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Orangey Tofu Stirfry

What you need: 

1 cup orange juice (works best if you use frozen concentrate with a little water added or
the juice of an orange)
1/2 cup tamari
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ginger
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 lb firm or extra firm tofu
stir fry veggies of choice (I like broccoli,
and water chestnuts)
canola oil and sesame oil for the wok
rice

What you do: 

I suggest freezing the tofu before you make this recipe: it gets a spongier texture and soaks up the marinade better. What I like to do is remove the brick from the package, wrap it in saran wrap and freeze, then to quick thaw I usually boil the tofu. I read somewhere that that returns the tofu to its original consistency but in my experience, it stays much spongier and more meat-like in consistency.
Cut the tofu into 1/4 inch cubes and press it between two clean dry towels to try to draw some of the extra water out of the tofu.
To make the marinade, combine all the ingredients (besides rice, veggies, and tofu) in a bowl--the measurements here aren't exact so play around with the mixture until you like the flavor. Put the tofu in the bowl (I prefer tupperware that you can close and shake around a little bit) and set aside for 15-20 minutes.
In a wok or large frying pan, heat oils--mainly canola with a bit of sesame for taste--and fry tofu for about 6 minutes. Put the tofu to one side of the wok. Now fry the veggies. After the vegetables have been cooking for a minute or so, add a bit of water to steam them a bit. I suggest after 8 minutes or so (broccoli and carrots take the longest to cook). Add the tofu to the veggies and pour the remaining marinade over the whole mixture. Leave the mixture on medium heat for another minute or so, then pour over rice and serve.

Preparation Time: 
40 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
3
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I really liked this!  I omitted the lemon juice, used 1.5 cups of orange juice and 1Tbsp of garlic powder.  After letting it all simmer for about 5 minutes, I took it off the heat and watered it down with about a cup of water.

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I read everyone's advice and decided to just leave out the lemon juice, and I used less than half of the suggested amount of soy sauce. I also took the suggestion to use broccoli and water chestnuts, and it came out awesome!

Also: I wanted to add a yummy american-chinese style sauce to it, kind of like the one in the 'General Tso's Tofu' recipe on this site; so I took the marinade that was left over from the tofu, doubled it with water, and added 2 or 3 tablespoons of sugar. Then I added two tablespoons of hot water that had been mixed with one tablespoon of cornstarch (I took this from the general tso's recipe, I think it helped to thicken up the sauce), and then I added more sugar and let it simmer to thicken it up.

So, although it came out much less healthy, IT'S SOOOOO GOOD!  :D

Thanks for the recipe, I'll be keeping this one around.  ;)b

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