My new favourite vegetarian soup, this Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu has deliciousness to the max, you guys! There’s a rich curry and coconut based broth seasoned with flavours of garlic and ginger and then there’s marinated grilled tofu with loads of veggies, including mushrooms, peppers and spinach. Plus, zucchini noodles – how fun!
What’s up? How was your weekend? Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this past Friday? Drink green beer? Wear a silly shirt ? Do tell! As usual, our weekend was food filled. The weather was decent this weekend (unlike last) so we decided to venture out on Saturday. We have this farmer’s market here, which is quite popular in the summertime. You can purchase locally grown veggies, lamb, eggs and even buy prepared meals. The smells wafting through the spot is amazing! This time of year there’s not much in the way of veggies for sale cause local farmer’s can basically only grow in the summer; our weather doesn’t allow growing year round. But, there were lots and lots of food vendors there, all the same – everything ranging from curry, brisket, cupcakes, charcuterie, pickles, spice mixes to extravagant grilled cheese sandwiches.
Hubby and I opted to get this wicked good brisket sandwich. The sandwich was prepared right in front of us and there was a kosher pickle thrown in for good measure. With big smiles on our faces, we took our wrapped sandwiches as if it were the best thing ever and headed on. We grabbed a couple of coffees and the newspaper on the way home and we were set! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a coffee with my sandwich. The two go together like peanut butter and jam, in my opinion. How about you?
The farmer’s market is supposed to be moving to a larger facility which is going to be awesome because I can imagine that there’s going to be a lot more vendors there. It always amazes me when we go out and about how many talented people there are and, not only that, the wide variety of cuisines available in our little city. I think next time, I’m going for some curry; I really enjoy curry, especially when it’s extra spicy!
How to Grill Tofu
Speaking of farmer’s markets and food and veggies, onto this Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup, shall we? I love this soup! It’s so easy to prepare and disappears in no time. For the tofu, you really want to get some of that moisture out. I used, and recommend, firm tofu. Cut that block in half and wrap in brown paper towel. Lay on a plate and place something heavy on it, like a cast iron pan, to press some of the excess moisture out. You’re going to want to do that a couple of times. Then, marinade in a simple mixture of soy sauce and sesame oil for about 10 minutes.
You remove the tofu from the marinade and place on a griddle pan for about 5 minutes, turning once. Cut into cubes and that part is done. So easy, right? And check out those awesome grill marks below! Woot woot! #TheLittleThings.
I recently picked up a new spiralizer after wanting one forever. It was one of those things that I thought that I didn’t need, but all of a sudden do (Things I’ve Learned Being a Food Blogger) #StoryofMyLife. In all seriousness, though, they are pretty convenient and super fun to use.
Easy Vegetarian Recipe
This recipe comes together quite quickly, so I would suggest having all your ingredients prepped in advance. It makes this move along smoothly and that way you can get this goodness in yo belly faster!
You fry out some shallot in coconut oil, add some spices, stock and coconut milk, remainder of veggies, noodles, reserved tofu and then garnish. See, told ya! Easy. And you know me and my garnish. Loves it, I do. Extra cilantro, extra chili for me. I want it ALL! If you don’t like cilantro, as I’ve said before, feel free to leave out or use parsley or even some green onion.
This soup is quite relishing. There’s something about it that just hits the spot. It didn’t last long in our home. Hubby and I ate some right away and went back for more. The tofu adds a lovely substance and the coconut base is deadly good. And if you want to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to serve alongside, grilled naan would work wonderful. Dip that stuff in the broth and you are set for a train to flava town, my friends!
Oh, and don’t forget a little squeeze of lime! It really brightens the dish up (lemon works wonderfully too).
Hope you enjoy this one! It’s delicious!
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Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu
- 1 block firm tofu
- 2 tbsp soya sauce - I used low sodium
- 1 tsp sesame oil
Spiralized Zucchini Curry Coconut Soup
- 1 tbsp cocout oil - or olive oil
- 1 shallot -thinly sliced, or small onion
- 3 cloves garlic -minced
- 1 tbsp ginger -minced
- 1 tbsp curry powder -or paste
- 3/4 tsp chili flakes -or to taste
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup mushrooms -thinly sliced
- 1/2 bell pepper -cut into thin strips
- 1 can coconut milk - I used ful fat
- 3 cups veggie stock
- 2 zucchini -spiralized & cut to desired length. See below.
- 3 cups baby spinach
- lime -or lemon
- Cut tofu in half and wrap in brown paper towel and place on a plate covered with a heavy pot to press some moisture out. Leave 5 minutes and repeat once more.
- Remove brown paper towel from tofu and discard. Combine soy sauce and sesame oil and pour over tofu in a shallow dish and leave 10 minutes.
- Remove tofu from soy sauce/sesame oil mixture and grill for 5 minutes on medium heat using a pan with grills (if you want the grill marks) turning once. Cut into small cubes and lay to one side for later. Reserve marinade.
Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup
- In a pot over medium low add coconut oil. Cook shallot until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, curry powder, chili flakes, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute.
- To mixture, add coconut milk, veggie stock, mushrooms, bell pepper and reserved marinade. Bring to low simmer and cook 5 minutes. Add zucchini and cook 2 minutes more. Add baby spinach and cook about 1 minute until just wilted. Portion into bowls and garnish as desired. Enjoy!
-You can also substitute with another type of noodle if you wish. Soba noodles work lovely here too, for example.