Cabbage with Crisp Tofu and Peanut-Lime Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 bricks firm tofu (12 to 14 ounces each), pressed and drained
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • Salt
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (we used creamy peanut butter)
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • Hot sauce (optional) (we used sriracha)
  • 1 small head Savoy or green cabbage (1 pound), cored, quartered and then thinly sliced crosswise (we accidentally bought Napa  cabbage)
  • 1 small red onion, trimmed, peeled, halved and then thinly sliced
  • ½ cup peanuts, chopped

Directions

  1. Make sure your oven rack is 6 inches away from the broiler, preheating your broiler to high afterwards.
  2. Take a rimmed baking sheet out (we lined ours with aluminum foil) and crumble the tofu over it. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil, the chile flakes and a sprinkle of salt over the crumbled tofu, tossing the tofu to coat afterwards. Stick the tofu under the broiler for 20 to 25 minutes or until it’s brown and crisp, stirring occasionally (we stirred every 5 minutes).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining oil, juice of the lime, peanut butter, hot water, salt to taste and a dash of hot sauce if you’re using it (we added enough hot sauce so that we could get some heat but not have it overpower the other flavors). Add the cabbage, red onion and peanuts to the bowl, tossing to coat.
  4. Once the tofu’s crisp, add it to the bowl, tossing to distribute it throughout. Take a bite and adjust the seasoning if you think it needs it and enjoy !

Serves 4.

We loved eating this so much that we came back for seconds ! The crispy tofu almost feels like croutons in this dish and you get a pleasant crunch from the rest of the dish as well. For maximum crunch, we’d suggest waiting until the tofu is already crisp to add the cabbage, onion and peanuts to the mixing bowl. The dressing has a nice balance of flavor going on between the peanut butter, lime juice and hot sauce. The onion also brings a nice sharp flavor to this dish.

We got this recipe from “How to Cook Everything Fast” by Mark Bittman.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Mark Bittman.

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Fiery Asian Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil (we used extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha (hot chile sauce)
  • 1 tsp. bottled ground fresh ginger (we used ground ginger)
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. salt (we used Kosher salt)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (16-ounce) package cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw (we used Fresh Express 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw)
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds (we forgot to use them)

Directions

  1. Take a large mixing bowl out and whisk together the following ingredients in it: rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Sriracha, ground fresh ginger and honey. Add in the Kosher salt, cilantro and coleslaw, tossing well to ensure everything’s coated in the vinegar dressing. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.

The title’s a little misleading, it wasn’t “fiery” but it was delicious ! There wasn’t one particular flavor that made us enjoy this, it was just an overall nice blend of flavors that made us want to keep coming back for more !

Recipe source unknown.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Fresh Express.

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Thai-Style Cabbage

Ingredients
-2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
-2 tsp. lime zest
-2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
-1 ½ Tbsp. fish sauce
-1 tsp. Asian chili-garlic sauce
-½ cup coarsely chopped roasted peanuts
-¼ cup sliced green onions
-¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
-4 cups firmly packed sliced napa cabbage
-1 to 2 thinly sliced radishes (we used 3)

Directions
1.) In a large mixing bowl, add the first 5 ingredients in, mixing them together. Mix in the peanuts, green onions, and cilantro before adding in the remaining ingredients and tossing everything together. Eat right away.

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This recipe came from Southern Living.
We weren’t paid in any way to mention Southern Living.