Fun new fact about me. I used to love love love oranges while growing up. The really juicy sweet and with minimal pith kind. Seeds were not much of a bother because of the huge sweet juice payoff. Those tropical oranges from India have never been found here. After a few years of trying the citrus varieties, I gave up on ever finding the sweet ones that I liked.
The sweet folks at Cuties sent me a big box of Cuties Clementines in December. And these seedless, very sweet clementines changed the whole game! No struggling with peeling, no seeds and no need to remove minimal pith and strings and all the other stuff I would normally have remove by hand or mouth. The skin is absolutely fabulous too. Zest one of these and the whole house smells of a fresh orange.
So apart from eating them up as is and juicing them, I used a lot of them to whip up this Orange sauce and served up tofu, tempeh or just veggies tossed in it. Tofu is crisped up in a little oil and tossed in the sauce. Tempeh is steamed with a little zest and chili paste and tossed in!
Zesty, orange, spicy, mouth watering!
Cuties Clementines! non-gmo and rich in vitamins including A, vitamin B-6, niacin, thiamine and pantothenic acid. They are very rich in folate, potassium and vitamin C. Two Cuties provides you with nearly 300% of the daily allowance of vitamin C.
Try this Savory Sriracha Quinoa Millet Orange Peanut Granola or this Crispy Orange Cauliflower with the cuties as well!
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Back to the recipe.
Cook the tofu until golden on the sides.
Add garlic and pepper and cook for a minute. Move the tofu to the side to reduce chances of it breaking apart.
Add the sauce and cook to bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.
Add more Sambal Oelek chili paste for a deeper color.
Taste and adjust spice. Serve hot.
Spicy Orange Tofu and Peppers
Allergy Information: Free of Dairy, egg, yeast, nut, gluten. Can be made corn-free
Serves 2 . Ready in 20
2 to 3 tsp cornstarch (use arrowroot to make corn-free, add more starch for thicker sauce and glaze)
2 Tbsp warm water (1/4 cup for thinner and more sauce)
2 Tbsp soy sauce or liquid aminos
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp maple syrup, agave or 1 Tbsp raw sugar
1 or more Tbsp Asian Hot Chili paste/Sambal oelek, or 2 tsp of Sriracha (or to taste)
Zest of 1 cutie clementine or small orange
Juice of 1 cutie or orange (1/3+ cup)
1 Tbsp Oil
1/2 package of firm Tofu (14 oz), cubed, patted down with paper towels to remove excess moisture . I use Nasoya non gmo Organic.
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped/sliced
1/2 green bell pepper thinly sliced
In a bowl, whisk cornstarch and water. Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple, hot chili sauce, orange juice and zest, and reserve.
Heat oil in a very large nonstick pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add tofu to pan and cook, browning on most sides, about 6-8 minutes. Cover the pan if there is too much sputtering. Add garlic and sliced bell pepper or blanched veggies and cook for half a minute. Add the sauce and cook until sauce begins to bubble(2-4 minutes). Then reduce heat, cover and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve with rice or other grains.
To make it with tempeh: Cube the Tempeh and cook for 10 minutes in 1/2 cup of boiling water + a tsp of Orange zest + 1 tsp asian chili paste or sriracha. Add the steamed tempeh to a pan with oil, garlic and veggies. Cook for a minute then add the sauce. Cook to thicken the sauce, them simmer covered for a few minutes and then serve.
This saucy tofu is being shared at Allergy Free Wednesdays. rickis wellness weekend
I am giving away 3 coupons to use for a 5 lb bag of cuties! which you can redeem at your local grocery tore than carries them, hence open to US only. I will pick 3 winners next Monday.
Frauline, Annie and Anonymous have won the coupons! Please email me your mailing address at richahingle at gmail dot com.
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