Sweet-and-Sour Stir-Fried Vegetables

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30 minutes or fewer

This tasty combination goes from pan to table in no time. Because stir-frying is so fast, have all ingredients measured out and ready before you start cooking. Meal Plan: Prepare a 6-serving portion of quick-cooking brown rice to mop up the delicious sauce. A salad of sliced cucumber and watercress would add a refreshing note to the meal.

  • SERVINGServings

Ingredients

  • Sauce
  • Reserved juice from canned pineapple (about 3/4 cup; see below)
  • 3 Tbs. rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 2 Tbs. honey or brown rice syrup
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 8 to 10 slender stalks asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 16-oz. can unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained, juice reserved
  • 8 oz. extra-firm tofu, well drained and finely diced

Preparation

  1. Make sauce: In small bowl, stir together all ingredients until cornstarch has dissolved. Set aside.
  2. In wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 8 minutes.
  3. Add bell peppers and asparagus, increase heat to medium-high and stir-fry 5 minutes. Add tomatoes (with liquid) and pineapple chunks and stir-fry 5 minutes more.
  4. Stir in tofu and reserved sauce and cook, stirring, until mixture has thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust sweet/sour balance to your liking with additional honey, vinegar and/or soy sauce. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: SERVES 6
  • Calories: 158
  • Carbohydrate Content: 27 g
  • Fat Content: 5 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 4 g
  • Sodium Content: 467 mg