Tofu and Veggie Stir-fry with Peanut Sauce

Stir-frys are the ultimate quick one-pot vegan meals. Typically it is a super balanced meal with proteins, veggies and a grain. Perfection! Quick, easy, Deelish!

Check out these other stir-frys for a quick meal. You can always get super creative and change it up easily for variations. Thai Vegan Tofu, Quick Seitan Stir-Fry, Super Fast Veggie Stir-frySpinach and Tofu with Peanut Sauce and Rice Noodle and Vegetable Stir-Fry.

Peanut Sauce is my typical go to sauce as we all love it! Check out these other variations on this super deelish sauce. Amazing Raw “Peanut” Sauce and Zucchini Noodles, Cold Sesame Noodles, Mixed Veggies with Peanut Sauce (slow cooker style), Raw Zucchini Noodles and ‘Peanut’ Sauce II, Lettuce Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce and Kelp Noodles & Veggies in Peanut Sauce.

Tofu and Veggie Stir-fry with Peanut Sauce


sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup tamari
3 tablespoons agave
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

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3 teaspoons peanut oil or sesame oil
2 blocks extra firm tofu, drained, pressed & cubed
6 cloves garlic, minced
8 scallions, chopped, white and green parts separated
2 jalapenos, minced
2 red pepper, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
Dash of lime juice or lime wedges
Roasted Peanuts

Cooked Brown Rice

  1. Combine vinegar, tamari, agave and peanut butter and whisk until smooth.
  2. In a skillet or wok, add the oil and saute tofu, garlic, white part of scallions, jalapeno, and red pepper for 2-3 minutes. Add water chestnuts.
  3. Add the sauce and turn heat to low, stirring until combined.
  4. Serve over brown rice, garnished with green part of scallions, peanuts and either lime wedge or drizzled with lime juice.

Quick Mushroom & Kale over Brown Rice

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Quick, the kids are sleeping! This dinner was a perfect combination of healthy, delicious and fast! Leftover brown rice and a quick mushroom and kale stir-fry in the wok. Yum! The avocado was amazing on the side. First off, doesn’t avocado make everything taste better? and then with the sriracha in the kale the avocado was a nice cooling element.

Quick Mushroom & Kale over Brown Rice

  • 8 ounces mushrooms any type, sliced (I used cremini mushrooms)
  • bunch of kale, destemmed and chopped
  • cooked brown rice
  • olive oil, 1-2 tablespoons
  • mirin, 1/4 cup
  • rice vinegar, 1/8 cup
  • white cooking wine, 1/4 cup
  • sriracha, a few dashes depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1 avocado (optional)
  • salt, to taste

In a wok or large frying pan heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the kale, mirin and white wine. Using tongs toss to coat and keep cooking kale to cook it down (3-5 minutes). Add the mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes till they become soft. Add sriracha and salt to taste. Plate over brown rice and slice avocado on the side.

Enjoy and if possible sit down and relax by the fire your amazing husband built while you cooked dinner 🙂 Image

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Caramelized Tofu and Brussel Sprouts

We love all things Brussel Sprouts and this one was a real winner 🙂 definitely on the sweet side, so you may want to tone down the brown sugar, but it was very tasty the way we made it. Pecans went perfectly with the sprouts. For my go-to brussel sprouts I normally use pine nuts (although once I made with pistachios) so this was a nice change. Plus I loved using the same pan to have a great one-pot meal. Fast to make, Easy to clean up and Really yummy to eat!

Caramelized Tofu and Brussel Sprouts
adapted from 101cookbooks.com
Serves 2 – 3 as a main, 4 as a side

1 block extra-firm tofu cut into thin 1-inch segments
a couple pinches of fine-grain sea salt
a couple splashes of olive
4 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
4-5 tablespoons fine-grain natural cane sugar or brown sugar
1 lb. brussels sprouts, washed and cut into 1/8-inch wide ribbons

Cook the tofu cubes in large hot skillet with a bit of salt and a splash of oil. Saute until slightly golden, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and pecans, and cook for another minute. Stir in sugar. Cook for another couple of minutes. Scrape the tofu out onto a plate and set aside while you cook the brussels sprouts.

In the same pan (no need to wash), add a touch more oil, another pinch of salt, and dial the heat up to medium-high. When the pan is nice and hot stir in the shredded brussels sprouts. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring a couple times (but not too often) until you get some golden bits, and the rest of the sprouts are bright and delicious.

Combine and Enjoy!!

Super Bright Green Brussels 🙂

Tofu and Pecans

Chicken Stir-Fry with Edamame and Brown Rice

As the weather gets cooler I start breaking out the crock pot more and more. It is so nice to come home to a house with the great smells of home cooking yet all the work is already done! It was the perfect way to make this dinner super quick in the end. I put the dry brown rice, water and salt in the slow cooker in the morning and when I came home the rice was perfect and all I had to prepare was the stirfry. I also made sure to make extra rice for the rest of the week. If you prepare the chicken first and then prep the rest of the ingredients the chicken will be ready to cook and the entire meal will take you under 30 minutes to prep and cook. So fabulous after a long day! ENJOY 🙂

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Chicken Stir-Fry with Edamame and Brown Rice
Recipe inspired  from Bon Appétit
Serves 6

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
4 tablespoons tamari soy sauce

1.5-2 pounds chicken tenders, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon honey

4 teaspoons sesame oil
4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups short-grain brown rice, cooked and cooled
12 ounce bag shelled cooked edamame beans

2/3 cup chopped green onions

Combine chicken, 2 tablespoons tamari and honey in medium bowl; toss to coat. Let stand 15 minutes.

Toast walnuts in a skillet for 3 minutes, shaking the pan consistently. Add 2 tablespoons tamari and stir until tamari coats walnuts, about 45 seconds. Cool.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry 30 seconds. Add cooked rice and edamame; reduce heat to medium and stir-fry until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide rice mixture among plates. Sprinkle with green onions and walnuts.

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Herb-Grilled Chicken Breasts, Thai Style with Bok Choi Stir-Fry

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This may not be the prettiest dish but it smelled super great and Michael really enjoyed the flavors! I would suggest slicing the chicken afterwards to make a prettier presentation. The bok choi cooks quick so put it on right after you get the chicken on the grill. You could also substitute the bok choi with other Asian greens to compliment the flavors of the chicken or to eat on their own as a vegetarian dish. I love bok choi, especially in the summer when they are so strong and a beautiful green!

Herb-Grilled Chicken Breasts, Thai Style
Recipe adapted from July 1998 Bon Appétit

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or 1 hot chili chopped
  • 6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 2 1/2 pounds total)
  1. Combine first 10 ingredients in processor. Process until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally.
  2. Arrange chicken in 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass dish. Spoon herb mixture over chicken, covering completely. Cover dish; chill at least 2 hours, turning chicken occasionally.
  3. Set grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to plates and serve.

Bok Choi Stir-Fry

  • 1 medium bunch of bok choi
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or 1 hot chili chopped
    1. Clean and wash the bok choi carefully. (There tends to be dirt caught under the leaves)
    2. Cut into 3 inch pieces
    3. Heat the oil in a wok or large pot and add the garlic, salt and Sriracha and stir for about 1 minute
    4. Add the greens and stir until the greens go limp but the stems are still crunchy about 4 minutes.
    5. Add salt to taste

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Super Fast Veggie Stir-fry

I am sure everyone has those nights where they need to throw dinner together quickly or you have an abundance of gorgeous veggies in the fridge you have to use up soon. Here is a great go to stir-fry recipe that I throw together when I need something like that. Super fast, tons of nutrition and really deelish! Of course you can substitute any veggies you have in the fridge for what I have used. The same goes with the seasonings. Also I tend to just pour on the ingredients so the measurements are not exact and you should season to taste.

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Super Fast Veggie Stir-fry

1 tablespoon canola
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
1/2 lb snap peas, cleaned
1/4 head of red cabbage, chopped
8 ounces of mini portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 package of seitan or soy chicken (I used Morningstar meal starters chicken)
3 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons agave
2 tablespoons tamari
1 teaspoon ginger powder (or fresh ginger)
1 teaspoon Sriracha

    1. Heat the oil in a wok or large pan and add onions and garlic and sauté for about 2-3 minutes
    2. Add the red pepper, snap peas, cabbage, mushrooms and soy chicken and combine well
    3. Add the mirin, agave, tamari, ginger powder and sritacha and mix well
    4. Continue to sauté for another 4 minutes or until the veggies reach your desired texture
    5. Taste and adjust seasonings, Enjoy 🙂

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