Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Peanut butter coconut tofu


(It looks gross, but its delish...tofu soaking in coconut peanut butter sauce)

Every night Jane asks if I am making tofu.
I think perhaps I never make it much because you have to make it right or it tastes bad.
That means, It is a dish that you have to focus while making.
At the grocery store with Jane yesterday, we passed the tofu and without asking, she chucked 2 containers into the cart.
OK.
So, tonight I made tofu. In honor of Jane.


  • 2 pounds firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, plus more for serving
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons of natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small onions, cut into wedges
  • 9 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 large red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 1/4 pounds bok choy, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces, stem and green pieces separated
  • 1/4 pound snow peas, trimmed
  • 5 paper-thin slices fresh ginger
  • Lime wedges, for serving

(I love bok Choy)

Directions

  1. Halve tofu block lengthwise; slice each half into 8 rectangles. Arrange on a paper towel-lined baking sheet; top with more paper towels and another baking sheet. Weight with canned goods or a skillet. Refrigerate overnight or at least 20 minutes.
  2. Heat canola oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook tofu until golden, Add can of coconut milk and peanut butter. Keep on low.
  3. In skillet over high heat, cook onions, red pepper, and mushrooms in 2 tablespoons canola or Olive oil until browned, 5 minutes. Next, add bok choy stems; cook 3 minutes. Add peas and ginger; cook 1 minute.
  4. Add tofu to vegetables and stir until well combined.

(The vegetables steaming in the pot)

Serve over brown or jasmine rice. (we have jasmine tonight) and add soy sauce and fresh lime on top. Yum enjoy.

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55 comments:

Ashley said...

Dear Sweet Stephanie-
You need to go to bed! :)
Love,
aSHLEY

Barlow Ohana said...

See how I read your blog everyday? :)
You are right about Tofu, I live in Hawaii (tons of Asians) and tried tons of times to eat it, I hated it every time...they probably were not cooked right! I will try to make this recipe and I'll let you know if I liked it...but in any case, can I substitute for something else? :)

Frau Nilsson said...

Sounds good!
Although I'm a vegetarian, I don't have the courage to try making tofu because, as you said, if you don't make it right it tastes like saturated tissues...8-)
But naybe I'll try this recipe, I love coconut and peanuts...
But I'd have to alter the groceries...I'm allergic to onions and I don't like mushrooms...
Maybe it would be good with potatoes, garlic and zucchini, too...
Best,
Frau Nilsson

thewindhover said...

Oh Nie, it looks delicious... I confess while I love eating well prepared tofu I don't cook it enough at home so this has given me a much needed push to experiment with it again! thank you!

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

good for you nienie! i've never had tofu before, i'll have to try it, not sure my family will want to join me! you sure make it sound good, though!

Anne said...

Bravo pour cette recette St├ęphanie ! It looks "miam miam" (yumy)
Anne from Southern France

Moogie said...

When you use Bok Choy, do you only use the stems and throw away the leafy part? I have never cooked with it before.

Ivana said...

I am soooooooo happy that you are posting yourown recipes!!!!

Have a lovely day,

Ivana

kera said...

LOVE trying new recipes!! I cook vegetarian at our house....we are raising our girls vegetarian and my husband eats meat occassionally when out to eat. So this will be a must try! I actually just posted a tofu involved recipe on my blog and it's a pretty yummy dish!
http://hughesxs4.blogspot.com/2010/09/tofu-twist-on-baked-ziti.html
I LOVE your blog!!! Your are SOOOO inspiring to me and I look forward to reading about your happenings every morning!! Have a sparkling day!!

April said...

I have only cooked with tofu once, and that really wasn't cooking with it, I made a chocolate pie and it was delicious. I am not wanting to try this meal, although...not sure if I could get my hubby to try it. :) It looks yummy!

Mommy Elizabeth said...

So excited your back! Yummy dish, will try it this week! :-)

Anonymous said...

NieNie - I never comment, but I just saw the picture of you and Mr. Nielson and you look stunning! Gorgeous. Amazing. Hope it helps brighten your day.

Becky said...

I like to boil my tofu for 10 minutes before marinating it or doing anything else with it - helps it firm up. Maybe the same thing you do, just a different process?

CapireKate said...

YAY!!!!!! I am so excited to see you back in the kitchen & cooking, Nie!! Keep up the great work!

PS - This dish looks delicious. I will have to try it.

PSS - Your 7yr old begs for tofu. I am totally impressed.

Kim said...

Oohhh! I can't wait to try this. Thank you! I've made a lot of your recipes, Stephanie, and they have all been delicous.

You are amazing in every way.

Kim

Amy said...

I am soooo making this. It looks and sound delicious!

Nabi said...

Thanks for the recipe Nie,
Our childrens also love toffu but I don't know how to prepare it :-)
I will try this one.

e.day said...

i definitely need to learn the art of careful tofu making then! maybe that's why sometimes it tastes good and sometimes...it's interesting.

thanks for a great new recipe to try!

Tunes & Spoons said...

Oh nienie, that looks so yummy! How did the family like it? I'm sure we all know how Jane felt! I'm having friends over for dinner tonight and maybe I'll give it a try! The best feeling in the world is making dinner and seeing everyones smiling faces as they take it in. For me, when I see my husband John smile and give me a smooch because he likes what I made, I am in heaven. (we have been married for three months) Thank you for haring your beautiful life. Here is a little of mine...our two favorite things, music and food!

Tunesandspoons.blogspot.com

ivyjeanne said...

Looks SOOOO yummy! I canNOT wait to use the tofu in our fridge and whip this up. Thanks for sharing! I'm amazed that you put together meals like this on top of everything else -- I'm currently a working mother with just one little boy and I struggle to put a meal half this complicated on the table each night.

Rachel said...

So excited to see a new post! My boyfriend isn't a fan of tofu, but I bet it would be good with chicken too.

Clare said...

Nie-THis makes me wonder. Have you had coconut butter? The raw stuff in the jar? I like Artisana. I blame the coconut butter, and the coconut butter alone for adding 3 more pounds of junk in my trunk this year. But that's ok, because it's delicious. Have you tried it?

Nora said...

I'm with Jane -- tofu is the best. Can't wait to try this recipe!

Carin said...

So here is a thought for your 'what are we having for dinner' problem. Sit down with a blank calendar and just fill in what you are going to have every night for about four to six weeks. Shop a week at a time. When it comes time to make dinner, choose from one of the seven menu items for the week. Rearrange the menu as necessary. During your planning, make allowance for quick meals (can do in about five to ten minutes), plan a left-over day (if you are lucky enough to have leftovers), and take into account things already in the calendar (like special days, birthday menu items, or days so packed that there is no time for cooking--those are crock pot days). Just because you usually eat at dinner time, doesn't mean you can't prepare it @ 10 in the morning, or whenever you have time/energy. And if you are really inventive, you can begin keeping those menus on the computer in a menu file and you just pull up the month, make a few adjustments and voila, the menu is done.

simone said...

Sounds yummy (but I do love tofu)! I have another recipe in case you want to try another--it's called Broiled Tofu with Miso. Even my tofu-hating daughter likes it. Here it is on Epicurious:
http://bit.ly/PyWVq

The only thing is, I have substitutions (ahem, like everyone on Epicurious.) You need the miso paste that comes in the container. Use brown sugar instead of white. Use Mirin instead of sake. There. It's the EASIEST thing to cook I swear. So sweet and salty at the same time.

PS. I think you're awesome! I've been reading you for years and this is the first time I've commented but I just think you're the bee's knees.

Skye said...

It's so nice to see you post a recipe! :) I'm vegetarian but cook tofu maybe once a year because I'm not good at it. I'll have to give this a try, but with soy butter because I am allergic to peanuts!

julie b said...

i hate tofu but i love you. so i will try your recipe:)

Rachael said...

Oh, I'm so excited to see this. I start to run out of things to do with tofu...although tofu scramble is always a hit, even though my kids are a little suspicious of tofu sometimes. http://theppk.com/blog/2009/10/09/tof-u-and-tof-me-scrambled-tofu-revisited/

I totally recommend the avocado--it really elevates the whole thing!

Fire Wife Katie said...

Oooh - lime - what an interesting twist for the recipe!

Nicole Hernandez said...

I cook the tofu in a tiny bit of oil on high in the wok until it's browned and crispy on the outside. Then it works great! I've got a similar recipe to this one and another one for lettuce wraps. I'll send them to you if you like :-)

Anonymous said...

tofu cooked bad still tastes better than meat cooked bad. this recipe sounds dreamy! go tofu jane!

Anonymous said...

Your recipes are always so different! You have inspired a southern farmer's wife to cook something other then purple hull peas and corn tonight! (I just won't tell the crowd what they are eating....) ;)

Amy said...

This looks good and I'm about to make it but I can't figure out where the 2 tbls of soy sauce come in to play here...

I am Lorinda W- you can call me LoW said...

This looks great. I am SO trying it!

Reema Sukumaran said...

Dear Nie,
I haven't left a comment before... either, but you look lovely! Your new neck is such a testament to God's power and the gift of doctors. You are an inspiration! You are beautiful!

appledapple said...

First Nie, thanks for indulging your loyal fans with a recipe from you...your very generous! I loved the pic of you and Mr. Nielson, very, very pretty couple the two of you are.
To Carin, and I do know you meant your post with a sincere desire to help so I'm trying hard not to criticize, but unless your a burn victim...I don't think you can truly offer 'how to' advice to Nie. She's been there, done that, and really well...we all followed her blog pre-plane crash and admired her skills at organization (read the archives). Your so sweet to help, but please remember that it might be rubbing salt into real wounds.
Peace! I don't mean to start stirring the pot, just wanted to offer a perspective!

Carrie Stuart said...

This looks awesome! And I have everything on hand except the snow peas (a dinner miracle!) I know what you mean about the tofu. I live in Japan and the tofu here is incredible...made fresh daily. I wish I could get up the courage to ask (pantomime) a local at the market what I should buy, but for now I just order it at restaurants and buy the American stuff at the commissary since I can read the packaging. I've gotta change that.

Thanks to Simone, too for that link...I am SO making that. The miso in the tub is the best. Did you know that here there is half an aisle dedicated to different kinds of miso? Same with seaweed. And I can read NONE of it. *sigh*

Thanks for sharing dinner with us!

Debra W said...

This sounds interesting but I am sure that the best part about it, is the love that you add while you are cooking it.

As far as the naps go, I vote for you taking one. Your body is constantly working SO hard on healing that you need the extra rest. I have lived with a chronic pain condition for about eight years now, and as the mom of four energetic daughters, I have learned where and when to expend my own energy. Listen to your body. If you need to take a nap, pizza or take-out will work just fine. As long as there is something on the table to eat, everyone will be happy because you will be happier. I'm just a mom giving mom advice, but you have to accept your limitations before you will be able to flourish.

Take good care and thanks for the new recipe!

Lorena said...

It looks great and I saw your most recent post with the picture of you and the Mr. You two look wonderful. Thanks for sharing! I love reading everyday!

Lorena said...

Thanks for sharing! It looks great! Also, I love the picture of you and the Mr. You both look wonderful and happy. I just love reading your blog everyday!!

Anonymous said...

IVE NEVER HAD TOFU BUT U HAVE SPARKED MY INTEREST SO I WILL TRY.OH AND IF U TAKE A QUICK SHOWER,OR WASH UR FACE AND PERFUME OR SOMETHING U LOVE AND A LITTLE MUSIC ---THIS RITUAL WILL HELP U WITH THE AFTER NAP CRANKY FEELING. TRY IT IT WORKS--SHOWER , AROMATHERAPY AND MUSIC--then start dinner!!!I hope it works for u!!!

kelly said...

looks yummy although i don't like tofu, it's a texture thing i think but i bet i could use chicken?!
love the picture of you and mr. neilson at the san diego temple. my daughter got married there july 24th, i would have loved to have seen you there!!

Anonymous said...

Yay, thanks for posting a tofu recipe! I've been vegetarian for a couple years. I'm currently on a tofu kick and I love it when meat-eaters admit to liking too!

Stephanie said...

Steph -- I LOVE bok choy as well!! And I am going to try your recipe. But not often or my hips will pop out of my pants!!!

Sounds yum!!

Incidentally -- you can speed up your tofu prep by putting the cubes on a microwaveable plate w the paper towel and cook 1 minute on each side, changing towel between the cooking. Also -- I prep a LOT at once and use thru the week - try marinating in SoyVay (from TraderJoe's) or other terikyaki sauce and putting on skewers, bbq for a few min. Soooo yum!

kelli said...

can you believe i've been veg over almost two years and never cooked tofu? this recipe has me tempted...

i hear you on being grumpy after naps. 15 minute cat-nap leaves me refreshed - anything longer and i'm miz.=)

xoxo

Nisha said...

Sounds divine! Not sure the hubs would be too excited for tofu. Would love to hear if anyone tries this with chicken.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Yummo looks fabulous! I love it all and will have to try it soon.You inspire me Stephanie U Rock! Your family is beautiful and so are you.~Blessings Kim

Carolyn said...

Nie

You need to write a cookbook. I love your recipes and your writing rocks .

Carolyn x

Anonymous said...

I'm not wild about tofu, but will work on improving my tofu-eating aversion.

I just wanted to say that I read your blog 'most every day and I think very highly of you. I wish you the absolute best life has to offer. You are a beautiful person.

Lisa said...

I love Asian recipes and I love tofu so I'll have to try this one. Plus, I've been on the lookout for vegetarian recipes and this sounds like a keeper.

Anonymous said...

Is that different Page, I thought your sister Page had only one little girl?

Linda P. said...

It has been a while since I cooked with tofu, but I think the time has come to do it again! Thank you for posting this recipe. I love you and your family and so look forward to reading about you every day. Biggest of hugs to you.

Lauren said...

I have the same question as Moogie about the bok choy -- you just use the stems in this recipe? I've never cooked with it before.

Irene said...

I don't know how to reach you, other than through this particular blog (your others don't have a comments section, do they?), but I would just like you to know that you should not feel so ashamed of the carpet cleaner having seen you naked. Your body is only a shell, and nobody knows that better than you do. You let people see your heart and your soul every day, and, to me, that it a different form of nakedness, but one in which you need never be ashamed. Not everyone can say that, you know. If I were you, I would take comfort in that fact, and then laugh this other thing off. You didn't do anything wrong, and besides, the carpet cleaner is probably more embarrassed than you are! I promise you, if you ever run into this man again, he is going to see Stephanie the survivor, not Stephanie the naked. Look him in the eye and be proud.
Love, Irene

Anonymous said...

Hi Nie -
Thanks for this good sounding recipe -I'm going to give it a try this week. I'm always looking for new tofu recipes to try, since as you indicated it is hard to make tasty ones. I'm passing one of my fave tofu recipes on to you -http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/lemony-chickpea-stirfry-recipe.html.
Only word of caution, watch out that you don't add too much lemon. I've made this with success and without success due to adding extra lemon (which I usually love) - make sure to salt the chickpeas well too when cooking. And adding cashews to the top is a must! (Also, good served over rice) - Take Care!