Saturday, June 4, 2011

Garden Vegetable Stir-fry with Tofu, Steak and Brown Rice

This is another tried and true recipe for us. It's what I call a healthy feel good meal. I love the tofu in this, but I also add in meat for the rest of my family, like steak, chicken and even shrimp, you want all tofu, use the whole pack of it. The vegetable are totally up to you also, I bought a stir fry pack of fresh veggies so use which ever ones you like. I always forget, but I would double up the sauce recipe if you like to have some to pour over everything, otherwise there's isn't much left in the pan to drizzle with.

Garden Vegetable Stir-fry with Tofu, Steak and Brown Rice
adapted from Cooking Light August 2000

2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup canned vegetable broth
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1/2 package (12.3-ounce) firm tofu, sliced into 4 pieces
1/2 lb steak, thinly sliced (I used a tri tip roast-steaks)
1 cup thinly sliced white onion
1 cup red bell pepper strips
1 cup sliced zucchini or yellow squash (about 3/4 pound)
2 cups cut broccoli
5 spears of asparagus, cut
1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed
3 cups hot cooked long-grain brown rice

Tofu and Steak Marinade:
1/4 Cup low sodium soy sauce
2 TBL crushed garlic
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 TBL brown sugar

Combine ingredients for marinade in a bowl with a lid. Add sliced tofu and let marinade in fridge ahead of time (1-2 hours).

Combine water and cornstarch in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir in broth and next 6 ingredients (broth through crushed red pepper).

Heat 2 teaspoons of canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu (reserve marinade for steak); stir-fry 3 minutes per side. Remove tofu from pan. Place tofu on several layers of paper towels to drain.

While you are cooking the tofu, use the marinade for the steak. Add 2 TBL cornstarch to the steak and marinade for 5-10 minutes.
Once tofu is done cooking, add a little more oil to pan and stir fry the steak for 2 minutes per side.Remove, set aside.

Add 1 teaspoon canola oil to pan. Add vegetables, stir-fry 1 minute, add a splash of water, cover and let steam another minute or two. Add tofu, steak and broth mixture, stir. Bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes, it thickens fast. Serve with rice.

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