Lunchtime Stir-Fry

January 30th 078

Lunchtime is a funny time. I usually just want hot food fast, that still tastes good but won’t take too long to cook(because that might interfere with watching Days of Our Lives). I usually opt for leftovers, quick-cooking quinoa, or—a big favorite of mine—a stir-fry. Start to finish, a stir-fry only takes 12-15 minutes to cook, and it usually has a lot of flavor. I make this with frozen veggies which makes the preparation even faster without changing the flavor.

Lunchtime Stir-Fry


  • 1/2 block extra-firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup steamed broccoli
  • 1-2 handfuls spinach
  • a pinch of salt

January 30th 055

Heat the oil in a pan with the garlic. Let it sauté for a few minutes over low-medium heat to flavor the oil.

January 30th 059

Once the garlic starts turning slightly browned, add in the tofu, soy sauce, and salt. Keep stirring the pan as the ingredients cook and the tofu browns.

January 30th 061

Once the tofu has browned on all sides, add in the broccoli and spinach and continue to cook until they have absorbed the liquid.

January 30th 068

All the flavor and none of the fuss. To steal the words from Ina Garten(and actually mean them), “How easy is that?” My favorite part is the broccoli after it has sucked up all the salty sauce and is tender and juicy when you bite in.

January 30th 066

Print Friendly
19 Responses to Lunchtime Stir-Fry
  1. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn
    February 7, 2011 | 9:24 am

    Love me some stir fry! I’m actually home for lunch today (I love those days), so I get to have a fresh, hot lunch! Giant bowl = win.

  2. Nicole, RD
    February 7, 2011 | 9:59 am

    Tofu and broccoli are a winning combo, you can’t go wrong! Mmmm!

  3. Christin@purplebirdblog
    February 7, 2011 | 10:06 am

    My favorite day to eat stir-fry? Friday. Because then it’s Stir Friday. (Ba-dum-ching!)

  4. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 7, 2011 | 10:18 am

    I’ve been into quick stir-fries for lunch too lately. I always think of them as “dinner” food, but there’s no reason– they’re so fast and easy!

  5. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    February 7, 2011 | 11:41 am

    Yum, I love stir fries! I think I have sesame oil at home, too. I love the flavor!

  6. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 7, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    I love stir frys! They are so easy and delish!

  7. Katy (The Singing Runner)
    February 7, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    I love stir-fry! 🙂 I may make this for dinner tonight!

  8. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods
    February 7, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    Look AMAZING! Love to see all those green veggies.

  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    February 7, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    looks like a great lunch to me!

  10. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Evan Thomas, Evan Thomas. Evan Thomas said: New Post: Lunchtime Stir-Fry. […]

  11. Natalia - a side of simple
    February 7, 2011 | 5:37 pm

    Seriously laughed at your Days of our Lives comment. Guilty!

  12. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)
    February 7, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    Yum! I always love good lunch ideas!

  13. MarathonVal
    February 7, 2011 | 7:13 pm

    I made a VERY similar looking stirfry for dinner tonight…. but I think mine took much longer since I baked the tofu and made some brown rice which took forever to cook 🙂

  14. Hannah
    February 7, 2011 | 9:15 pm

    Love a quick and easy stirfry recipe 🙂 Must admit that I don’t think I’ve ever thrown in spinach, though! Love how it tinges everything green 🙂

  15. Baking Serendipity
    February 7, 2011 | 10:43 pm

    I love stir-frys! What a great lunch food 🙂

  16. veggietestkitchen
    February 7, 2011 | 10:51 pm

    omg, that stirfry looks so good! i make this often, broccoli and tofu are my fave stirfry combo. you can really infuse a lot of flavor with hot chili sesame oil and minced ginger. it still keeps it simple, but with a little spin.

  17. Jordan (Ciao Cow)
    February 8, 2011 | 12:38 am

    This looks so good! I love when I have the opportunity to cook at home for lunch, and I desperately wish I could more often. This looks delicious!

  18. Livvy
    February 8, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    That looks soo yummy! What a great idea adding both broccoli and spinach, it looks seriously so delish! Thanks for the idea, I plan on trying that this week!

  19. Kate @
    February 8, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    I also love a good stir fry for lunch because it takes so little time to make yet it’s so good and good for you. Well, that is if you don’t go crazy with all the add-ins. 🙂