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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. This combination, the caramelly sweet tofu and exotic nutty black rice, along with the slightly bitter sautéed greens, makes one delicous plant-based meal!

Lacquered Tofu with Black Rice and greens on white plate with forkAbout 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.

But know that Lotus Foods, seller of high quality rice, (affiliate link) has trademarked the word “Forbidden” for their brand only, 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

To make this recipe:

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. Though he teases me that I am spoiled from 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 less than an hour. Start the rice first, and while it’s cooking, press the moisture from the tofu, cut it into small cubes, and sauté until golden on a few sides.

When the rice is done, sauté the greens until they wilt, add the sauce, then stir the rice into the greens.

Keep warm while you glaze the tofu with maple and tamari.

Lacquered Tofu with in skillet over black rice and green mix

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

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