Saturday, January 15, 2011

tofu veggie stirfry

My brother and SIL in Portland have declared 2011 the year of eating in.  Cool.  I'm all for it.  We don't eat out much (but at the end of the post I will list our five fav eats in Uptown SD).  Our family goal is vaguely increasing ayurvedic meals and decreasing animal proteins.  Not a meat elimination here - I'm pregnant with twins and soon to be breastfeeding so I indulge my omnivore cravings.  But a tempering.  Here's some good stuff we had today:

An almost-vegan breakfast: organic flax whole wheat waffles with organic mixed berry puree and fresh fruit salad (cara cara orange, apple, bing cherries and red grapes).  Olive oil spread and organic stick butter were both on the table - everyone reached for the butter.

Lunch was intended to be baked tofu fries with a mixed green salad but I opened the pack of organic extra firm tofu to discover it was cubed.  Oops!  Change of plans.  My 6 month pregnant belly is making big dinners uncomfortable, so I decided to swap dinner and lunch and make a tofu veggie stirfry.  
My so-called recipe: Cook 1 1/2 cups organic sweet short grain brown rice in a rice cooker with 3 1/4 cup filtered water and a dash of sea salt.  'Press' tofu cubes to remove excess liquid (sandwich them in a single even layer between clean dish towels and baking sheets - put a few cans on top and leave in the fridge for 20 min).  Remove the tofu, put in a bowl and marinate with organic tamari, organic rice vinegar, raw honey, organic veggie broth, and fresh ground black pepper.  Minced fresh ginger would be AWESOME but I forgot it.  Leave to marinate for a bit, tossing occasionally.  To reduce pitta (my ayurvedic 'dosha') I eliminated garlic chili paste - but it would be good too.

Meanwhile, chop veggies and place in separate bowls - 1/2 a sweet onion, a medium head of broccoli, 2 carrots (slice diagonally), a big handful of sweet mini red peppers.  Rinse 1/2 can each of mini corns and water chestnuts.
Set a big electric skillet to a low-ish temperature.  {I like the electric skillet because I can put all the tofu in a single, even layer to brown.}  Heat a little organic toasted sesame oil and organic olive oil, then add onions to cook for a few minutes.  Add tofu, stir, and spread the cubes out evenly; reserve the marinade.  Cover the skillet and brown tofu for a minute or two.  Stir and brown another side.  Repeat.  Next add carrot, stir, add reserved marinade and more tamari, vinegar, honey and broth.  Whatever feels right.  Cover and leave for a few minutes.  Next add red pepper, maybe a dash more tamari, cover and wait 1-2 min.  Finally add the rest of the veggies and a few splashes of whatever else (tamari, broth...).  Grind on some black pepper.  Stir, cover, and simmer until the veggies look bright and feel soft.

Put a little rice in a bowl for the kiddo, divide the remaining rice between two adult bowls.  Cover the rice with tofu and veggies.  Sprinkle on some black sesame seeds.  Serve and be happy.

Okay, and just for fun, here are our favorite five dinners out in Uptown San Diego (that's the Hillcrest, Mission Hills,  North Park, University Heights, Normal Heights, Kensington area):
  1. Adobado Burrito & Shredded Beef Flautas w/ El Perfecto Margaritas @ Ponce's
  2. Fish Tacos plates w/ Horchatas @ El Zarape's
  3. Rainbow Roll & Crunchy Roll (etc) w/ Crazy Milk Specials @ Sushi Deli
  4. Shrimp Pad Thai & Massaman Veggie Curry or Fried Tofu Spicy Noodles @ Bangkok Thai Spices
  5. Honey Walnut Shrimp & Chicken Moo Shu @ City Wok
  6. Chicken Kabob plates with rice & Hummus  @ Mediterranean Cafe
Ok... that's six.  Oh well.  We love food.



Sue Ann said...

I really want to get into more stirfry but I just have to had the time to figure what would work best for me. I am a total chicken girl...... I am surprised my kids did not come out clucking, I ate it for all my meals!! I love to cook a ton of skinless boneless chicken and just keep it for a salad!!! Emma is not a good meat eater so we do eat a ton of beans and nut butters ect. Do you have the Super Baby Food book?? It is a great guide for making all your baby food and the months to introduce the different veggies. I think you can bring nuts in at 10 months ..... that was a total live saver for me. Feel GREAT!!!

Dana said...

This looks delicious! We love tofu in our house, my kids even ask for it!
I second Sue Ann's vote for the Super Baby Foods book. It rocks.
Had no idea you were pregnant! Congratulations!

Dana said...

I need your email because replying through blogger is driving me nuts!
Shoot me an email (mine is on my blog on the "About Me" page).
LOve, love, love rutabaga! One of my favorite foods as a kid too. I made mashed rutabaga for my DH's 2 year old niece years ago and her mom said she would NEVER eat that, but she ate her entire bowl AND mine!!! Kids are smart.