Saturday, July 30, 2011

Chinese "Fake Out"

Firm tofu coked with 1/2 cup of long grain brown rice and sautéed veggies.

I rarely eat at Chinese restaurants. Why? Because as a vegetarian, there are only 2 things I will eat: steamed veggie dumplings and steamed veggies (I gave up on broccoli in garlic sauce because its SO bad for seriously. 1 serving of Broccoli is around 2 large florets, equal to around 30 calories. So how is it that broccoli in garlic sauce is up to 650-700 calories??!?!?!)

So my best bet to anyone trying to splurge on flavor, not on calories-make your favorite Chinese food dinners at home! The great thing about doing this is:
  1. You know exactly how much you're putting in of everything
  2. You have the flexibility to make your dish in a variety of ways
  3. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare a filling dish
  4. You'll save tons of money!
Above, I made a tofu dish in brown rice and vegetables. 

To make it easy, buy bags of fresh frozen vegetables. I got America's Choice Oriental Blend.

The sauce I used was Annie Chun's Chinese Stir Fry.

  • Any sauce of your choice (I recommend Annie Chun's)
  • 1 serving of frozen or fresh mix of vegetables
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 a block of firm tofu
  1. Cook the brown rice first as it takes the longest. Follow instructions on the rice packaging.
  2. Drop a little spray oil or olive oil onto a saute pan and heat pan at medium.
  3. When rice is 5 minutes until ready, drop the mixed vegetables into the pan and let them cook for a few minutes while moving them around with a utensil. Add a pinch of salt for extra flavor.
  4. Drop in the tofu after a couple minutes along with the sauce of your choice.
  5. After 5 minutes, add in the ready brown rice and mix all together. 
  6. Serve hot in a nice bowl. 

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