Peanut Tofu Broccoli Bowl

This dish is magical. This is the first time I cooked tofu on my own. And the first time I served it to my husband. And he liked it. 

Oh, and it's easy to make. 

I had never cooked tofu before a couple years ago when I made this dish. I have a coworker who follows a vegan diet. While I have always considered myself adventurous in the kitchen, she has introduced me to all kinds of new things...cooking tofu is one of them. 

I had my hesitations about making a dish with tofu for my husband but knowing that he's good about trying just about anything, I gave it a whirl. To my delight, he liked it. 

I won't lie to you and say that this is one of the meals he begs to to make but when I do make it, he goes back for seconds and will even take in leftovers for lunch. I call that a success in my book. 

I love this one-dish meal because it is full of plant-based goodness and nutrition. The peanut butter and tofu provide healthy fat along with some protein and the broccoli gives you a dose of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, and phytonutrients...just to name a few. 

If you've never cooked with tofu before, know that it turns out best if you press out some of the liquid before cooking it. The best way I have found to do this is by cutting the block of tofu into 8 pieces and laying them on several layers of paper towel. Allow them to sit for at least 20 minutes and then blot the tops of the pieces with more paper towel to get out any last bit of liquid. Cut tofu into desired pieces. 

Peanut Tofu Broccoli Bowl

Makes 4 servings

1/2 package (5 oz) lo mein or udon noodles

2 cups broccoli florets

1 package firm or extra firm tofu, drained and cubed (see note in post)

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

2-3 garlic cloves, minces

Dash of red pepper flakes (optional, use more or less to taste)

1 tabelespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup water

1. Heat oil over medium heat. Add cubed tofu. Cook tofu until lightly browned on all sides; about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

2. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package instructions. 

3. Steam broccoli either on the stovetop or in microwave by placing broccoli in a microwave0safe bowl filled with 1-inch of water and loosely covering it with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. 

4. Make sauce by combining peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, and water in a small nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until peanut butter is melted and ingredients are well combined. 

5. Add broccoli, noodles, and sauce to the tofu and toss to combine.