Whirlwind weeks and Thai Tofu
I'm pretty sure that I am ecstatic to bring back some instagram recipes in 2013. I don't know how I forgot that these were possible. But, let me tell you, some times you just are prepared for a dish to blow you out of the water. There are no prep pictures, no cooking pictures, and no perfectly styled (ha! Because my pictures are always perfectly styled around here) "finished product photos". Nope, sometimes all you have is good ole instagram.
But let me tell you. This recipe is my new favorite tofu recipe. Whenever I make tofu, my favorite taste tester always requests that it is "packed with flavor". And after my pad thai disappointment I was determined to redeem myself. And redeem myself, I did.
Thai Tofu Over Rice
(Adapted from How Sweet it Is)
1 block extra firm tofu
olive oil for cooking tofu
1Tbs ginger, grated
1/4c rice vinegar
1/4c light coconut milk
3Tbs honey (or brown sugar)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2Tbs peanut butter
1Tbs lime juice
handful of peanuts, chopped
rice or noodles
1. Cut tofu into bite sized pieces, and cook in the olive oil on med/med-hi until they have browned and shrunken in size a bit (this usually takes about 20 minutes for me. I like to cook them slow and low so they don't burn but also are less rubbery)
2. While tofu is cooking add all the rest of the ingredients, except the peanuts, to a food processor (or blender, or magic bullet!) and whir until smooth.
3. After the tofu has cooked, add any vegetables (or fruit!) that you prefer, and cook for about 3 minutes
4. Add the sauce to the pan, stirring to distribute.
5. Allow the sauce to thicken and add the peanuts (sauce usually thickens in about 3 minutes)
6. Add peanuts
Serve over rice or noodles!
And my favorite part of this recipe? The Thai sauce goes on other things, too. Like brussel sprouts. Chicken. Just rice. Just mix it up, and cook it down a bit before pouring over your food of choice. Awesome for those whirlwind weeks where all you can think to make is something extremely similar to what you just made two days ago. Enter peanut Thai sauce. Yes.