This is one of my go-to recipes, making an appearance on my weekly dinner menu at least twice a month. The vegetables listed under "ingredients" are only ideas. Use what you have on hand in your refrigerator and pantry and shop your farmer's market for organic and seasonal vegetables.
VEGETABLE STIR-FRY WITH ORGANIC BAKED TOFU
1 medium head broccoli cut into small florets
1 red bell pepper sliced
4-5 carrots cut into strips
1-2 zucchini cut into strips
1 handful of green beans, cut in half and ends cut off
2 tablespoons organic olive oil or organic canola oil for cooking
2 packages organic or non-GMO tofu (firm)
1 ½ cups organic rice best (Lotus Foods)
1/2 cup organic toasted sesame oil
4 tablespoons honey from a local beekeeper
juice from 1 organic lime
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
optional for vegetables: toasted sesame seeds and red pepper flakes
optional for baked tofu: 1 tablespoon crushed fennel seed
Step 1: Bake the tofu
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Mix the toasted sesame oil, honey, lime, fennel seed, and salt together in a small bowl
Drain the water from the tofu packages and cut it into small cubes and place in a casserole dish
Pour the sauce over the tofu cubes, gently turning the tofu to coat the tofu on all sides
Bake the tofu for 30 minutes, an additional 10-15 minutes longer if you like it slightly crispy
Step 2: Rice
Rice is a 1:2 ratio. I suggest 1 ½ cups of rice (makes 3 cups rice). I find this to be just right for my family of five. Adjust to your family accordingly.
Combine 1 ½ cups of water, 1 ½ cup rice and a pinch of salt in a medium pot.
Bring to a boil over high heat.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat. Let stand covered for a few minutes. Fluff and serve.
A rice cooker may be used with the same water-to-rice ratio.
Step 3: Vegetable Stir-Fry
Heat oil in a large pan
Add root vegetables first (like carrot and yams)
After 3-4 minutes add the rest of the vegetables
Toss vegetables together and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, (red pepper flakes and toasted sesame seeds (optional))
Do not overcook. Stay nearby. The vegetables should preserve a sharp color and remain al dente, slightly firm.
Serve vegetables over cooked rice, and spoon tofu over the vegetable.
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