Meals for Your Week-Plus a Tofu Tutorial

One of these meals has tofu in it.  Don’t you stop reading like I would’ve done ten years ago.  Stay with me.  Let’s POP into my kitchen for this Tofu Stir Fry recipe.

Tofu, couldn’t they have come up with a different name?!  Hearing that name mentally made me gag before tasting the dish.  What’s even more, when you buy it in Firm, Extra Firm or Soft-ewww-it’s floating in this cloudy water.  Thanks to my hubby, I’m over it.  What I suggest is that you do what he did.  Try it in a stir fry recipe, and chop it tiny-like chopped garlic and onions tiny.  It helps for sure!

Recipe One:

Veggie Stir Fry With Tofu That Looks & Tastes Like Chicken

YIELD: 4 Servings Ingredients

  1. 1 lb Firm or Extra Firm tofu-chopped in half-inch cubes (found in the produce section)
  2. 1 Tbsp canola oil-I recommend not using Olive Oil for stir fry.
  3. 4 scallions-or 10-I love green onions!
  4. 1/2 head of diced cauliflower or broccoli-diced to about the same size as you chop your tofu
  5. 1 carrot for each person eating-diced same size as tofu
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 3-4 Tbsp Basic Stir Fry Sauce-scroll to the bottom at the end
  8. Toasted cashews if you want to sprinkle them on top at the end.

DIRECTIONS:

  1.   Drain-just think of it as mozzarella straight from Italy wrapped in packaging with its milky white juice.   But it’s not milk, ok?  Press tofu between clean paper towels to dry it off a bit.
  2.   Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch thick cubes.  You want it to look like diced chicken (trust me; it helps mentally).  And when it browns up, it really looks like chicken that’s browned up.  I can’t tell you how far I’ve come!
  3.   Heat the canola oil in a wide skillet or stir-fry pan.  Add the tofu and stir-fry it over medium-high heat until golden on most sides.  You don’t have to watch it for the first 5 minutes, but watch it carefully when it’s half way browned.  It can cook up too much and taste like rubber chicken if you’re not careful.  It just needs to look like chicken that’s slightly browned.
  4.   After it’s been sizzling for about 5 minutes, add the carrots, cauliflower, green onions (scallions) and garlic.  It should take about 7 more minutes depending on how soft you want your cauliflower.  Also add 2-3 Tbsp of water to help the veggies soften.
  5.   While that’s browning, stir often.   You want 3/4 of that tofu to brown up to a tan color.
  6.   When the tofu is a light brown color, add the stir fry sauce and let everything warm up for about 3 more minutes.
  7.   For each person, put a bit of rice and top with the Veggie Stir Fry With Tofu.  We always like toasted cashews on our stir fry dishes.  Serve with raw carrots and/or a few raspberries.  They just liven you up after this comforting dish.

Recipe Two:

Sriracha Chicken Skewers from This Mama Cooks.  I’d serve these with a side of broccoli, red onion, and pineapple chunk grilled skewers and sliced pineapple.  All done on the grill.

Recipe Three:

This is my favorite:  Spaghetti Squash from All Recipes I have said for five years that I would never eat spaghetti squash instead of pasta.  This blew me over and tasted like garlic and olive oil sauteeing with noodles.  Honest!

Recipe Four:

If you’ve never cooked with real ginger, this is the one to try.  I cannot eat powdered ginger, but this is super easy and really good.  Ginger-Dijon Glazed Pork Tenderloin is so good my child went back for seconds.  I’d serve it with red potatoes roasted on 350 for 40 minutes-salt and pepper.  I’d also have green beans pan seared with sliced almonds on top.

Recipe Five:

Roasted Orange Tilapia and Asparagus sounds plain Jane, but it’s really good.  You might want to make this on a Monday when you still have will power.  Serve with sautee’d zucchini and crusty bread.  Maybe orange sherbert for dessert.

For me planning is most of the battle to healthy eating and saving money.  Hopefully this week’s worth of meals will help you have a less stressed week because you stressed less.

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