Meatless Monday – Spicy Stir Fry with Tofu

My husband bought me a T-Fal Actifry for my birthday. So far I really like it.  At first I was a little dubious about it since it did not appear to be that sturdy, but so far it has cooked up a storm with no problems at all. Tonight I threw together a stir fry. It was made with firm tofu I got at my local Costco, veggies and a sauce I made up from stuff I had on hand.  I like tofu, but have never done much with it. I figured a safe place to start would be a stir fry.

To start, I lined a plate with several layers of paper towels and put the tofu on the plate, covered it with more paper towel.  I placed another plate on top and weighted the top plate down. I let it set in the refrigerator for a few hours.  I wanted to press as much water out of the tofu as possible so it would stay together during cooking. This seemed to work out pretty well.

I cut the tofu into chunks and marinated it, along with a bunch of sliced mushrooms, in a sauce that I made up. The marinade was a bit of random stir fry sauce I had on hand and some hot wing sauce (what can I say, I was cleaning out the fridge). I let the tofu and mushrooms marinate overnight. I saved a little of the marinade as the base for the sauce for the stir fry.

I used carrots, broccoli, onion, asparagus, bean sprouts, garlic, fresh ginger along with the marinated mushrooms and tofu to make the stir fry. I cooked the vegetables in batches, putting those vegetables that I felt would take about the same time to into the Actifry together. I used a bit of coconut oil in each batch.

For the sauce, I mixed a little PB2, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and brown sugar with the left over marinade. I cooked the bean sprouts, tofu, asparagus and mushrooms in the last batch and added the sauce for the last 5 minutes of cooking. I served the whole mess over steamed brown rice and it was delicious.

I like to play with my food and this was definitely a bit of play that was a tasty surprise. I used up a bunch of stuff I had on hand and experimented with the cooking times for the Actifry. The stir fry came out tender crisp and I don’t feel like I used nearly as much oil as I would have if I had done the stir fry the more traditional way.

So far I would say that I am very pleased with my Actifry and would recommend it. It is not an inexpensive kitchen gadget, but if it will help me get back to my goal weight with Weight Watchers it will quickly pay for itself.

TFal in no way compensated me for the opinions offered in this post.