Easy Tofu Curry and Dumplings

Recently I discovered a local Vietnamese market (not as large or as wide in variety as those I am used to in Chicago, but still a lucky thing to find!) and seized the opportunity to purchase frozen dumplings. Using the ingredients in my fridge and pantry, I created this easy curry recipe. Enjoy!

For some other quick and easy recipes, check out this tuna melt sandwich and chicken parmesan.

What you need:

1-2 cups brown rice

1 box tofu

Handful of spinach leaves

Cumin powder

Curry powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

Soy sauce

1-2 eggs

1/2 a large onion

Half a large bag of frozen dumplings

Half a lemon

1/2 cup milk or half and half, coconut milk can be used as substitute

Olive oil or vegetable oil

Prep (5 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to cook):

*This recipe serves two.

First, prepare the rice according to the package (this will take the longest to cook and should be started first, as a result. For an even quicker dinner, use instant rice).

Secondly, put oil at the bottom of a wide non-stick sauce pan. Cook up the dumplings until they begin to brown. Set the dumplings aside and covered for later. Then, fry or scramble the eggs in the same pan. Leave in eggs and add a bit more oil as well as the onion and spinach. Gently cut the tofu into chunks and place in the pan. Add spices to taste. Squeeze in lemon juice. Add milk or half and half. For a more creamier sauce, add more liquid. Let simmer for a few minutes until tofu is cooked. Carefully (in order to preserve the shape of the tofu) stir occasionally. Add dumplings, lower heat, and cover with lid for a minute. On two plates,  add rice and top with the delicious curry tofu.

Quick and Delicious Tuna Melt Sandwich

As well as moving into my first place, I’ve also started my first job, and already I’m finding that cooking anything besides a frozen pizza is difficult. So I’ve decided to try out some easy, quick recipes and post the best ones here. I’m focusing on dishes that takes less than ten minutes to prepare and use food that I normally have around. My first dish was an easy chicken parmesan.

What you need:

Two cans of tuna

One large spoonful of cottage cheese

Lemon juice from half a lemon

One large spoonful of mayo

One teaspoon of Dijon mustard

One stalk of celery, chopped

5-6 cherry tomatoes, chopped

Green onions, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Four slices of rye bread

2 thins slices of dill havarti

Prep (5 minutes to prepare, 3 minutes to cook):

Mix the above ingredients together then spread onto the rye bread and top with the havarti. I grilled mine panini-style in my George Foreman, but you could also broil them open-faced in your oven.

It’s a super easy and delicious spin on a traditional tuna melt!