Sesame Tofu with Vegetables
The tofu in this dish provides plenty of protein, and the vegetables supply a variety of necessary vitamins. Serve this protein-packed dish with plenty of cooked rice for a nutritious meal.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 2
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil
- ½ teaspoon chile paste
- ½ teaspoon minced ginger
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ green bell pepper, cubed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ red bell pepper, cubed
- 1–2 tablespoons water, optional
- ¾ pound firm tofu, drained and cut into ¾-inch cubes
- 2 portions Sesame Sauce
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 2–3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, optional
Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat until it is nearly smoking. Add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the chile paste. Stir-fry for 10 seconds, then add the minced ginger and garlic. Stir-fry for another 10 seconds, then add the onion. Stir-fry the onion until it begins to soften (about 2 minutes).
Add the green bell pepper. Stir-fry briefly, sprinkling the salt over the mixture. Add the red bell pepper. Stir-fry until the vegetables are tender but still crisp (about 2 minutes). Splash the peppers with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if they begin to dry out during stir-frying.
Push the vegetables to the sides of the pan and add the tofu cubes in the middle of the pan. Stir-fry the tofu for 1 to 2 minutes, gently stirring and moving it around the pan.
Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Stir in the green onion. Cook for another minute, stirring gently, to heat everything through. Garnish with the sesame seeds before serving.