Stir-Fry Broccoli & Baked Tofu

Sides, Vegetarian | August 22, 2016 | By

I am seriously crazy for broccoli and tofu — two of my most favorite duos, especially in this super easy vegetarian stir-fry dish!  Deputy Foodie Damien whipped it up for this week’s blog post so you can prepare this awesome recipe any day of the week.  The baked tofu has a great firm texture and is so much healthier than the deep-fried version.  I honestly could eat this entire portion myself! (Sucks for my hubbie)!   

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Stir-Fry Broccoli & Baked Tofu
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz.) block of extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 small bunches broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Thai chili pepper, chopped (seeded for less heat)
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cooked white or brown rice
Instructions
  1. To bake tofu: Place entire block of tofu in a toaster oven at 275 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes until brown on outside. Remove and let cool. Cut tofu into bite-sized squares and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy wok on medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add in chili peppers and chopped broccoli and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add hoisin sauce and tofu to coat, and stir-fry another 5 minutes until broccoli is just tender. Stir in pinch of salt to taste.
  3. Serve with a side of steamed white or brown rice.

 

Spicy Baked Shrimp Balls

Starters | August 15, 2016 | By

I served these spicy baked shrimp balls at a recent dinner party I hosted and they were gobbled up before I could fill up a second cocktail! In addition to the mighty potent libations, these little apps were a major hit! They require very little prep time and are baked, not fried, meaning low calories but with plenty of flavor! Serve them with store-bought sweet chili sauce for dipping. These babies truly are to die for!

Spicy Baked Shrimp Balls
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3 Thai chili peppers, seeded and chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 green onions, chopped (green parts only)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • Sweet chili sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place shrimp in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium heat and sauté garlic, shallots, and peppers until translucent, about 3 minutes. Transfer veggies to a bowl to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, add to the shrimp the egg whites, bread crumbs, green onion, cilantro, salt, chili peppers, and lime juice. When veggies have cooled, add to the mixture and combine all ingredients well.
  4. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Working in batches, form 1-inch balls with the shrimp mixture and place in rows on the baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Spray tops of the shrimp balls with cooking spray before putting in the oven. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Set oven to broil and brown the tops of the shrimp balls, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with a side of sweet chili dipping sauce.
Notes
Can be made ahead a day in advance. Refrigerate overnight.