Hoisin-Glazed Green Beans and Tofu
The hoisin glaze in this recipe gives the tofu an appealing dark color and sautéing it first coated with a little cornstarch gives it a tempting texture, too. The recipe was inspired by one in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
- 16 oz. extra-firm tofu drained, wrapped it in a clean dishcloth for as long as possible (up to 12 hours), but at least 5 minutes, and cut it into 1-inch cubes
- 2 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce (sold with Asian foods)
- 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce (or use any variety) (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes optional
- 16 oz. green beans, fresh or frozen trimmed and halved
- 2 cloves garlic minced, about 1 tsp.
- First, In a medium bowl, toss the tofu cubes with half of the cornstarch.
- Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium heat.
- When the oil is hot, add the tofu in a single layer and brown it, turning occasionally, for about 10 minutes until it is golden brown.
- Using a spatula, transfer the tofu to a plate and set it aside.
- Meanwhile, in the bowl that held the tofu, whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, crushed red pepper flakes (optional), remaining cornstarch, and 1 Tbsp. water.
- Add the green beans, garlic, and 2 Tbsp. water to the skillet and cook them for 2 – 3 minutes, then add the sauce, cook for 2 more minutes, then add the tofu and cook it all together for 1 more minute until the green beans are tender-crisp and nicely glazed with the sauce. Serve it immediately over rice or refrigerate it for up to 3 days.
Do Ahead or Delegate: Drain, wrap, cut, and refrigerate the tofu, prepare the sauce, trim and halve the green beans, peel the garlic, or fully prepare and refrigerate the dish. Scramble Flavor Booster: Serve the dish with sriracha or other hot sauce. Tip: Need some more convincing to work tofu into your diet? Cup for cup, extra-firm tofu has up to 60 percent more calcium than milk. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 232, Total Fat: 15g, 22%; Saturated Fat: 2g, 6.5%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 410mg, 17%; Total Carbohydrate: 16g, 5.5%; Dietary Fiber: 5g, 18.5%; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 14g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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