Stir-Fried Tofu, Red Cabbage and Winter Squash

Stir-Fried Tofu, Red Cabbage and Winter Squash

Makes 4 servings.

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 Red Dog butternut squash, cut in ½-inch dice
Salt to taste
1 Red Dog red cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
Rice, bulgur or buckwheat noodles for serving

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.

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.

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.

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.