Getting bored of the same old chicken, broccoli and brown rice for your weekly meal prep? I have an awesome twist on stir fry that you might like to try. The star ingredient here is rapini, also known as broccolini. The supporting cast consists of meaty smoked tofu and crunchy peanuts. This unexpectedly charming final product comes with a five-star rating from Roger & Ebert. Netflix peeps, maybe an idea for your next original series?
Rapini is a dark green vegetable, consisting of a tender green stalk with small leaves and florets. It’s usually in the refrigerated produce section, and tastes similar to broccoli or cabbage. Like other veggies in the brassica family, it’s high in vitamin C and is a source of fibre, vitamin A, and folate.
Smoked tofu is a soy product that has a similar texture to cheddar cheese. It’s got a nice smokey flavour that is anything but boring. Plus, it’s a vegetarian source of protein that’s good for lowering your risks of heart disease, and has a lower environmental footprint compared to meat products.
I sauteed the raw skinned peanuts in some vegetable oil to give it a nice crunch and to bring out the natural nutty aroma. If you’re short on time, I suggest using roasted peanuts and tossing those on top instead.
Eat This Mindfully
Prepare: Take a few deep breaths and scan your body. Do you notice yourself holding tension in your jaws, shoulders, stomach, or anywhere else? If so, relax those areas as much as you can. How hungry do you feel? How full do you feel?
Look: What do you notice about the colours? What shapes do you see? Does it look smooth or rough? Crunchy or soft?
Smell: Breath in the aromas of the dish. What stands out to you? Can you smell the rapini? Or peanuts? What thoughts come to your mind as you smell this dish?
Taste: What tastes do you notice at first? What other tastes unfold as you continue to chew? What’s the texture like?
Check in: What changes do you notice in your hunger and fullness? How do you know when you’re ready to stop eating?
Rapini with Smoked Tofu Stir Fry (Vegan Recipe)
Recipe by Cathy
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
- 2 tbsp raw peanuts
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
- 1/2 bunch rapini, roughly chopped
- 1-2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine, cooking sherry, or water
- ~100 g (1/2 package) smoked tofu, sliced
- Salt to taste
- In a wok or sauté pan, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat and add raw peanuts. Stirring frequently until the nuts are golden brown. Remove from pan and reserve.
- In the same pan, add remaining 1 tbsp oil, cook garlic and chili flakes until fragrant. Add chopped rapini and cooking wine / water. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the greens are slightly wilted.
- Add smoked tofu and season with salt to taste.
- Top with toasted peanuts before serving.
- Try cooking other dark green leafy veggies the same way: kale, collards, spinach, bok choy, gai lan, and Swiss chard would all work in this recipe.