Friends, it’s a proven fact that fast food and pastries increases depression in test subjects. Those foods incorporate high levels of trans fats, and these saturated fats (also found in red meat and whole milk) increase depression by 48%. Olive oil and other natural plant oils protect us against the blues. It took me awhile to appreciate tofu. I like it alot now that I know how to prepare it by lightly braising tofu until golden on the outside with either sesame or olive oil. Tofu takes on whatever flavors you combine with it and tastes wonderful served with brown rice.
Ingredients to serve 4:
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Braise tofu until golden brown. Stir in onions and cook for one minute. Stir in garlic and ginger, and cook for 30 seconds.
- Stir in carrots, bell pepper and baby corn, cooking for 2 minutes. Stir in bok choy, mushrooms, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and crushed red pepper, and heat through. Remove from heat.
- In a small saucepan, combine water, rice wine vinegar, honey, and soy sauce, and bring to a simmer. Cook for two minutes, then stir in cornstarch and water mixture. Simmer until sauce thickens. Pour sauce over vegetables and tofu. Garnish with scallions.