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Tofu-Rice Stir Fry Recipe

Updated on April 13, 2011

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.


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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick


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    derekcaulfield 9 years ago

    tastey mmmm, I think i'll try it

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick


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    Shannon Said 9 years ago from Seattle

    That looks very tasty I'm going to try that.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is a great lazy meal; tofu is made from bean curd and is used in Chinese cooking, for example.

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    Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    This sounds like my kind of lazy meal. Inform me, Im a bit dumb. What is tofu is is apasta like thing or what. Havent seen it in the shops. Thanks for sharing