Hey there Wild One!

If you’re freaking out about planning the perfect plant-based date night this weekend, relax. Take a deep breath. Everything is under control, and your romantic meal will be ready in under 30 minutes.

But first, a few sexy facts to convert you to brown rice forever:

Not too long ago, researchers took two groups of overweight women and put each one on a weight loss diet—one including a daily cup of white rice, and the other a cup of brown.

After six weeks, they switched the groups’ diets.

When the white rice group switched to brown, they experienced significantly more weight loss, as well as body-shaping around their hips and abdomens. In addition, they enjoyed lower blood pressure and reduced inflammation, even the pre-diabetics.

I’ve said it before: losing weight is so simple, once you have the facts straight!

Now, let’s get date night organised, shall we? 😉 Prepare my phenomenally tasty thai curry and rice, and enjoy the rest of your romantic adventure!

Simple, Slimming Ingredients

  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth (you know the drill—vegan, preservative-free, no or low salt)
  • 1 or more tablespoons Thai green curry paste (be sure you grab a vegan, natural, low-sodium one!)
  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 4 cups cooked brown or purple rice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk of choice (I prefer almond or coconut)
  • 1 tomato, chopped

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Add peppers and broth to a large pan and cook for 5 minutes on medium.
  2. Stir in your hot and exciting curry paste.
  3. Add the rest of your veggies and mix it all together. Turn down the heat (don’t worry, things will heat up again after dinner!), cover those sexy veggies, and cook for 6 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Last but not least, stir in your mylk, rice, herbs and tomatoes and cook another couple of minutes to heat well.
  5. Serve, savour this sensationally slimming recipe, and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Note: Save the leftovers for a lazy Sunday lunch, or cut the recipe in half to make less. And for those who like it really hot feel free to go wild on the curry paste!

 

Now, beauties, it’s your turn… What is your favourite date night meal to prepare? If it’s not vegan already, maybe I can help you put a deliciously plant-bases spin on it! Share your inspirations in the comments.


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