Drought-Friendly Cooking: Stir-Fry Vegetables with Baked Tofu Recipe


I’m excited to announce the launch of my Drought-Friendly Cooking Channel on YouTube with a Drought-Friendly Stir-Fry Vegetables with Baked Tofu Recipe (recipe below).

In the video, I teach you how to make this simple stir-fry recipe, and discuss strategies to save water with your cooking, impacting water systems world -wide.

Why drought-friendly cooking? Water experts predict 2/3 of the world’s population will experience water scarcity by 2025. I believe you and I can change this frightening trajectory by insisting food is cultivated on farms with methods that conserve and preserve freshwater.

Change begins with our individual food choices.

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Drought-Friendly Stir-Fry Vegetables with Baked Tofu

Serves 5



Vegetable Stir-Fry

A selection of seasonal and organic vegetable ideas:

Broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, green beans, squash/zucchini, snow peas, bok choy, snap peas, yams, onions, mushrooms

I use the following:

1 medium head broccoli cut into small florets

1 red bell pepper sliced

4-5 carrots cut into strips

1-2 zucchini cut into strips

1 handful of green beans, cut in half and ends cut off

2 tablespoons organic olive oil or organic canola oil  for cooking

salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

optional toasted sesame seeds and red pepper flakes


Purchase organic rice from non-flooded paddies. I recommend Lotus Foods Rice found at many grocery stores and Cajun Grain (purchase online).

Find your favorite recipe for rice. I put the rice to cook as soon as I place the tofu in the oven and before I start on the vegetables.

Baked Tofu 

2 packages organic or non-GMO tofu (firm)


1/2 cup organic toasted sesame oil

4 tablespoons honey from a local beekeeper

juice from 1 organic lime


optional: 1 tablespoon crushed fennel seed

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Mix the ingredients for the baked tofu together in a small bowl

Drain the water from the tofu packages and cut it into small cubes and place in casserole dish

Pour the sauce over the tofu cubes, gently turning the tofu to coat the tofu on all sides

Bake the tofu at 450 degrees for 30 minutes, an additional 10-15 minutes longer if you like it slightly crispy


Vegetable Stir-Fry

Heat oil in a large pan

Add root vegetables first (carrot and yams)

After 2-3 minutes add the rest of the vegetables

Toss vegetables together and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, (red pepper flakes and toasted sesame seeds (optional))

Do not over cook. Stay nearby. The vegetables should preserve a sharp color and remain al dente, slightly firm.


Serve vegetables over cooked rice, and spoon tofu over the vegetable.






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