Simple Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

The tofu love fest continues!

Last post, I mentioned I have made a stir fry with tofu. It was just what my veggie stir fry recipe needed. The stir fry is good on its own. But the tofu bumps it up a notch and adds more protein.

The hardest most time consuming part of this recipe is chopping the veggies. To save time, I have started buying shredded carrots. It’s double the price of the regular carrots, but this Li’l Mama needs some easy in her life. Can I have the STAPLES  Easy button please???? 🙂

I digress.

You can use any veggies you have in your veggie crisper. I like to use chopped broccoli, shredded carrots, diced zucchini and diced red bell peppers. If you’re able to, you can buy the store bought chopped veggies (I’m feeling a little envious now…)

Here’s my little tip on the zucchini:
Cut it in half longways. Then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and the guts. Then chop or dice the ‘chini.  I didn’t do this for a long time and my zucchini was always mushy. I somehow figured out the scooping out the guts part and no more mushies!!!

Here’s another little secret. Sometimes I use rice and sometimes I use spaghetti noodles…and tonight I used penne noodles. Not very stir fry-ish, but I am all out of spaghetti noodles. For stir fry nights, I like to use spaghetti noodles every now and then.

I special ordered a case of safe spaghetti noodles and paid a small fortune to ship them… and they are LOST! 😦

Who needs $60 back anyway? $35 ish for the noodles. $25 ish to ship.

Ouch.

Note to self, always insure your noodles. 😉

Anyway, I mix up the rice and noodles to make the dish seem different.

Afterall, variety is the spice of life…

Or so they say. Who are they, anyway?

I digress.

Here’s how to make the food.

Chop some veggies and cook in a wok.

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Veggies.  The steam always fuzzes up my pics.  Oh well.  🙂

Boil some noodles or throw some rice in a rice cooker.

Press some tofu and do a quick soy marinade.
Grill/sauté tofu ’til kind of crispy.

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Grilled Tofu.  Mmmmm.

Throw it all in a bowl.

Done.

See? Simple.

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Tofu & Veggie Stir Fry

Now, for the actual recipe.

Simple Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • Chopped and diced veggies of your choice (I use an entire head of broccoli, 2-3 zucchinis, 1 red bell pepper and at least a cup of shredded carrots)
  • Extra Firm Tofu, Pressed Then Cubed
  • Rice or Noodles
  • Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Pinch of Ginger Powder

Other Stuff Needed:

  • Wok
  • Grill Pan
  • Bowl with Lid

Directions:

  1. Drain and press tofu. Put tofu between two plates. Make sure to put a sheet or two of paper towels under tofu. Put something heavy on it like a big box of veggie broth. Leave it alone until step 4.
  2. Boil water in large pot and add noodles OR start rice in the rice cooker.
  3. Heat the wok on medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Add veggies and cook, stirring frequently. If the veggies seem to dry, add another tablespoon coconut oil. When the veggies seem mostly cooked, squirt (squirt! I love that word!) some liquid aminos all over the veggies. Sprinkle some garlic powder and onion powder over the cooking veggies, too. Stir.
  4. Tofu time! Take the tofu block and cut it in half. Cut the tofu into strips and then bite sized cubes. Take a bowl with the lid and squirt some liquid aminos in the bottom of the bowl. Add onion and garlic powder and a pinch of ginger powder. Stir with a fork.
  5. Add the tofu cubes, put on lid and shake the tofu around. (I use a pyrex bowl.) Squirt a little more liquid aminos and add another dash of garlic and onion powder.
  6. Heat grill pan on medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Cook until tofu has nice grill marks and is nice and brown. Squirt 🙂 a little more liquid aminos on the tofu as it is cooking.
  7. Serve as you wish. I put the rice or noodles as the bottom layer in a deep bowl, scoop in lots of veggies, and top with crispy tofu.

We also squirt! (heehee) a little bit more liquid aminos on the entire dish. There is no need to add salt to this dish because the liquid aminos does it for you.

Notes:
If you don’t have a wok, use a sauté pan. If coconut oil isn’t safe for you, sub a safe neutral oil, such as olive oil or something similar. If you don’t have a grill pan, sauté the tofu in a pan until crispy.

This has quickly become a family favorite. My 5 year old complained because she gobbled up her tofu immediately and wanted more tofu. My child loves it! And I hope you and yours, will, too.

After writing this post, I’m sitting here saying, “Squirt, squirt, squirt, squirt!”  I don’t know why that word just tickles me pink.

Until next time, my friends.

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My Must Have Kitchen Items

I like small appliances and gadgets. I depend on them now that I’m a food allergy mom and cook dinner every single day.

If there’s an appliance or gizmo that will make cooking easier, well by golly, I want it!

Here is a list of my favorite small appliances, gadgets and doo dads that make my life a little easier.

  • Bread Machine: I use this a few times a month. I make my own pizza dough. My machine has a dough setting. The recipe I use isn’t even for the bread machine, but I tried it and it works. I don’t want to make bread if I can’t figure out how to do it with my bread machine. I’m not lazy… I have too many other things to do! I also make a super easy and yummy homemade bread. I choose the “rapid white” button and we have homemade bread in less than an hour.
  • Rice Cooker: I LOVE my rice cooker. I mean, I can’t live without it. Okay, *maybe* I’m exaggerating, but the point is, I DON’T want to live without it. When my old rice cooker broke, we immediately replaced it. I usually make rice at least once a week. This is a must have in my kitchen. Enough said.
  • Slow Cookers: I have a 12 year old Crockpot that I received as a bridal shower gift. I use it several times a month. I have a smaller one, too. I love having two different sizes. I want a third one, but I haven’t found one on clearance yet. You can never have too many slow cookers, right?
  • Wok:  We love stir fry!  We have a big, ole wok and enjoy using it.  I’ve also found it’s great for holding a ton of spaghetti sauce.  Like several jars of sauce plus meat.
  • Pizza Pans: Oh, cheesy and gooey pizza…I mourned you. Especially you, “Pizza, pizza!” We had to break up, you see. It’s not me…it’s you. I’ve moved on to homemade dairy free pizzas and I think I found the key- a pizza pan with holes! I bought two inexpensive pizza pans from Hy-Vee. The last pizza crust I made tasted just like the pizzas we used to buy. It is nonstick so I didn’t have to fight the pizza with the spatula to get it off of the foil. Win! Also, there was something about the pizza being round instead of the rectangular shaped ones I was making… It made me feel happy. It’s the little things, ya know?
  • Grill Basket: I love summer because the Huzz grills a lot. And I love handing him the protein to grill and a grill basket full of fresh veggies! I season the veggies with olive oil, salt & pepper. That’s it. Easy and fresh is the best!
  • Microwave Popcorn Popper: We use this to make popcorn. Just last week, SG was watching yet another movie on NetFlix. I decided she should have some popcorn. I whipped together a homemade, freshly popped batch of “Dragon’s Breath” popcorn. A few years ago, I had no clue how to do this. Food allergies have made us better eaters, that’s for sure!
  • Keurig: Okay, this is my list so I have to include it. I wake up and go straight to the Keurig. Even the short wait for the Keurig to heat up seems like it takes too long some mornings. Little Mama (that’s me!) needs and loves her coffee with Silk french vanilla soy creamer. Gotta have it. No coffee, no talkie!

What are some of the items you depend on in your kitchen?

Bread Maker & Rice Cooker

 My fabulous bread maker & rice cooker!

Pizza Pan

My handy dandy cheap pizza pan that has rocked our pizza world!