HelloFresh does not have many vegan meals, so I was happy to find this recipe for Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce & Garlic Bok Choy that I could hack for my vegan daughter. While it wasn’t a complete dinner – we have yet to find a way to make tofu taste like anything but tofu, outside of deep frying it -, my daughter loved the peanut sauce and enjoyed the coconut rice, I’ll be making both of those again (see recipes below). She hadn’t had bok choy before, and she won’t again – she found this vegetable utterly tasteless, even with the peanut sauce. Fortunately, there was extra broccoli from our meal for her to eat. Most importantly, she totally appreciated that I made her food. Given that she’s the only vegan in the family, she often is on her own as far as cooking goes, so any time I cook for her it’s a treat.
Making this meal at home was rather cheap, as most of the ingredients are those you are likely to have in your pantry (peanut butter, rice, soy and hot sauce, sesame seeds), and those you don’t are cheap to buy. In all, I spent under $6.50 in this meal for two people. HelloFresh charges $20-$24 for the same food.
|HelloFresh Ingredients||My Ingredients||Cost|
|1 block tofu||1 lb tofu||$2|
|2 baby bok choy||2 baby bok choy||$2.60|
|1 Tbsp sesame seeds||1 Tbsp sesame seeds||pantry|
|2 Tbsp peanut butter||2 Tbsp peanut butter||pantry|
|1 can Lite Coconut Milk||1 can Lite Coconut Milk||$1.25|
|1 cup basmati rice||1 1/2 cups Jasmine rice||pantry|
|2 cloves garlic||2 cloves garlic||pantry|
|1 lime||1 lime||$0.50|
|1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs||1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs||$1 (for 8-cup ox)|
|1 tsp hot sauce||1 dash siracha||pantry|
|2 Tbsp soy sauce||2 Tbsp soy sauce||pantry|
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Coconut Jasmine Rice
- 1 1/2 cups Jasmine rice
- 1 1/4 cup light coconut milk
- 1 1/4 cup water
- dash of salt
Rinse rice. Put coconut milk, water and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add rice, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.
Peanut Butter Sauce
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp sugar
- squeeze of lime juice
- a dash of hot sauce
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.