Chili-Glazed Tofu over Asparagus and Rice

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Ingredients

* 1.5 cups of long-grained rice, cooked

* 2 1/4 cups chopped asparagus ( about 1 pound )

* 1 Tb peanut oil

* 2 Tb sugar

* 4 Tb rice vinegar

* 4 Tb low sodium soy sauce

* 2 tsp ginger, minced

* 2 tsp hot chili sauce, such as Sriracha

* 1 pound Extra-Firm Tofu, drained and cut lengthwise into 6 pieces

* 1 cup, carrots, julienned

* 2 cloves of garlic, minced

* 1 tsp dark sesame oil

Directions

1. Combine sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger and hot chili sauce in a medium sized bowl and mix well. Add cut tofu to the bowl and marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

2. While rice you cook your rice, heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Add a little of the soy sauce mixture; cook 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

3. In a medium size wok or medium pan, add 1 Tb of olive oil and heat over medium flame. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until it become fragrant. Add carrots and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the start to soften up a little. Add asparagus and cook for another 2 minutes. Lastly, add the cooked rice and sesame oil and mix well.