Cashew Tofu Stir Fry Recipe. Vegan Cashew Delight Recipe with Tofu and Veggies. Use meat subs for variation. Easy One Pot weeknight meal. Serve with rice or grains of choice. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Pin this Recipe!
When I started my first job after grad school, I was in a new much larger city, with many options for lunches and dinners, many cuisines and types of restaurants. In those pre-gan & pre balance issues days, I tried to be open to trying out the new cuisines and new foods. Many times I was left disappointed. Coming from a mainly vegetarian, fresh food lifestyle (grew up eating mostly all Indian food with loads of beans and veggies), the eggs, cheese, overly used dairy products, meats etc felt stale to me. I learnt to like some of them because those were the options available at that time to someone in a new country, culture. Things have changed since then. More than decade has gone by, and I seek out more vegetarian and vegan restaurants because the restaurants that are vegan or vegetarian tend to have this freshness in the flavors of everything. Like something as simple as Thai food with sauces and curries. I liked thai before, but love it much more now. The fresh non meaty curries, non eggy/fishy sauces pack such a pleasing flavor that it makes me love the veggies in it. That probably is another reason I have started liking Tofu. Thai dishes are also easily flexible to your own preference. Have you had any changes in flavor preferences lately?
I love quick meals and this one is easy and quick to put together. It is my version of the Cashew delight or Cashew something from Thai restaurants. Toast the cashews, add the veggies and protein you like, add the sauces, cook for a few and serve.
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Cashew Tofu Stir Fry
For the Stir fry:
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/3 cup (43 g) cashews raw or unsalted roasted
- 4-5 (4) dried red chilies broken
- 4-5 cloves (4 cloves) of garlic finely chopped
- 1/2 inch (0.5 inch) ginger finely chopped
- 1/3 cup (53.33 g) chopped onion
- 1/2 (0.5) green bell pepper chopped or 3/4 cup broccoli or other vegetable thinly sliced or chopped
- 7-8 oz (198.45 g) firm or extra firm tofu pressed and cubed , or use cooked chickpeas to make tofu-free
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) black or white pepper or a generous dash of both
For the Sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp or more vegan hoisin sauce
- 2-3 tsp (2 tsp) rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) sugar or other sweetener of choice
- 1/4 cup (58.75 ml) veggie broth or water
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) toasted sesame oil
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the cashews and chilies and cook until the cashews are golden on most sides. Stir frequently. If using roasted cashews, proceed to the next step and add garlic, ginger.
- Add garlic and ginger. Mix and cook for 2 minutes or until translucent.
- Add onions and veggies and a generous pinch of salt. Increase heat to medium high. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir frequently.
- Add the tofu and black pepper and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and add to the skillet. Or add directly to the skillet.
- Mix and cook for a minute. Taste and add salt, tang, (and heat) if needed.
- Simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens slightly. Serve over cooked white/brown rice or grains of choice like quinoa..
Reading for the day:
The Safari Club is holding its annual convention in Vegas this week. If you were saddened by Cecil the Lion’s killing, watch this newsreport about the millions being bid in The Safari Club’s annual Killvention in Las Vegas, where you can bid on hunts to kill exotic animals all over the world. There’s literally millions of dollars, and seminars on justifying the hunts.
In Kerala, India, the temple Elephants, young and old, continue to suffer and die a painful death. Huffington Post covers the issues in this article about Elephant Abuse in Kerala finally gone criminal. The elephants are tortured for years, blinded, beaten, maimed and what not in the name of religious uses and entertainment.
From the article “After the elephants emerge from their musth, i.e. their heat period, It’s a secret tradition that involves seven or eight drunk men beating the living day lights out of this animal for 48-72 hours. The practice is based on a superstitious belief that the elephants may have forgotten their commands during their musth.
It’s a horrifying ritual designed to break the elephant’s spirit and remind them that their masters are in control.”