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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Healthier Version of General Tao Tofu


Healthier Version of General Tao Tofu

My husband and I love General Tao tofu from vegweb.com. This is such a great recipe on it's own with no modifications. We have made it countless times but not so much lately. The fried tofu is not so healthy and I have been trying really hard to get back to a healthy life style. Fortunately I figured out how to prepare it a great deal healthier so I will post the modifications here. The baked tofu turned out so well it was difficult to stop munching on them on their own.

Tofu Component

  • 1 package of extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 1/2 T tamari
  • 2 T mirin
  • Sprinkle of Salt and Pepper
  1. Mix the last 3 ingredients in a shallow dish. Mix cubed tofu so it is completely coated and marinate for a few hours, mixing every so often.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in a pre-heated oven (400 degrees) for 20 minutes. Turn over and bake for 5 more minutes.
Seasoned Baked Tofu
Sauce Component (originally from Vegweb but slightly modified)
  • 3 T oil
  • 1 T ginger
  • 1 T garlic
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup vegetable stock
  • 3 T sugar
  • 2 T tamari
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1-2 T cornstarch mixed with 2 T water
  1. Add first 4 ingredients to small sauce pan on medium heat and fry until garlic is soft (about 2 minutes).
  2. Add next 4 ingredients and bring to boil. Add cornstarch-water mix and mix in to thicken. Remove from heat. 
Bringing It All Together
  • rice noodles
  • vegetables (I used snap peas here but many vegetables would work)
  1. Cook rice noodles according to package. Throw some vegetables into the boiling water. Drain when ready. 
  2. Put rice noodles on plates and top with baked tofu. Pour sauce over top and serve :)