Tofu & Veggies with Maple Barbecue Sauce
Nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains, Mary’s Restaurant is an idyllic retreat in Bristol, Vermont. Chef-owner Doug Mack works with farmers to highlight seasonal ingredients on his menu. He keeps vegetarian diners happy with this untraditional stir-fry, which jazzes up tofu with a zesty sauce.
Maple Barbecue Sauce
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup reduced-sodium ketchup (see Tip)
- 3/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup Southern Comfort liqueur or apple juice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce
Tofu & Veggies
- 14 ounces extra-firm tofu, preferably water-packed
- 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 cup cauliflower florets
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms (3 ounces)
- 1 cup grated carrots (2 medium)
- To prepare barbecue sauce: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, ketchup, vinegar, Southern Comfort (or apple juice), maple syrup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce) and hot sauce and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.)
- To prepare tofu & veggies: Drain and rinse tofu; pat dry. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu and cook, turning from time to time, until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms and carrots; cook, stirring often, until just tender, about 4 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the barbecue sauce and bring to a simmer (refrigerate the remaining sauce for another use). Stir in tofu and serve.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 1) for up to 2 weeks.
- Tip: We recommend using reduced-sodium ketchup whenever possible. Look for it in your supermarket.
Per serving: 224 calories; 10 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 8 g added sugars; 11 g protein; 3 g fiber; 108 mg sodium; 587 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (106% daily value), Vitamin C (63% dv), Calcium (21% dv), Potassium (17% dv), Folate (15% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 fat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
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- Type of Dish
- Main dish, Other