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Kung Pao Tofu Zoodles

This recipe is a mashup of various other recipes I found on Pinterest. I love Kung Pao but the Points were pretty high once you factor in the rice and the protein and the sauce. Tofu lightens this up and zoodles are zero points and add a thickness to the sauce. This is a favorite meal in my house!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 serving
Calories 334 kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces extra firm tofu, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 3 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 5 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 medium scallions
  • 2 Tbsp peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Press tofu block to remove as much water as possible.

  3. To Bake Tofu: Slice tofu block into cubes, about 1 inch square, and add to medium sized bowl. Add 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp olive oil, and 1 Tbsp cornstarch and stir until no dry spots of cornstarch can be seen on the tofu. Transfer tofu to baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

  4. While the tofu is baking, use spiralizer to make the zucchini noodles, or zoodles. 

  5. Dice red bell pepper into bite sized pieces.

  6. Add soy sauce, balsamic, hoisin, water, red chili paste, sugar and cornstarch to a small bowl and stir until combined.

  7. Heat 1 tsp sesame oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant.

  8. Add the bell pepper and the sauce to the pan and stir. Allow mixture to come to a boil and thicken. Add zoodles to the pan and coat thoroughly with sauce. The zoodles will release water which will help to thicken the sauce even more. Stir for about 2 minutes.

  9. Remove tofu from oven and add directly to the pan. Mix thoroughly until tofu is incorporated into the mixture.

  10. Divide between two bowls. Top with diced scallions and 1 Tbsp chopped peanuts each.

Recipe Notes

Points Information per Serving:

Freestyle Points: 5 Points

Beyond the Scale: 9 Points

Nutrition Facts
Kung Pao Tofu Zoodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 1291mg56%
Potassium 1107mg32%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2405IU48%
Vitamin C 116.2mg141%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.