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Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

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Today, think of me as one of those dueling piano guys, minus the musical ability. At the end of this analogy, we’ll eat Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry.

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First, replace the piano with a kitchen the exact same size as said piano (less grad, but equally loud.) Next, subtract the sheet music, and add a sizzling skillet, seasonal ingredients, and a small but spectacularly messy counter top. Last, substitute requests for Michael Jackson tunes with a request for a bean-free, vegetarian entrée idea. The result: Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry.

When a long-time reader contacted me seeking ideas for main dishes that were meat free but didn’t rely on beans as a source of protein, I turned immediately to one of my favorite early summer dishes, Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry. If you have nasty memories of mom forcing you to take at least two bites of mushy peas before you could move on to more exciting activities (dessert), fear not. Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry packs flavor, punch, and is 100% mush-free.

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Late springtime is pea time. Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry is a happy union of three fabulous late spring and early summer pea varieties, and each brings its own pizzazz:

  • Sugar Snap Peas: Sweet and sassy sister.
  • Spring (standard) Peas: Bubbles of bliss that pop pleasantly on the tongue.
  • Snow Peas: Extra crunch on the outside, lotta lovin’ on the inside.

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Elevating our peas from “Oh that’s nice” to “Love me that spice!” we have one of my all-time favorite stir fry flavor-makers: Ginger.

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Peas + Ginger = Stir fried fabulous. You can use fresh or frozen peas, depending on what’s available and your budget (I used a mix of both).

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To our pea medley, we’re adding toasted sesame seeds and a touch of sesame oil for extra texture and depth of flavor. Then, we’re tossing in firm, hearty hunks of Ultra Crispy Unfried Tofu. This tofu tastes of deep-fried indulgence, but is actually lean, clean, and super healthy, thanks to this fool-proof tofu cooking method, which I shared earlier this week.

Serve Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry with a simple side of brown rice or whole wheat noodles, and you have a healthy main dish that’s ready in a snap.

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Eat your peas, boogie to Michael Jackson, and don’t be afraid to send me your recipe requests. Though I can’t promise to fit in every suggestion (kind of like that one time the dueling piano man denied me “Man in the Mirror”), I love hearing from readers and want to feature recipes that are relevant to you.

And Meghan, I hope that you, the hubby, and little baby Ruth love every bite of Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry. Bon appetite all!

Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

A healthy mix of spring, sugar snap, and snow peas, Three Pea Ginger Tofu Stir Fry is an quick, easy, and budget-friendly meal that's vegetarian and vegan-friendly too! Feel free to use fresh or frozen peas, depending upon availability and your budget (I use a mix of both).

Without the tofu, Three Pea Tofu Ginger Stir Fry makes a wonderful side, or feel free to substitute your protein of choice.

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Ultra Crispy Unfried Tofu
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (3-4 cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen sugar snap peas, thawed and patted dry if frozen
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen snow peas, thawed and patted dry if frozen
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen spring (standard) peas, thawed and patted dry if frozen
  • 2 teaspoons light (low-sodium) soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • Prepared brown Rice or whole wheat noodles, for serving

Directions

  1. Prepare Ultra Crispy Unfried Tofu. Toast sesame seeds. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high. Once hot (but not smoking), add ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add sugar snap peas and snow peas to skillet. Sauté until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Add spring (standard) peas and tofu. Cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in soy sauce and sesame oil to coat. Stir in sesame seeds. Serve hot with prepared brown rice or whole-wheat noodles.
http://www.thelawstudentswife.com/2013/06/three-pea-ginger-tofu-stir-fry/

Adapted from Simply in Season

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Author: Erin Clarke

I'm Erin, and I'm on a mission to cook everything that's tasty, {mostly} healthy, and budget-friendly—all while Mr. Right is in the library. I'm convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone. The recipes here are affordable, approachable, and delectable, and I can't wait to share them with you!

33 Comments

  1. Another recipe to make me rethink my relationship with tofu! I love stir frys!!!

  2. Thank you! I will be putting this on my dinner list for next week!

  3. What an awesome recipe! I love the bright geen color!! Need to make this soon!

  4. love love love tofu…and peas! This looks sooo delicious! :)

  5. I need to jump on the tofu bandwagon. I just don’t think I’ve found the right consistency to make me forget its tofu. I’m totally willing to give it another shot if it looks like this!

    • Consistency is everything Megan! This might just do it for you :) PS. Thought of you this morning with a bad pun–this tofu is “easy PEASy” For some reason, I thought you’d appreciate that.

  6. Ah stir fry, a dish that I just cant quit. Three different kinds of peas with ginger plus the unfried fried tofu, how can I say no?

  7. erin love your photos…the shots of the different peas and the names written in chalk it looks like – just love. I happen to be a lover of peas…will pick more out of a dish so i get more for myself :-) so this dish is perfect for me!

  8. Love this recipe! Simple, healthy and delicious. Definitely want to give this a try. You are definitely inspiring me to use tofu. Feel free to stop by my link party and share your awesome recipes!

    Happy Blogging!
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  9. Thank you Erin, you did it again!
    Told hubby snow peas are involved and he just smiled…..LOL!
    He is a total nut over snow peas, I don’t think he heard the tofu part though. ;-)

  10. Ok, I have to confess that I’m a tofu hater (hangs head in shame) BUT I am digging the three peas in this sucker! I’d totally make this with chickychicken and be happy camper.

    • Stephie, I can’t lie: When I make this for Ben, tofu is swapped for chickychicken :). You can also just omit the protein and rice and it’s a fabulous side. (And perhaps one day you’ll be a tofu lover yet! I’m a shameless optimist)

  11. so tasty! this reminds me that i bought some sugar snap peas at the farmers market this week…and promptly forgot about them. whoops. gotta remedy that!

  12. I love a simple stir fry with few ingredients and major flavor! This is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing, Erin. Have a great weekend!

  13. I would adore this recipe just as is… my husband though, is not a tofu fan. But a simple substitution of chicken would do the trick!! Definitely a keeper

    • Thanks so much Kim! And I’ve definitely subbed in chicken before when sharing with Ben. I’m still determined to make him a tofu lover, but we’re not there yet.

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  21. yum! A friend and I just tried this recipe last night. We made a few changes to the recipe but thanks for the inspiration!

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