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Tofu & Walnut Lettuce Cups
©2013 Mutsumi Gonzales, House Foods Tofu. Reprinted with permission.

This Japanese inspired, low-carb recipe is full of healthy walnuts and is bursting with flavor.

7 to 8 ounces firm tofu, drained well
1 tsp. olive oil or other cooking oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp. miso (red or awase)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sake
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon corn starch (mixed with 1/4 cup cold water)

In a frying pan, heat the oil, garlic, and tofu over medium-high heat (below smoking point), breaking up the tofu into small pieces with a wooden spoon (can also be cubed beforehand according to preference). Cook until tofu and garlic are well-toasted. Add the miso, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sake, and sugar, and cook for a few more minutes, stirring constantly. Add the water and cornstarch mixture, stirring until the mixture thickens. Then mix in the walnuts.

Serve on lettuce cups, topped with shredded carrots and chopped cilantro.

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