Joe’s Corner: Garlic tofu and veggies

Hello again. I’m a little late on this post so you’ll have to bear with me as I try to think back to the dish. I do remember it needing a fair amount of soy sauce afterwards for some flavor, but that’s just me. Old Bay would also be amazing, but then again what can’t you put Old Bay on? It is one of the easier dishes I’ve made, it simply requires a lot of cutting beforehand. A perfect excuse to bring out the laptop and put on some netflix.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14 ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cubed
1 cup broccoli, cut into small florets
1 cup cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 cup carrots, julienne style
1/3 cup vegetable broth
8 cloves garlic, crushed
soy sauce to taste
1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tofu, garlic and vegetable broth. Cook for about 5 minutes, until garlic is lightly browned but not burning. Remove from the skillet to a bowl, and set aside.

2. Add the vegetables to the same skillet and cook vegetables. When vegetables are cooked, mix the tofu garlic mixture back into the pan, and heat through. Serve plain or over rice.

So first of all, if you read my last post, you know I don’t pay much attention to amounts. The same went for this dish. Considering it’s simplicity I didn’t see a point to using so few veggies, so I ended up with about 5 cups instead of 3. I grabbed two heads of broccoli, one of cauliflower and 4 full size carrots. And by the way, I have no idea what a floret is, so you don’t have to either. I took the broccoli and left it large, just cutting off the majority of the stems and pulling them apart with my hands. The cauliflower I also cut the stems from, but I also used my hands to crumble it fairly small. It looked like crumbled feta when I had finished. Now julienne style carrots, I think that means like thin fries… I just cut them into thin slices. It’s all gravy.
I used 2/3 cups of vegetable broth instead of 1/3. Amanda likes to use less of the salty stuff but I figure since I’m cooking, it’s up to me. I like salt, don’t hold it against me (an everything bagel isn’t an everything bagel if it doesn’t have salt). This dish is really all about the garlic so use as much as you want. I figure you already love garlic if you’re making this dish. If not… well everyone should love garlic.
All in all this dish was very easy, and I spent my time watching netflix, cutting and stirring. Soy sauce could be any sauce you think will mix well with garlic. And this could certainly be spiced up anyway you’d want. Enjoy this light garlic dish and definitely serve with rice if you have a healthy appetite.

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