It’s been a bit hectic lately. I’m weeks away from finishing a job commitment that has been more work and stress than I anticipated. Baseball season has started so I am on the field with a bunch of five year olds all while trying to keep my seven year old entertained. One of my boys is expecting an epic birthday party in less than two weeks. And, laundry is never ending, I mean never, ever.
It is during these times that I am thankful to have come up with this recipe. Not only is it quick to make but it’s a well balanced one bowl meal. I developed it several years ago when the budget was tight and I was getting a little bored of rice and beans. The bold flavor of the old bay seasoning is a welcome change to the routine of dinner time. The carrots and purple cabbage add a sweetness that compliments the dish.
I use frozen tofu for this recipe because it’s a great way to squeeze out lots of liquid. The result is a porous tofu that easily absorbs flavor and helps achieve an extra crispiness when frying. Freezing tofu is really easy. Simply place the tofu in its original packaging in the freezer. Freeze until frozen solid and then thaw before you need to use it. No surprise here, you can also run it under warm water if the tofu isn’t completely thawed by the time you need it for your dish. I’ve also chopped the semi frozen tofu and put it right in the pan with no problems.
When making this dish, I like using my deep dish cast iron skillet. It allows for all the ingredients to be added without dirtying up another dish. That matters if you’re the dishwasher!
For this recipe, I fry the tofu with a little salt first so it gets extra crunchy. Then I add the cabbage and carrots just until they are soft and finish by incorporating the spices.
I usually opt for purple cabbage in this recipe because I am always trying to use a variety of colors for diverse nutritional benefits but also to get the attention of my kids. Thankfully they are pretty good eaters and they will try just about anything. I consider it a success if I hear, “Oh, cool!” or “Weird”.
So, here’s to an easy dish that will satisfy the need to be quick to prepare, quick to clean up and most importantly a savory bowl of crunchy, healthy deliciousness that maybe your kids will think is a little better than, “you call that dinner?”