Monday, March 9, 2015

Leslie's Tofu and Kale Breakfast Stir Fry

I stayed with my sister last week and so enjoyed spending time with her.  She's become vegan and made a wonderful breakfast of tofu and kale.  It was very much like one of our old breakfast staples growing up - Tofu Kan. That is stir fried tofu lightly seasoned with soy sauce and was a great protein boost in the morning. My sister updated it by adding pieces of kale, which when cooked very lightly, does not taste bitter. It was a wonderful dish that made you feel like you were eating something very healthy to start the day. My sister used pressed tofu from Trader Joe's that she cut up and keeps packages of pre-cut Kale from there in the fridge too. When she makes it for herself, she makes half of this recipe. This is a super fast breakfast for those mornings when you are on the go and need to eat protein like I do.  I think it is a simple and delicious anytime dish that I encourage you to try soon!

Leslie's Tofu and Kale Breakfast Stir Fry

1 lb package of pressed Tofu (can also use Extra Firm Tofu), sliced into bite-size pieces (about 2 cups)
2 cups Kale, cut up into small pieces
2 green onions, ends removed and cut into small pieces
2 Tablespoons Oil
2 Teaspoons Tamari

In a frying pan, heat the oil and then add in the Tofu. Cook until the Tofu just starts to brown.  Then add in the Green Onions and Kale.  Cook until the kale wilts.  Sprinkle with the Tamari and toss to coat. 

Five Element Analysis

Tofu because it is made from soybeans belongs to the Water Element and because it is processed and white is considered part of the Metal Element as well.  The Kale brings in the Wood Element and the Green Onions contribute more Metal and the Tamari enhances the Water Element a bit more too. So, the Earth and Fire Elements are not present.  Fire can be easily added with some tea and the Earth Element should be present in other meals during the day. 

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