This is one of the most awesome recipes in the Vegan Yum Yum cookbook. So awesome that even Grumpy likes it! I haven't been cooking a lot of meals lately since Grumpy's hours have been pretty late on the job. Now that I am on my 3rd week at my job, I am about tired of the "simple" lunches that I have been taking. Things like sandwiches, Soup at Hand, yogurt, crackers, etc. I decided I had to get back on track and start eating the way I prefer.....even if it does mean a little bit more work! Don't let the list of ingredients scare you. It isn't that hard and it doesn't take that much work. Actually, if you do what I did and buy chopped pre-washed kale, it takes even less time!
If you haven't had tofu, this is a great dish to make to give it a try. The crispy tofu, the sweet chili lime glaze, the flavorful quinoa and green kale all go absolutely great together.....however, Grumpy likes to eat the glazed tofu straight from the pan. ;o)
Sweet Chili Lime Tofu
from Vegan Yum Yum made my way (meaning some adjustments in ingredients!)
¾ C quinoa, rubbed/rinsed, drained
Zest from one lime
2 bruised cardamon pods
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tiny cinnamon stick (optional)
1-⅓ C water
Sweet Chili Lime Sauce:
3 Tbs sugar
3 Tbs light soy sauce
juice of 1 large lime
½ zest of the lime
dash or 2 of cayenne pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups pre-chopped, prewashed kale
2-3 Tbs water
14-oz extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
Lime slices for a garnish
Combine the quinoa, lime zest, cardamon, cinnamon stick, salt, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes, then remove from heat and don’t remove the lid. Let steam for 10 minutes.
Sweet chili lime sauce:
Whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, lime zest, cayenne, garlic, and salt until the sugar and salt and are dissolved. Set aside.
Slice the tofu into 8 rectangles. Then cut each rectangle in half to make two squares, and then each square into triangles. Saute the tofu in a dry skillet for about 10 minutes on each side OR if your like me and still has your tofu stick when trying to dry fry, add a little olive oil to the pan. Add the chili lime sauce and stir to coat the tofu. Turn off the heat. The sauce will bubble up, reduce, and form a glaze.
Steam with water for just a couple minutes - you want to keep the nice bright green!
Quinoa, Kale, Tofu with sauce.
EAT & Enjoy!