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Sesame Tempura Tofu Stir Fry : vegan & gluten free

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I love a good stir fry dish and I can’t believe I don’t post more of them… We do make them all the time… – could not think of a faster tastier meal – but I guess they go down too quick to snap a few photos. This however was too pretty not to share ;) And the Sesame Tempura Tofu totally rocks! (because I just know you were looking for a way to dress up that tofu ~ aren’t we all ;))

One of the easiest ways to EAT LESS WHEAT is to make more Asian meals! The recipes naturally go for lighter rice noodles or rice which really are better for you than heavy wheat pasta dishes. I remember when I first ditched wheat from our menu – those times did have a few challenges, but it was the Asian quick yummy stir fry’s that saved the day! Best of all, dishes like this are so versatile, you can’t really get bored of the same old. 

This however, is one of our favourites that we already made a few times. I think it’s the crispy yet tender tofu strips that add a great touch (and protein) to this dish! 

And this is how you can get a nice crispy “tempura” style fried tofu that is gluten and egg free!

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Sesame Tempura Tofu Stir Fry
Serves 4
gluten-free and vegan easy stir-fry dish

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Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
25 min

Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
25 min

Crispy Tempura Tofu
1/2 block of organic tofu
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
fresh ground pepper
(optional spices : 1/2 teaspoon turmeric or Chinese 5 spice seasoning)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
sesame oil for frying

Stir Fry
1/2 package of rice noodles like vermicielli
1 carrot
3/4 cups cooked organic edamame (must be organic or else it’s GMO)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (optional)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or hot sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce (look for gluten-free if avoiding gluten)
sesame seed oil for cooking
+ other Asian stir fry vegetables such as bok choy
+ chopped green onion for plating

For the Sesame Tempura Tofu
On a large dish, whisk the flour and spices and sesame seeds. Cut tofu into strips and toll in the flour mixture.
Heat a large cast iron pan with sesame seed oil and gently drop in tofu strips. Fry on medium low heat until golden on each side. Be sure to flip around to all 4 sides to cook them evenly.
Remove from pan and place over paper towel to drip off the oil. (cover to keep warm).

For the Stir Fry
In a large pot filled with water and 1 tablespoon of sea salt, cook the rice pasta as per instructions. (I also add frozen edamame to this same water because I find they both cook in about the same time.) Once cooked, strain and drizzle with olive oil so they noodles don’t stick.
In a wok pan or the same large pan from tofu frying, mix in the carrots and seasoning and cook for only a couple of minutes.
Combine all the ingredients in one pan and toss gently. Plate the pasta and veggies first, then top with the tempura tofu. Sprinkle with extra sesame seeds and green onion.

Pure Ella http://pureella.com/

 

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This dish is very simple and quick to do. Even with the special treatment the tofu gets, it’s all worth it. It doesn’t take much longer… but that crispy batter with the lovely sesame seeds is amazing! You may not believe this dish came together when our fridge was going on empty… really! Luckily that stash of frozen edamame that we always stock up for emergency dinners came out to help. And there’s always some type of rice noodles around… and we always have sesame seeds (that’s a staple of course) and the carrot came in handy… If I could go out shopping… I would just get a little bunch of baby bok choy and green onions to top it off… (that’s IF) best part is you don’t really need it…. but if…. ;)

So if you’re looking for ways to cut that wheat and meat (while you’re at it) from your diet…. going Asian is really naturally delicious! I love going around the whole world for food inspiration… but these flavours just make me happy every time ;) 

What are your favourite Asian dishes? (Oh if I may answer that…. Miso!) Do stand by for a great recipe I already have shot a long long time ago…. xo ella

 





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