May 22, 2010

Tofu and asparagus over quinoa

A meal that is delicious and nutritious!

1 cup fresh fava beans, shelled, boiled and skinned*
1/2 cup fresh peas (shelled and boiled) **
3 carrots, cut into small cubes and boiled **
1 cup quinoa
1 lb asparagus, chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 pack of extra firm tofu (14oz) cut into 1/2 inch thick triangles
2 green onions

* shell the fava beans and boil them for 5min until the skin is white and wrinkly. Then quickly rinse in cold water and peel the skin off. The beans will be bright green color
** boil the peas and the carrots for 2 min, just enough for them to become tender but still retain crunchiness


Rinse the quinoa and transfer to a cooking pot. Add 2 cups of water, little salt and olive oil + 1 cube vegetable bullion and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for ~ 20 min. Once done, add the already cooked fava beans, peas and carrots and mix well.

For the tofu, MM found an excellent link describing how to cook it so that it retains texture and flavor and I followed it pretty closely... The most important is to dry fry the tofu without any oil so that the texture will be preserved. Cut the tofu, then dry it out between two towels to get the excess moisture out and dry fry it over medium heat and press with spatula while dry frying:


Once the tofu is done, marinate it for coupe of minutes in a sauce made from 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 water and a spoon of sugar and finely chopped green onion.

The asparagus can be sauteed briefly with some olive oil and seasoned with hot pepper flakes and salt.

Once all the ingredients are cooked, serve over a bed of quinoa and enjoy!


  1. Slaninka or MM,
    Could you please provide a link that gives more details around dry frying?

  2. Marulka,
    the link is in the post in the "How to cook tofu like the pros" sentence... just click on it.

  3. I've looking for a good recipe with tofu, and fava beans. Perfect timing :).

  4. Tofu and asparagus over quinoa create a harmonious blend of textures and flavors. Why Game Suspended The creamy tofu complements the crisp asparagus, while quinoa adds a nutty base.