Sweet ‘N Sour Sauce

Last night I was craving stir-fry, but I wanted to do something different than my traditional homemade teriyaki sauce. I looked in the fridge and saw the large pitcher of fresh-squeezed tangerine juice from my grandmother’s citrus trees and an idea popped into my head. How about sweet and sour stir-fry? I googled homemade sweet and sour sauce to get the basic framework for the recipe and altered it a bit. Here’s what I came up with!

Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir Fry
1 pack extra firm tofu, pressed and drained of extra liquid **If making gluten free, make sure to read the label for gluten content. Not all tofus are gluten free**
1 c. broccoli, chopped
1 c. cauliflower, chopped
1/2 med sweet onion, chopped
1 cup cubed pineapple
1/2 cup red and yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped carrots
brown rice
2 Tbs. sunflower oil

Homemade Sweet ‘N Sour Sauce
1/2 c. agave nectar syrup
1/4 c. white vinegar 
1/2 cup citrus juice (you can use orange, pineapple or nectarine) 
1 Tbs. Tamari (or soy sauce)
1/4 cup water
2 Tbs. cornstarch
1/2 Tbs. Sriracha hot sauce

1. Chop up all veggies and set aside. 

2. Combine water, vinegar, tamari, citrus juice, sriracha and agave nectar syrup in small pan. Heat over stovetop on medium heat, stirring to combine. 

3. Once liquid begins to simmer add corn starch. Continue to stir until you bring it to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and leave aside. It will thicken up like this.

4. Add 1 Tbs. sunflower oil (or some other high-heat tolerant oil) to large saute pan or wok. Add cubed tofu. 

5. Keep heat on HIGH and toss continuously. Add about 1/2 cup sweet n’ sour sauce. 

6. Continue to toss tofu, browning on all sides and cooking until all liquid is absorbed. 

7. Remove tofu from saute pan and set aside. Add another Tbs. of sunflower oil to pan and add chopped veggies. 
8. Add remaining sweet n’ sour sauce and stir-fry until cooked. Right before serving, toss in crispy tofu and coat with sauce. 
Serve over brown rice and enjoy!

I served my sweet n’ sour stir fry with some roasted beet, apple and pecan salad. Recipe to follow this week! :)

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