|Recipe of the Month: Lettuce Wraps with Tofu and Mushrooms|
|July 8, 2014|
By Kimberly Garrett, founder of Eating 2 Heal and Portland VegFest volunteer
This Asian style recipe is wonderfully pleasing to the palate with the sweet and spicy peanut sauce (and my “secret ingredient”), satisfying to your stomach with its hearty tofu and mushrooms, and exquisitely filled will micronutrient antioxidants from the garlic, ginger, and veggies. There are other fun options instead of lettuce wraps such as making this recipe into a bento bowl by adding extra rice or make it into a salad by adding chopped cabbage and/or lettuce!
There are three components to this recipe but it is easy to prepare because you can prep the fresh veggies and peanut sauce while the tofu & mushrooms are cooking.
Tofu and Mushrooms
1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
2 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 tsp Ginger (fresh grated) (or use Ginger Powder)
2 cups Firm or Extra Firm Tofu (cubed)
1-2 cups Shitake Mushrooms (any other mushroom would work too)
½ cup Veggie Stock
Saute the sesame oil, garlic, ginger tofu and mushroom in a pan on medium heat. Add the veggie stock to the mix once the contents start to stick to the pan. Cook for about 30 minutes. While your mushrooms and tofu are cooking make your peanut sauce.
Easy Peanut Sauce
3/4 cup Peanut Butter (I like Adams chunky)
1 tbsp Agave
1 Garlic Clove (minced) (or use garlic powder)
¼ tsp Ginger Powder (or fresh grated ginger)
2 tsp Lime Juice
2 tsp Braggs Amino Acids (or tamari or soy sauce)
1-2 tbsp Sriracha (Asian red hot sauce)
1 tbsp Toasted Sesame oil
1-2 tsp Red pepper flakes for desired spiciness
Simply mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl! To take your peanut sauce to the next level, you can add a 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 1 tbsp molasses, minced cilantro, and/or curry powder to the mix! Yummm!
Fresh Veggie Mix
2-3 Carrots (Shredded)
1 Onion (Minced)
½ cup Fresh Mint (chopped) *this is my “secret ingredient”!
1 cup Brown rice (I like Trader Joe’s organic frozen brown rice)
1 head of green leafy lettuce washed and separated
Mix fresh veggies and brown rice in a bowl and add half of the “Easy Peanut Sauce”.
Use a lettuce leaf to roll up a spoon full of the Tofu & Mushroom mix and a spoonful of the Fresh Veggie mix. Dip your lettuce wrap in the remaining peanut sauce and enjoy!
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