more tofu especially for the boys...

We all know the many health benefits that tofu gives us.  I don't think I need to tell you more or why it is considered as the WHFoods.  You can always look that up online.  BUT I do suggest if you do so, please get your facts from trusted sources.  What I want to share with you here is how I utilize my ingredients and simplify my cooking.  My hope is to inspire more people to enjoy home cooking and green eating.  And I really want to change some people's misperception about home cooking being costly.     

So I got a message from my brother today saying that he is scheduled for a body check this week and required to stay on a plant-based diet beforehand.  This sounded perfect for me as I've always been trying to introduce him to my veggie dishes.  Since he was whining about how he had a wimpy salad for lunch that isn't filling at all, I came up with this recipe focusing on filling up some big boys like my brother.  And some of you might know that tofu is actually a great source for prostate health improvement.  So yeah, tofu may seem sissy to some but it really isn't because it also helped to boost our immune system.  ;) 

tofu and brown rice salad - a macho dish for the boys..  

Servings: 1 person

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-30 minutes

Ingredients (salad): 

1 bowl cooked brown rice

1 cooked corn cob, removed in kernel

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

1 small carrot, finely chopped 

50-80g extra-firm tofu, triangled/squared

1 bowl mixed greens

1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 bunch coriander, chopped

1 bunch spring onion, chopped

1 tsp sesame seeds

1/2 chili, finely chopped

1 tbsp soy sauce

extra-virgin olive oil

Ingredients (dressing): 

1 tsp grated ginger

1-2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp mirin

1-2 tbsp water

1 tsp honey

Instructions: 

1) Preheat a saucepan with oil on medium heat, cook onion and carrots for 3-5 minutes.

2) Add corn and brown rice, cook for 2-3 minutes on high heat.  Add soy sauce, mix well.  Set aside. 

3) Preheat a frying pan with oil on medium heat, cook garlic and shallots for 1 minute. 

4) Add tofu and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes.  Set aside.  

5) Transfer the fried rice to a plate, layer the tofu and mixed greens on top.  

6) Garnish with sesame seeds, spring onion, and coriander.  Serve the dish with the gingery dressing.