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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