Monday, May 2, 2011

Szechuan Tofu and Green Bean Stir-Fry

I'm always on the hunt for new vegetarian recipes that will fill my hungry tummy and be tasty at the same time. This recipes comes from Eating Well  and was such a hit, I made it twice in three weeks -- something I really try to avoid doing. To make it heartier, I serve this over a bed of brown rice.

Serves: 4
Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 C water, divided
  • 1/4 C reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Chinkiang vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tsp plus 2 tbsp cornstarch, divided
  • 1 - 14 oz. package extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 2 tbsp canola oil, divded
  • 4 C green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger (*Don't have fresh ginger? Try a few shakes of ground ginger instead.)
  • *I throw in some sliced red pepper to up my daily veggie intake and highly recommend you do, too!
  1. Whisk 1/4 C water, soy sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, crushed red pepper to taste and 1 tsp cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside. Cut tofu into 1/2 - 3/4" cubes and pat dry. Toss the tofu in a bowl with the remaining 2 tbsp cornstarch to coat.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and spread out across the surface of the pan. Let cook undisturbed for 2 minutes. Gently turn and stir. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil to the pan. Add green beans, (*peppers if you're using them), garlic, and ginger; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the remaining 1/4 C water, cover and cook until the beans are crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir the reserved soy sauce mixture and pour it over the green beans. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Add the tofu and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute more. 
Et voila!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing Szechuan Tofu and Green Bean Stir-Fry recipe.its really delicious and healthy .