12-16 ounces of veggies, chopped up into bite sized pieces, 2-4 cups raw
1 tbsp oil, olive or canola
4-6 ounces extra firm tofu
1" square fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
juice from one lime
1/2 tsp ground coriander
4 ounce can green chiles, drained and diced
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 14 ounce can light coconut milk
4 ounces dry thin spaghetti

Start with veggies
i used broccoli and carrots.  dice up and saute in a large skillet with a tbsp or so of oil over medium high heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
In the mean time, cut tofu lengthwise into one inch thick blocks, lay on a plate on top of a couple of sheets of paper towel.

place a few more sheets of paper towel on top of tofu and then place a heavy weight on top of the paper towels, like a cast-iron skillet, for about 5 minutes.  this will squeeze most of the liquid out.  then cut the tofu into bite sized pieces.

once veggies have cooked for about ten minutes, add the ginger, garlic, and tofu to the pan and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.   at the same time, pour the coconut milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, then add pasta....break it up into 2 inch pieces as you add it.  cook that for 5 minutes as well.

make sauce by combining lime juice, coriander, tahini, soy sauce, and chiles.  add sauce and pasta with all of the coconut milk to the large skillet and combine thoroughly, cooking on low for 2-3 more minutes.  taste for seasoning and add salt if needed. 

makes 2 big portions or 4 small portions. 

you can of course do chicken instead of tofu.

it has been challenging lately coming up with ideas and getting excited and inspired to create unique dishes for the blog!  just like many other people, i too go through phases when it comes to food.  i am still very interested in and very satisfied with cooking nutrient dense dishes, but am having trouble being creative.  so, instead of getting down on myself and becoming frustrated, i have instead asked others to help me out.  before i went to the store yesterday, i asked around for interesting dishes other people have made recently.  AND, i am doing some stuff for the next week that is less creative in my eyes and/or doesn't require too much prep and/or is something i have done before.