Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Curried Tofu


Well, I've been out of town, in orientation for Divinity School, and I started classes yesterday so my time in the kitchen has been rather limited. Truthfully, I would've rather been cooking for myself than eating pizza at orientation, but it's all about fellowship. So far, school has been great. It's felt really good being back at school. I missed it during my year in the corporate workplace. My blog entries may be slightly more scarce, but I promise I'll still update.

I stumbled upon this tofu recipe when I was browsing the Cooking Light webpage. Cooking Light is, by far, one of my favorite sources for recipes. They are frequently flavorful and delicious so that you don't even feel like you're eating particularly light. I try to substitute in light ingredients whenever I can anyway, so it's nice that Cooking Light basically assumes that's what you're doing.

This recipe did not disappoint. I would maybe sub extra-firm tofu next time or let the firm tofu drain longer. The texture of the tofu was a little on the mushy side for Joe's and my preference. I'm not usually a fan of pineapple in dishes because it's a bit on the sweet side for me, but this worked out very well. The pineapple was the perfect complement to the curry flavor and the spice of the pepper. I served this with brown rice.

Curried Tofu (source: Cooking Light)

Ingredients

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 (15-ounce) package reduced-fat firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light coconut milk (I ended up doubling this because I wanted more of a sauce.)
1 teaspoon curry powder (I doubled this also. I think my curry powder is a little weak.)
1 cup precut matchstick-cut carrots (I cut up some baby carrots I already had.)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (I subbed Thai chili garlic sauce.)
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice, drained
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced (I used a green bell pepper.)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

Preparation

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu, and sprinkle with salt. Cook 8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from pan; keep warm.

Add coconut milk and curry powder to pan, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add carrots, crushed red pepper, pineapple, and bell pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tofu. Sprinkle with basil.

Yield

3 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups) (The perfect amount for Joe, me, and a leftover portion for lunch today.)

Nutritional Information

CALORIES 171(34% from fat); FAT 6.4g (sat 2g,mono 0.9g,poly 2.4g); IRON 2.7mg; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 99mg; CARBOHYDRATE 21.7g; SODIUM 508mg; PROTEIN 8.9g; FIBER 3.6g

5 comments:

Cate said...

Anything with curry is up my alley...bonus for the tofu and coconut milk! Thanks for sharing this!

Joelen said...

I'm going to try this with some Thai curry paste I have sitting around!

Peter said...

congratulations on taking on tofu / doufu, which is frightening to some who didn't grow up eating it

That Girl said...

I love Cooking Light and anything made with tofu!

annie said...

Oooh, this looks awesome. I will have to try it!