General Tso’s Tofu
with Quinoa & Steamed Broccoli
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- ¾ cup quinoa
- 14 oz organic extra firm tofu
- 1 oz fresh ginger
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 scallions
- 4 bird’s eye chiles
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 3 tbsp turbinado sugar
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 6 oz broccoli florets
- 1 tbsp tuxedo sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp (4 tbsp) vegetable oil*
- Salt and pepper*
- *Not included
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- Directions for 4 servings indicated in parentheses
Bring a large pot with 2 inches (4 inches) salted water to a boil for the broccoli. In a small saucepan, combine quinoa, 1¼ cups (2½ cups) water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until the water is absorbed and grains are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Peel and mince the ginger and garlic. Slice scallions into 2 inch pieces. Roughly chop the bird’s eye chiles. Add minced ginger, minced garlic, ½ tsp (1 tsp) chopped bird’s eye chile, tamari, turbinado sugar, and rice vinegar to a medium bowl. Whisk the ginger garlic sauce to combine. TIP: Add more chopped bird’s eye chile if you prefer.
Drain tofu, pat dry, and cut into 1 inch cubes. Add cubed tofu, cornstarch, just 2 tsp (4 tsp) sesame seeds, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a large bowl, and toss to coat. Heat 2 tbsp (4 tbsp) vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add coated tofu and cook, tossing occasionally, until crispy and browned in places, 5 to 8 minutes. TIP: Work in batches for the 4 serving meal.
Add sliced scallion to the skillet with the tofu and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add ginger garlic sauce, and toss. Cook until sauce thickens, about 30 seconds. TIP: If you’re making the 4 person meal, add all of the crisped tofu back to the skillet before adding the scallions and sauce.
Add broccoli florets to the large pot of boiling water and cook until florets are tender and bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Divide the cooked quinoa and steamed broccoli between large plates and top with General Tso’s tofu. Sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds. Enjoy!