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Zucchini Tofu Recipe Recipe

Zucchini Tofu Recipe

09.10.13 by Jackie

This tofu stir fry dish is a staple in our home and I make it at least once a month. It's quick to prepare, flavorful and packed with fresh green vegetables. I pan-fried tofu pieces and tossed them with onions and zucchini slices in a thick sauce (I used tapioca starch as the thickening agent).

My parents are excited to spend time with little Aria this month; they haven't seen her since she was 11 months old. I've been so busy these past few days wrapping up work and packing for our trip to Paris, that I completely forgot about picking our vegetables. There have been beautiful zucchini waiting to be harvested and I was so excited to be able to cook with them. So it was a real bummer this morning when I found wilted, unusable zucchini flowers. I still harvested the large zucchini and prepared it with tofu. It's not an elaborate meal but it's tasty and nutritious. 


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Vietnamese Shrimp in Caramel Sauce (Tom Kho Recipe) Recipe

This evening, I finished preparing dinner but realized everything was vegetarian. And if you think like me, vegetarian food is good but it's still lacking one thing. What's missing, you might ask? I looked at our dining table and I immediately knew what would make dinner complete: a dish of shrimp.

I had one pound of small shrimp begging to be cooked. So in less than 30 minutes, I whipped up some tôm kho, which is Vietnamese for shrimp in caramel sauce. The key is the amber-color sauce cooked with coconut soda (if you're lucky and have fresh coconut water, it would taste even better), onion, garlic and a hint of good quality nước mắm (fish sauce). Even though the most of my family are vegetarians, if cooked properly, the scent of this seafood dish doesn't bother them.


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Asparagus and Zucchini Tofu Recipe Recipe

This tofu stir fry dish is a staple in our home and I make it at least one a month. It's quick to prepare, flavorful and packed with fresh green vegetables. 

The preparation is always more or less the same. In this version, pan-seared tofu pieces (or leftover cooked chicken breasts) are tossed with previously cooked zucchini and baby asparagus in maple syrup, chipotle garlic sauce and soy sauce. At the end, I added onions wedges and turned the heat off; the residual heat in the dish finished cooking the onions while keeping them juicy, sweet and crunchy.


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Bo Hanh Huong Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Rolls) Recipe

Vietnamese beef rolls, called bò hành hương, are typically considered a festive dish. We had a lot of guests over last week and I decided to serve this Vietnamese beef specialty as the main course for my buffet party menu. The name translates to "onion scented beef", and that is an apt description. The authentic version would use green onions, but I didn't have any, so I substituted thin wedges of regular onions for the filling. It didn't alter the main flavor of the dish.

And since people eat with their eyes first, I made sure the presentation of the rolls was inviting. I served them on a bed of lettuce with slices of citrus from our garden.


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Cauliflower Tofu Stir Fry Recipe Recipe

Our favorite tofu company, Vinh Khang Tofu, has just opened a new location in San Jose, close to King road in Sunset plaza. We visited the shop and stocked up on loads of freshly pressed tofu for the week.

I used some of it to make this crispy yet still fluffy tofu with cauliflower. I've prepared tofu so many times over the years that I bet I could prepare a tofu stir fry dish with my eyes closed. I must admit though, that I've never tried it with cauliflower, and I have to say that I really like how it turned out. The cauliflower softened nicely and provided a nice contrast to the crispiness of the tofu. Definitely worth a try!


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