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And now, the pad Thai.
Vegetable Pad Thai with Fried Tofu
1 lb. firm or extra firm tofu, drained
1 C. sorghum flour
1/2 C. corn starch
coconut oil for frying
8 oz. brown rice noodles, cooked according to package instructions
1/3 C. fresh lime juice (about 1.5 limes)
4 T. honey
3 T. GF low-sodium tamari
2 T. GF fish sauce
1-2 tsp. chili flakes
2 T. coconut oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 head broccoli, florets cut into smallish pieces
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, thinly sliced on diagonal
1 red bell pepper, diced
fresh cilantro, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 - 1/3 C. cashew pieces
For the tofu:
- Slice the block of tofu horizontally in half to create two equal-sized thin rectangles. Press between a clean kitchen towel or paper towels for 15-20 minutes to remove as much water as possible. Cut into 1-inch squares.
- In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil 1-inch deep over medium-high heat.
- While the oil is heating, mix sorghum flour, corn starch, and a pinch of salt in a small container with a lid. Add several pieces of tofu, cover container and shake to coat tofu in flour mixture. Repeat with remaining tofu.
- Working in batches, add several pieces of tofu to hot oil, and fry, turning pieces until golden brown on all sides. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining tofu.
For the sauce:
- Combine lime juice, honey, fish sauce, tamari, and chili flakes in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low, whisking until honey is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the veggies:
- Heat coconut oil in a large wok or skillet over medium heat. Add onions and shallots and saute until beginning to turn translucent. Add broccoli and garlic, cover, and steam 2-3 minutes, until broccoli is bright green but still crisp. Add carrot and saute a few minutes more. Add bell pepper.
- Add sauce to veggie mixture and stir. Add noodles to veggies and sauce, and toss with tongs to coat noodles with sauce.
- Divide noodles among serving plates, and top with fried tofu, cilantro, green onions, and cashew pieces. Serve hot.