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Lacquered Tofu with Black Rice and Greens

Lacquered tofu with black rice and greens is an amazing food trio. Golden sautéed tofu gets a tamari and maple syrup varnish. Served the caramelly sweet tofu over exotic nutty black rice and slightly bitter sautéed greens for a delicous plant-based meal!

Lacquered Tofu with Black Rice and greens on white plate with fork
About black rice:

Legend says that the Emperors of China excluded all others from eating black rice. No peasants could indulge. More than once I’ve heard this very healthy rice referred to as forbidden rice. Lotus Foods, seller of high quality rice, has trademarked the word Forbidden so we are forbidden to call it Forbidden, unless of course we are using Lotus Forbidden Rice.

tofu cubes cooking for Lacquered tofu

Tofu in skillet with tamari and maple syrup glaze

This is a three burner stove-top meal—you will want a saucepan for the rice, a non-stick skillet for the tofu, and a third skillet for the greens. I am lucky my husband does the dishes. He teases me that I am spoiled by my 30 years in a professional kitchen, with dish stewards ready to wash all the pots and pans, utensils and mixing bowls I can get dirty.

This recipe might make a 3-pot mess–but it comes together in about an hour. Start the rice first, and while it’s cooking, press the moisture from the tofu and prepare all the other ingredients.

Lacquered Tofu with in skillet over black rice and green mix

Lacquered tofu with and black rice and greens is adapted from Caramelized Golden Tofu recipe in Deborah Madison’s cookbook Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

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