Smarter Than Pancakes

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stir-Fried Shiitake Mushrooms with Tofu and Bok Choy from VT

Happy Pancake Day, everybody!  We had blueberry pancakes this morning, but I don’t want to be cliché, so I’m not posting a pancake recipe.  Instead, I’ll post a recipe for a stir fry that I got from the latest Veg Times.

This stir-fry was really good!  I’ve been trying all kinds of vegan recipes from that issue, and I can’t believe how good they are.  And surprisingly filling!  I figured that we’d be hungry again in about an hour, but we haven’t been at all.

You can tell that I'm no food stylist. I didn't notice the sauce on the rice in the pink bowl until I uploaded the picture. Now it's going to drive me nuts, so promise me you'll just ignore it.

Stir-Fried Shiitake Mushrooms with Tofu and Bok Choy
Vegan – Adapted from Vegetarian Times Feb 2010 issue.
Serves 4 – 6 WW points per 1 cup serving

1 tsp cornstarch

2 Tbs soy sauce

2 tsp minced fresh ginger

2 tsp Thai chile sauce, such as sriracha (I had never had sriracha before—it’s really good. It doesn’t make the dish super-spicy like you’d think.)

2 cloves garlic, minced (I used about a tbs.)

1 tsp sesame oil

3 Tbs canola oil, divided (I used peanut oil.)

1 14-oz pkg. extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into bite-sized cubes (See draining directions below.)

1 lb bok choy, washed and cut into 1 1/2 –inch pieces (I love me some bok choy.)

2 cups sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms (It took all of a 3.5 oz. box of shiitakes.)

  1. (To drain tofu—take it out of the package and put it on a plate.  Put another plate on top, and put some kind of weight on top of it for a little while—I’ve been known to use canned goods for weight.  Every so often, go back and pour off the water that has collected on the plate.  Tofu is like a sponge, and if you don’t do this step, it won’t soak up as much flavor.)
  2. Stir the starch into 1 tsp of water; then add the soy sauce, ginger, sriracha, garlic and sesame oil.
  3. Heat 1 Tbs of canola (or peanut) oil in large skillet or wok over med-high heat.  (I used my electric skillet.) Stir-fry the tofu until golden brown, then put it on a plate.  (I put mine on paper towel to get rid of more oil.)
  4. Add one more Tbs of oil to the pan; then throw in the bok choi for about 4 minutes.  Move that to the plate with the tofu.
  5. Add remaining 1 Tbs of the oil, then cook the mushrooms for about 2 minutes, or until tender.  (I don’t think I added all the oil each time.  I don’t think it needed it–my electric skillet is nonstick.)
  6. Add the bok choi and tofu back in with the ‘shrooms, then pour the sauce over it.  Cook that all together for about a minute–or until hot.
  7. (I served mine with basmati rice—because that’s what I had.)
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