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    Broccoli With Five-Spice Tofu

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    Sharon123's Note:

    Broccoli, with shitake mushrooms, simmered in a spicy sauce, YUM! Adapted from Vegetarian Times magazine. If you like, you may use fresh shitake mushrooms in place of the dried ones. I would use about a cup of fresh ones. Substitue vegetable broth for the soaking water, about 1/3-1/2 cup.

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    1. 1
      In small bowl, combine the shiitakes and hot water to cover. Let stand until softened, about 30 minutes.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile, drain the tofu and pat dry with paper towels. Cut into 3/4-inch cubes; pat dry again. In medium bowl, combine tofu, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and five-spice powder; toss gently to coat. Cover and set in refrigerator.
    3. 3
      Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Cut broccoli florets into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Peel tender portion of stems and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. (You should have about 4 cups.) Add broccoli to boiling water and cook just until bright green and crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold running water and drain again. Set aside.
    4. 4
      In small bowl, mix together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water; set aside. Remove softened shitakes from soaking water. Strain soaking water through a sieve into medium bowl; stir in broth, brown sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Set aside. Trim and discard shitake stems(Save and use in soup!); slice caps and set aside.
    5. 5
      In large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add tofu mixture and cook, shaking pan and tossing tofu, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to plate and set aside.
    6. 6
      In same skillet, heat remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add scallions, garlic, ginger, chili paste, anise seeds and reserved shiitakes and stir-fry until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds. Add cinnamon stick and reserved broth mixture; bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Stir cornstarch mixture and add to skillet; cook, stirring, until liquid has thickened, about 30 seconds. Add carrots and reserved broccoli and cook, stirring often, until carrots are tender, about 3 minutes. Add reserved tofu and toss gently to coat. Discard cinnamon stick and serve. Enjoy!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 26, 2009


      I had 1 broccoli left from my garden! This was a perfect way to use it! I don't think I had ever used cinnamon with tofu but they matched well with the five spice and broccoli! I also added fresh shitake mushrooms, and snow peas. Delicious! Thank you Sharon! Made for KK Mini Cookathon Bonus

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    • on July 08, 2009


      This recipe is REALLY delicious! My husband loved it soooo much that he asked me to make it once a week, adding that he thinks it's one of the best dishes I've ever made. I also added some baby bok choy and snow peas for a little variety

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    • on March 08, 2008


      Five star all the way - what a fantastic sauce. This was my first time using anise seeds and cinnamon in a stir fry and it was so fragrant. Despite picking all the tofu out, carnivore husband said it would be five stars if only it had meat. I followed the recipe except substituting peanut oil for the olive oil and using a wok. Next time (besides using meat) I'll stir in the broccoli at the very end, since it got a little overcooked. Thanks for sharing this beautiful broccoli recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for Broccoli With Five-Spice Tofu

    Serving Size: 1 (257 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 170.5
    Calories from Fat 67
    Total Fat 7.5 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 522.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
    Sugars 6.8 g
    Protein 9.6 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    dried shiitake mushrooms

    Chinese five spice powder

    vegetable broth

    chili paste with garlic

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