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RECIPE | Vegan Creamy Coriander Tofu Curry

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Happy National Vegetarian Week!! I love that National Vegetarian Week also falls on my one year 'Veganversary'. I've been vegan for a whole year! Woow, I can't believe it. I still remember back when I aspired to be vegan. It took me years to work up to it, and it turned out to be the easiest and best thing I ever did for myself and my family. Yay!

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week and my one year 'Veganversary' I'm going to share with you a super duper delicious recipe that I served at my mum's birthday dinner last weekend. Everyone around the table couldn't get enough of it and there were even some third helpings being had.

The kind team at Ilumi sent me a box of goodies to try out, I collaborated with them a couple of years ago before I stopped eating meat so I was really excited to try out their meat free range of food this time around.  I was able to use their gorgeous turmeric rice to accompany this recipe, it was so easy to pop it in the microwave a couple of minutes before serving and have one less thing to worry about on the stove.

They're doing a 3 for 2 offer on their entire vegetarian food range until Sunday so head over to their website for more details and fun pickings: www.ilumiworld.com

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Ingredients:
(serves 4)

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 onion, chopped 
A thumb of ginger (about 1.5 inches), crushed into a paste
4 tomatoes, pureed
A large handful of coriander leaves (cilantro)
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
3 bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
350g silken tofu, pureed
350g firm tofu, pressed and cut into cubes (optional)
Ground Pepper
Sea Salt to taste
Rice to serve


Directions:

Heat up your coconut oil on a medium heat then add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the pan moving them around constantly until the mustard seeds start to pop. Add onions and ginger paste to the pan and cook for 1 or 2 minutes. Pour in 1.5 cups boiling water, pureed tomatoes, half the coriander leaves, maple syrup, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Stir well and let it cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. 

Add the pureed silken tofu, chopped peppers, the left over coriander leaves, the cubes of firm tofu (if using) and salt and pepper to taste (I recommend the pepper as it helps 'activate' the goodness in the turmeric). Reduce the heat and simmer for a further 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If it gets too thick add some water.

Side Note:

We ate this dish without the firm tofu, but my mum, the only meat eater around the table, made the suggestion to add it. Everyone else thought it was perfect without, but if you have people around your table who are used to having a meaty texture in their curries perhaps add the tofu so they can get their texture fix. Personally next time I make it I'll do it the same as before, without the firm tofu. 

Ilumi: A New Way Of Eating

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Have you ever had those days where you can't be bothered to cook or you just feel like a bit of comfort food? Ever feel like getting a takeaway or buying a convenience meal that will be ready with no hassle involved on your part? I know I get those days.

I recently discovered a great food brand called Ilumi. Not only is all their food additive free but all their dishes are also nut, gluten and milk free too! They have a huge range of food with lots of options available for vegetarians and vegans and they're passionate about creating food without certain allergy triggers but without compromising on taste. 

I have a dairy intolerance, but I still eat a fair amount because I'm lazy and it seems to be in everything these days. And very recently I've become aware of the benefits of staying clear of gluten. So to come across convenience meals that you can pop in your cupboard and simply heat up when you're having a lazy kitchen day without all the bad stuff in it is really comforting.

I was initially a bit confused as to how you are able store their food in a cupboard for months without it containing additives, so I went online to investigate and it turns out it's all in the way they individually prepare and package each meal. To find out more check out their FAQ section.

They have a huge range of food choices on their website and offer many different styles of dishes. I tried a selection of Chinese dishes which were really tasty. I can't wait to try some of their other dishes! You can check them out and order your own Ilumi dishes straight from their website: www.ilumiworld.com/


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