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Spicy Tofu Steaks over Bok Choy and BRIDESMAIDS, omg.

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“I know there’s pain. WHY DO YOU LOCK yourself up in these chains?” (these chains.)

Yep. I finally watched Bridesmaids last night. You guys, I’m still coming to terms with the unbelievable fact that my agent didn’t contact me for an audition.

a) Kristin Wiig is my sista-from-anotha-motha.

*SPOILER ALERT*

b) The bestest and most talented trio from the 90s made a special appearance FOR ME right at the end – WILSON PHILLIPS. I can’t even type it without trembling.

I like to imagine that the producers and writers for the movie were sitting around a large table with notebooks and expensive coffee, and one dude with Buddy Holly glasses and a receding (but cool) hairline looks at another dude with Buddy Holly glasses and a receding (yet hip) hairline and says, “IDEA. Oh man is this gonna be so pimp. We need to have Wilson Phillips sing at the wedding! Bev would FA-REAK OUT.” And the decision was made. For me. Just like that. That’s the way it went down, in my soul.

I mean, just look at my pure, undeniable joy. While we’re looking at this picture, what is up with my jeans? I stuck them down in my boots earlier in the day and they’re like spilling out now. This is what Wilson Phillips does to me. Happiness just spills out me, like jeans out of boots.

You should also know that I’m in a Wilson Phillips tribute band with my friend Lisa. Sure it’s imaginary and sure it’s just on Twitter or whatever. But you guys, we’re HUGE in Japan. Book your tickets now. We wear velvet. True story.

I’m going to watch the movie three more times now.

“….No one can change your life except for you, Don’t EVER LET ANYONE STEP ALL OVER YO-OU. Just open your heart and your mi-iind….hmmmm….is it really fa-aair to FEEL this way insi-iiide?”

Sing it, girls. Sing it.

(p.s. Oh yeah, and I cooked dinner.)

Spicy Tofu Steaks Over Bok Choy:

 

What it took for 2:

* 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs. freshly minced ginger root
* 3 scallions, thinly sliced (whites and greens separated)
* 1 bunch bok choy, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch ribbons
* 1 block extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch slices
* 2 Tbs. sriracha sauce
* 2 Tbs. soy sauce
* pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1 tsp sambal oelek (optional)

Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan. Add the garlic, ginger and scallion whites; bloom 1 minute.

Add the bok choy, a pinch of salt and pepper and saute for 3 to 5 minutes, until wilted. Remove from pan and set aside.

Brush the sriracha sauce over both sides of the tofu slices.

Add a wee bit more oil if needed and add the tofu slices to the pan. Sear on each side for 3 minutes, until browned and firm.

Serve the tofu slices over a bed of wilted bok choy and garnish with a drizzle of soy sauce, scallion greens and a dollop of samal oelek if you like it EXTRA hot.

Uh huh.

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31 Responses to Spicy Tofu Steaks over Bok Choy and BRIDESMAIDS, omg.

  1. Kelley October 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    I can’t sing but I do love me some Wilson Phillips and I’ve always wanted to be in a band. Maybe I could be the equipment manager. Or the official band hair braider. I do a mean crimp.

  2. Maria October 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    You crack me up! I loved Bridesmaids. Too funny! Great recipe here!

  3. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Oh Bev, You gave me such a good hard laugh I almost spit my coffee! Great movie and Dinna–I’m a die-hard bok choy fan, not so much Wilson Phillips.

  4. nicole b. October 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Dude. You gotta say “spoiler alert” before you drop Wilson Phillips bombs. My sister and I (plus my friend Catherine) lived and died for Wilson Phillips back in the day. (I was Chynna, obvs.) If any of us could actually sing, WE would be in an official tribute band. So, I’m all about YOURS. Rock on, woman. I gotta see Bridesmaids now. Like, right now. Wait, there was food in the blog post? Food is sooo on the back-burner. xo.

    p.s. Releeeeease me. Can you reLEA-EASe meeee?

    • Bev Weidner October 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      CRAP! Totes didn’t think about the warning! I was sure that I’m the last person on this planet Earth who hadn’t seen it .

      Sooo sorry! It doesn’t ruin the movie though. There is so so much in it that you’d pee your face over.

      p.s. Dude, “release me” is my all.time.favorite. xo!

  5. Julie J. October 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Oh.My.Gosh. you are so stinkin’ funny. Love your blog daily!

  6. Caroline Lerro October 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Seriously made me giggle. That movie was hi-larious. And that din-din looks fabu! BTW I LOVED the bean soup from a few days back. Absolutely amazing. Little Man even at a bit!

  7. Lisa {With Style and Grace} October 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    You DID it!! Okay, definitely thought the picture would be on you laughing, but no. you’re dancing, even more ah-mazing!! Love it girl, can’t wait to go on tour with you and be crazy famous! xo

    • Bev Weidner October 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      What people don’t realize is that we are about to TAKE OVER THE WORLD. Even if only in our minds.

      We should still plan on wearing velvet though.

  8. Aggie October 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    KRISTEN WIIG could be my BFF. I swear. I want to be her friend so bad.

    This movie made me gut laugh.

    You are so cute with your untucked jeans!!!

  9. Aggie October 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    and the food looks good too! ;)

  10. Cookin' Cowgirl October 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    hahahaha LOVE IT!! Seriously, I’m ready to move to KC and come party with you! ;)

    I’ve never tried tofu, but you make everything look G-double-O-D good!

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    omg this meal looks perfect. amazing. I want to come eat at your house.

    and come see you and lisa star in your band in japan. I’d pay anything for those tickets :)

  12. Katie October 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I had to google Kristin Wiig, but when I did, I found out that I like her and she definitely reminds me of YOU. Also, you must have known I love tofu and made this especially for me, right? Thirdly, that picture of you dancing in your living room makes my soul happy.

  13. DessertForTwo October 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Gosh you crack me up! Happiness spilling out of you!! Love that!

    I totally agree–you * Kristen Wiig are seriously related. You have to be! Omg Bev you should be on SNL!

    xoxo!
    tina

  14. Deena@StayatHomeFOODIE October 28, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    I made out to Wilson Phillips at “the kidding spot” with an long-ago, disgusting ex-boyfriend. The lyrics made me want to break up with him… and I drew a heart in the fogged up window and then crossed it out and made him take me home immediately. I was feeling the girl-power, ya know.

    I had TOTALLY forgotten about that until just now!

  15. Heidi / foodiecrush October 28, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    Wilson Phillips was just HERE, at the FAIR, dude! And not only that, they were filming their reality show. You do know they have a reality show coming up right. I know, you’re going to faint. Right. Now. BOOM. Pick her up off the floor. But more than WP, I love your tofu. I’m a sucka for tofu. Tas-tee.

  16. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. October 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I have not seen the movie. I need to ASAP. This looks delish!

  17. marla October 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Ha! Now I get the Wilson Phillips thing on twitter yesterday. The jeans spilling over the boots…nice! The tofu steaks look fab! Gonna pin & FB NOW :) xxoo

  18. Marly October 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Love this recipe. Throwing in the dancing is just icing on the cake…or marinade on the tofu…however you want to look at it!

  19. Stephanie October 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Did you drain your tofu first? Like when you put it on a towel with a heavy weight on top?

    • Bev Weidner October 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

      I actually just drained the liquid from the carton and then pat the tofu all over with a paper towel!

      Seemed to do the trick!

      • Stephanie October 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

        Thanks! These look great.

  20. Fern October 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Oh my, that tofu steak looks delicious! I’ve never believed in vegan steaks before, but you’ve totally converted me! And Wilson Phillips…what a blast from the past!

  21. kat October 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    YUM! That looks delicious! I just love tofu!

  22. Brooke October 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    O.EM.GEE. That movie is better than George Michael. And Debbie Gibson. But not Carnie Wilson. Nothing is better than Carnie Wilson. Just sayin’.

  23. brandi November 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    I STILL have not seen Bridesmaids, but I know i need to!!!

  24. jesse November 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    1. wilson phillips is my jam. love rockin’ out to it.
    2. i took way too long to see bridesmaids, and now need to see it again. clearly.
    3. this recipe is right up mine and my husband’s tastebuds alley. i’m on such a tofu and bok choy kick, and the husband will eat anything covered in sri. trying this soon!

  25. Alexbee November 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    I jus made this! It was so freaking delicious. Going into my normal rotation. Thank you!

  26. Sia November 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    I have made this twice with braised kale instead of bok choy and it is DELISH. Except I can never get my extra firm tofu to be firm. It falls apart. How can I get the tofu to have a nice firm texture?

    • Bev Weidner November 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

      Hey, Sia!

      I KNOW. I’ve had the same trouble. I WILL say that I just switch brands, and I can’t remember the name, BUT: when I buy tofu in the cardboard box, it falls apart, even if it’s extra-firm. If I buy it in the plastic tub with the little shiny paper that pulls back, it’s firm and stays together! I hope that helps. And thanks SO much for letting me know you made this!

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