No. 11 Time for Tofu

Tofu with Black Bean Sauce
Tofu with Black Bean Sauce

Time for Change.

OK. The Change word is a bit overused this week, maybe, as we prepare to witness the inauguration tomorrow of our country’s first black president. Can I hear a “It’s about time!” Really.

Anyway – more later on Barack Obama and his Whistle Stop Tour through my hometown two days ago – Go B’More. Star Spangled Banner and all that. What a town. Plus musings on tomorrow’s historic event, after I get a chance to digest it all.

So, in the spirit of change, I’ve made a conscious decision to get back to the diet I used to be so adamant about. Less meat and finding more interesting and fun ways to eat healthy without boring myself to death. One of my favorite Asian dishes is Tofu in Black Bean Sauce. The other night I realized I had the basic ingredients to make it at home – never mind that I’d never made it before. This is what I love to do when I cook. Try something, put my own spin on it and see if I can do it quickly and easily. I made this and was enjoying a fragrant, steaming bowl in about 15 minutes. Change is good.

Broiled Tofu and Black Bean Sauce

Prepare tofu:

  •  1 12.3 oz. package Mori Nu Silken Tofu, firm
  • 1 T. + or – minced garlic
  • 1 t. + or – minced ginger
  • 1 T. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 T. sesame oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Remove tofu in block from package. Drain. Cut in cubes and dump into a bowl. Toss lightly with above ingredients, taking care not to mash the tofu, but leave the cubes as intact as possible. I usually don’t measure things very closely, so the measurements above are an approximation. I used enough garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil to achieve a nice coating on the tofu. Spread in a single layer on a baking pan and sprinkle with the fresh ground pepper. Place pan in a toaster oven at about 350-400 degrees and let the tofu brown while you’re making the back beans and noodles or rice.

Prepare black beans while you’re boiling your choice of noodles, or steaming your choice of rice:

  • 1 16 oz. can black beans, drained, rinsed, mashed a bit
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2-3 T. chopped onion
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 3 T. Irish whiskey
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 2 t. sesame oil

Soft noodles or rice

Sauté garlic and onion in olive oil in a sauce pan until fragrant. Add black beans and toss to coat until hot. Add whiskey, soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil and let simmer on low for a few minutes so flavors can combine.

In a bowl assemble a layer of cooked noodles, or rice, then a layer of black beans, top with broiled tofu. Season with a little soy sauce if you need it. Serve with hot tea.

~ Chow for Now! ~


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