Okay, I know. It sounds weird.
But just wait…
See!? It doesn’t look so weird!
Maybe you even think it looks good?
Alright fine, I won’t push it.
But I’m telling you, it is good.
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.
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.
Which, lets be honest, can make any meal feel a little more special.
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.
Last ditch effort: MAKE THIS!
Tofu Fried Whole Wheat Couscous
Makes 4 servings
- 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
- In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 tbsp. of the oil over medium heat.
- Add tofu and cook, stirring frequently, until evenly browned on all sides.
- Remove tofu from pan and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
- Add the remaining tbsp. of canola oil to the pan then add garlic and ginger, sautéing for about 1 minute
- Add carrots and peppers and cook until soft.
- Stir in whole wheat couscous and soy sauce, stirring until well combined and heated through. Add tofu, gently stirring to combine.
- Transfer to a large bowl, add onions, garnish with cilantro and serve.
* 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.