Asian Style Garlic Tofu with Rice (Vegetarian)

NEMs!
Here is a tasty TOFU dish that’s quick and easy to make & is great for those who are vegetarians! You’ll need to prep steps 1-5 to let the tofu marinate for about 20-30 minutes.   🙂
 
INGREDIENTS

  • (1) lb. of extra firm Tofu
  • Rice of your choice (1) cup or more depending on the # of eaters
    • You can sub Quinoa
  • 4-5 Green Onions
  • (2) Tbsp. Sesame Oil (or Olive Oil)
  • (1/4) cup Hoisin sauce
  • (2) Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • (2-3) cloves of minced garlic (You can also just buy the minced garlic in a jar)

 
COOKING DIRECTIONS
1.  In a bowl, add the 3 ingredients for the sauce. Stir to combine
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2.  Press the tofu between towels to remove excess moisture.
3.  Cut into about 1 inch cubes.  Now, if your “helper” (in my case, my boyfriend Andrew , who is also a #noexcuseDAD of THREE TEENAGERS 🙂 ) wants to help you line up the tofu cubes…. just let him.  LOL!!!
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4.  Add to the sauce and gently toss until thoroughly coated.
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5.  Cover and place in fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
6.  Cook rice or Quinoa according to directions
7.  Slice green onions.
8.  In a skillet, heat 1-2 Tbsp. oil over medium heat.
9.  Add the marinated tofu and spread out in a single layer.
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10.  Cook without stirring for 5 minutes or until browned on one side.
11.  Flip them, and cook for another few minutes.
12.  Add the green onions for the last minute or two of cooking.  You can add more Hoisin if your tofu looks too dry.  (I didn’t have to add any when making this dish.)
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13.  Serve over a hot bed of rice (or quinoa), add a few sprinkles of sesame seeds!
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ENJOY!
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(Recipe Credit:  http://www.thegardengrazer.com)
 

Quick Dinner: Shrimp Salad!

 
This is another Quick & Easy meal for the family (and if you are trying to stay healthy or are training for a fitness competition)!
Prep time:  10 min    Cook time:  5 min
This is a quick and easy dinner, here’s what you’ll need:

  • De-veined shrimp
  • Your favorite Ready Salad flavor ( I used Caesar for this recipe)
  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • Mushrooms

Prep:

  • Peel your shrimp

Raw shrimp
 

  • Wash your mushrooms (Yes, that’s my dog Kimo Sabe wondering if I’ll give him one)

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  • Heat up the olive oil in a pan and add the minced garlic

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  • Add your shrimp, generously season with the lemon pepper and sauté for about 5 minutes then add your mushrooms

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  • You want to cook your shrimp thoroughly but not too much where they are dried out
  • Prepare your salad including tossing it in the dressing

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  • For a healthier alternative, you can use a spring mix salad, light dressing, and cut up seasonal fruit like strawberries which goes really well with this dressing —>

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  • Place your salad on a plate then scoop up the shrimp and mushrooms on top
  • I like to add slices of avocado on the side 🙂

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ENJOY!
meeshie