More sweet than sour

Pineapple and tofu were made to be together. I am even more of a believer in this ever since I made Sweet and Sour Tofu following a recipe from Nasoya’s website, to go along with some left over Jamaican Tempeh Patties with the things I had in the refrigerator or cupboard.

I was pleasantly surprised! This ended up being super good (but how could it not, with pineapple in it) and really filling, and it went well the patties. It also came together relatively quickly, which is always a good thing. It also fed me for about 5 meals as well, which was great seeing as how I never want to cook right when I get home from work. Here’s the recipe:

1 pkg Extra Firm Tofu
2 tsp Cornstarch
1 20 oz. can of pineapple chunks
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp ginger, grated
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp salt
2 tbls vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, chopped

After running outside and pulling onions from the garden, which I LOVE being able to do, I started cooking.

First, you dissolve your cornstarch in 2 tbsp of water, and then drain the pineapple while saving the juice. Mix the juice with 1/4 cups of water, your vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper. Then, in a large skillet saute the onion in the vegetable oil for 3 -5 minutes. Toss in the green peppers and carrots, and saute for another two minutes. Then add in the tofu that you have sliced into bite-sized cubes, and add to the skillet, cooking until the tofu has browned. Then, cover your skillet, reduce heat to low and let it simmer until the carrots are soft. Once this occurs, and 2/3 cup of pineapple chunks to your liquid and spice mixture. Continue cooking until your sauce has thickened.

 

Mmmmmm

While I served this with the leftover patties, it would be great with noodles, rice or even quinoa. It was the right amount of sweet from the maple syrup and pineapple, and the ginger really rounded out the dish. Plus, the aroma of it was enough to get me to make it again. In paging through other Nasoya recipes, many of them seem tasty, so keep an eye out for more tofu dishes!

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