While this summer was filled with all sorts of fun and family time, I can't deny that the arrival of September provides me a large amount of relief. There's just something about the (slight) cooling of the heat and the kids returning to school that makes my inner schedule-loving self happy.
Along with the changing of the seasons and our lives returning back to "normal," this month also manages to bring about some changes to our menu planning as well. All of our usual standby recipes are still great, of course, but the sudden arrival of more time to myself during the day allows for a little more creativity and experimentation in the kitchen.
So, while I've been happily spending more time with my apron and a kitchen to myself, I've also broadened my family's meal selections a bit more lately thanks to the introduction of a new-to-us-but-not-everyone-else addition, A.1. Original Sauce.
Previously known as "Steak Sauce," A.1. has recently made the change to their label to help people everywhere realize that this condiment can be used on just about anything! While A.1. and steak will always be the best of friends, this bottle can also be on the table or ingredient list when the meal is chicken, seafood, veggies, potatoes, pasta and much more.
I have to admit that I am indeed one of the many people that had no idea that A.1. was quite so versatile. Use it in chili? Add it to meatloaf? Pour it in the slow cooker? Mix it in with salsa? Who knew?! Therefore, with my sudden inspiration to change up my family's weekly menu a little bit, I took one look at Kraft's Stir-Fry Vegetables and knew that A.1. might be just the thing to give a new taste to one of our favorites, Tofu & Veggie Stir Fry.
You can choose any type of protein that you wish, of course, but with half of our household non-meat eaters, tofu is a staple in our meals. However, as it doesn't have a great deal of flavor on its own, I opted to marinate my tofu in A.1. Original Sauce while I prepared the rest of the veggies in hopes that it would give it a little extra punch.
Then, after the tofu had a turn in my skillet, it was time for the vegetables to take a ride.
Easy, right? Then I simply mixed the tofu back in, added a little soy sauce and fresh lemon juice and voilà!
Yum! This tofu & veggie stir fry turned out perfect as a side dish or, as I had let a pot of rice simmer while I was cooking, the two together easily became the dinner.
Ready for a bite? Click here for the full recipe: Tofu Vegetable Stir Fry!
No matter if you're whipping something up for a potluck, to serve to guests in your home or are just looking for a way to put a new twist on a familiar favorite, A.1. Original Sauce makes it easy (and tasty) to go beyond steak! What will you pair it with next?
For more delicious ways to incorporate A.1. into your next dish, check out the large number of recipes available at KraftRecipes.com to find a wide variety of ideas that are creative, mouthwatering and fun for your next meal.
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Leave meat behind with this Tofu-Vegetable Stir-Fry. You won't miss it thanks to the unmistakable flavor of A.1. Original Sauce in this vegetable stir-fry.
Article by Kraft TasteMaker Xenia Sundell. For more recipes and ideas, visit her blog at Thanks, Mail Carrier.
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