8 ounces firm tofu, cut into four 1/2-inch slices*
3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste (found in the Asian section of most supermarkets)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce or tamari (for vegetarians who don't eat fish)
1/2 pound green beans
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon peanut oil
How to Make It
*Or use 4 ounces of tofu plus a tilapia fillet or a boneless, skinless chicken-breast half.
Place the tofu between layers of paper towels and weigh them down with a heavy skillet to remove excess water. Set aside to drain for 10 minutes.
Combine the curry paste, sugar, and fish sauce; put half this sauce in a resealable plastic bag. (If using fish or chicken, divide that half of the curry sauce between 2 bags - one for the tofu and one for the fish or chicken.) Add the tofu and fish or chicken (if using), seal, and set aside for 15 minutes. In a saucepan, combine the green beans, broth, oil, and the remaining curry. Simmer until the beans are tender, about 5 minutes. Cover to keep warm.
Lightly coat a nonstick skillet with vegetable cooking spray and place it over medium heat. When hot, add the tofu and cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a dinner plate and cover. (Cook the fish or chicken if using.) Serve with the green beans.