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Stir-Fried Tofu, Red Cabbage and Winter Squash

January 1, 2013
by Shannon Hepburn

I’m a huge red cabbage fan: I like it chopped raw in my green salads, finely shredded and splashed with rice vinegar for a quick slaw, cut into ribbons and sauteed with onions for an easy side, roughly cut and steamed for a veggie bowl dressed with a peanut sauce, sliced into wedges and roasted and blended into soups.  Red cabbage always pops up on those “super foods” lists and it’s one of the most affordable seasonal vegetables you can buy.


Stir-Fried Tofu, Red Cabbage and Winter Squash
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or honey
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or peanut oil
  • ½ pound firm tofu, cut in 1- x 2-inch dominoes
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ pound butternut squash, cut in ½-inch dice (roughly 1½ - 2 cups cubed)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1½ pounds red cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
  • Rice, bulgur or buckwheat noodles for serving
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce, the rice wine vinegar, sugar or honey, sesame oil and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles and evaporates upon contact. Add the tofu, and stir-fry until lightly colored, about three minutes. Remove from the pan, and season to taste with soy sauce.
  3. Add the remaining oil to the pan. When it is hot, add the butternut squash. Stir-fry until it begins to color, five to eight minutes. Add salt to taste, the ginger and garlic. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds, and add the cabbage. Stir-fry until the squash is tender and the cabbage is crisp-tender, about six minutes, adding about ¼ cup water to the pan from time to time if the vegetables begin to stick. Return the tofu to the pan.
  4. Stir the sweet and sour mixture, and add to the vegetables. Stir just for a few seconds until they are glazed. Remove from the heat and serve with grains or noodles.
  5. Serves 4
  6. Advance preparation: You can prepare all of the ingredients ahead, but the stir-fry should be made just before serving.