Tofu is a great alternative to meat. It marinates well, and takes on any flavor you cook it in. Tofu wonderful lightly pan fried and can be adapted in any cuisine. I love to add this with steamed broccoli and rice.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) block of pressed firm or extra firm tofu

2 scallions

1 tsp. pickled ginger

2 cloves of garlic; minced

1 tbsp. hoisin sauce

Sesame seeds- for garnish

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

2 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. flax-seed

Preparation:

Take the tofu and drain all the water. Take a few paper towels and gently wrap the tofu and squeeze out any extra water. Turn the tofu in its side and cut into 4 even pieces.

Peel and mince the garlic. Wash and cut the scallions into thin slices.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the ginger, hoisin, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and flax-seed. Set aside.

Heat a sauté pan on medium high. Add the olive oil and lightly pan fry the tofu until lightly golden, about 5 minutes on each side. Add the sauce to the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until thickened.

Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions, and serve.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and happy cooking!

xoxo- Julie