We've been making a lot of rice dishes lately. Rice is cheap, good for you, and can be very flexible. The below recipe is my favorite in a series of dishes that I've labeled "poverty food".
Spicy Fried Tofu with veggies and rice
1) Start your rice in a pot or a rice cooker. I'm lazy and use the rice cooker
2) Meanwhile, drain and press your tofu and cut in to small squares
3) Splash (sorry, I don't measure) some soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil in a bowl. Let the tofu marinate for about 5 min.
4) Meanwhile, heat a frying pan on medium high heat. Add a few TBLSP of oil suitable for frying
5) Put tofu squares in the pan and fry it on 1 side without stirring for probably 8 minutes. Then flip. The entire square won't fry, but you'll get enough crispy edges to taste good.
6) In a large frying pan or wok heated to medium/medium-high, add soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, black bean garlic sauce, and some chicken broth. Add sliced veggies. We do carrots, celery, green onions, and sugar pea pods. Cook with lid on for about 10-15 min.
7) Top rice with veggie mixture and some liquid from the pan. Then top with tofu and diced peanuts. We like spicy and love to throw some sambal oolek (basically thai garlic chili sauce) on top.