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You Are the Chef: Hearty Vegetable Stir-Fry with Tofu

Welcome back to the “You Are the Chef” series, where you’re more than a cook – you’re an artist in the kitchen. Today, we’re turning the spotlight onto a deliciously vibrant, nutrient-packed, and utterly scrumptious vegetarian masterpiece: a Hearty Vegetable Stir-Fry crowned with golden cubes of tofu. Whether you’re a committed vegetarian, exploring Meatless Mondays, or simply a lover of colorful, flavor-packed dishes, this recipe promises a dance of flavors and textures on your plate.


  • 200g firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch of ginger, finely grated
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, julienned
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into half-moons
  • 2 handfuls of snap peas or green beans, ends trimmed
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce (or any stir-fry sauce)
  • A sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Optional: Cashew nuts for added crunch


  1. Marinate the Tofu: In a bowl, toss the tofu cubes with soy sauce. Let them marinate for about 15 minutes.
  2. Sizzle and Fry: In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the marinated tofu cubes and fry until they are golden brown on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  3. Aromatics Unleashed: In the same skillet, sauté garlic and ginger until they’re aromatic but not burnt (around 1 minute).
  4. Veggies Galore: Add the carrots, bell pepper, and snap peas or green beans. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Then, introduce the zucchini and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Tofu’s Grand Return: Bring back the tofu to the skillet, and toss everything together. Pour in the hoisin sauce, making sure everything gets a lovely coating. Stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Once off the heat, sprinkle with green onions, toasted sesame seeds, optional cashews, and fresh cilantro. Serve immediately with steamed jasmine or brown rice, or even noodles.

Nutritional Highlights:

  • Tofu: An excellent source of protein and calcium for those on a plant-based diet.
  • Veggies: Packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are crucial for overall health.

Chef’s Tips:

  1. Crispy Tofu Tip: For an extra crispy outer layer, before marinating, pat the tofu dry and toss it in a tablespoon of cornstarch.
  2. Mix and Match: This stir-fry is versatile. Feel free to substitute or add any of your favorite veggies.

There you have it – a vegetable-centric dish that not only delights the taste buds but also nourishes the body. Dive into the world of vegetarian gastronomy with zest and joy, and remember, with You Are the Chef, you’re creating more than meals; you’re crafting culinary experiences. Bon appétit!

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