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Under 30 Minutes

Quick Asian Steam

This lunch is loaded with good-for-you carbs, including veggies and brown rice. Vegetarians looking for protein will find it in the tofu. Night before: Cook brown rice according to package instructions. Assemble other ingredients through step 2 of the recipe, then refrigerate in an airtight container.

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  • Servings: 1
Quick Asian Steam

Source: Body+Soul, 2008


  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 ounces extra-firm tofu, well drained, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 ounces snow peas, ends trimmed
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • Cooked brown rice


  1. In a resealable microwave-safe container, combine vinegar, oil, ginger, and red-pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Add tofu and toss.

  2. Place snow peas, scallions, bell pepper, and carrot in the same container, on top of the tofu. Cover and refrigerate at least 10 minutes and up to 1 day.

  3. When it's time to eat, stir tofu and vegetables to combine. Cover and microwave on high until vegetables are crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes; set aside. Heat rice until warmed through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve vegetable mixture over rice.

Reviews (4)

  • MissTrisha 9 May, 2011

    I think without a microwave you could leave the dressing seperate and just steam the veggies then poor the dressing on after? Of what about those bamboo steamer baskets? I've never used them but it seems like you could use them with the dressing/marinade on the veggies? just a thought...

    This recipe is delish though :D Just saw the cashew idea and think I might try that next time.

  • Ania123 20 Apr, 2011

    I think you should always try to give a stovetop version of a microwavable recipe for those of us who don't use microwaves.

  • hopey4peace 10 Jan, 2009

    Delicious! But just to warn, when microwaved it smells a little funny, I think it's the snap ipeas.

  • gclo86 10 Oct, 2008

    I love this lunch! Easy, delicious and filling. I personally like it cold, and add cashews if I'm craving a little crunch.

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