Chinese Braised Mushrooms & Tofu

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Ma Po Tofu, a classic dish from the Sichuan province of China, inspired this recipe. The original is made with soft tofu and ground pork or beef with plenty of heat from dried chile peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. Portobello mushrooms stand in for the meat in our vegetarian version and convenient jarred chile-garlic sauce gives it plenty of kick. Serve with brown rice.

Chinese Braised Mushrooms & Tofu
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

  • 4 portobello mushroom caps, gills removed, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce, (see Note)

  • 1 1/4 cups mushroom broth, or vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry, (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1 14-ounce package firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed and coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and chile-garlic sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the mushroom liquid has evaporated, 4 to 6 minutes.

  2. Add broth, sherry, soy sauce, brown sugar, tofu and water chestnuts and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain a simmer, for 10 minutes to blend flavors.

  3. Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir the mixture into the saucepan and simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes.

Note: Chile-garlic sauce (also labeled chili-garlic sauce, or paste) is a blend of ground chiles, garlic and vinegar. It can be found in the Asian section of large supermarkets and will keep for up to 1 year in the refrigerator.

Tip: “Cooking sherry” can be high in sodium. Instead, look for dry sherry with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Calories
183
Added Sugars
1g
Carbohydrates
18g
Cholesterol
0mg
Dietary Fiber
5g
Fat
8g
Monounsaturated Fat
3g
Potassium
593mg
Protein
11g
Saturated Fat
1g
Sodium
617mg
Bonus
Calcium (22% daily value)
Potassium (17% dv)
Iron (15% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings
1
Exchanges
2 vegetable
1 medium-fat meat
1 fat

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