Broccoli and Tofu with Spicy Carrot Orange Sauce

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1 lb. Tofu, firm
2 lb. Broccoli, fresh or frozen
1 Spanish Onion, medium size
3-4 Carrots, medium size
2 Navel Oranges, medium size
2 tsp. Ginger, ground
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper, ground or Hot Pepper Sauce (to taste)
6 oz. can Orange Juice, frozen concentrate
2  Carrots, medium size
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 tbsp. Corn Starch
5 Dates, pitted

We prefer to steam the vegetables in a microwave rather than stir frying in a wok to avoid excessive heating and the use of oil.  If you do use a wok, stir fry in a little water.  Total preparation time is about 30 minutes.

1. Begin by putting the water in the pot for cooking the rice and place on the stove top (follow the instructions in Brown Rice.
Wash vegetables and remove the skin from the onion and carrots.  Chunk the onion into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces and add to the baking dish.  Thinly slice the Carrots and place in a glass or ceramic covered baking dish.  Cook until the onions begin to become semi translucent.

2. Separate and cut the Broccoli stems and florets into bite size pieces and add to the baking dish with the onions and carrots.  Slice the Tofu into 3/8 inch cubes and add to the baking dish.  Mix the ingredients together and sprinkle in the Ginger, Cinnamon, Turmeric and Cayenne Pepper and mix again.   Place in the Microwave for 10 minutes on "high".  Mix after 5 minutes. 

3. Begin to make the sauce in a high speed blender by adding the frozen Orange Juice and an equal volume of Carrots.  Add the Dates, Corn Starch and Soy Sauce and blend with the cover on at high speed until the ingredients have a smooth consistency.
Mix the vegetables and tofu in the baking dish and cook again for another 5 minutes on "high".

4. Empty the contents of the blender into a microwave safe bowl.   Rinse out the blender with about 1/4 cup of water and add to the bowl and mix.   Total volume of the sauce should be about 2 cups.

5. Heat the sauce at "high" in the microwave for two minutes.   Mix well and reheat for 1 minute and again mix well.  Repeat until the sauce thickens and becomes smooth.

6. Wash and peel the oranges, separate into sections and cut each section in half.
Add the sauce and oranges to the vegetables and tofu and blend together and place back in the microwave for about 5 minutes to reheat and blend the flavors together.   Mix again before serving.

Note:  If you prefer to cook the ingredients in a wok, it is not necessary to preheat the sauce; just add the blended sauce to the vegetables when the onions become translucent and continually stir until the sauce thickens.
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