This soup is sublimely spicy, floral, and balanced all at once. Hot boiling water is added right before serving, turning this into an “instant” soup option that travels well. Enjoy it for lunch at the office.
Bring jar out of refrigerator 15 to 30 minutes before you’re ready to top with boiling water to ensure soup is piping hot.
In large high-sided skillet over medium heat, add curry paste; cook for 30 seconds. Immediately add coconut milk; bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Add coconut milk mixture to bottom of 4 - 4 cup (1 L) jars or locking glass containers.
Wipe skillet clean. In same skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and carrots, and sauteu0301 for 5 to 8 minutes, until tender. Add broccoli and a splash of water; cook until broccoli is tender, about 2 minutes. Divide cooked vegetables on top of coconut milk mixture. Top with tofu. Seal and store in refrigerator until ready to serve or pack.
To serve, per jar, pour 3/4 to 1 cup/180 to 250 mL (enough to cover) recently boiled water overtop; seal; and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Open lid, stir, and serve with a squeeze of fresh lime.
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B12-rich mussels are a very good and economical source of protein and iron. Steamed mussels are a classic way to enjoy seafood—and so is this rich, aromatic broth of tomato, fennel, and saffron. Be sure to allow saffron to fully infuse to get the full flavour benefit, and finish off the dish with the fragrant fennel fronds. Sustainability status Farmed mussels are considered highly sustainable due to their low impacts on the environment. They are easy to harvest, require no fertilizer or fresh water, and don’t need to be fed externally, as they get all their nutritional requirements from their marine environment. Mussel prep Selection: Look for mussels with shiny, tightly closed shells that smell of the sea. If shells are slightly open, give them a tap. Live mussels will close immediately. Storage: Keep mussels in the fridge in a shallow pan laid on top of ice. Keep them out of water and cover with a damp cloth. Ideally, consume on the day you buy them, but within two days. They need to breathe, so never keep them in a sealed plastic bag. Cleanup: In addition to being sustainable, farmed mussels tend to require less cleaning than wild mussels. Most of the fibrous “beards” that mussels use to grip solid surfaces will have been removed before sale. But if a few remain, they’re easily dispatched: grasp the beard with your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward the hinge of the mussel and give it a tug. Afterward, give mussels a quick rinse and scrub away any areas of mud or seaweed, which, with farmed mussels, will require minimal work.
The delicate flavour of shrimp is highlighted with just a touch of lemon and a hint of mustard, while radish and celery give some fresh crunch to this dish. Eat it in lettuce cups, on top of greens, or served on whole grain bread for a filling snack. Sustainability status Both wild and farmed shrimp can be sustainable depending on where they’re caught and how they’re raised. See our article “Sea Change” for more information about choosing ethical shrimp.
Steaming fish in parchment-paper packets, also known as cooking en papillote , is a classic technique that allows you to cook all your vegetables and fish at the same time in a quick, easy, and convenient way. Flavours of lemon, garlic, and spicy dried chili make this a simple, yet showstopping meal. Sustainability status Wild-caught Pacific halibut has Ocean Wise and Marine Stewardship Council certifications and is fished using longlines, which is a more selective method of fishing that results in less bycatch. Prep party Involve family or guests in the prep and have everyone make their own packet. Once you’ve mastered the technique, it’s easy to change up the ingredients. Make sure you select vegetables that will cook at the same rate as the fish.