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Tofu and Peanut Stir Fry

I’m a sucker for all foods of Asian origin. Especially those with peanuts.

This recipe from Cooking Light actually calls for tempeh, but I substituted tofu because I’m a little bit more comfortable working with it. And I think it’s delicious. This recipe has lots of yummy veggies, and you definitely get your protein between the peanut butter and tofu.

So — Tofu and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons natural-style, chunky peanut butter (such as Smucker’s)
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong)
  • 1 teaspoon lower-sodium soy sauce

To prepare peanut sauce, combine 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 3 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 teaspoon Sriracha, and 1 teaspoon soy sauce in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Set aside.

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 5 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) package organic tempeh, cut into 1/3-inch strips
  • 2 cups thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 cup (2-inch) strips red bell pepper
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, divided
  • 6 ounces mung bean sprouts

To prepare stir-fry, combine 2 teaspoons sugar, 5 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon Sriracha, and garlic in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add tempeh and half of soy sauce mixture; stir-fry for 5 minutes or until tempeh is golden brown. Remove tempeh mixture from pan, and keep warm. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add carrot, bell pepper, and green beans to pan; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water; reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Stir in remaining half of soy sauce mixture, tempeh mixture, half of onions, and bean sprouts; cook for 2 minutes or until sprouts are tender. Serve with peanut sauce and remaining half of onions.

I left out the bean sprouts because I couldn’t find them at the store and served the dish over brown rice. It’s delicious as leftovers because the flavor really sinks in. Enjoy!



One thought on “Tofu and Peanut Stir Fry

  1. Just picked up your blog. Good reading. Good luck at the Kinetic.

    Posted by Andre | May 2, 2011, 8:05 PM

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