Buddha's Delight

Serves 3 to 4

Our simplified version of this classic Chinese vegetarian dish relies on readily available ingredients. Prepare all vegetables and measure all ingredients before you start cooking, as the stir-frying happens in a flash. This dish is often included at Chinese New Year's feasts; the mixed vegetables are thought to ensure family harmony for the coming year. Serve over white or brown rice.

Ingredients: 
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon toasted dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 (14-ounce) package soft tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup diagonally sliced carrots, about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed cut green beans
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger root
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
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Method: 

Combine tamari, sesame oil, mirin, rice vinegar, tofu and red pepper flakes, tossing gently to coat. Cover and marinate for 1 to 2 hours. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving the marinade.

Heat the canola oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu and stir-fry for 5 minutes, until lightly browned on all sides. Remove tofu and set aside. Add broccoli, carrots and water chestnuts and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until just crisp-tender. Add green beans and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add green onions, ginger, and garlic and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes more, until aromatic. Return tofu to wok.

Combine vegetable broth with arrowroot powder and reserved marinade, stirring well to completely dissolve the arrowroot. Add this to the wok and stir until sauce thickens. Season to taste with black pepper and garnish with cilantro.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:300 calories (120 from fat), 14g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 750mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 10g sugar), 12g protein
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