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Healthy 5-Spice Tofu with Ginger-Lime Dressing

January 4, 2012


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had splendid holidays and feel ready to take on 2012.

As I know many people this time of year do, I’m setting out to eat healthy and light and try to reverse the effects of my last week and a half of rich and indulgent eating! While it was definitely fun to enjoy the holidays and say yes to all the cheese, cookies, crusty delicious bread and buttery sauces my family had to offer, its time to get back to reality, get my buns to the gym, and cook up some yummy fresh and healthy fare.

This week I’ve set out to the Asian grocery store to stock up on healthy and flavorful ingredients, and whipped up an easy lunch for myself for the next couple of days. I’ve been really into making tofu lately as its quicker and more convenient than meat, as well as a healthy addition to a mostly carnivorous diet. I’m eating my 5-spice tofu with some sauteed Chinese broccoli and peppers, but it would also be delicious served over a salad or buckwheat noodles!

For the Tofu

  • 1 TBSP Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 package firm tofu, drained
  • vegetable oil

Remove the tofu from the package and carefully press paper towels against it to soak up excess water. Slice it in half through the middle, and each half into thirds to create long rectangular pieces.

In a small bowl, combine all the spices. Sprinkle evenly on the front and back of each piece of tofu, rubbing the mixture in gently with your fingertips.

Coat the bottom of a non-stick skillet with the oil and let heat up. Place each tofu piece into the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until evenly browned. Remove and serve with Ginger-Lime dressing (below) and veggies or salad of your choice!

Ginger-Lime Dressing

  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or sugar substitute
  • 3 TBSP water
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

In a jar, combine all ingredients and shake well to combine. Serve over 5-spice tofu, a salad, cold noodles…whatever you’re in the mood for!

Hope you enjoy this light and easy recipe, and get inspired to explore new flavors for your healthy eats in the new year!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2012 12:31 pm

    Happy New Year. You know, that is perhaps the most appealing tofu I have ever seen. I think I’d actually try that and probably like it – I’ve never felt that way about tofu before.

  2. January 4, 2012 5:23 pm

    This looks great! I like the combination of spices and flavors, and would enjoy this even if it weren’t so light ‘n’ healthy. Happy New Year!

  3. January 4, 2012 8:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am always looking for new ways to eat tofu!

  4. January 5, 2012 1:41 pm

    I’ve never cooked tofu before, so maybe 2012 is the year to try it! PS – I followed your Chicken Pot Pie recipe (regular crust, just on the top) and it was delicious!

  5. January 8, 2012 6:01 pm

    This sounds great. I’m still trying to nail down the art of cooking tofu — yours looks perfect!

  6. January 9, 2012 6:12 am

    that reminds me start on my healthy diet soon!

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