Spicy Orange Tofu and Peppers and a Giveaway. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe

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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.

Steps:
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. 



mmmmm. 



Spicy Orange Tofu and Peppers
Allergy Information: Free of Dairy, egg, yeast, nut, gluten. Can be made corn-free
Serves 2 . Ready in 20

Ingredients
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

Method:
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.

Notes:
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. 

To Enter, 
- Please leave me a comment about the citrus variety that you love best, and a favorite dish you use them for.
- You must follow the blog by email or RSS.


69 comments:

  1. What a yummy looking dish. Reminds me of an orange chicken dish I used to get at our favourite Chinese restaurant when I was younger. Tofu is much better of course :D
    Those little clementines really are "cuties".

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  2. Yum! I love the "cuties" style oranges the best, too. I use them in stir fries, like you show, and we all eat them out of hand. The grandkids love just eating them when they come over. I follow your blog, through FB I think -- I'll check and make sure I'm subscribed through email.

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  3. Tangelos are my favorite citrus. I usually just peel and eat them or use them in smoothies.

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  4. Yum! Looks great!
    I love kumquats (though they are a treat on account of the price)... just eat them raw usually, by themselves or in salads. Thanks for offering the coupons!

    I follow you via Feedly :)

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  5. I crave grapefruit! I just cut it in half, add some raw sugar and spoon away.

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  6. I LOVE Cuties! I usually eat them in a salad or smoothie, but this recipe looks insanely delicious, and I can't wait to try it!

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  7. That's a hard question... probably lemons though, since they are used in so many things. I follow you via email

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  8. I tend to cook with lemons, and make lemon tofu veganized from my dad's recipe for chicken. I need to try your recipe!

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  9. Was not a big fan of oranges growing up.. but now love them. When I was pregnant with my son I used to buy a huge bag every week.

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  10. The glaze looks out of this world, Richa! Clementines are so wonderful - got to eat them while they're available cuz they don't last long.

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  11. Fresh picked grapefruit segments in salad with goji berries, fennel, and every other veggie in my fridge :)

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  12. I'm a bit frugal so I love to get the regular (usually pretty small) oranges at the international market I go to (sometimes 5 or 6 pounds for a dollar here in Cali) and put them in a spinach salad. It sometimes turns into a veggie salad with most everything, but always plenty of oranges included.

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  13. I love clementines, especially in salads.

    HilLesha@gmail.com

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  14. what a great post. Cuties are so good, aren't they!? I was going through boxes of cuties at a rate of 2 per week (along with my husband's help) for a while there. Last week I bought pomelos at the farmers market instead. Basically, I really love citrus. :)

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  15. Love the cuties and clemmies for years. Used to mail them to my son at college! Lissag123@verizon.net

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  16. I love their mandarin oranges alone or in a citrus/spring mix salad.

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  17. This looks great, but Cuties are NOT vegan: Beeswax to wax them. Use organic.

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  18. Cuties have become my favorite since having a few dry, seedy oranges. I love them as a snack all by themselves.

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  19. I love pineapple! That's citrus right? lol I love making a delicious whipped fruit salad with pineapple chunks!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  20. Currently I would say my favorite citrus is the blood orange. I like to eat them just plain but they're also fabulous in smoothies and bread!

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  21. I'd have to say grapefruit, I usually eat it on top of granola or oatmeal. I have also made a delicious grapefruit poppy seed cake!

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  22. i love all citrus so much! i am a huge grapefruit addict, but i also recently discovered cara cara oranges and love them too! i think my favorite way to eat them (other than plain) is in an orange marmalade that still has some of the zest in it...yummmm

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  23. I love orange citrus and love to add it to marinades for stir fry and also to add to my water :)

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  24. Cuties are our favorite here, for eating out of hand. Grapefruit is my fave to cook with

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  25. sounds delish! I personally l love using the zest of those little cuties in baked cranberry orange breads or to throw in an extra kick to a chickpea broth-based soup (allowing my little guys to eat the cuties themselves) :)

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  26. I just made this for dinner. It is wonderful! It was quick and easy. I used a big navel orange
    (from mother in law's tree). My Chinese husband was surprised. He liked it a lot.

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  27. Cuties are the best! To be honest, I just like eating them as is the best. :)

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  28. I tend to favor Honeybell oranges! They are sweet and delicious :)

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  29. i love oranges and my daughter loves Cuties. I do love to use them with chicken especially orange chicken

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  30. Cara Cara oranges are my family's favorite this season. We like eating them on their own or in salads. As for Cuties, I like to pack them for lunches.

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  31. This might make me want to eat tofu!

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  32. Love to use oranges in recipes, especially cakes!

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  33. I love lemons...adds a great splash of flavor to everything. And I make my own preserved lemons. Great tangy, salty flavor!

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  34. Love Cuties- super awesome for kids. My 4 year old has no problem with peeling his own and loves them. My favorite citrus is meyer lemon tho- I keep my home made lemon confit in the fridge at all times so it is available for cooking.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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  35. So far, my favorite citrus variety are limequats! The aroma from the thin skin is extrodinary

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  36. I like limes in vegan key lime pie. Cuties I usually eat on their own, but would love to try this recipe out.

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  37. I love grapefruit best, but adore lemon for my tea. We buy tons of Cuties and give the boxes to the cats. There's always a Cuties box on our living room floor (usually with a cat in it)!

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  38. I love clementines, Cara Cara oranges and Meyer lemons. I use the clementines and oranges for smoothies and just eating plain. Meyer lemons make delicious salad dressings and desserts.

    I will be making this orange tofu soon, it looks yummy!

    gaia (at) cinci (dot) rr (dot) com

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  39. I've never been one for those sweet-and-sour orange-flavored Chinese dishes that are ubiquitous on menus across the US, but brightened with the sweetness of clementines, I might be able to come around to the concept. It certainly does look delicious, at least!

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  40. This looks so delicious, YUM. I haven't had clementines in so long, but I do love them--they make such a great, portable snack!

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  41. For me its a toss up between mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and cara cara oranges. I don't usually use them in any dishes, I just eat them on their own. Love citrus! I recently made an Isa Moskowitz recipe that involves mandarin oranges, tahini, tofu, bok choy, and quinoa. It was delicious!

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  42. I like lemons, limes, & oranges in a variety of dishes.
    I have a quinoa and red bell pepper salad I particularly like that I put lime juice and zest into.
    A fun and delicious way to use all three fav citrus when company comes is simply in drinking water: slice orange, lemon, & lime very thin. Put into the bottom of a clear glass pitcher or a large mason jar and fill with filtered water. Pretty and yummy.
    My grandson LOVES cuties for a snack.

    I would love to have a case of cuties to play with.
    I look forward to checking my email each day to see what yummy ideas you might have sent there. Thanks. D Heartsong

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  43. This recipe looks amazing! I will definitely be trying it. My favorite citrus is lemon. I love it because its great to put in dishes that are accidentally too spicy -- it tones down the spice!

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  44. i was never much of a citrus girl, but this meal looks delicious! it reminds me of sour and sour "chicken" at the chinese restaurants ;)

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    1. i am from the city known for ita oranges. so i really cant excape citrus even if i wanted to:)) it is a sweet and sour sauce! totally delicious!

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  45. I'm kind of allergic to citric acid. (I get eczema if I eat too much citrus or chocolate, so it's not fatal and I still eat citrus anyway.) However, my favorite citrus fruit is probably limes! I also like cuties sometimes.

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  46. I love tangerines! I'd make a sweet and sour tofu with tangerines.

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  47. I love love love clementines and I like to use them in salads or to make dressing!

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  48. All citrus is my favorite, but cuties are the best! So easy to peel and put on salads, have a few for a snack, or mixed with other fruit for dessert!

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    1. Hi, you won the coupons, Can you please email me your address at richahingle at gmail.

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  49. This is really delicious. How did you get that sauce to be so thick?? Is it the cornstarch and water? Or the cornstarch, water, and maple syrup combo?? New favorite stir fry for.sure.

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    1. cornstarch. if you like it even thicker, add another tsp of cornstarch.:)

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  50. I love cuties - I eat 2 every day. Everyone in my office keeps getting sick. I love to tell them that I haven't had a cold in over 2 years...and it's because I eat my citrus every day :)

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  51. I love mandarin oranges and I like to put them in a salad with an oriental style dressing and red onions! maxandbrandi@yahoo.com

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  52. This was delicious and so simple to make. Thank you so much! The husband was impressed. Can't wait to try it with tempeh. :)

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    1. Hi! you won the coupon. Can you please email me your mailing address at richahignle at gmail dot com.
      thanks

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  53. I love limes :) My favorite way to use them is in a lime/chili/mint sauce that I serve over rice and tofu

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  54. Amazing! Definitely gotta try this

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  55. My favorite citrus is lemons! I am Greek and grew up where lemon and oregano were used in sooo many dishes! One of my faves to make now is a Tofu and Celery in a Lemon Sauce! :)

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  56. Just wondering if you'd picked a winner yet

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    1. picked. updating the post. and will also announce tomorow morning in the new post

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  57. Made this today and we enjoyed it thanks.

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    1. thanks Corrin! you make so many of my recipes!! <3 would you like to be a tester for my cookbook?

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