I have been OBSESSED with tofu recently. It’s definitely a texture thing, I don’t know what it is about the pillowy soft squares, but I just could eat them all day long.
Since I haven’t really cooked with tofu much, I have been scouring the internet for ideas on how to use it. Um, can I just say that I am embarrassed now that I needed ideas, this little square of goodness can literally be used in everything.
After seeing all that could be done with this magical food I stocked up. Like to the point that my boyfriend thinks I have a slight problem. There is enough tofu in my refrigerator right now to feed a small army. But I’m someone who HATES running to the store because I don’t have an ingredient (maybe I’m just trying to justify my hoarding).
Let me share with you the most bomb (is that still a cool word?) recipe I found. It’s so good that as I’m writing this I am thinking about how many more times I will make this dish in the next 3 days. I may have a slight addiction.
Best thing about this recipe?! It’s totally guilt-free! It has delish ingredients that are so good for you.
Let’s start with the Manuka honey, this baby is loaded LOADED with antioxidants. If you’ve read our recipe for Ginger Cookies with Manuka Honey, you know that Manuka honey is linked to immune boosting benefits. In fact, Manuka honey is made by a particular honey Bee in New Zealand, that feeds off the Manuka bush. Wonder how they got their name? This honey is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the whole wide world. There so many different ways Manuka honey is used, ranging from healing sore throats and digestive illnesses, to curing Staph infections and gingivitis. WOW! Right!?
Secondly you’ll be using garlic, and if you’ve read our recipe for Curry Roasted Salmon or Hot and Sour Soup then you will know that we love Garlic. But, more importantly, we love what Garlic does for us! First of all, and it definitely keeps the vampires away. But it also does a whole S&%T ton of other amazing things. Garlic is literally anti everything bad, it’s antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, and antiviral. Learn more about this key ingredient that can keep you healthy here.
You’ll be topping your delicious meal with some nice and crunchy sesame seeds, and these are a wealth of goodness! They have the ability to prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, prevent a wide variety of cancers, build strong bones, protect against radiation, increase heart health, help cure sleep disorders, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, boost respiratory health, strengthen your oral health, aid in healthy growth, improve circulation, detoxify the body, and eliminate depression and chronic stress. That was a mouthful!
Lastly, let’s give it up for good ole’ tofu *hands silently clapping*. I am OK with my obsession with tofu, and let me tell you why. Because it is basically making me look younger by the second. Who doesn’t want that?! A TON of studies have shown that increasing consumption of plant-based proteins like tofu, decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease. It also promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight. Um, yes please!!
So, eating this delicious dish also makes you a better person from the inside out. And, some days, that’s truly what I strive for.
*To make this dish vegan simply switch out the Manuka honey with maple syrup.
Honey Sriracha Tofu
A quick and delicious HEALTHY dinner packed with nutrients.
- 14 ounce block medium firm, firm, or extra firm tofu
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 4 tablespoons sriracha sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Braggs liquid amigos
- 3 tablespoons Manuka honey
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or other neutral oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 scallion finely chopped
- Step 1 Drain tofu and wrap in paper towel to remove excess water. Slice tofu into about 1-inch cubes.
- Step 2 Mix garlic, sriracha, soy sauce, honey and vinegar together with a fork to break up the firm Manuka honey, and get all ingredients combined nicely, set aside.
- Step 3 Heat a medium skillet or sauce pan over high heat and add vegetable oil, when the oil is hot, (like, almost smoking) add tofu cubes. Frying on each side for 2-3 minutes without touching or tossing too much (they will fall apart), until golden brown.
- Step 4 Add sriracha/honey sauce and gently coat tofu cubes. Cook for an additional 3 minutes on medium heat.
- Step 5 Remove from heat and top with sesame oil and sesame seeds. Gently give it one last gentle stir to evenly coat tofu cubes and serve topped with scallions.