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Asian Tofu Stew

This is an Asian inspired stew to serve over brown rice. The tofu is an excellent source of protein and a great addition to the Daniel Fast.

1/2         cup 100% peanut butter

2              cups vegetable broth

2              tablespoons canola oil

1              cup chopped onion

3-4          cloves garlic, minced

1              cup chopped green bell pepper

1              cup chopped carrots

2              pounds firm tofu, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes

2              tablespoons soy sauce

1              teaspoon Five Spices

1              cup diced tomatoes

1              bay leaf

1/2         teaspoon thyme

1/2         teaspoon ground ginger

1              tablespoon lemon juice

6-8          cups cooked brown rice


  1. WHISK together the peanut butter and vegetable broth in a medium bowl until well blended.
  2. SEASON the tofu with soy sauce and Five Spices. Heat the oil in a large stew pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper and carrots. Sauté until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the tofu and continue to cook, stirring often, until browned on all sides.
  4. Add the peanut butter mixture, tomatoes with liquid, thyme, bay leaf, ginger and lemon juice. Stir well. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 20 or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. SEASON to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot over cooked rice.

Yield: 6-8 Servings

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sid #

    I found it at Publix. It is pretty common these days. Good luck!

    November 6, 2014
  2. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Val,
    Five-spice powder is a mixture of five spices used primarily in Chinese cuisine, but also used in other Asian cookery. If you cannot find it on the Asian foods isle at your grocery store, try a local Asian Market, or ……you can make your own Chinese Five spice powder:
    • 1 tsp. ground Szechwan pepper
    • 1 tsp. ground star anise
    • 1-1/4 tsp. ground fennel seeds
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
    Combine all ingredients in small airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place. Be Blessed!

    September 4, 2012
  3. Val #

    My family really liked this recipe. However, I am not sure what is meant by ‘five spices?’ What is in it and where do you buy it? Thanks.

    September 1, 2012

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