I hired a babysitter for an entire day last week and honestly, it was the best thing I’ve done in a long time. I know I’m not supposed to say things like this out loud, but I really needed a break from Vander. I love my son more than anything but he’s intensely needy. What, being 5 months old and all.
BL was traveling for work and after playing a single mom for three days, I was about ready to pull my own hair out. To those of you who are in this role all of time, you are my heroes. As the daughter of a single mom you’d think I’d have more appreciation for the energy, patience and love it takes, but it didn’t really hit me until I didn’t have my own partner by my side.
So, I took a break. I hired a babysitter and went to the gym. I went grocery shopping. I cleaned my house without having a baby strapped to me. I went to lunch by myself. It might have been a silly waste of money to have someone else do my job as a mom, but it was essential for my sanity. I know I’m a good mom but I can’t be a good mom if I have to be a mom all of the time.
When I got back, I was in a much better place and so excited to see Vander again. We put on some music, I threw him in the sling and we made this yummy dinner together. A simple stir-fry of tofu and veggies with brown rice. It was easy and nourishing, the perfect pairing after my reset-button day.
I think you are going to love this weeknight meal as much as I did. I know that many of you are looking for new tofu recipes and this stir-fry dinner is the perfect way to add more soy into your life.
I’m a big tofu fan; there is so much confusion out there surrounding this food and most of it is unwarranted.(PS- I wrote this recent article for Women’s Health on the health benefits of soyfoods) While I don’t eat soy everyday, I try and eat tofu at least 3-4 times a week and this stir-fry is a simple way to get in this nutrient-rich food.
Here’s the trick for crispy pan-fried tofu: use a little cornstarch. Yup, if you want restaurant quality tofu without a ton of oil, you need a little cornstarch. Or, arrowroot starch for those of you who can’t have corn. Toss the pressed and cubed tofu with cornstarch, then pan fry in a smidge of oil. The cornstarch creates a crispy crust that allows the tofu to hold its shape after you add the sauce.
Broccoli and carrots are my favorite stir-fry vegetables, but anything will work. That’s the other beauty of this dinner, it’s completely customizable to what you have on hand. The sauce is slightly sweet and plenty garlicky which means it will taste great with whatever you pair it with.
Serve with brown rice, white rice or your favorite grain. I’ve been loving the microwave packets of brown rice from Trader Joe’s; they are ready in just 3 minutes and taste great.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!
Sesame Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry
Yield 4 servings
Sesame Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry! Looking for a healthy dinner option? This is it! Perfectly crisp tofu, broccoli and carrots in a sesame-ginger-garlic sauce. Vegan & Gluten-Free.
- 1 (14 ounce) extra-firm tofu, cubed
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cups chopped broccoli florets
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 2 cups cooked brown rice, for serving
- Sesame Ginger Sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free version
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- Press the tofu: you can use a tofu press or wrap the tofu in a kitchen towel or paper towels and place a heavy object on top. Let sit for 10 minutes while you prepare the sauce and chop the vegetables.
- Cube the tofu and toss with the salt and cornstarch until evenly coated.
- Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce and set aside: garlic, ginger, maple syrup, soy sauce, water, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the tofu. Let fry for 2-3 minutes until crispy, then flip and cook another 2-3 minutes more until golden brown all over. Add 2 tablespoons of the sauce and let cook until tofu is caramelized.
- Remove the tofu and add another teaspoon or so of olive oil to the skillet. Add the broccoli and carrots and stir-fry until vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the sauce and the cooked tofu and cook 1-2 more additional minute until sauce is mostly absorbed.
- Serve with cooked brown rice.
Courses dinner, main
Cuisine Asian, Vegetarian, GlutenFree, Vegan, American
Serving Size 1/4th stir-fry and 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 14 g
Sodium 831 mg
Total Carbohydrates 39 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugars 7 g
Protein 17 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.