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Maple Tofu with Rice and Greens Recipe

A bowl of maple tofu with sticky rice and spinach

This recipe for Maple Tofu with Rice and Greens has been one of our favorites for years. It’s super easy, super healthy and full of flavor thanks to a simple sauce made with maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and garlic.

Ingredients

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For the Tofu:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes

For the Rice:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Spinach:

  • 34 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Red pepper flakes (just a pinch)
  • Salt

Instructions

To Make the Maple Tofu:

Line a large plate with 3-4 sheets of paper towel, then spread the diced tofu on top of it. Cover with a few more sheets of paper towel, then top with another plate. Allow the tofu to press for at least 1 hour. (You can do this step the night before and store the press tofu in the fridge for cooking the next day.)

In a large pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the tofu and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown.

While the tofu is cooking, combine the broth, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, garlic and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside.

When the tofu is done, add the liquid mixture to the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the liquid reduces to a thick syrup. Stir the tofu a couple times as the broth cooks down so that every piece has a chance to soak up the flavor. Serve immediately.

To Make the Rice:

Combine the water, rice and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, uncovered, until the water level drops below the rice and small holes form in the rice, about 8 minutes.

Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

To Make the Spinach:

In a large pan warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes, then add the chopped spinach and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook until the spinach has wilted, then season to taste with salt. Cook about 30 seconds longer, then serve.

 

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