It’s time for another Meatless Monday! This week I made Cooking Light’s Chili-Glazed Tofu over Asparagus and Rice. Wow, this dish has an abundance of flavor! Between the ginger, soy sauce, and hot chili sauce, my tastebuds were a tingling.
I only made two changes to the recipe. I couldn’t find a jar of minced ginger, but I found a bottle of ginger paste which served to open up my sinuses as soon as I removed the lid. Whew! I couldn’t find any boil-in-bag long grain rice, so I opted for brown rice instead.
Chili-Glazed Tofu over Asparagus and Rice
Allison Fishman, Cooking Light, OCTOBER 2004
Yield: 3 servings (serving size: 3 tofu pieces and 1 1/3 cups rice mixture)
Note: Cooking the rice and asparagus in the same pot of boiling water saves a little time.
- 4 cups water
- 1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag long-grain rice
- 2 1/4 cups chopped asparagus (about 1 pound)
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon bottled minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon hot chili sauce with garlic (such as KA·ME)
- 1 pound extrafirm tofu, drained and cut lengthwise into 9 pieces
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 cup preshredded carrot
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Add bag of rice, submerging bag completely in water. Boil 10 minutes. Carefully remove bag from pan, leaving boiling water in pan. Add asparagus to pan; cook 1 minute. Drain.
While rice cooks, heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, and chili sauce in a small bowl. Sprinkle tofu with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add tofu to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Add soy sauce mixture; cook 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Combine rice, asparagus, 1/2 teaspoon salt, carrot, and sesame oil. Serve tofu over rice.
Calories: 296 (26% from fat)
Fat: 8.4g (sat 1.1g,mono 2.8g,poly 2.3g)
Join me tomorrow when I return to the dark side (of nutrition, that is) with a double post of baked treats!