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Coconut Quinoa Tamari Tofu and Vegetables
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Author: Lisa Lin

Coconut Quinoa with Tamari Tofu and Vegetables

Tamari-baked tofu and stir-fry vegetables balance the rich flavors of coconut-infused quinoa. Makes 4-5 Servings.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins

Ingredients

Baked Tofu

  • 1 14-ounce package of extra-firm tofu
  • 3 TBS tamari sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • sesame seeds, optional

Coconut Quinoa

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 and 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 3 TBS chopped fresh cilantro

Vegetable Stir-Fry

  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced yellow onions
  • a few slices of fresh ginger
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 medium summer squash, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots

Instructions

  • Open the package of tofu and drain all the water. Wrap the block of tofu with several paper towels and place it on a plate. Put another plate on top of the wrapped tofu, and weigh the top plate down with something heavy, such as cans of beans or a sack of sugar or flour. Set the tofu aside for about 20 minutes. You are trying to absorb most of the moisture from the tofu so that it doesn't turn too soggy when baked.
  • In a small pot, bring the water and coconut milk to boil. Add a pinch of salt to the pot. Once the liquid boils, turn the heat down to medium-low and add the quinoa. Let it cook for about 20 minutes or until all the water evaporates. After you turn off the heat, cover the pot with the lid and let the quinoa sit for another 15 minutes. This helps make the quinoa more fluffy.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F (176º C). Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Remove the paper towels from the tofu, and cut the tofu block into 16-20 pieces. In a medium sized-bowl, mix the tamari, sesame oil, brown sugar, and granulated garlic together. Place the tofu pieces in the marinade. Make sure that all sides are covered with the liquid and let it sit for about 15 minutes. After the tofu has marinaded, bake for about 12-15 minutes. Top with sesame seeds if you like.
  • In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Once the pan is hot, add the onions and ginger. When the onions start to brown, add the sliced zucchini, summer squash and red pepper. Cook the vegetables for a few minutes and add the shredded carrots. I like adding the shredded carrots last so they don't overcook. Season the vegetables with the leftover tamari marinade and salt.
  • Mix the cooked quinoa in a large bowl with lime juice and cilantro. Serve the quinoa with the baked tofu and vegetables.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.
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