Root Vegetable Coconut Curry

January 3, 2018

Root Vegetable Coconut Curry by Faring Well #vegan

Each time Christmas rolls around I think this is the best time of the year. Then the first week of January comes, and it quickly takes it’s place. Those who have known Scott and I well over the years are accustomed to our very minimalist lifestyle. It began when we were dating, and has continued (pretty well) ever since. Not to be confused with those really beautifully curated minimalistic homes with one of every perfectly placed piece costing more than I make in a year. The kind of minimalistic tendencies that leave rooms empty, closets filled with just enough outfits to last through the week, the record player sitting on the floor, one bath towel per person, and barstools that double as our couch side tables (depending on where we are sitting). Part of this stemmed from having small wallets, another part came from my decluttering tendencies, and a third part was because we just didn’t care enough to see completing any purchases through – especially not when we could either save the money or go on a fun trip. Coffee table? Who needs one. (We do.)

Come January everyone is set on creating new, organized ways to interact with their life and I get really excited to let my crazy side come out a bit. Every nook and cranny gets cleaned and gutted, and as our donation pile grows I can hear our friends and family saying what could you possibly be giving away? please keep the couch, we need that to sit on when we visit. All major furniture pieces aside (because there are so few) the rest of the house is fair game. It’s amazing how little you need to lead a happy, healthy life each day. So much goes unused that need not take up space in our home.

My biggest struggle is the nature of my job as a recipe developer/photographer. Between props, free items, needed items, etc, I feel as if I can easily get swallowed in the more-is-more mindset. One of my goals this year is to break that mindset into bits. This will mean having to say no more often, and possibly creating a donation box/basket stationed in our home to move needed items to continuously as life happens. Before starting Faring Well living this sort of life came naturally, and I hope to reinstate that this year with the blog included. I hope to also invest in a few things that make home feel more like “home”. Pieces that feel like us, serve a positive purpose, and ones that even just make guests feel more comfy in our house.

Since I seem to have dove into my thoughts on the new year a bit, I’ll continue with one last thing that has been on my mind – ethical, sustainable clothing (and all items, really). This isn’t something I’ve ever poured myself into in the past, and hope to make a point to improve in this area this year. Is it something you find yourself passionate about too? Maybe we can talk about it more here in the future, and share back and forth tips and recommendations. I know I could use a few!

So there they are, not really concrete goals as much as general aspirations to hopefully work on improving upon a little bit each day this year. I’ll make some helpful choices, some hurtful ones that will set me back, and know I need to be gracious with myself. Perfection is not the goal, but the pursuit of awareness with love and generosity is (for me). I’d love to hear any aspirations you have if you feel like sharing, we can cheer each other on this year. Let’s be realistic and set no limitations, I think it’s possible to have both. – xx

I made it to the end of my post without mentioning food – whoops! It’s coconut curry. With root vegetables. Crispy oven baked tofu. Basmati rice with avocado and all of the good seasonings for some non-tratiiotnal Thai comfort food. Need I say more? ENJOY. 

Ps. Scott and I are heading to NYC for the next few days to celebrate our anniversary that happened last month. Any tips on place to get fresh and tasty vegan food? Cozy herbal lattes? It’s going to be cold – brrr!

Pss. I updated my pantry page and cookbook shelf to share with you, links to both are always in my sidebar!

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Makes 3 servings, easily doubled to make 6.

coconut curry
1/4 cup diced yellow onion
1/4 cup sliced scallions
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 stalks of lemon grass
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
1 1/2 cups diced sweet potato (I used the purple variety)
1 1/2 cups diced carrots
1 13.5-ounce can of full fat coconut milk
sea salt to taste
juice from 1/2 a lime
handful of fresh cilantro

1 8-ounce block extra firm tofu
2 teaspoons tamari
fresh black pepper

basmati rice
3/4 cup white basmati rice
1 1/4 cups water

fresh cilantro
lime juice

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Begin by making the tofu. Gently press the block of extra firm tofu between a cloth towel to squeeze out at extra liquid. Slice into 16 cubes and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with the tamari and toss. Coat in freshly ground black pepper and gently toss again. (Alternatively you can swap the tamari with lemon juice and make a lemon pepper tofu, also really delicious.) Bake the tofu for 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through.

Cook the rice. Combine the rice and water in a small pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let cook for 10 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed. Remove the pot from the heat, leaving the lid on to allow the rice to steam for an additional 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork and serving.

Make the coconut curry. Slice off the top half of the lemongrass stalk, leaving the softer white portion to cook with. Remove any tough outer layer of the stalk and slice in half. Press down, slightly crushing the lemongrass with the back of your knife. Place in a medium sauce pot along with the onion, scallions, curry paste, garlic, turmeric, and ginger. Give it a splash of water and place on the stove. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and toss until the onions are cooked and the spices fragrant (adding another splash of water if needed).

Next add the diced sweet potato, carrot, coconut milk, and a bit of salt to taste. Toss together and add enough water to just barely cover the vegetables. Bring to a simmer and cover. Let cook until the vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust any seasoning if needed, then remove from the heat and stir in the juice from half a lime plus a handful of chopped cilantro.

To serve: Divide the rice between three bowls. Top with the coconut curry, baked tofu, a few slices of avocado, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy right away.

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  • Reply La Petite Poire January 3, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Wow! Looks incredibly comforting and delicious. Gorgeous recipe. Thanks for sharing 👌🏼

  • Reply Abby January 3, 2018 at 3:37 am

    I loved this post! And NYC, how exciting :D Blossom Du Jour in Manhattan is a good vegan place – tiny and not a lot of seating, but the food is bomb.

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you for this Abby! I will definitely make sure we do so on our next trip – so bummed the stormed had us cancel our weekend! Hope you’re doing well :).

  • Reply Heather Cammarata-Seale January 3, 2018 at 4:35 am

    New York is filled with delicious vegan food! Blossom, Candle 79, Peacefood Café, by Chloe, Superiority Burger, and abcV (which is a must go restaurant) are all great options.

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      These are all amazing, thank you! <3

  • Reply Amanda January 3, 2018 at 4:43 am

    This looks gorgeous! I can’t wait to make it this weekend and cozy up in this chilly weather. A few NYC recs for you, from a local vegan: Souen (Soho or East Village) for its epic macro plate and veggies with peanut sauce. Black Flamingo in Williamsburg — vegan tacos that will make you cry. Modern Love, also in Williamsburg — resto of OG food blogger and cookbook author (Veganomicon). Champs Diner in Williamsburg for decadent vegan diner food, Spring Natural in SoHo for many magical things, Beyond Sushi at Chelsea Market for all vegan sushi, and Van Leeuwen (throughout downtown Manhattan and Williamsburg/Greenpoint) for epic vegan ice cream. (I know it will be cold, but they have warm drinks too!) Selamat Pagi in Greenpoint serves up sensational Balinese food, and there’s a vegan bar in Bushwick that has a vegan pop-up once a month! Enjoy!

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      So so kind of you to write me all of this Amanda – THANK YOU. Super sad the storm had our flights cancelled, but cannot wait for our next attempt at a trip – these places all look incredible – especially that ice cream!

  • Reply Heidi C January 3, 2018 at 5:25 am

    If you can get in, Teany, is a great vegan restaurant!!!!! Also Dirt Candy is a good vegan friendly vegetarian place. Have fun! Regarding ethical clothes, what my husband and I do, and have been doing for the past 15 years, is to only buy used clothing. Its not a perfect solution by any means but we’ve been able to get a lot of good quality stuff for way more affordable prices and good good brands. We do the same with furniture. ☺

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you tons Heidi! And I love love love this simple solution – you’ve inspired me to check out some local second hand shops this week, thank you for spreading the knowledge and inspiration. I appreciate you!

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full January 3, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I LOVE decluttering. It’s liberating to participate in an action that frees you from a tie to something. Our house isn’t super minimalistic, but it’s enough so that we feel calm and at peace :) Happy New Year, Jessie!!

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      It is so freeing! Thank you Sarah. Happy new year to you too!

  • Reply Sus // January 3, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Jacks Wife Freda and also The Butchers Daughter are a must visit!! Have the best trip!

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you so so much for these Sus!

  • Reply Sara @ Cake Over Steak January 3, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I’ve also gotten very interested in investing in more sustainable, ethical clothing brands. Right now I’m loving Everlane. And you’re in luck if you’re going to NYC! When I was there back in March I was able to visit their showroom, which was extremely helpful to be able to try things on in person rather than just ordering online and hoping for the best. My size varies from XS to M with them, depending on the item and style. The showroom is also great because you try things on there but then you technically order them online with free 2-day shipping. (That would be helpful since you wouldn’t have to travel back with anything.) Let me know if you find any other good clothing options, and have fun in NYC! xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you tons for this Sarah! I’ve actually been eyeing Everlane too, so glad to hear a positive experience with them from you! The trip was cancelled because of the storm, but I definitely want to check out their showroom when we are there next <3 thanks for the tip. Hoping to find some more affordable options too and will definitely share here (and please do the same if you find any as well!) Appreciate you, happy new year! XO

  • Reply Stephanie Brower January 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    NYC Reccos:
    Nix- Michelin starred vegetarian with extensive vegan options. Date night = this

    Superiority Burger- vegan by an acclaimed, incredibly innovative team. 6 total seats so with this weather either plan to pickup & eat in a nearby bar or back at your hotel.


    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you tons for these Stephanie! Hoping to check them out on our next attempt at a trip, that storm ended up keeping us home! Hope you stayed cozy and safe. Happy new year to you!

  • Reply jacquie January 3, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    so good to hear of someone else who only has enough clothes to get through the week :) well not actually through the week as i do wear the same thing more than once. I would love a conversation about ethical/sustainable clothing as it is becoming more of a concern of mine and i really don’t know much if anything about it. But it has to be affordable and frankly the sites i have seen online are way out of my price range. So if you have any budget friendly suggestions i would love to hear them. Thanks

    • Reply Rachael January 5, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Sounds a bit old fashioned but I get a lot of my clothing from consignment, thrift and other charity shops. Personally local charity shops are the best and usually put out only the better stuff. For example, I live in SoCal and Assistance League shops are just fantastic! I’ve found amazing, high-quality items for super cheap. Get on their email lists and you’ll be notified of half-off days and special sales. Good luck!!

      • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm

        Rachael – you’re so smart! Thank you for sharing this, totally will be looking into Assistance League now as well!

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Jacquie – I’m so happy you’re wanting to chat more about this too. It really is hard (it seems) to find affordable options – I love Rachel’s response below for shopping at second hand stores! Will definitely keep chatting here about it and hope to find some more options for us too.

  • Reply Emily January 5, 2018 at 9:31 am

    I made this last night and it was delicious! The New Season’s by me didn’t have lemongrass in stock so I googled a substitute – ended up adding lemon zest with the garlic/ginger mixture, and then some arugula at the end when I added the lime juice. Tastes amazing! I doubled the recipe too. I’m excited to try more of your recipes!

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Oh I’m so happy to hear Emily! Yay! Those sound like amazing substitutions, you’re so sweet to write me here, thank you for making me smile! xo

  • Reply Rachael January 5, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Okay, you gotta let us know where you got those speckled bowls. They look like speckles on a bird egg!

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      They are by Sarah Kersten <3 she is amazing, love every piece she makes.

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout January 6, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Love everything about this dish and your minimalist tendencies! I am totally the same. We hardly own anything and I am constantly trying to give things away. I often give too many clothes away and then realize I have nothing left to wear.. wups! Sending hugs and the brightest new year ahead. xx

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Laughing as I read this – I am the same right now! I gave away too much too and now don’t know what to wear – double whoops ;). Oh well though, I guess if we gave those things away we didn’t really love them! Happy new year to you too Maya! xx

  • Reply Emily January 8, 2018 at 11:26 am

    The world always says we need more, I feel that pressure too, but having a house full of things I don’t use feels so burdensome. I’d like to let go and donate more like you. Having less forces creativity and resourcefulness, and you are both of these! I love the purple sweets you used in this! Do you like those? I bought those once, only to find them not as sweet as the orange variety. Did I just get duds? Maybe I should try them again. :) Your curry bowls are so vibrant and beautiful!

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      It really does always say “more” doesn’t it? I agree with you, useless things are useless – and having less really does open up so much room for creativity! Thank you Emily. You’re so sweet. And as for the purple sweet potatoes, I love them in soups with flavorful broths, because like you said – they just aren’t as sweet! So they soak up the flavor really well. I don’t think you got duds ;).

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore January 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    I’m right there with you, although I think you’re a bit better at minimalism than I!! Our downstairs looks so bare, but I love it because its calming and simple. When we sold our dining table our families were like where the heck are we going to have dinner when we visit?! The we sold our extra chairs in the living room, now we just have a sofa for 3. Why hold onto stuff you’ll only need a few days a year?? Let it go! Besides outdoor gear… that’s my Achilles heel.
    This soup sounds (and looks amazing) too btw :) Hope you love birds have a great trip!

    • Reply Faring Well January 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you KJ! I definitely agree, we all go through seasons of things we use and don’t use and sometimes it’s just best to let it go. I’m right there with you on holding onto any and all outdoor gear pretty tightly too! ;)

  • Reply Natalie January 30, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    I can tell you we are all struggling between the job we love to do and job we like to do 😂 And the best thing is combinating these 2 jobs into a good one :)
    And…OMG I’m a big fan of CURRY! Your recipe is amazing and very healthy! Hopefully I have time to make it <3

    • Reply Faring Well January 31, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Agreed! And thank you very much Natalie <3

  • Reply Tori// February 10, 2018 at 6:41 am

    This looks incredible! Curry is a favorite of mine so I’ve definitely got to try this!

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore February 11, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was AMAZING!!! looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch <3

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