Steamed Tofu & Broccoli with Almond Butter Sauce
Gluten free Almond Butter Sauce (kind of like Peanut Sauce), three nights in a row. With steamed tofu and broccoli. Each night, after I took the last bite, I licked the plate. Girl Scout’s honor. If you’re looking for fast, easy, Gluten free Chinese food, this should do the trick. From start to finish, it takes just about 20 minutes. Unless you count the time it took to cook the brown basmati rice, but I had this dish without rice the first night, made the rice in my pressure cooker the second night and in my rice cooker the third night. Pressure cooker cooks brown rice in about half hour including bringing the pot to high pressure, rice cooker takes about an hour to cook brown rice. There are lots of great Gluten Free Asian recipes online. Three of my faves are Book of Yum’s Yummy Grilled Tofu. Heidi from 101 Cookbooks has a recipe for Miso Vegetables & Tofu. Shauna, the Gluten Free Girl has a recipe for Roasted Tofu with Gluten Free Dipping Sauce. All three recipes are keepers. I’ve made so many different kinds of peanut sauces and while they all have their unique flavors, this one was perfect with this dish. Plus I’m really steering away from peanut butter these days. Peanuts can be a source of mold and that is a new allergy of mine, so I subbed in almond butter. I’ve always been a broccoli fan, but even more so now that I’ve learned what a nutritional powerhouse it is. You see, I’m studying to be a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am knee deep (happily so) in studying 100 different dietary theories. So much information to learn and absorb. So interesting! Are there any words that make you wanna hurl? Bile is one of those words for me. And yet, there it is, a very important part of our body. The liver secretes bile and stores it in the gallbladder. It helps us digest fats. There’s more I could tell you about bile, but let’s stop there for now. Suffice it to say that broccoli is high in fiber, and when it’s steamed, it does a better job of binding with bile in your digestive tract Â as opposed to when it’s eaten raw, believe it or not. And when you eat steamed broccoli, it contributes to lowering cholesterol. Â Great at detoxing your body of unwanted toxins. And it’s a great anti-inflammatory. Kids like broccoli too. Well, at least mine did. I used to give them “broccoli trees”. Great for dipping in sauces, great for pudgy little toddler fingers to grab onto and shove in their mouthes! The rice was cooked before I started cooking the tofu and broccoli. I bought a bag of organic broccoli pieces (not the whole broccoli) from Trader Joe’s. And a container of Trader Joe’s Organic Extra Firm Tofu. I drained the tofu, cut it into small chunks, threw it into the steamer basket, threw the broccoli on top of the tofu, steamed it for 15 minutes. Better to err on the side of under steaming than turning the broccoli to mush. Poured it into a serving dish. Passed the sauce separately. Yum. See if you don’t lick the plate.
Steamed Tofu & Broccoli with Almond Butter Sauce www.glutenfreediva.com 1 lb. extra firm tofu, drained and cubed 1 bag organic broccoli flowerettes (2 – 3 cups) Almond Butter Sauce 3 tbsp wheat free tamari 3 tbsp almond butter 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp agave 1 tbsp vegetable stock or water 2 – 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp minced ginger 1 tsp red chili flakes Pour all the sauce ingredients into a bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined.