This quick dish gets a smoky flavor boost from packaged pregrilled tofu. Like most fried rice dishes, leftovers are even better the next day.
2 teaspoons roasted peanut oil
2 teaspoons bottled minced ginger
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 (9.2-ounce) package original grilled tofu (such as Marjon), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut, toasted
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 cups coarsely chopped bok choy (about 1 large head)
1 1/2 cups frozen cut green beans, thawed
1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted cashews, salted
2 cups chilled cooked jasmine or basmati rice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 lime wedges
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and next 3 ingredients; sauté 3 minutes. Add coconut and brown sugar; cook 1 minute. Push tofu mixture to one side of pan. Add egg to empty side of pan; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until soft-scrambled.
Add bok choy, green beans, and cashews, and cook 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice and soy sauce, and cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with lime wedges.
Note: The rice for this recipe was prepared ahead and chilled overnight. It was cooked in the microwave according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Use 2/3 cup uncooked rice and 1 1/3 cups water to get a 2-cup yield of cooked rice. If you have any kind of leftover cooked rice from another meal, you may substitute it for the jasmine rice, if desired.
I don't know if it is "worthy of a special occasion" or not...isn't exactly my style for such events, but delicious recipe! My husband ate seconds, and he was quite nervous about putting tofu in his mouth. My 4 year old was in a negative mood, but I think he would like it otherwise. My 2 year old ate most of hers, came to steal mine, then went back to hers. :0) Yummy!
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