Tofu-Rice Stir Fry Recipe
a quick meal
There are times when the thought of preparing supper; the slicing, dicing and general prep work are just are not what I want to do. On the other hand I do not want to order a pizza or chicken, nor do I want to pop something in sealed package into the microwave, oh, wait I do not own a microwave.
What I do on these occasions when the thought, not of cooking but of preparation, is too much to handle, is either take something, such as a stew, chili or soup, that I have frozen out of the freezer and have that.
The second option and the one I use the most, is to draw upon the extra rice that I have cooked when I make rice and pout in a sealed container in the refrigerator to form the basis of a stir fry.
As cutting, slicing and dicing are what I am trying to avoid, I make sure to have either some precooked, usually red kidney beans or chick peas on hand to add to the dish. Or if I am not in the mood for beans and this does happen. Then sliced water chestnuts and a pack of frozen vegetables, it really does not matter which vegetables but I usually have a Mexican or Asiatic type, you know the ones with the little corn cobs, red peppers, green beans etc or sometime just peas and carrots.
This way I can have a tasty and healthy meal on the table within 15 minutes and with very little effort. This is the recipe I followed for last night’s upper, very simple and reasonably quick.
15 Minute Stir Fry:
1 cup cubed tofu
1 small can sliced water chestnuts
1 cup pre-cooked rice
1½ cups frozen vegetables
Soy sauce to taste
Optional: 1 small canned sliced mushrooms
Optional sea salt, black pepper
Optional hot sauce
Spray black cast iron frying pan with Pam olive oil
Place on high heat
Add tofu, stir
Add water chestnuts, stir
Add splash of soy sauce, stir
Cook 2 minutes
Add frozen vegetable
Cook 3 minutes
Add rice stir and cook 3 minutes.
I always taste test before serving to make sure food is hot enough to enjoy.
You can add more soy sauce or a hot sauce if you wish. You now have a real meal to enjoy that is ideal for a vegetarian or when you feel the need to have a meal that does not include meat.
ready to eat
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