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Vegan Tofu Lo Mein Recipe

I recommend this for all the thousands of late night HyVee food runs and this is what I got 90% of the time. I want you to try why its one of my Asian favorites. Don't be afraid to replace the tofu with chicken or another meat!

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Ingredients
8
ozs dried lo mein noodles
for the lo mein sauce:
2
tbs soy sauce
1
tbs hoisin sauce
2
tsp agave or maple syrup
1
tsp sesame oil
for the pan fried tofu:
1
tbs vegetable oil (any high-heat neutral flavored oil works)
1
lb extra-firm tofu, pressed, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
for the vegetable lo mein:
2
tbs vegetable oil (any high-heat neutral flavored oil works)
1 1/2
cups shiitake mushroom caps, cleaned and sliced into strips (about 6 medium mushrooms)
2
-3 scallions, white parts and green parts separated and chopped
2
garlic cloves, minced
1
tsp freshly grated ginger
1
red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1
cup snow peas
1
cup julienne'd carrot (1 large or 2 small carrots)
Directions
1.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the lo mein noodles and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse them with cold water. Return them to the pot and set aside.
2.
Make the lo mein sauce:
3.
Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
4.
Make the pan-fried tofu:
5.
Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu cubes. Cook them for about 10 minutes, flipping once or twice, until the cubes are browned on multiple sides. Remove the tofu from the skillet and transfer it to a plate.
6.
Make the vegetable lo mein:
7.
Using the same skillet that you cooked the tofu in, over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil and arrange the shiitakes in an even layer. Cook until the mushrooms just begin to brown on the bottoms, about 3 minutes. Add the white parts of the scallions, garlic and ginger. Sauté for 1 minute.
8.
Raise the heat to high. Add the bell pepper, snow peas and carrots. Stir-fry until the vegetables are just tender-crisp, about 1 minute. Add the noodles, sauce, tofu and green parts of scallions. Flip ingredients with a spatula to mix and coat noodles with sauce. Cook until the ingredients are well-mixed and the noodles are heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
9.
Divide onto plates and serve.

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