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February 8, 2021

Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

Loaded with bell peppers, broccoli and snow peas, this ginger garlic veggie tofu stir-fry with brown rice is an easy meal that makes great leftovers you can even eat cold from the fridge.

Loaded with bell peppers, broccoli and snow peas, this ginger garlic veggie tofu stir-fry with brown rice is an easy meal that makes great leftovers you can even eat cold from the fridge.

Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

Leftovers are a way of life for me.

Unless I am not home, which hasn’t been the case for the past year, I cook at least one meal a day. These days it’s most likely to be dinner because I don’t count my blueberry breakfast smoothie.

On some weekends we will order food from one of our favorite restaurants, but it can be tricky because Saturday and Sunday are prime recipe testing time.

I crank out a lot of food!

By Sunday night our fridge is stacked high with containers of leftovers that will last through most of the week.

Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

The freezer ends up fuller, too. My latest purchase was this clever silicone vessel to store soup.

It is basically an ice cube tray with big sections that allow you to freeze a bowl of soup in a cube.

I love a space-saving storage container.

Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

Try Cold Leftovers

These leftover meals typically end up being my lunch. With a busy workday, and a split school-day of in-person and remote for our 1st grader, a quick stovetop or microwave reheat is all I can manage to fit in.

And that isn’t always the case, so lately I have been trying to make things that taste good when they’re hot and just cooked as well as consumed cold the next day.

Everyday I don’t want a lunch salad, which would be the obvious choice.

Pizzas and pasta dishes make fantastic leftovers and are tasty chilled, too.

Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

Packed with vegetables, stir-fries are just as easy to eat the moment they finish sizzling in the pan as they are from a carton in the fridge.

It doesn’t matter if they have noodles or rice.

With this ginger garlic veggie tofu stir-fry, I reach for brown rice in my pantry and broccoli, peppers and snow peas in the fridge.

Rice vs. Vegetables

It doesn’t matter if it’s stir-fry or pasta, I always go heavy on veggies.

Grains and noodles serve their purpose as a base, but that doesn’t mean they should take over.

I would much rather have bites that are all broccoli, peppers or another vegetable instead of just rice.

Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

The night before I am planning to do a stir-fry with rice I always cook the rice. If you use freshly made rice, it tends to get mushy.

And when it is time to cook the stir-fry, I have all the ingredients ready before I start.

Stir-fries go fast, which is a great thing, but just be prepared.

How To Make Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

First, I press the water out of a block of tofu by wrapping it in a towel and then stacking a heavy pot on top of it.

I let the tofu drain for 15 minutes before cutting it into cubes.

Then I whisk together the sauce. It’s a mix of soy sauce, water, rice wine vinegar, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

With the tofu and sauce prepped, I heat oil in a big skillet on the stovetop.

To start, I sauté the tofu lightly browning it all over. I pour in about a quarter cup of sauce to coat the tofu. Then I take it out of the skillet, so I can focus on the vegetables.

Next, I cook sliced scallions for a minute and then add the peppers followed by the broccoli and snow peas. I like the veggies to turn out bright and crisp.

After that I pour in the sauce, let it bubble and finally fold in the rice and tofu.

It doesn’t take long for the vegetables, tofu, rice and sauce to come together.

I finish the ginger garlic veggie tofu stir-fry by sprinkling on sliced green scallions.

If you are looking for another quick rice and veggie dish, try this frozen vegetable stir-fry.

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Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 33-35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

Loaded with bell peppers, broccoli and snow peas, this ginger garlic veggie tofu stir-fry with brown rice is an easy meal that makes great leftovers you can even eat cold from the fridge.

Ingredients

114 ounce package extra firm tofu

1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 scallions, thinly sliced, green and white parts separated

2 bell peppers, diced into 1/2-inch pieces

12 heads broccoli (about 1 pound), trimmed and cut into small florets

4 ounces snow peas

11/2 cups cooked brown rice

Instructions

Pat the tofu with a paper towel. Wrap with a dry paper towel and place a heavy pan or cutting board on top to remove more liquid. Let stand for 15 minutes. Cut the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.

For the sauce, in a medium bowl, stir together the soy sauce, water, rice wine vinegar, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over high heat. Add the tofu and cook until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes per side. Pour in 1/4 cup sauce and stir around the tofu letting the sauce bubble. Remove the tofu and set aside on a plate.

Sauté the white parts of the scallions for a minute to let them soften. Then add the peppers to the skillet sautéing for 2 minutes. Next add the broccoli and continue cooking for 2 minutes before adding the snow peas. Sauté for 1-2 minutes longer until the vegetables are cooked but still bright and crisp.

Pour in the remaining sauce. Let it simmer for a minute before stirring in the rice and tofu and continue cooking until the rice is warmed and most of the sauce has been absorbed.

Fold in the sliced green scallions before serving.

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