Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Western Beggar {Stir Fry} Tofu

We're only 4 days into 2012, but so far I've been doing great on my goals

I've been running and eating healthy, well mostly healthy. There are still some Christmas treats around the house.

I made one of my favorite recipes Sunday night, first a little background. My parents are both flight attendants which means awesome travel benefits. One of our family trips was to Japan. The trip was amazing and the food was even better!! My mom asked the chef at one of the places we ate for this recipe and it has been a family favorite ever since.

I modified this recipe to fit the bill for one of my meatless meals this week. According to the My Fitness Pal App that I have on my iPod, each serving (without rice) is only about 108 calories, with 13 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat, and has 10 grams of protein! (did I mention that I love this app! I can put in the ingredients to my own recipes or scan the bar code on any package and it keeps track of my calorie intake for me! fabulous!)
Western Beggar Tofu (originally made with chicken)
  • 2 C Bean Sprouts
  • 4-5 C Shredded Cabbage
  • 1 C Grated Carrot
  • Chopped Green Onion
  • 1 package Tofu Cubed (or if you prefer 2 boned chicken breasts cut up)
  • 2 tsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp Dried Red Chili flakes
  • 1/3 C Soy Sauce
  • 1TBSP Sugar
Heat wok or large saute pan and add 1 TBSP oil. 
Saute tofu (or chicken) with garlic and red chili. If you're using tofu be sure to drain off the whey and if you feel it necessary drain again after sauteing. 
Add sprouts, cabbage, carrots, green onion and saute for a few minutes.
In a small bowl mix the soy sauce and sugar together and add to the pan. 
Serve over rice

My son started scarfing it down before we even had the chance to say prayer. This from a little boy who can tell if there's chicken in his meal, no matter how small it's cut up AND he's even talented enough to put a bite in his mouth, spit out the chicken, and continue eating the rest of the food like nothing happened. He didn't mind the tofu at all, ate it with no problems.  

Well there you go. Enjoy a healthy meal with your family!


  1. We haven't tried tofu before, but this sounds yummy and hooray for your little guy liking that. That is always the best wehn those toddlers finally eat something we make:> Thanks so much for linking up and sharing!

  2. Hi Alex, I have never had tofu either but your recipe sounds good and if your son is enjoying it then it can't be that bad, LOL I will have to look into this and try it out sometime. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  3. Now this is something I am going to have to try for sure. Anything that a toddler will eat without cringing is definitely worthy of giving a shot. My daughter is very picky...some days she likes chicken and other days she hates it. Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge:)

  4. Made this today with chicken. VERY GOOD! I have a go-to stir fry recipe, but this had a different flavor. My family voted thumbs-up. Thanks for sharing.

    1. So glad you liked it! It is definitely one of my favorites with tofu or chicken. So yummy! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you tried it. That makes my day!

  5. I'm going to try this one too! You have fantastic healthy recipes for the whole family ;) Thanks for linking this up to Give Me The Goods Monday.
    Jamie @


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