Since doing Visalus, I try to do healthier recipe. When I saw this recipe from Ricardo I had to try it. Tofu is not something I buy often. I can’t ask my boyfriend if he wants to eat a recipe with tofu, because as soon as he hears the word tofu, he has a bad reaction lolll He doesn’t want to try any recipes with tofu.
When I made this recipe, previously, he diced some chicken for a recipe I had to do. I do all the cooking, but sometimes he helps me in the preparation 🙂 So when the General Tao Tofu was ready, I gave him a bite of tofu and told him it was chicken. He asked “is it the one I diced?”. I said yes. He said the texture was weird. I guess he didn’t believe me. I had no choice but telling him it was tofu. Anyway I like the taste of the recipe and I will have more for me 🙂
I forgot to buy green onions so I omitted it but next time I’ll be sure to use it. I used frozen broccoli that I steamed. I divided the tofu in 4 bowls with the broccoli so 4 of my dinner were ready to reheat. For me it’s filling enough. Yesterday, I added on the side, steamed snowpeas with a little bit of teriyaki sauce on top. It was a great meal.
I’ll have to try more recipes with tofu. Do you have something to recommend that is healthy and low calories?
General Tao Tofu
Adapted from Ricardo
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sambal oelek
454 g firm tofu, cubed and blotted dry
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 cup canola oil (I cooked the tofu in 1 batch so I didn’t need 1/4 cup of oil)
4 green onions, finely chopped (I didn’t use)
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
salt and pepper (optional)
1 broccoli, cut into florets steamed
steamed rice (optional)
2 Stir-Fry: In a large bowl, dust the tofu with the cornstarch. Shake to remove any excess. Set aside on a plate.
3 . In a wok, heat the oil. Fry the tofu, half at a time, until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the tofu from the wok with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate lined with paper towels.
4 . In the wok, fry the onions, ginger, and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Add oil, if needed. Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Add the tofu and cook, stirring to warm through, and coat thoroughly with the sauce. Serve immediately over rice. Serve with broccoli.