Thai Peanut Tofu and Mr. Spice Review

June 1, 2012

Well hello there! Since I knew I wouldn’t be blogging while on my trip, I got together a post for you to enjoy while I am away! Hopefully I am soaking up the sun in San Diego as we speak!

I was contacted a little while back by

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As their site states. “Mr. Spice makes gourmet, no sodium sauces and marinades that are all natural and packed with flavor. Every Mr. Spice product is gluten free and sodium free.”

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I really enjoyed learning more about David Lang, the founder of Mr. Spice. Even as a kid, David enjoyed trying new condiments and adding different spices to his foods.

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The ingredient list on the sauces is pretty darn good. You can pronounce the ingredients (always a plus) many of which are well known spices.

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For those of you that aren’t familiar, both gum arabic and xanthan gum are thickening agents commonly used in dressings and sauces.

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In order to really taste test the sauces, I figured the best way was to use them in a recipe. The Thai Peanut sauce was calling my name. By adding peanuts, mixed vegetables, potatoes and tofu, a delicious dish was born.

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Thai Peanut Tofu (serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package extra firm tofu, pressed
  • 1/4 cup Thai Peanut sauce (separated)
  • 1 package frozen stir fry vegetables
  • 2 small potatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon crushed peanuts, for garnish

Directions:

After pressing tofu, slice into cubes and marinate with Mr. Spice Thai Peanut sauce (about 2 tbsp). Let marinade in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

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Chop garlic, onion and potatoes. In sauté pan, add oil. Once oil is hot add garlic, onion and potatoes.

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Cook in pan until potatoes are softened, about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Next, add frozen vegetables to potatoes and onion. Stir well.

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After a few minutes your veggies will be nice and defrosted. Let them hang out on low heat.

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Meanwhile, in other pan start crisping the tofu. Use 1 tablespoon oil to cover the pan. Add tofu and cook until brown, turning half way.

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Add more sauce to pan to deglaze.

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Once tofu is browned (about 5 minutes) transfer tofu to sauté pan with other vegetables. Stir to combine.

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Top tofu onto rice if desired. Add crushed peanuts and an extra drizzle of sauce. You are ready to dig in!

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The sauce is very tasty. It had a mild flavor to it. The boy and I really enjoyed the sauce and it complemented the ingredients in the dish nicely.

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You really don’t miss the salty taste that most other sauces have. It would have been even better if it had more of a kick/spice to it. But overall, I was very pleased with this sauce. I can’t wait to try the other flavors!! Definitely a great option for someone that is watching their sodium intake.

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I will be sure to post more reviews of the other sauces as I get through them. Along with this recipe, you can visit Mr. Spice for other recipe ideas.

*Mr. Spice products were provided to me free for review. My opinions are honest and my own.

Have you ever tried Mr. Spice? What is your favorite sauce/marinade?

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{ 20 comments }

Simply Life June 5, 2012 at 12:40 am

oh I love seeing all these different flavors- SO fun!

Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 5, 2012 at 12:58 am

Mmm, I would be all over that Honey BBQ sauce. That’s great that the ingredient list is so simple–I sometimes hesitate to throw pre-made sauces into dishes because of sketchy ingredients, but these look great!

Andrea@WellnessNotes June 5, 2012 at 1:15 am

Hope you are having fun in San Diego! :)

The sauces sound great. I try to limit my sodium intake, and these sauces sound like a great way to add flavor to dishes! Would love to try them!

Michelle (Better with Berries) June 5, 2012 at 1:47 am

I’m not sure if I’ve seen these in stores near me, but I’m definitely going to check next time I’m making stir fry!

Angela @ Sleep and Repeat June 5, 2012 at 3:35 am

Huge fan of Thai food here :D This looks so delish! Def bookmarking to try :) I’ll have to look for Mr. Spice at my grocery store.

Kari @ bite-sized thoughts June 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

This sounds like a great product range – and a great dish here!

teri@managedmacros June 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

Look at all that goodness in that little bottle! I bet I could drink that peanut sauce with a straw!!! LUCKY that you get to review…what a FUN job!!!

Swanky Dietitian June 7, 2012 at 1:52 am

Yes, that is one of the perks! I still have a HUGE smile on my face that I get to sample all of them. :)

Heather (Where's the Beach) June 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Oh I need to try to find that brand. I’m a huge fan of sauces but they are rarely “clean”. Hope you’re having a wonderful vacation!

Tanya @ Dine, Dash, and Deadlift June 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hope you’re having a GREAT time on your trip! Looking forward to more of your Mr.Spice creations when you return!

Dixya June 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

that is one sweet product- its so hard to come by these salt-free products! thanks for sharing and enjoy your trip :)

Natalie @ will jog for food June 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm

That looks great! I love using “soyaki” from trader joes as a marinade.

Sara @ Nourish and Flourish June 6, 2012 at 6:20 am

Thai peanut sauce is one of my favorites! I often make my own, using PB2 or peanut flour, but when time is tight, I’ll buy a bottle in the grocery store. I hadn’t heard of Mr. Spice until reading this post, but I’d love to try their line! Most sauces sold in the grocery stores are PACKED with sodium—you have to be careful!

Hope you’re having a wonderful time in San Diego! xoxo

Swanky Dietitian June 7, 2012 at 1:59 am

I agree with you! For a bottle, it is a great option! I was pleasantly surprised!!! :)

Janel June 7, 2012 at 1:17 am

I can’t believe they’re sodium free! I’m such a sucker for salt – I can’t help it! But condiments are so insanely loaded, I’m glad there is a line of sauce that is sodium free, and you make it look great in a tasty dish!

Rach June 7, 2012 at 2:12 am

I do love that you can actually recognize and pronounce all the ingredients! :)

Nicole, RD June 7, 2012 at 4:11 am

Sodium free! I am so impressed! It looks delicious! Loving all of the tofu dishes!

Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers June 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

I haven’t tried that brand, but I’m definitely going to look for it. The hubs watches his salt intake (sort of), so he’d be happy to find these in our fridge.

EA-The Spicy RD June 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Looks like a great list of ingredients, and a nice option, especially for people who are on a low sodium diet. I’ve never seen the sauces before, but will be on the look out for them next time I’m at the store. Hope you had a fabulous time in SD :-)

Mr. Spice June 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hi Everyone,
First and foremost, thanks to Kristen for the kind review. Mr. Spice loves hearing all the feedback about our suaces and marinades. We did see a few people mention about finding us in stores, we are only available online in the US (Unless you are close to Rhode Island) but purchasing through our website is easy, simple and fast!

Stay happy and healthy everyone! -Team Mr. Spice

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