tofu fried whole wheat couscous [sounds weird, tastes amazing.]

by Cait on August 2, 2012

Okay, I know.  It sounds weird.

But just wait…

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See!?  It doesn’t look so weird!

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Maybe you even think it looks good?

Alright fine, I won’t push it.

But I’m telling you, it is good.

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I kid you not that I ate breakfast at 9am, made this dish at 11am and by 11:30 I could no longer take the smell taunting me.  So I did what most normal people do, took the huge serving spoon from the bowl and dug in….yes, using that spoon.  It’s not weird, it’s eco-conscious.  Less dishes.  Obviously.

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If you’re not like me and you have an ounce of hand-eye coordination in you, you can spice it up even further and use a fancy pair of chop sticks to eat this with.

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Which, lets be honest, can make any meal feel a little more special.

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If you don’t do it for you, do it for me since I’m seemingly incapable.  You should see me with a pair of chopsticks.  It’s essentially like a baby attempting to use a spoon for the first time.

If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.  So I give up.

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Last ditch effort: MAKE THIS!

Tofu Fried Whole Wheat Couscous

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil (or extra virgin olive oil if you prefer)
  • 1 (12.3 oz.) package of extra-firm tofu, drained, patted dry* and cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. peeled, grated fresh ginger root
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cups cooked whole wheat pearl couscous**
  • 3 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. chopped, fresh cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 tbsp. of the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add tofu and cook, stirring frequently, until evenly browned on all sides.
  3. Remove tofu from pan and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.  Set aside.
  4. Add the remaining tbsp. of canola oil to the pan then add garlic and ginger, sautéing for about 1 minute
  5. Add carrots and peppers and cook until soft.
  6. Stir in whole wheat couscous and soy sauce, stirring until well combined and heated through.  Add tofu, gently stirring to combine.
  7. Transfer to a large bowl, add onions, garnish with cilantro and serve.

Notes:

* If you have a tofu press, I would recommend using that.  I don’t so I just press the block on all sides in a clean dish towel or paper towels until the majority of the moisture is removed.

** If this freaks you out too much, substituting 3 cups of brown rice would work perfectly.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots August 2, 2012

this sounds soo good! and like something I would love!!

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Cait August 2, 2012

It’s really, really good. I highly recommend it!

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Katie August 2, 2012

I have SO much couscous in my pantry…I am constantly looking for new recipes. Thank you, friend! (and I love your chopsticks)

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Cait August 2, 2012

Yay! You will love this, it’s delicious :)

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 2, 2012

This looks amazing! But I’ll skip the chopsticks and use a fork. Less cleanup… ;)

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Cait August 2, 2012

Haha totally – I ended up having to break out the vacuum afterward! Not even kidding!

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Candice August 2, 2012

Doesn’t sound weird at all and it DOES look amazing. Please keep posting more tofu recipes!! :)

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Cait August 2, 2012

That’s something I can definitely do for you! :) And glad you think it looks good, it tasted AMAZING!

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Rachel August 2, 2012

Sounds delicious! I agree, keep posting tofu recipes, I’m always looking for those :)

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Cait August 2, 2012

I can definitely make that happen. I love it! :)

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Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana August 2, 2012

This looks so healthy and delicious!! I love your new focus on the blog, you are making some seriously yummy looking dishes :)

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Cait August 2, 2012

Aw thanks Maura! That makes me so happy to hear :)

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Kelly August 2, 2012

Looks so tasty!!!

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Cait August 2, 2012
Bea @ The Bea's Knees August 3, 2012

It does look tasty Cait, and I can’t wait to try it, but I’m going to give the chopticks a miss, I cant use them to save my life :(
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Cait August 3, 2012

Haha – I’m the same way. So glad you like the blog – will definitely check yours out :)

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Katherine August 3, 2012

Looks great!! I have everything except for the green onions, but a quick stop at the grocery store should fix that. I believe I will be making this for dinner tonight.

In your defense, I am pretty good at using chopsticks but those reusable ones are impossible! The wooden kind that you get at restaurants are way easier to maneuver.

Happy weekend!

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Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian August 3, 2012

I am loving the sound of this recipe!
I really love tofu! I was using so much though a few weeks back, I had to take a mini break. I think this recipe is making me want to bring it back!! ;)

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Cait August 4, 2012

You could sub chicken in the meantime! :)

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