I love asian food like a college kid loves pay-day. Sweet teriyaki sauce, fresh green onions, stir-fried vegetables, chow mein, potstickers, dumplings - all that jazz is my jam. I love authentic, family-owned restaurants that serve home-cooked meals.
And I love Trader Joe's for supplying me with all the ingredients I need to make those dishes at home. Bet you didn't see that one coming.
How do you enjoy an authentic asian dish at home when...
- You're not asian
- Neither are your parents
- You're crunched on time
- You're short on cash
You go to Trader Joe's. That place can solve just about any problem I'll ever have. In fact, I should just write a whole post about why I love it so much. So I'll start talking about the actual food now.
The tofu - I've cooked this brand before and LOVED it. I bought the original savory flavor and paired with some roasted beets and spinach. Simple, savory, stupidly good.
The vegetables - If you have the time to chop fresh ones, always do that. Always. If you don't have time, something like this will do. Throw them in the pan for a few minutes and they char up perfectly.
The brown rice - (below) I can't remember the last time my family actually cooked brown rice. We keep a few boxes of these pre-cooked, frozen bags on hand and pop them in the microwave whenever we're ready to eat!
I felt like I was back at school when I made this dish - I had it all planned out, I was short on time, and I was cooking only for myself. Not being able to share it with anyone was a little sad because I wanted someone to agree with me about how KILLER it was. I mean, my mom was sitting with me but wasn't eating yet. I explained it all to her so that she could taste vicariously through my description...
- Crispy, hearty tofu
- Crunchy, juicy vegetables
- Nutty, satisfying brown rice
How unacceptable would it be to make this again for lunch and dinner tomorrow?
I may as well get used to it - school starts in two weeks and, with my schedule, I'll be mastering the art of fast, healthy cooking in no time.
Makes 2 bowls
1 pkg. Trader Joe's Organic Baked Teriyaki Tofu
1 cup cooked brown rice (check out Trader Joe's microwave brand)
2 bunches of spinach
2 cups Trader Joe's Asian vegetable Stir-Fry
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped green onion, optional
Sweet chili sauce, tamari, teriyaki sauce for garnish
- Start by thinly slicing and dicing the blocks of tofu for quicker cooking. If needed, chop some of the veggies into smaller pieces, as well.
- Heat a large pan over medium heat and immediately coat with the sesame oil. After another minute, throw in the garlic and let it brown but not burn. Toss the vegetables and tofu in at the same time.
- Stir about 2 minutes to prevent burning and add the spinach. Turn the heat off so that it stays warm while you cook the rice.
- Place 1 bag of brown rice in a flat dish and poke a few holes in the top. Microwave for 3 minutes and then carefully pour the rice into another bowl or a tupperware container for storage.
- Place 1/2 cup of brown rice in each bowl for serving and divide the stir-fried veggies and tofu evenly between the two bowls. Top with green onion and additional sauce, if using.
Did you try this one? How'd it go? Tell me more below - leave a comment, email me, and tag me and #hungryhaley on Instagram!