This recipe makes a really quick and tasty light vegan lunch for three or a more substantial stir-fry for two.
I think it’s worth the effort to bake and add in the tofu, but if you really are in a rush then stick with the peanuts/cashews and sesame seeds.
All three ingredients add protein and some useful minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium and all the veggies are bursting with vitamins, fibre and antioxidants.
The spiralised sweet potato is a lighter alternative than rice or noodles.
1 sweet potato – spiralised into noodles (or ready bought if you haven’t got a gadget!)½ (100g) large onion – sliced2 (130g) carrots – cut into matchsticks1 x (130g) red pepper – sliced
80g spring greens, spinach or mange tout
20g fresh ginger, grated or 1 tsp ‘lazy’ ginger or 1 tsp ginger/garlic paste
¼ – ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
¼ jar of Sharwoods black bean and pepper sauce – this has the lowest sugar content of all of the jarred sauces
400g of sweetcorn (tinned or frozen)
30g unsalted peanuts or cashews1 spring onion – sliced
½ tsp soy sauce or gluten free tamari
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
For the baked tofu : ½ block extra-firm tofu (drained and pressed in a clean tea towel),, small drizzle of olive oil, 3 tsp light soy sauce, 1 – 1½ tsp gochugaru or sriracha spice
- Preheat oven to 220C/ gas 7/425F.
- Cut the tofu into into slices. Place it in a mixing bowl and add the olive oil, chilli sauce/paste and soy sauce. You may need to add a splash of water if it’s too thick. Gently mix to combine.
- Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, remove your baking sheet from the oven and flip each piece of tofu. Drizzle the remaining marinade over the tofu and bake for another 10-12 minutes.
- Once the tofu is crispy on the outside, remove from the oven. Let it cool before you cut it in to strips
- In the meantime spiralises the sweet potato in to ‘noodles’ and blanche in boiling water for two minutes. Remove from the water
- Heat the wok until it is really hot and add 1 tsp of vegetable oil. Quickly add the sliced onion and keep them moving in the pan (with a large spoon or chopsticks). After 2 minutes at the carrots. Again move them about to stop them burning. If it looks too dry add a splash of water
- After another 2 minutes add the pepper, greens, ginger /garlic and chili flakes and ¼ of a jar of sauce. Cook for 5-8 minutes until the veg softens slightly. Again add some water if it sticks
- Add the softened sweet potato ‘noodles’ to the wok and mix in. Add the peanuts or tofu, soy sauce, sweetcorn and spring onion and again stir to mix. Cook for a final minute
- Divide into 2 bowls for a generous evening meal serving or into 3 bowls for a lighter lunch or 5:2 fast diet meal. And sprinkle over the toasted sesame seeds