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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Orange Tofu and Grandbaby ultrasound pictures

My girlfriend at work had left over Orange Chicken and it smelled so good. Well, not the chicken, but all I could smell was the orange sauce. She emailed me the link to her recipe and I was sold. Of course I made Orange Tofu and not chicken. It is so good. I did tweak the recipe a bit and I am sold!

Here is the tofu after it was lightly fried.

I began the making the orange sauce. While it was cooking I thawed some frozen firm tofu, pressed it, and put it in a shallow dish with about a cup of the cooled orange sauce/marinade. I was short on time so I only marinated it for about 20 minutes. I think it could have soaked longer, but time was not on my side. Once the marinating was done I cut the tofu into cubes, patted it with a paper towel and dusted it with a light coating of corn starch. I used a nonstick skillet to lightly fry the tofu. I sprayed my pan with some cooking spray added about a teaspoon of olive oil and began frying the tofu. Once it had a nice golden brown color I removed the tofu to a paper towel. I added the sauce ingredients to the pan and began stirring in the cornstarch and water mixture until it had thickened and turned nearly transparent. Back in the tofu went. Just lightly stirring so not to break up the crispy tofu. Served over brown rice with some delicious broccoli and dinner was served. The tofu has a perfect texture with just enough crisp. This recipe really is delicious! I hope you all give it a try! I tweaked this recipe into a yummy vegan dish. You can find my recipe below. :o)

Sheree's version of Orange Tofu
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon grated garlic
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Extra cornstarch to coat your tofu and about 1 tsp of olive oil for frying.

Add to a medium saucepan 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Stir as it comes to a light simmer. Add in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and chopped onion. Bring this mixture to a boil making sure your brown sugar has completely melted. Remove from heat, and let cool. Place your pressed tofu into a shallow dish and pour 1 cup of sauce over the tofu. Lightly stir the tofu making sure all of it is soaking. Reserve remaining sauce. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or longer. Once you are done marinating pat your tofu, cut into cubes, and lightly coat with corn starch.

Spray your skillet, add about 1 teaspoon of olive oil (sesame oil might be nice too) and heat over medium heat. Place the tofu in the skillet, and fry until golden brown. Once it is brown take it out of your skillet and place on a paper towel.

Wipe out the skillet, and add the remaining sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Mix together 3 tablespoons of cornstarch along with 2 tablespoons water, and stir this mixture into the sauce. Reduce heat and stir until it begins thicken and turn transparent. Add your tofu, cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve of brown rice.

Now really good news! If everyone wants to see my grandbaby, just hop over to Brandie's blog. She has new ultrasound pictures!! I can't wait to hold my new grandbaby! He or she is already too cute for words.

Hugs and love to all!


MeloMeals said...

The orange tofu looks and sounds amazing!...and you must be SOOOO excited about having a grandchild.. I admit, when I read the title here I was confused and my heart sunk a little.. but was so relieved that they were ultra sound pics!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

that orange sauce sounds like a superb accompaniment to the tofu - yum!!

aww, how exciting to see your grandbaby in the ultra-sound pictures!! oh, the wonders of medical technology.

Ruby Red said...

A grandbaby?! How exciting! Congratulations to you, you radiant soon-to-be-grandmommy! :)

I used to have quite the soft spot for Orange Chicken. Your Orange TOFU looks infinitely better. Mmm, I want some! Guess that means I need to get busy and make some myself...

Carrie™ said...

We seem to travel in the same circles. I see you posting on most of the blogs I visit, so I decided it was high time I came over here to check you out. Am I ever glad I did! Orange tofu sounds (and looks) delicious. Way back when, one of my favorite Chinese dishes was orange beef (or chicken). I so want to make this!! Thank you for posting the recipe.
And congrats on the grandbaby!!

Rural Vegan said...

Oh man, I haven't had that orange sauce since I was an omni! Thanks for the idea!

Congrats on your grandbaby too!

urban vegan said...

The tofu looks so refreshing--the light essence reminds me that better weather is coming.

Congrats on your little grandbaby. How exciting. Yes--too cute, already!

Monika K said...

I've been on an orange kick lately and this sounds like the perfect dinner entree - plus the sauce could be used on steamed veggies and other stir fry combos.

Thanks for sharing!

Vegan_Noodle said...

That orange tofu sounds so delicious!! You are so sweet for sharing it with us!
I can't imagine all the excitement about your grandbaby!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Just about anything can be veganized to great effect. Yum!

aTxVegn said...

Your tofu and broccoli plate looks yummy. I looked at Brandie's ultrasound and it's so amazing, like watching a miracle.

Michelle said...

aww, that grandbaby of yours is looking cute already! i love ultrasound pics :)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...


And thanks for the recipe-- I used to love orange chicken at Panda Express, but haven't had it in many years (obviously LOL).

Anonymous said...

The tofu looks delicious. And congratulations on the grandbaby. Have a great day.


scottishvegan said...

I know I am a bit behind, but congrats on the grandbaby! Very exciting! The orange tofu looks delish!