Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fiesta Rotini with Tofu

Long story short... I was going to make pasta with chicken... we ran out of our grocery budget to buy the chicken... there was a recipe on the side of the pasta box, I had some tofu... so, this is what you get, and it's pretty good if I do say so myself.

Fiesta Rotini with Tofu
1 box Rotini WW pasta
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large zucchini, chopped
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved (you could use more - I think it needed more - the original recipe called for canned tomatoes)
1 can diced green chiles (the original recipe actually called for Rotel - I didn't have any, but did have green chiles so this is what you got)
2 TBSP Chili Powder
1/2 cup sliced/chopped black olives (I bought the chopped - don't do it - they're little)
1 package (14 oz) extra firm tofu, cubed and sauteed until lightly brown on all sides

Cook pasta according to directions...
While pasta is cooking, heat oil over med-high heat and saute onions and garlic for a few mins. Add the zucchini and cook for about 5 mins until veggies are tender. Add tomatoes, chilies(or just a can of Rotel), and chili powder -- simmer uncovered for 10 mins... Remove veggie mixture from pan. Saute tofu and add the sauce back to the tofu and let heat through.

Add the olives in and toss with the pasta.

Add cilantro at the end prior to serving.

Top with FF Mozzarella or Parm if desired.

NOTE: You could use any kind of meat or add extra veggies... the meats you could use would be chicken, beef, pork, etc... or even beans. The veggies that would be nice would be squash, corn, bell pepper, etc...

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