus is cooking, bring coconut milk to a low simmer in a saucepan. Add red curry paste, brown sugar, and garlic powder and stir until combined. Add broccoli florets and tofu and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Serve over rice with lime juice and basil or Thai basil. Serve immediately.

Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry
Easy Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

I hope you love this delicious vegetarian curry recipe as much as we do!



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Monday, May 18, 2020

Bohemian Bedrooms


10 Beautiful Bohemian Bedrooms
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Truth be told, we need to be focusing on the freaking kitchen and kitchen only right now, not our master bedroom. But I came across these images I saved a couple of years ago and wanted to share. Even after all this time, I'm still in love with every single one of these spaces. I don't care if the boho "trend" is played out, I'll always love it. (You can take the hippie girl out of the mountains and plant her in the Chicago burbs, or however it goes...) I actually like the way our bedroom has slowly come together, but it needs some finishing touches, and these spaces are inspiring me to bring them to life.



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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn


Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn
This post is in partnership with McCormick Grill Mates. #WalmartGrillMates #AvailableAtWalmart

These days more than ever, it’s simple pleasures like grilling on the patio with my family that bring me the most happiness. I’ve been playing around with different ways to grill veggie foods, but my very favorite meal right now is sweet potato wedges, corn on the cob, and tofu steaks. I grill all of this with McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning. The grilled mesquite sweet potatoes are especially a hit in our house, and they’re incredibly easy to make, so today I thought I’d share the recipe with you all.

Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn
Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn

MESQUITE GRILLED SWEET POTATO WEDGES
Serves 4

Ingredients
2 sweet potatoes
McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning
3 tablespoons olive oil

Light grill to preheat. Wash sweet potatoes well, dry, and cut lengthwise into wedges. Toss wedges with the olive oil, then sprinkle McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning on each side, and place on grill. Grill the sweet potatoes, turning once or twice, until grill marks appear on each side and each sweet potato is soft, about 15 minutes. I like to sprinkle some more of the McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning on each side during the grilling process as well. Once done, transfer to plates and serve immediately. I love to serve with grilled mesquite tofu steaks, grilled mesquite corn on the cob, and fresh greens. They’re also fantastic on their own as a snack. So good!

(Note: The tofu steaks and corn on the cob are super easy too. For the tofu steaks, cut extra firm tofu into rectangles, remove excess water, and marinade with McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Marinade, following the directions on the packet. Then grill for 6-8 minutes, turning twice. For the corn, baste with melted butter and grill until heated. Top both with McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning.)

Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn
Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn

The key ingredient to my beloved mesquite grilled sweet potatoes (and the tofu and corn!) is the McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning. This seasoning is genuinely next level you guys. Its bold flavor (smoky, barbecue goodness) and spicy crunch make everything in the meal taste more exciting. It also makes prep and cooking simple (I just shake a little on each side of the sweet potato wedges, tofu, and corn), so I can spend more time hanging with the people I love, just enjoying the bold flavors together. You can find McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning, along with the McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Marinade I use for the tofu, and the other mouthwatering seasonings in the Grill Mates line in the spices aisle at Walmart or through Walmart Online Grocery: https://bit.ly/WalmartGrillMates.

I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn
Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn

If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think!

Who else is feeling especially grateful for backyard grill sessions with your family right now?



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Monday, May 11, 2020

Our Laundry Room/Mud Room Before and After


A Gorgeous Laundry Room Remodel

As we continue to (very, very slowly) DIY remodel our kitchen, I've been compelled to look back at some of the other DIY remodels we've done on our house since moving in two years ago. I'd be lying if I said I didn't envy those who get to remodel their entire houses (or build from scratch) to their liking, but I also very much appreciate looking at projects we've worked hard on and completed ourselves over time. So far, we have redone our backyard space, powder room, living room, and, the biggest project of all, our laundry room/mud room. Today I wanted to share some of the before and afters of the laundry room (which we remodeled back in June of 2018). I know some of you have seen this before, but I think maybe I just need to feel encouraged that we can actually complete a project. (This kitchen, man. It's getting to me.) I also still really love the space, and haven't made any other changes to it in the the two years since we did it, aside from switching out the cabinet hardware from stainless to brass to warm it up a bit.

Here are the few shots of the space before we redid it:


Thee original space severely lacked storage and an area for us to fold laundry. It also didn't have the essentials to make it a mudroom. Because we enter our house through the garage, we needed a bench or some sort of area to take off shoes and store them.

After putting together some ideas and mood boards, we put together some very rough renderings of a new design. We also made a list of the things we would need to do in order to make the space best suited for our family: replace the old linoleum floor with durable tiles, build a counter for folding, build a bench with an area for storage, add two rows of cabinets for storage, add shelves for storage and visual appeal, paint the room a darker color, replace the light fixture, replace the old washer and dryer with newer models that actually worked, and add accessories that would allow the space to be more inviting as we entered our home.


We purchased what we needed, and did the majority of the work at night after the kids went to bed. I go into (extreme) detail of how we did everything and what we purchased in this post, but it took us about three weeks from start to finish. (Unlike the kitchen. Have I complained about the kitchen yet?)


I really do love this room! It was a lot of work, but we reap the benefits everyday. I hope to get the kitchen completed by the end of the summer, and maybe even start on the upstair bathrooms. If you have a DIY remodel you did in your home, I'd love to see photos. I'm always really inspired by seeing DIY before and afters!




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