Do you have that person in your life who is terrified of tofu? They won’t even touch it with a fork and if you eat it in their presence, they will make squeamish gestures and sounds, and look at you like you’re from another planet.
You know exactly who I’m talking about, right?
Believe it or not, I used to be that person. While I’ve never been a huge meat-lover, I’ve also never been a vegetarian so filling-up on a nice balanced of mixture of beans, fish, meat and eggs has always satisfied my protein needs. I always associated tofu-eaters with people who were eating it solely to fill a dietary need and never by choice.
But then I started a food blog, and I began trying one new ingredient after another. I kept seeing tofu pop-up in the food blogs and magazines I read, and it actually looked good. I decided to give it a try and realized that I actually like the added texture and heartiness it can provide a dish!
This is actually one of my favorite ways to prepare tofu. Stir-fried, tossed with veggies and served over warm rice. My husband actually took a bit longer than me to fully appreciate this adaptable food, and this has definitely become one of his favorite ways to eat it as well!
Sesame Tofu and Broccoli
Keywords: stir-fry entree vegetarian vegan broccoli tofu Chinese
- 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbs. sesame oil
- Ginger, to taste
- 8 oz. extra-firm tofu, cubed
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 bunch broccoli florets
- 1/2 tbs. sesame seeds
- 3 scallions, chopped
1. Mix together soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger. Heat large skillet to medium-high meat. Toss cubed tofu in shallow bowl with cornstarch. Shake off excess pieces and set aside. Heat half soy sauce mixture in skillet. Cook tofu, stirring frequently, until blackened and crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
2. Add remaining soy sauce mixture to hot pan. Add onion pepper, garlic and broccoli and cook until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add tofu and toss together with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve with brown rice and enjoy!
~Do you like tofu? Have you always felt this way? What is your favorite way to eat it?