Monday, April 20, 2020

Mongolian Mushrooms and Tofu

Vegan Mongolian Tofu


Do you miss eating Asian food during the pandemic? 

This Mongolian dish reminded me of a meal that I once ate at a vegan Asian restaurant in Chinatown, Philadelphia. And guess what ?- this recipe tasted just as good as the restaurant's dish and yet was really easy to make!!

I usually only eat Asian cuisine in restaurants, but since we can't eat out during the pandemic, I had to learn to make my own. I'm no expert at making Asian cuisine, but I found a recipe on an Asian blog called Viet Vegan that looked amazing!




I Needed to Change the Recipe A Little
Although I needed to adapt/change the recipe to use up the specific groceries that I had in my kitchen, the recipe still came out delicious. I used tofu as my base; Viet Vegan used soy curls with some additional ingredients. I made mine more WW friendly.

 Regardless of what your base, the secret seems to be in the 
incredible sauce! I had most of the ingredients she used for the sauce, but of course my condiments are all gluten free. Although I used the sauce for tofu, it would work with beef or chicken as well.


Mongolian tofu over gluten free noodles

I ate my portion of my Mongolian Tofu over  Shiritaki noodles ( affiliate link ) which are gluten free and have almost no calories. My husband ate his portion over white rice that I have been cooking and then freezing in portions for him for exactly this type of recipe. We were both thrilled with our dinner! 

I don't make tofu very often, but since I'm buying my groceries for two or more weeks a time, I bought more tofu than usual. Last week I made crispy baked tofu cutlets  which didn't have a sauce, but were also well seasoned and very good. 

1 Point on WW 
Interestingly, I was able to make this recipe very WW (Weight Watchers) friendly. I calculated about 2 points for the entire recipe on the blue or purple plan.  \My noodles were zero points, the mushrooms and tofu were zero points and the sauce - well I calculated 1 point per serving. If you add in the optional suggestions of sesame oil or honey, re-calculate your additional points.

Immune Boosting Foods
Who doesn't want to try to boost their immunity, especially now. This recipe has lots of immune building antioxidants, so I felt good eating it.  




Fresh garlic-contains allicin which is touted for it's antibiotic properties
Fresh ginger- has lots of immune boosting benefits because it contains antioxidants that are thought to be antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. 
Fresh mushrooms- Mushrooms provide vitamin D




Where is Mongolia Anyway?
Mongolia is located in Central and East Asia and was at one time actually part of China. However, in 1921 Mongolia gained its sovereignty and became an independent state. China and Mongolia are neighbors but their culture, background and lifestyles are very different. Despite their differences, I found this Mongolian sauce very similar to Chinese sauces!

This entire recipe took me about 8-10 minutes prep and about 6 minutes to cook
Again, it was delicious!

Author of Gluten Free A-Z Blog: Judee Algazi
Recipe adapted from Viet Vegan's Mongolian Beef Recipe
Prep time: 8-10 minutes
Cook time: 6 minutes
Serves: 2 good size portions; 3 lighter eaters

Ingredients: 

1 8 ounce container of white or baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
1 package of firm tofu, drained and cut into cubes
Avocado oil or olive oil spray
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt 
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
3 tablespoons of sliced scallions
1 cup of cooked rice or 1 cup of cooked gluten free shirataki tofu noodles

Sauce
1/2 cup of gluten free soy sauce or GF Teriyaki sauce  
1/4 cup of warm water + 2 teaspoons of NON- GMO cornstarch mixed well.
2 inches of fresh ginger, washed and grated 
2 cloves of fresh garlic , peeled and grated
Pinch of hot pepper flakes (to taste)- I didn't use any-
1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia (or 2 teaspoons of sweetener of your choice-honey, coconut sugar, -adds points)
optional: 1 teaspoon of sesame oil ( adds WW points)


Directions: 

Prepare sauce by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl, stir until smooth, and set aside. Add cut tofu and mushrooms to a medium sized bowl. Mix well with salt and garlic powder and set aside. 

Spray a large skillet with oil spray on medium heat. Add drained mushrooms and tofu mixture to skillet sautee until mushrooms begin to soften, stirring to prevent burning for about 4 minutes.  Pour sauce over the sautee and stir and cook for an additional 1 -2 minutes. Serve over rice or heated Shirataki noodles (affiliate link) and sprinkle with scallions. 


How I prepare my tofu shirataki noodles (affiliate link)

I know!! When you cut open the package of noodles, the liquid has an odor. 

Here is the solution: 

Pour off the liquid from the package, and then pour the noodles into a bowl. Soak the noodles in clean water for about 1-2 minutes, then wash the noodles a few times (Use a mesh colander if needed). That should eliminate most of the odor. Drain well and heat in a skillet for about 3 minutes. I like to add salt and seasoning to the noodles while they are heating up. 



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14 comments:

  1. Very flavourful and tasty! Like the idea of using tofu here, Judee.

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    1. As a vegan, I think I might eat too much tofu- probably because it's so easy!

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  2. Garlic, ginger and mushrooms. All foods that I love. Great in the pressure cooker too. Happy Eating. 🍄

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  3. I forgot to put tofu on my grocery order this week. Grrrr. I'll remember this for another week.

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  4. I have some tofu waiting to be used--this recipe looks perfect! ;-)

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  5. I tried Mongolian beef for the first time just a few days ago. Mine came out a bit too salty, I will give your recipe a try! Have a great week!

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    1. I used to order Mongolian (soy beef) in a vegetarian Chinese restaurant that was delicious. I tried to duplicate it.. but I didn't have the soy meat -so I used tofu..

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  6. This sounds like a great use for the tofu I've got waiting. A strange thing here, we've not really had any shortages, but yesterday at the market, no garlic. At least not whole bulbs of it as usual, just plastic packets of peeled cloves from Korea. Apparently the garlic farmers are being overwhelmed.

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  7. Looks like a good recipe! Pinned it.

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  8. Yummy. This sounds delicious. I'll use less soy sauce and I'll use the low sodium kind. Other than that, this recipe look right for me. Pinned this post and visiting from Beth Fish Reads-Weekend Cooking.

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  9. Good for Mongolia! Stay safe. Cheers

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  10. We were indeed on the same page with cooking, I have all the ingredients except stevia. This looks great, Judee. Also, I miss going to Asian restaurants here. One day!

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  11. I'm on WW Purple plan, but have been off plan for the past several days of overindulging! Going back on program tomorrow. We also cook gluten-free meals, so I'm going to put tofu on the shopping list!

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  12. Hi Judee,
    The flavors in your dish will be so good, can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and please come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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