Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Orange Marmalade Stir-fry with Tofu

I realize I haven't posted any recipes on the blog in a LONG time (like, a year and a half!) Unfortunately, Brendan is the recipe inventor in our family, while I'm the recipe writer. If it doesn't get written down immediately after invention, it doesn't get posted on the blog. We'll try to do better. In the meantime, please enjoy the most amazing thing that Brendan has concocted in a while.

Ingredients: brown rice, butter, 1 bell pepper, 1 small onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1/2 cup carrots, 1 package of firm tofu, canola oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, orange marmalade, ginger preserves, Sriracha, and sesame seeds.


Prepare 1 cup (uncooked) of brown rice (will make 2 cups) with 1 tbsp of butter in the water
*To make it Vegan, exclude the butter. 
Chop 1 bell pepper, 1 small onion, 3 cloves of garlic, and 1/2 cup carrots
Press 1 block of tofu to remove water
Cut tofu into thin triangles
In a wok, Heat 1 tbsp of canola oil on medium/medium-high
Fry the tofu until golden brown and crispy on both sides
Set the tofu aside on plate
In the wok, Stir-fry your chopped veggies from step one in 1 tbsp canola oil and 1 tsp sesame oil
When veggies are tender/crisp (about 2 minutes), add the tofu back to the wok
Cover with 4 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 4 tsp of orange marmalade, 1 tsp of ginger preserves, and a couple of dashes of Sriracha
Toss until everything is covered
Continue stirring until sauce begins to thicken
Serve over brown rice
Garnish with sesame seeds
(Will make 4 servings)

Total Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes
Deliciousness Factor: 5 out of 5 stars
This was an incredibly tasty meal. Brendan noted that it tasted like Orange Chicken from a chinese restaurant. I liked that it was healthy and full of protein and fresh veggies. We have one serving leftover, and I will definitely be taking it to work on Friday for lunch! It also wins points with both of us for being a fast meal to prepare that only uses a few dishes. Plus, it's perfect for vegans and vegetarians alike (just eliminate the butter to make it vegan). Happy cooking!

& Here's to hump day! Only one day between today and Friday!

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