Green Beans with Tofu and Crushed Peanuts

Recipe courtesy of Harvard University Dining Services

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  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 8 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-inch slice of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 1 tablespoon red chili pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ¼ cup plain, roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut tofu into 1-inch pieces and toss gently with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Spread the oil-coated tofu in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until lightly browned, approximately 15 minutes. Turn with a spatula half-way through to ensure equal browning. When done, remove from the oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, steam the green beans in a medium-size pan on the stove top until tender but slightly crispy, then shock immediately in cold water. Drain and set aside.

Warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a sauté pan. Once heated, add the garlic and ginger, stirring to mix them together. Cook until mixture is tender, but do not burn the garlic. Add zest and chili flakes and stir again; cook for about 1 minute. Add green beans and toss to cover with garlic and ginger. Add in the tofu pieces, tossing the mixture again. Splash with lemon juice, toss again, taste and season. Remove to warm serving platter and sprinkle the top with crushed peanuts.

Nutritional information per serving (1/4 of recipe):

Calories: 220 ⁄ Protein: 11 g ⁄ Carbohydrate: 13 g ⁄ Fiber: 5 g ⁄ Sodium: 10 mg* Saturated fat: 2 g ⁄ Polyunsaturated fat: 4 g ⁄ Monounsaturated fat: 8 g ⁄ Trans fat: 0 g ⁄ Cholesterol: 0 mg

*with no salt; with a dash of salt in the entire recipe, 50 mg; with ¼ teaspoon salt in the entire recipe, 160 mg

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