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Asian Vegetables with Tofu and Coconut Milk

Richly flavored, I consider this Asian tofu recipe one for special occasions. The coconut milk lends a creaminess that I associate with a more elegant dinner as opposed to an everyday sort of ingredient. But hey, if every day is special in your world, than this tofu main couse will light up your world. 

Ingredients

5-6 small cauliflower florets
5-6 small broccoli florets
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, thinly sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced into half moon pieces
4-5 slices fresh ginger, fine matchstick pieces
generous pinch crushed red pepper flakes
soy sauce
6-8 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked until tender, thinly sliced
8-10 snowpeas, strings removed, left whole
1 small Chinese or Japanese eggplant, quartered lengthwise, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
mirin
2-4 slices packaged baked tofu, cubed
2-3 baby bok choy, halved lengthwise
2-3 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely minced


Directions 
Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanche cauliflower for 1 minute. Drain and set aside. 
In the same water, blanche broccoli for 1 minute. Drain and mix in with cauliflower.

Place oil, garlic, red onion, ginger and crushed red pepper flakes in a deep skillet or wok 
and turn heat to medium. When the onions begin to sizzle, add a splash soy sauce and
saute for 2-3 minutes. Stir in shiitake, a splash of soy sauce and saute for 2 minutes. 
Stir in blanched cauliflower and broccoli. Stir in snowpeas and eggplant, along with 
coconut milk. 

Season lightly with soy sauce and mirin, cover and cook over low heat until the vegetables are just tender, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Stir in baked tofu and bok choy, cover and cook until bok choy is wilted, 2-3 minutes longer. Remove cover and raise heat to medium, cooking until any remaining liquid has turned into a syrup. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Transfer to a serving platter. 

Makes 4-5 servings. 

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