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Stir-fried Tofu in Peanut Sauce

26 Apr

peanut sauceMy boyfriend is a huge carnivore. So when I suggested that we have tofu for dinner, he laughed at me. Then I made this peanut tofu stir-fry, and that got him to stop laughing – because he was too busy devouring it. The sauce also works really well stir-fried with udon noodles, which you can chill and serve as a cold appetizer at picnics or potlucks.

 

To make the peanut sauce, mix together:

  • 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp chili paste

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Ingredients for stir-fried tofu:

  • peanut sauce (from recipe above)
  • 2 packages firm tofu (about 14 oz. each)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare the tofu by getting rid of any excess moisture – drain any liquid from the package, and pat the tofu with paper towels. I like to sit the tofu in a shallow dish, cover it with some paper towels, and then set a flat pan or skillet over it, to press down on the tofu gently, squeezing out the liquid. Remove the liquid from the dish a couple times.
  2. If you didn’t do Step 1, go back and do it! It’s important. Otherwise, your tofu will fall apart while stir-frying, and you’ll end up with a tofu scramble.
  3. Cut tofu into cubes.
  4. Heat olive oil in a pan. Stir-fry tofu until slightly browned.
  5. Add peanut sauce. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve with cilantro and scallions
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Sweet n’ Sour Chicken

1 Sep

Sweet and Sour Chicken can be as lazy or as time consuming as you want it to be. Feeling lazy? Just stir fry the chicken plain. Otherwise, dip the chicken pieces in egg, and then flour them, to give them a bit of a batter coating when stir-fried. As for the vegetables, use whatever you already have. Red and green peppers, snow peas, onions, and water chestnuts work well. The star of the show however, is the sweet and sour sauce. Be sure to use fresh, not canned, pineapple. When you cut the pineapple, save and juices to use in the sweet n’ sour sauce.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Ingredients
1 cup finely diced pineapple chunks
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp white sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp cornstarch

Directions
1. Mix cornstarch and water; set aside.
2. Combine all other ingredients in a saucepan, and heat on stovetop, medium-high. Stir continuously.
3. Bring to a boil, and then add cornstarch mixture.
4. Continue stirring, until the sauce reaches a syrupy consistency (~5 minutes)
5. Remove from heat when desired consistency is reached.
6. Pour over chicken and vegetables and toss.

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