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A satisfying, flavorful vegetarian meal that's ready in less than 30 minutes! Brown rice contains more fiber than white rice and provides a nice chewy texture to the stir-fry.
20 ounces microwaveable frozen brown rice
1 tablespoon coconut oil
14 ounces extra firm tofu, drained and pressed, cut into ½-inch cubes
8 cups bok choy chopped leaves and stems, rinsed (about 2 heads of bok choy, or 4 baby bok choy)
¼ cup tamari or light soy sauce
2 teaspoons agave nectar or maple syrup
1 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce, optional
Green onions, to garnish
- Prepare brown rice according to package directions. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add tofu cubes carefully. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip tofu to another side. You can remove the pan from heat while flipping tofu to avoid oil splatter. Cook tofu on at least 4 sides for crispy texture, cooking for 2 minutes on each side. Once cooked as desired, remove tofu from pan and set aside.
- Using the same skillet, sauté bok choy over medium heat for 2 minutes. While bok choy is cooking, combine tamari, agave nectar and sriracha hot sauce (if using) in a small bowl.
- Turn heat off and add sauce and cooked brown rice to skillet with bok choy and stir together. Add in tofu cubes and mix together briefly to maintain crispiness of tofu. Top with green onions and serve.
- If not using coconut oil, canola or sesame oil may be used as substitutions.
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories: 435; Total fat: 12g; Saturated fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1,286mg; Carbohydrates: 66g; Fiber: 8g; Sugars: 8g; Protein: 23g; Potassium: n/a; Phosphorus: n/a