Monday, April 9, 2012

Recipe - Thai Tofu and Veggie Stir-fry

My husband and I love Thai food!  I have made curries of all different types but during the weekdays I like to make something that is quick, healthy and delicious! The keyword here is QUICK!!!  Here is a recipe that I created that I use during the weeknights when we are craving some Thai food.

Thai Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry
Ingredients:
14 oz. package Firm Tofu, cubed
2 large garlic cloves, chopped or grated
1 each Red and Yellow pepper (any color you like really), seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 small container Cremini, Baby Bella or White Button mushrooms, quartered
3-4 T rice wine vinegar
2 T Ponzu citrus soy sauce
2 T Thai Garden seasoning mix (from World Market)
1/3 cup (or more) Thai Peanut Sauce (I used Archer Farms from Target)

Directions:
1. Start out by marinating the tofu.  To do this, press out the excess water from the big brick of tofu - place tofu brick in a clean kitchen towel or a couple of paper towels on a plate.  Place a frying pan and a couple of cans on top to help press out the excess liquid from the tofu.  Remove from towel after 5-10 minutes.  Cut tofu brick in half yielding 2 mini bricks.  Then cut each half into 20 cubes (4 cuts on short side, 5 cuts on longer side). 
2.  Place cubed tofu in shallow container.  Sprinkle 1 Tbsp Thai Garden seasoning mix, 2 T rice wine vinegar, and 2 T soy sauce - swish around, cover and place in fridge for a couple of hours.
3.  In a small saute pan over medium heat, place 1 T Grapeseed or Olive Oil.  Place strained tofu in saute pan (reserve liquid for stir fry).  Saute/brown for 15 minutes - turning cubes to help brown on all sides.
4.  In another saute pan over med heat, place 1 T Grapeseed or Olive oil.  Add chopped/grated garlic and allow to saute for a couple of minutes, or until fragrant.  Add all veggies (onion, peppers, mushrooms).  Saute for 4 minutes.  Add 1 T Thai seasoning mix and continue to stir fry for about 10 minutes.
5.  Add browned tofu to stir fried veggies.  Add marinating liquid and cook for a couple of minutes.  Lastly, add 1/3 - 1/2 cup Thai Peanut Sauce (or as much as you want) and coat all veggies/tofu.  Cook for another couple of minutes.

Serve on a bed of quinoa and voila - a delish, healthy, high protein and nutritious meal ready in about 20 minutes.  Enjoy....