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Chili Crunch Tofu

Tofu is rich in essential nutrients and offers numerous health benefits. Tofu is an excellent source of protein, making it a valuable option for vegetarians, vegans, and those looking to reduce their meat consumption. It contains all nine essential amino acids necessary for protein synthesis in the body.

Tofu is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, making it heart-friendly. Regular tofu consumption may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Tofu is a good source of calcium and magnesium essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones. Adequate calcium intake is crucial for preventing osteoporosis and promoting bone density.

Tofu is relatively low in calories and high in protein, which can help with weight management by promoting satiety and reducing overall calorie intake. Tofu contains various antioxidants, such as isoflavones and vitamin E, which help protect cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. This can contribute to overall health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Tofu contains natural plant compounds called phytoestrogens (isoflavones) that can mimic estrogen in the body. These compounds may help balance hormone levels in women during menopause and potentially reduce symptoms like hot flashes.

 

 

  • Author: Kim Nicholson
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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1 teaspoon olive oil

1 pound medium firm tofu

56 scallions, sliced

3 clove garlic, minced

4 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon Momofuku Chili Crunch

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil

½ cup water

2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Instructions

Stir together scallions (saving 1–2 tablespoons for the garnish), minced garlic, four tablespoons soy sauce, one tablespoon of Momofuku Chili Crunch, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of Toasted sesame oil, one teaspoon of sesame seeds, ½ cup of water.

Heat oil over medium high heat in a nonstick skillet. Add tofu and fry for 6–7 minutes, until browned and crisped. Flip and cook for another 4 minutes.

Lower heat to medium low, then add sauce to skillet and cover and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 1 minute, to reduce the liquid by half.

If you add noodles prepare according to package directions and top with tofu.

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