Vegan Yum Yum Broccoli Almond Sweet-And-Sour Tofu
Even though I got a new cookbook last weekend, there was still one recipe from Vegan Yum Yum I was wanting to make before I got into the next book. If you can find it, good vegan Chinese takeout is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, we don’t have local vegan restaurant options so when I saw this recipe for takeout-style sweet-and-sour tofu and broccoli, I knew it would be a hit. I was a little bit nervous about making the pan-fried tofu because I honestly haven’t pan-fried anything in years, probably since college. I know it’s not difficult, it’s just that the thought of hot oil burns is a little off-putting! Luckily, I survived without any scars to show and it was absolutely delicious. In fact, I think this was my favorite recipe that I’ve made in a long time!
I wouldn’t say that it was necessarily quick, because there are a few different parts to is such as pressing, cutting, and breading the tofu, steaming the broccoli, making the sauce, frying the tofu, and putting it all together, but it was still a very easy recipe to follow and worth the time. I followed the recipe as closely as possible, but I had to make a couple of changes to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand. First, the sauce calls for ketchup, which I was out of, so I used a plain tomato sauce I had leftover in my refrigerator in its place. Since I didn’t have the sliced almonds the recipe called for I put whole raw almonds through the coffee grinder gently so that I had almond pieces. The only other change I made really isn’t a change at all, but in the cookbook the recipe is shown served over a bed of rice and I instead useda leftover quinoa.
If you have Vegan Yum Yum I highly recommend making this delicious “take-out” (recipe on page 41), maybe even in the place of a restaurant meal or two! Tonight I decided that I have developed a husband-based 5 point rating system for my cooking. It’s only a 1 if he holds a conversation and finishes the meal with a few bites left on his plate. A 2, he maintains conversation, finishes his plateful, but doesn’t ask about seconds. If it’s a 3 he barely talks, finishes everything on his plate and asks if there is more. A 4, he doesn’t talk, finishes the first serving, round two, and then licks the plate. Now, a 5 star meal is when he does all mentioned in 4, including plate-licking, and then steals food from the baby. This Sweet-and-Sour Broccoli and Tofu was a 4 at the very least! Hope everyone had a great weekend filled with fabulous food and adventures!