veggie tofu recipe


I'm not sure how many fellow vegetarians are here... I've seen a lot of posts for cooking meat in crockpots but few vegetarian meals. (Most vegetarian-friendly posts seem to be appetizers, dips, or soup.) I wanted a nice, vegetarian main dish to try in the crockpot. I found this "Chinese BBQ Tofu" recipe that sounds delicious, especially since I live in a small town and the only vegetarian friendly items at our local Chinese food restaurants are rice... recipe originally found here

Chinese Barbecued Tofu and Vegetables

1 package (about 1 lb.) extra-firm, regular (not silken) tofu

1 small onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, minced
8 ounces no salt added tomato sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons molasses
1/4 teaspoon five spice powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
salt to taste (optional)
2 tablespoons water

2-3 stalks broccoli (stalks only; reserve florets for another use)
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 large red or green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts

Cut the tofu into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place them on a few paper towels and cover them with 2 or 3 more. Press lightly to remove some of the moisture from the tofu. Cut the slices into triangles or other shapes.

Heat an oiled, non-stick skillet until hot, and place the tofu slices in it. Brown well on both sides. When they are done, place them in a crockpot that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Set the crockpot to high heat and cover.

Using the same skillet, sauté the onions, garlic, and ginger until the onion softens, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and heat, stirring, until bubbly. Pour the sauce over the tofu and stir well to combine. Replace the cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

Prepare the broccoli stalks by trimming off the tough ends and peeling off the outer skin. Slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds. After the tofu has cooked for 3 hours, add the broccoli and other vegetables. Stir well to combine and cover tightly. Cook for about 1 more hour. Vegetables should be tender but not over-cooked. Serve over brown rice. Makes 3-4 servings.

Cooking options:
  • If you need to cook the tofu for a longer time, set the cooker on low and add 2 or 3 more tablespoons of water to the sauce. Cook for about 5-6 hours before adding the vegetables. Turn the heat up to high once the veggies are added. Note: This is not a good option for larger crockpots because the volume of food is too low.
  • To cook this in the oven, preheat to 375 F and put the tofu and sauce into a non-metal baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cook for 30 minutes before adding the vegetables. Cover and cook for about 15 more minutes, until vegetables are just tender.
  • Try using frozen and defrosted tofu and skip the pan-frying.