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Brown Rice with Tofu, Dried Mushrooms, and Baby Spinach

Brown rice becomes a protein-filled vegetarian dish when steamed with tofu and spinach.

  • servings: 6
Photography: Ellie Miller

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups short-grain brown rice
  • 1/2 ounce sliced dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 8 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 dried red chile, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 ounces baby spinach (about 4 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions (about 6), white and pale-green parts only
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Stir together rice, 3 cups water, the mushrooms, tofu, ginger, garlic, chile, and salt in the bowl of a rice cooker. Cover with lid, and cook until machine switches to the warm setting (about 45 minutes). Let rice stand 15 minutes to finish steaming.

  2. Step 2

    Stir in spinach. Cover, and let steam 1 minute with machine still on warm. Stir in scallions, cilantro, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil. Serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, January 2006

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