Szechuan-Style Tofu with Peanuts

This spicy tofu dish was a great way to end the week. I wasn't able to find black bean sauce that had garlic, so I added a minced clove into the sauce. There's a generous amount of sambal oelek, so it's nice and spicy. It's not quite a vegetarian dish because of the chicken broth, but I'm sure you could substitute vegetable stock instead. I ended up broiling the tofu for a few extra minutes to get it nice and golden brown, and I really liked the texture that way.



Szechuan-Style Tofu with Peanuts
Cooking Light March 2010

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup rice, about 3/4 cup tofu mixture, and 1 tablespoon peanuts)

2 (3 1/2-ounce) bags boil-in-bag jasmine rice
1 (14-ounce) package water-packed firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch pieces
Cooking spray
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
1 tablespoon less-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons black bean garlic sauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1 tablespoon bottled ground fresh ginger (such as Spice World)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cu unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

3. Arrange tofu in a single layer on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray; broil 14 minutes or until golden.

4. While tofu cooks, combine broth and next 4 ingredients (through black bean sauce), stirring with a whisk; set aside.

5. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add salt and mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes or until mushrooms begin to release liquid, stirring occasionally. Stir in carrots and ginger; cook 1 minute. Add broth mixture; cook 30 seconds or until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat; stir in tofu and onions. Serve over rice; sprinkle with peanuts.

Calories: 389
Fat: 14.3g (sat 2.1g,mono 5.5g,poly 6.2g)
Protein: 17.2g
Carbohydrate: 51.6g
Fiber: 2.4g
Cholesterol: 0.0mg
Iron: 4mg
Sodium: 619mg
Calcium: 92mg

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

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