Coconut Cashew Tofu Vegetables

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Hearty, comfort, and so delicious, these Coconut Cashew Tofu Vegetables are also quite a budget-friendly meal.

To Be Eat out or Not?

But first, let’s talk about eating out for a minute. I have mentioned a few times (like 27 or 32) that I’m a little skeptical about this. Of course, I do like going somewhere once in a while, but it often doesn’t give me the desired satisfaction.

Clearly, sometimes it’s nice not think about cooking.

Unfortunately, I cannot stop myself from thinking about how I would make the dish (And naturally, in 99% I think I would make it much better. I’m not talking about some fancy restaurants, though. It’s unlikely I’ll make a molecular cuisine plate or something like that without a little explosion in the kitchen).

Another thing its cost. That’s the reason I don’t normally order a pasta because:

a. I will make it better.

b. I’m offended to pay 25-35$ for a pasta which I would make better (With a few exceptions like lobster pasta).

And I don’t like the idea of going out for a lunch either. Cause you’ve got to enjoy your food even if you’ve paid 10$. How could you do this if you’ve got like 40 minutes from start to finish (Read: from ordering to paying).

However, over the last year, I’ve joined my co-workers twice. Both times that was one Thai restaurant. Moreover, both times I ordered the same dish – Coconut vegetables. Served with tofu and cashews in a rich luscious sauce, that dish is divine. And it doesn’t cost too much, something around 10$. Well, plus taxes. And tips. Wait, it doesn’t look that good anymore.

But there’s a great news, my friends. I’m not going to that restaurant anymore (Or at least I’m not going to order that dish again).

Do you know why? Because I’ve recreated these Coconut Cashew Tofu Vegetables at home, and it was fantastic!

Additionally, it was much cheaper. Let’s roughly calculate (The prices are rounded off).

  • Mushrooms, 1 pound – 2,50$
  • Broccoli, one large crown – 3$
  • Mini carrots, one large package – 1.75$
  • Mini bok choy, one large package – 1,5$
  • One red bell pepper, 1$
  • Coconut milk, 1 can – 1.25$
  • Creamy coconut, 1 package – 1.50$
  • A handful of cashews – 3$
  • Tofu, 1.75$
  • Miscellaneous (Olive oil, seasonings, jalapeno) – 3$

As you see, around 20 dollars, only 20 dollars! And if you’re lucky enough, you may find some awesome discounts. Besides, I didn’t use up some ingredients in full so the actual cost of these Coconut Cashew Tofu Vegetables is even less.

Coconut Cashew Tofu Vegetables

And the greatest part of it that you’ll get a large pan of this deliciousness enough for at least 6 servings (Well, of course, it depends on how hungry you are. But even in our case, we had a few meals during a weekend, and then I had 2 lunches at work).

Plus, I served these Coconut Cashew Tofu Vegetables with some jasmine rice which is perfect for the sauce (Yes, the restaurant doesn’t offer a side dish to these veggies). Btw, that was the first time ever I cooked tofu, and I wasn’t really sure what I was doing. So, if you have another way of handling it, you’re welcome!

As you see, this creamy goodness – Coconut Cashew Tofu Vegetables – is totally worth of your time. And money!

How often do you recreate the food you’ve tried at a restaurant?

10 thoughts on “Coconut Cashew Tofu Vegetables

  1. Evi @ greenevi says:

    Wow, this dish is amazing! It’s hearty yet light and fresh, and it’s full of the most delicious ingredients. I wish you would share with me a large bowl of this goodness….aaa….it looks so good! I’m so happy you went out with your co-workers so you could recreate this for us :)
    BTW I do the same when I go out to eat. Even though I love to eat out, I always think I could make the food much better at home (of course) :D. And I also never ever order pasta, because I always think I could make it in 10 minutes at home too. That’s why I go for pizza usually ;)
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  2. Matt @ The Bluenosers says:

    I totally hear you about going out to eat. Unless it is something really unique, I don’t see the appeal. That is unless it is more about having a drink with friends. Even then I think I’d rather have them around to mine! That said, recreating restaurant meals is great fun, and this looks better than any curry I’ve managed to order! Well done!

  3. Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says:

    That’ awesome that you could recreate that cashew tofu vegetables, Ben. I love being in my kitchen, but also I don’t mind going to the restaurants every once in a while. Because on such days I could relax and I don’t have to do the kitchen cleaning. ;) This dish surely looks hearty, comfy and delicious. Would love to try this sometime. :)
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  4. David @ Spiced says:

    Recreating meals from restaurants is one of my favorite things to do! I love the sense of adventure and challenge there. Sometimes I get pretty close with the recipe, and other times it’s way off…but even if it’s way off, the result is usually still pretty tasty. That’s the fun of being in the kitchen, right? I heard it said that memory is one of the best ingredients in a recipe. It looks like you used that here to create this tasty coconut cashew dish! And I bet this made the best leftovers, too!!
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