Eating Clean August – Day 3 – August 5th

Yesterday was a fab day!  No cheating and we found some organically produced wine!  It still had sulphites but here is what the chick at the store had to say about sulphites:

Blue Mountain Winery. We got the pinot blanc, it was yummy! And didn't make me stuffed up like white wine usually does...hmmm

  • They are not that bad
  • They are also found in food, wine just gets a bad rap
  • There are less sulphites in organic wine
  • Sulfites dissipate when you open the bottle, this is one reason you let it breathe (oh, i thought you did that as a joke to entertain your friends as you pretend to be a wine snob)

So not only do i need to learn more about sugar, and coffee (for the discussion we’re having over here), now sulphites too.  Eff.

Anyway to go with the wine Ange and i made something i kind of invented…Lime Curry Stuffed Peppers!  I had lots of bell peppers i needed to use, and love stuffed peppers but I didn’t feel like another tomato based dinner.  I could not find anything but the traditional stuffed pepper recipes online so i used a recipe for a stir fry and made it my own.  Worked out great!

The recipe i adapted is here.  FYI for breakfast i had pretty much the same shake as Tuesday but with coconut water instead of regular water.  For lunch i had leftovers from the Triple Tomato Summer Squash Pasta. I also had local strawberries and an apple for a snack.  Oh and coffee with almond milk and stevia.  Boring.  Let’s get to the good stuff!

Thai Curry Quinoa is Hot Stuff….Ing for Bell Peppers (i need a better title, anyone!?!?)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 package extra-firm tofu, cut into bite-sized cubes (the bigger package, not the smaller one.  Hehe..)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 tablespoons red curry paste (add more as you go to up the hot if you want)
  • 1 big zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tun bamboo shoots
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk (i used light, worked well)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Bell peppers, as many as you want to stuff
Directions:
  1. I make my quinoa in a rice cooker!  How the heck does the cooker know what’s in there and when to shut off?  It’s AMAZING!  Anyway, put 1 cup rinsed quinoa in the cooker with 2 cups water, turn on.
  2. Heat the peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add the tofu and stir-fry until golden brown. Remove the tofu and set aside, leaving the remaining oil in the wok. (here you can pat the oil out of the tofu with paper towel.  That is if you accidentally bought paper towel instead of toilet paper.  If not use a coffee filter).
  3. While the quinoa is cooking ttir the ginger, onions, garlic and curry paste into the hot oil for a few seconds until the curry paste is fragrant and the ginger begins to turn golden. Add the zucchini; cook and stir for 1 minute. Pour in the lime juice, soy sauce, maple syrup, coconut milk, and tofu. Add the quinoa and bring the coconut milk to a simmer, and cook a few minutes until the vegetables are tender and the tofu is hot. Stir in the chopped basil and bamboo shoots.
  4. While you are sauteing everything get your peppers ready.  Cut the tops off, scoop out the insides and place on a lightly oiled baking pan.  If they topple you can gently shave off some of the bottom to make them stand up.  Place pan in over set at 350 degrees and bake for about 10 minutes.
  5. Once curry has reduced and the veggies are cooked to your liking remove from heat and start stuffing the peppers.  This recipe yields A LOT of curry so really jam it into the peppers 🙂
  6. Bake peppers for another 10-15 minutes and VIOLA!  Yum-Tastic Thai stuffed peppers!

I used a bunch of little peppers i got at the farmers market. So cute!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jenn
    Aug 05, 2010 @ 22:28:38

    In case yer looking for more organic wines, here are three BC options:
    Summerhill winery – found in most wine shops
    Rollingdale – found at the wine shop in Granville Is and Dover Arms on Denman
    Lotusland – found at Marquis on Davie
    I have only had the Summerhill ones myself – want to try the others too.

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