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Healthy & Delicious: Sweet and Spicy Tofu

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Unlike some ardent carnivores, who tend to dislike its texture and seeming lack of flavor, I’ve never had a problem with tofu. My friend Heather introduced me to bean curd in college, and while I rarely seek it out, we’ve always been on friendly terms.

Recently, I’ve been thinking of going vegetarian for a month (just for kicks) and would like to incorporate some tofu into my diet. There won’t be anything crazy—no tofundue or from-scratch tofurkies—but a stir-fry or two couldn’t hurt. Unfortunately, having virtually zero experience preparing the stuff, I need to get on my game.

So, Saturday night, I hit up All Recipes for the best rated, most idiot-proof tofu recipe I could find. Hot and Spicy Tofu fit the bill, not least because it was submitted by a site member named RitalinCindy. “Hey,” I thought to myself, “if RitalinCindy can do this, I should be OK.”

Based on reviewer suggestions, I halved the pepper flakes, added a little honey, and pressed the tofu itself beforehand, to get rid of some of the moisture and make it easier to stir-fry. (Changes reflected below.) The result was more sweet-n-spicy than hot-n-spicy, but delicious nonetheless. Paired with rice, it’d make a faboo weekday meal, and might even trick some anti-tofu friends into accepting bean curd into their hearts.

Of course, if they’re hardcore meat eaters, chicken or pork could be swapped in seamlessly here. Y’know, just in case.

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