Spicy Cabbage Salad & Soy Glazed Tofu

This meal comes together in no time flat if you buy a package of pre-shredded slaw mix – I like cabbage and carrots. Rob and I always like to have a grain as well and so we serve this meal with rice – the cabbage and tofu can also certainly stand on their own. This is a really easy way to prepare tofu – using the same principle you can mix up the glaze or add spices.  We eat quite a bit of tofu, almost always extra firm.  It is such a great foil for flavor and is a great protein source for us. Try different brands, overtime I have found my favorite is Wildwood either sprouted or vaccum packed depending on what I am making.  This recipe is based on a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen by Jack Bishop. I love the combination of the soy and the spicy cabbage, we ate it snuggled on the couch with the cats.

Spicy Cabbage Salad

  • 2-3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes depending on taste
  • 3 green onions, white and light green parts thinly sliced
  • 1 package pre-shredded slaw mix
  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a bowl ( if you have time you can wilt the cabbage by adding salt and letting it sit about a half an hour then rinsing and drying well – I skip this step a lot it just means its a crunchier salad which i don’t mind)
  2. Add cabbage and green onions and mix
  3. Add salt to taste cover and refrigerate, you want it to wilt a bit – an hour if you got it
  4. Bring to room temperature to serve

Soy Glazed Tofu

  • 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 block extra firm tofu – drain, cut into eight slices and blot with a tea towel
  1. Mix first three ingredients in  a small bowl
  2. Heat oil until shimmering
  3. Add tofu slices and fry until golden ( 6-8 minutes), flip and fry other side
  4. Add soy mixture and cook until a thick syrup has coated tofu turning once

Serve a few slices of tofu on top of cabbage salad and rice if you choose

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