Sambal Peanut Tofu with Shiitake Rice
Spice Level: not hot
Mixing lessons from a former Vietnamese co-worker and one of the "in-between job" resaurants that I worked in. This dish is inspired by the traditional accompaniment of a salad roll, simply delicious! The peanut sauce acts as the vessel that brings all the other ingredients together, this has always been a staff meal favourite.
Follow timing on MANNA package, this time varies by +/- 3 minutes depending on the level of your simmer and how cold your fridge is. You want to ensure that the internal food temperature reaches about 165°F/74°C, piping hot. Best eaten in a bowl, place shiitake rice on the bottom, followed by the vegetables, stacked with sambal peanut tofu allowing the sauce to travel all the way down to the rice. Garnish with chopped chili peanuts for texture and a touch of sichuan heat.
This recipe is rich in protein, calcium, and iron. The addition of shiitake mushrooms gives the dish a unique abundance of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Protein: Tofu is a complete protein and provides all the essential amino acids allowing the body to form proteins necessary for growth & development.
Calcium: An important mineral in human metabolism. Tofu is an excellent source of calcium.
Iron: Eating foods rich in iron such as bok choy, organic tofu and sesame seeds will help support transportation of vital oxygen throughout the body.
*Daily nutritional values are obtained from the Canada Food Guide and are based on three primary daily meals with intermittent snacking.