Monday, August 6, 2012

Turkey Tofu

I grew up eating tofu, sometimes simply plain or with a dash of soy sauce. My three-year-old son happens to also love tofu straight from the container. I think it's just built into our Chinese DNA. But tofu doesn't have to be bland and boring. It can be fixed all sorts of ways, and gives an added kick of low-fat, vegetarian-friendly protein to any dish.

This turkey and tofu dish is my alternative to the more common Hawaiian-Asian comfort food pork tofu. With the lower-fat turkey, it is healthier and high in protein. This simple, quick dish is filled with flavor, and makes a great dinner when served over rice or with a side of noodles.

Turkey Tofu

1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1-inch piece ginger root, crushed
1 block firm or extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 stalks green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces

In a skillet over medium high heat, heat oil. Cook turkey and chopped onion until meat is browned. Add soy sauce, water, sugar, garlic and ginger. Bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Gently stir in tofu; simmer gently a few minutes longer. Add green onions just before serving. Makes six servings.


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