28 February 2011

General Tso's Tofu + Veggie Fried Rice

general tso tofu veggie fried rice

So. Flipping. AWESOME! 

General Tso's Tofu + Veggie Fried Rice

What's in it?
Veggie Fried Rice [loosely adapted from these two recipes]
Veggie free for all! Choose your favorites!
I used the following:
4oz peas
4-8oz sliced mushrooms
1 cup baby carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup mung bean sprouts
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 free range, organic eggs
4 cups brown or white rice
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds for topping
Freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt (if desired)

Fabulous Fried Tofu 
1 pkg extra firm tofu
1 whisked egg
1 shallow dish of corn starch for light dredging
General Tso's sauce of your choice (I gravitate towards the all-natural ones!)
1-2 teaspoons of olive oil

Brontosaurus chefs for the tofu, use vegan egg replacer or a flax egg
T-rex chefs Pretty please use the tofu, but you have my permission to shrimp it up if desired!


Get Cooking!
Veggie Fried Rice
Cook rice as per usual (in a pot or rice cooker).  Heat a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Saute onion, carrots, and mushrooms for 5 minutes or until tender.  If using frozen peas, cook along with onions and carrots, if using cooked peas, add after 5 minutes of cooking.  Next add your garlic into the pan and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Add egg and bean sprouts if desired.  Then, add rice to the mix and stir constantly.  Mix in your soy sauce and seasonings, tasting as you go. Pour into a bowl and set aside as you get ready to chow down!

Fab Fried Tofu
Press extra moisture out by placing a heavy pot or pan on a paper towel wrapped brick of extra firm tofu.  Next, dip in egg wash and lightly dredge in corn starch.  Heat a frying pan with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil and lightly fry tofu on all sides.  Once golden, pour in a light layer of General Tso's Sauce to coat.  Plate tofu with your delish fried rice and enjoy =)


So, How was it?
Amazing! Frying the tofu in egg and very little oil gave it this awesome french-toast-esque crust that had me running back to the store to buy more tofu.  Believe it or not -- this was my first time cooking tofu by myself!  And I love that it came out just as fabulous as my favorite restaurant's tofu!  The rice was super flavorful and had so many veggies in it that I felt super satisfied.  Color? CHECK! Variety? Check! Delish Flavorful Veggies? DOUBLE CHECK! This one's going to wind up on the weekly menu again super soon.
  
This recipe makes 4 servings.  You know what that means...
Leftovers!!!


If you're feeling feisty -- try the General Tso's Tofu with my Quinoa Fried Rice!



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72 comments:

  1. awesome tofu?! i'm going to have to come to your house and try it! not a big fan of tofu but i have to say it looks pretty yummy on top of that rice!

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  2. That looks awesome!!!! Yum!!

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  3. Oh my goodness this looks delish! I am definitely making this soon!

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  4. This looks so yummy!! Anything with fried rice and I'm in!

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  5. You do such a good job making your food look so pretty, Im not sure I like tofu, but you make it look yumm!!! <3

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  6. Mmh...everything looks so delicious! I have to admit, I never tried tofu...not sure I'd like it...might have to give it a try! xxx

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  7. I can never cook tofu right! I'm going to try this recipe it looks delicious!

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  8. Yay! I'm so glad you shared this recipe because the photos you shared this weekend were too delicious not too :)

    Hope you're having a great Monday!

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  9. Veggie fried rice! Totally. But second would be pork. or shrimp. hmm... I could go on!

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  10. This looks delicious! My stomach is growling. I like shrimp fried rice. Eeks!! ; )

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  11. Me too Megan! Its my second fav =)

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  12. yummy!!! I've actually tried freezing my tofu to get it to the right consistency...it worked pretty well!

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  13. Yumm Looks really really good. Now i am hungry again.

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  14. YUM!! I so need to try cooked tofu. Ive never had it because I am terrified lol, but everyone always says it is so amazing!

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  15. I love love love tofu this looks sooo good@!@#$%^

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  16. Oh crap- I posted possibly my only photographed recipe like two days ago. Well, I'll still come by and read all of the links tomorrow haha :)
    This looks tasty, I better go make dinner!
    Meri

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  17. That tofu looks SO crispy and delicious!

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  18. I am seriously afraid of tofu. BUT, this looks really yummy...hmmmm maybe I could give it a try?

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  19. yummmmmyyyyyy!!!! I miss you friend, I know it's my turn, I fail and am a bad friend!

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  20. What a great recipe for tofu! My husband would probably even try this ... making asap! :)

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  21. Not a tofu fan....texture issue. I should just get over it but I'm having a hard time. :)

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  22. That looks amazing. I love tofu, I try to limit how much I eat but I can't resist this. YUM!

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  23. I've never had tofu friend but I'm sure it will be my new favorite thing now that I am a veggy only girl (no meat for me!)

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  24. Yum! That sounds really good. I recently baked tofu until the sides were crispy and dry and that was addictive.

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  25. That looks great! I used to buy tofu, but never really knew what to do with it. I bet I would enjoy this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Those are beeeautiful! Oh my gosh! What perfect-looking tofu!

    I've never been much for fried rice but I don't think i coudl turn yours down ;)

    <3
    n

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  27. oh, girl - WHERE did you get that pepper dish / bowl?? SO cute I need to have one. (I love peppers..)

    I am definitely making this tofu! it looks amazing.

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  28. Looks delicious! Love tofu! I just wish it was available where I live.

    Now your latest follower!
    Rambles with Reese

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  29. I was so surprised to learn that I really like tofu. I'll definitely try your recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

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  30. I love General Tso's Tofu. It's so yummy, and it's easy to make too. I never would have thought to dredge it with the egg though. I like the way you think lady.

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  31. Dude I'm not a fan of tofu but I can so do that. Looks good.

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  32. yum!! i love tofu, so i just might have to make something similar to this!

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  33. The rice looks amazing. I can't wait to try it out myself!

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  34. Now you know I'm excited to try this one! =)

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  35. NUMMY! cant wait to try it :)

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  36. That looks SO good. I've been searching for creative ways to eat tofu lately -- and this looks amazing. Not to mention that we could honestly live off of fried rice in our house. Never gets old!

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  37. I am going to have to try this. I have a goal of eating vegetarian at least two nights a week so this would be a great dinner for us!

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  38. That looks like the aged dashi tofu my daughter and I get at a sushii restaurant - I love that the outside texture is a bit crunchy, but still so tender on the inside - and I have tofu in my fridge!

    Guess what I will be making for my lunch tomorrow?!

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  39. That looks so good! I need to try it. I never know how to cook my tofu!

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  40. I want to like tofu, but it gives me the creeps! When I eat Chinese food (which is rare, I only like it from one restaurant), I normally go for vegetables in a szechuan sauce. Mmmmm! Mike and I have tried to replicate it at home with no luck!

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  41. Daaaaaaamn girl, that tofu sounds pro... I've totally got this bookmarked! :D

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  42. Holy shit, this looks amazing.
    Like, super amazing.
    Like, eat it until I barf amazing.

    http://glamkittenslitterbox.blogspot.com/
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  43. That looks great! I had Pineapple Fried Rice once...that was the bomb!!!

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  44. I'm not a big Chinese or Asian food lover, but I do love me some tofu and fried rice. So this recipe is in my favorites now for sure! :)

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  45. Ug. I wanted to make "fried" rice SO bad last night but guess who had no instant rice and ZERO time to wait for the uncooked kind. Needless to say my craving was not met!! At least tonight I can stop and pick up some rice!

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  46. That looks awesome! Yum!!!!!

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  47. Yum, this looks awesome! I hardly ever see Tofu recipes. I only know how to cook it one way so this will be a nice change :) Thanks so much for sharing. Can't wait to try it!! Happy Tuesday.
    ~Mary

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  48. Mmmm! I bookmarked this recipe. I'm always looking for ways to sneak more tofu into Sexy Nerd's diet. One day, he's going to realize that he likes tofu. Really!

    Btw, I also have a fried tofu recipe: http://lambaround.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-salad-has-secret.html

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  49. I love tofu but usually just make it as a basic stir fry with broccoli and soy sauce. This looks like a great way to mix things up.

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  50. Mmm, I have tofu in the fridge...will be trying that tomorrow!

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  51. Mmm, I love fried tofu, but I've never actually made it myself! Must change that!

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  52. This really looks good. I'm anxious to give it a try. Come join me for What's On the Menu Wednesday whenever you can:) Have a great week.

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  53. this look so yummy! Thanks for sharing this at my party

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  54. Oh, that looks amazing!!! I shouldn't be clicking on the recipe links at 11:30 pm. :s Hungry now!

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. Have fun finding a a few good reads, and I hope you'll visit Serenity Now again soon. :)

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  55. Yum! How did I miss this recipe on your website before? I am trying the fried tofu this week!!

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  56. Yum! How did I miss this recipe on your website before? I am trying the fried tofu this week!!

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  57. this look so yummy! Thanks for sharing this at my party

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  58. Mmm, I love fried tofu, but I've never actually made it myself! Must change that!

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  59. Dude I'm not a fan of tofu but I can so do that. Looks good.

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  60. I was so surprised to learn that I really like tofu. I'll definitely try your recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

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  61. Those are beeeautiful! Oh my gosh! What perfect-looking tofu!

    I've never been much for fried rice but I don't think i coudl turn yours down ;)

    <3
    n

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  62. That looks great! I used to buy tofu, but never really knew what to do with it. I bet I would enjoy this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. That looks amazing. I love tofu, I try to limit how much I eat but I can't resist this. YUM!

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  64. I am seriously afraid of tofu. BUT, this looks really yummy...hmmmm maybe I could give it a try?

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  65. I love love love tofu this looks sooo good@!@#$%^

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  66. Yumm Looks really really good. Now i am hungry again.

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  67. Yay! I'm so glad you shared this recipe because the photos you shared this weekend were too delicious not too :)

    Hope you're having a great Monday!

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  68. This looks so yummy!! Anything with fried rice and I'm in!

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