General Tao Tofu

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.  Image

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 🙂 

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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. 

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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
4 servings

Sauce:

1/4 cup chicken broth or 1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sambal oelek

Stir-Fry :

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)

Sides :

1 broccoli, cut into florets steamed
steamed rice (optional)

1 . Sauce: In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Set aside.
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.
 
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