It’s no secret that I enjoy teaching children. It’s probably not even a secret that I have a soft spot for troubled children that need patience, kindness, and someone who just cares about them. So when I was asked if I would tutor a young student who has some difficulties after school I agree without much hesitation. While it’s been tiring because it’s several hours after school several days a week, it’s also been rewarding.
There are days when it’s hard to keep an even tone and stay calm but then there are days when I see his grin and it just makes working with him worthwhile. Because regardless of how they act, every child has a good side. It’s up to us to dig deep enough to find it.
So at the end of a long day, when I finally make it home, I’m looking for a quick and healthy meal. This tofu and broccoli dish came together in 20 minutes and was delicious. Served over top of jasmine rice it made a complete meal that was full of spicy flavor.
Spicy Tofu and Broccoli (adapted from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook)
1 T. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 t. ginger, grated
1 t. jalapeno peppers, minced
16 oz. extra-firm tofu, cubed
1 t. black pepper
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 t. Sriracha sauce
3 T. Vegetarian Stir-Fry sauce
1 T. water
2 t. Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the garlic, ginger, and jalapenos and saute for 2 minutes.
2. Add in the tofu and black pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes.
3. Add in the broccoli and saute for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the Sriracha, stir-fry sauce, water, and vinegar. Cook for 3 minutes then serve over rice.
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