Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Spicy Citrus Tofu and Pepper Stir-Fry


I have somehow turned by husband into a tofu-lover. Never thought I would see the day, to be honest. But if you haven't liked tofu in the past, try cooking it this way. The crispy tofu and fresh veggies paired with the citrus sauce is absolutely delicious (and good for you). This meal tastes exactly like take-out, but costs half as much. It's a win-win!
 

1. Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside. 

2. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Toss the tofu with cornstarch in a large bowl and add to the hot oil (work in batches if needed). Fry on all sides until crispy, then drain on paper towels. 



3. Cook the garlic in the same pan for 30 seconds. Add the peppers and onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the veggies are tender. 


4. Add the tofu back to the pan along with the sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute or until the sauce thickens. 


5. Serve the stir-fry over brown rice, if desired.


Spicy Citrus Tofu and Pepper Stir-Fry
Serves 4

All you need:
Sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or honey)
1 tablespoon sriracha 
Zest and juice of 2 oranges

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 (14 oz.) package extra-firm tofu, pressed with paper towel to dry and cubed 
Cornstarch, for coating 
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 jalapenos, sliced  
3 banana peppers, sliced 
3 bell peppers (red and/or green), sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced 

Brown rice, for serving (optional)

All you do:
1. Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside. 
2. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Toss the tofu with cornstarch in a large bowl and add to the hot oil (work in batches if needed). Fry on all sides until crispy, then drain on paper towels. 
3. Cook the garlic in the same pan for 30 seconds. Add the peppers and onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the veggies are tender. 
4. Add the tofu back to the pan along with the sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute or until the sauce thickens. 
5. Serve the stir-fry over brown rice, if desired.
 

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