Super Easy Homemade Mapo Tofu, My Way

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Today is Monday and some of us are back to our hectic routine again.

Last night, I made some homemade, meatless Tofu Mapo for dinner.  Mapo Tofu is a popular Chinese dish made with minced pork or beef or chicken, chili, and salted black beans.  I love Mapo Tofu and this Mapo Tofu recipe I’m sharing with you is super easy to make, so delicious and it’s ready in a jiffy, which is great for school nights, that is if your family like tofu.  But hey, what’s not to like? It’s organic, high in protein, made of vegetables,  and it’s lighter since I didn’t add any meat and easier to digest.  It’s a perfect dinner to those who wants to eat light at night.  You can eat it as is or with quinoa or rice.  The choice is up to you.

IMG_20140209_182207_919  Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. (about 3/4 of the package) organic firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper paste (or more to taste)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons onions, chopped
  • 4 stalks of green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon powdered form chicken bouillon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sesame oil
  • ground black pepper
  • Flax seeds for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Crumbled seaweed for garnish (optional)

Method:

  • Heat a skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the Sesame oil when hot.
  • Add the garlic and onions and saute until translucent.
  • Add the green onions and saute until somewhat soft.
  • Add the Hoisin sauce, red pepper paste, and chicken bouillon. Stir until well combined.  Add the tofu.  Carefully stir until tofu is well coated with the sauce. Cook until just heated through.
  • Garnish with Flax seeds, Sesame seeds,  and seaweed.  Serve warm.

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Food for thought:

Did you know  Flax seed is what’s used to feed all those chickens that are laying eggs with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids? Yes!

Although flax seed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flax seeds contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flax seed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flax seed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Read more:  http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed

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Super Easy Tofu Salad

I want to share this super easy vegetarian dish I brought to a gathering three weekends ago.  It was a very light, refreshing, and flavorful salad and everyone liked it.  This salad is also great with spinach or Romaine lettuce, dried cherries and cheese.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 (14 oz.) firm tofu, cubed in bite pieces
  • yellow and red cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup prepared pesto sauce
  • fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to incorporate.    I told you it’s super easy.  Enjoy. 🙂

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