Celebrate The Versatility Of Soy

Soyfoods are versatile ingredients in everyday cooking. Soyfoods are enjoyed by those who follow vegetarian and vegan diets, as soy is an excellent non-animal protein source. The different consistencies and textures of soyfoods mean they can replace other ingredients with ease. They also readily take on the flavors of other ingredients.

Many Asian-inspired meals rely on soyfoods, including this dish for “Tofu Cauliflower Fried Rice” from “Vegan Cooking for Beginners” (Publications International, Ltd.) by the PIL editors.

Tofu Cauliflower Fried Rice
Makes 4 servings

3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger or ginger paste, divided
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 package (14 to 16 ounces) firm tofu, drained
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 yellow or sweet onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1⁄2 cup frozen peas
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 package (12 ounces) frozen cauliflower rice
1 green onion, thinly sliced

1. Whisk soy sauce, 1 tablespoon ginger, sesame oil, brown sugar, and vinegar in small bowl. Place tofu in quart-size resealable food storage bag. Pour marinade over tofu. Seal bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Turn to coat tofu with marinade. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

2. Drain tofu, reserving marinade. Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in large skillet over high heat. Add tofu, stir-fry 3 to 5 minutes or until edges are browned. Transfer to bowl.

3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in same skillet. Add yellow onion and carrot; stir-fry 2 minutes or until softened. Add peas, garlic and remaining 1 teaspoon ginger; cook 2 minutes or until peas are hot. Add frozen cauliflower rice and 1⁄4 cup reserved marinade; stir-fry 5 minutes or until heated through. Return tofu to skillet; stir-fry until heated through. Top with green onion.

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