Thai Vegetable Curry

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
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Ingredients

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups carrot juice (2 pounds carrots, juiced)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 large eggplant, peeled, if desired & cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cups green beans, cut in 2 inch pieces
3 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 (8 ounce) can bamboo shoots, drained
2 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman's VegiZest or other no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
2 cups watercress leaves, divided
3 tablespoons unsalted natural chunky peanut butter
2 pounds firm tofu, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup chopped raw cashews
unchopped mint, basil or cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Method

Place the garlic, ginger, mint, basil, cilantro, carrot juice, bell pepper, eggplant, green beans, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, VegiZest, curry powder, and 1 cup of the watercress in a wok or large skillet. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until all the vegetables are tender. Mix in the peanut butter. Add the tofu, bring to a simmer, and toss until hot. Add the coconut milk and heat through. Top with the remaining 1 cup watercress and the cashews. Garnish with mint, basil or cilantro leaves, if desired.

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