I know I say this a lot, but this is my new favorite way to enjoy tofu. Yes. Tofu. Tofu is the chameleon of vegan foods, taking on the flavors of whatever you cook with it, while providing a nice texture your mouth will enjoy. This recipe was inspired by the clearance corner of the local grocery store. It’s located right next to the produce department–very, very convenient for this vegan! Anyway, a recent visit produced a variety of Asian sauces and marinades, including a Kung Pao sauce. Kung Pao has always been a favorite Chinese take-out option, so why not try it at home? With tofu. Oh, yeah, yum-o-palooza!
I Googled around and found most Kung Pao recipes had peppers, onions and squash–staples of my vegan fridge. I also had a bit of broccoli and a head of cauliflower. Essentially, this is a stir-fry of whatever veggies you have, Kung Pao sauce and usually peanuts. I used cashews instead. Here’s what was in my recent Kung Pao, cut all veggies to a similar size–about 1 inch.
- 2 bell peppers (different colors), diced
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 small zucchini
- 1/4-1/2 head of cauliflower
- 1 package firm or extra firm tofu
- Kung Pao sauce–enough to coat the veggies
- 1/4-1/2 cup cashews
Squeeze moisture from tofu and dice.
Lightly spray a large fry pan or wok with cooking spray and saute tofu until golden.
Set tofu aside and add peppers and onion to the pan. Saute until onions start to caramelize–about 5 minutes.
Add the rest of the veggies to the pan and saute until tender-crisp, another 5-10 minutes.
Gently add tofu back to the pan, avoiding breaking it up.
Add cashews, gently stir to combine.
Add enough sauce to coat the veggies and tofu. I used about half the jar.
Serve over rice. How pretty is this?! The pre-made sauce makes this company-worthy meal quick and easy. And taste? Yum-o-palooza! I liked it just like this, but Michael added some hot sauce to kick up the heat. Red pepper flake would be awesome as well, or a sambal chile sauce. Mmmmmmm.