I love to cook wholesome, plant-based meals for myself and my family.
And I enjoy trying new recipes, so when the people at The Purple Carrot offered
to send me a sample of their healthy plant-based meals–with all of the ingredients
included–I couldn’t resist.
Eating a whole foods, plant-based diet may sound challenging to some, but it’s actually
easier than you think–and with an array of choices they provide each week, their mission
is to make it easier to eat more plants.
The Purple Carrot is committed to increasing our intake of vegetables and whole grains–or
simply making it easier for people to eat a home-cooked dinner together with family and friends.
They allowed me to choose the recipes I wanted to try from that week’s featured recipes.
When the box arrived by Federal Express, I quickly opened it up to explore the contents.
I was delighted to find everything I needed to make the dishes I selected–including fresh
produce, pre-measured seasonings, condiments, sauces and oils– neatly labeled and packaged
along with easy-to-follow recipe cards.
What a wonderful time-saver for a busy blogger!
I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen to start cooking.
But before I get started I’d like to tell you a bit more about The Purple Carrot.
“What should we have for dinner?”
That’s the question that The Purple Carrot’s founder, Andy Levitt, and his wife Tammy would
ask each other every morning at the breakfast table. With three young children at home, a
busy lifestyle and a desire to eat healthy meals together as a family, they knew there had to
be a better, easier way to answer this question.
In January 2014, Andy and Tammy watched the documentary Forks Over Knives, and were
profoundly moved as a result to make some significant changes to the food they were eating.
The idea for The Purple Carrot started to take shape.
Wanting to inspire and encourage others to make similar changes to their diet, and simplify
people’s lifestyle, Andy spent months sourcing recipes, testing meals, developing this website
and figuring out how to ship perishable items – and a business was born.
The Purple Carrot created healthy meals you can cook at home, using all whole, plant-based ingredients,
with easy-to-follow recipes from really great chefs.
So rather than resorting to frozen pizzas, buying take-out meals and scouring through dozens of cook-
books in search of a good recipe, I prepared The Purple Carrot’s Agave Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry
in the comfort of my kitchen–with the recipe and ingredients they provided.
I didn’t have to shop for a thing!
The instructions were so easy to follow, that cooking this meal was a breeze.
I was thrilled with how delicious this dish turned out–especially due to the kick of the agave ginger
Here’s the easy-to-follow recipe …
Agave Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry
1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 tablespoon oil
14oz package extra firm tofu
2 cups asparagus
2 cups shredded carrots
3 green onions
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 knob fresh ginger
2 tablespoons agave
1/2 cup low sodium tamari
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
3 1/4 cups water, used in 2 steps
Prepare, rinse and dry all produce.
Drain the tofu, gently squeezing out any extra water.
Chop the green onions.
Roughly chop the asparagus.
Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes.
Peel and chop the ginger.
Reduce to a simmer and cover.
Cook until rice is tender and all the water is absorbed, about 40 minutes.
Meanwhile prepare the sauce.
In a blender puree the garlic, ginger, ¼ cup water, and sauce mix.
Add 2 tablespoons oil to a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Add the tofu and ¼ of the sauce to the pan, frying until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
When done, empty the tofu onto a plate lined with a paper towel.
Prepare the veggies.
Return the same pan to the heat.
Add the asparagus with another ¼ of the sauce, cooking until crisp, about 2 minutes.
Add the carrots, tossing to coat, cooking for another 5 minutes.
When the rice is cooked through, dole onto plates, topping with tofu and veggies.
Dress with more sauce and sprinkle green onions over the top.
Serve warm and enjoy!
The best part about this experience is being able to say that you made this delectable
meal yourself–albeit, with some wonderful help from The Purple Carrot!
Stay tuned for more delicious dishes prepared from my Purple Carrot vegan delivery.
Want more information about The Purple Carrot?
Contact them at:
The Purple Carrot
460 Hillside Avenue
Needham MA 02492
Visit ThePurpleCarrot.com for more delicious plant-based recipes!
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