One-Bowl Meals: Turkey Tofu

These are the seasonings you'll use for this dish.

A common gimmick on TV cooking shows is to have an episode featuring one-pot meals. Presumably using one pot to cook is easier. I don’t have many one-pot meals, but one of my specialties is one-bowl meals. It might not be easier to cook, but it’s easier to eat! Veggies already included. From time to time I’ll feature one of those recipes.

The inspiration for this dish comes from a recipe in the Cooking With All Things Trader Joe’s cookbook. The book has lots of great recipes using only ingredients available at TJ’s. I added a few more ingredients (including the ground turkey) to make this a more substantial meal, with more depth of flavor.


  • 1/2 cup jasmine rice
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 package extra-firm tofu (look for packages that already have the tofu divided in half, and sealed separately. These cost a little more, but the tofu stays fresher.)
  • Scant 1 1/2 cups frozen petite peas
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • Sesame oil, soy sauce, chili sauce, garlic salt and General Tso’s sauce, for seasoning.

Step 1. Boil 1 cup water for the rice, add rice when ready. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat, drizzle with sesame oil. Add turkey and season with a few shakes of garlic salt, then begin to break up turkey as it browns.

Step 2. While pan is heating and turkey is beginning to cook, mince garlic and grate ginger. A microplane grater is highly recommended. (You can replace fresh ginger with 1/2 teaspoon ground, but flavor won’t be nearly as bright and delicious.)

Step 3. Add garlic and ginger, plus 1 teaspoon chili sauce and a couple glugs (or about 1 tablespoon) of soy sauce to the turkey. Stir to combine, and continue to break up turkey.

Step 4. While liquid cooks off from turkey and meat begins to brown, cut tofu into 1 centimeter cubes.

Step 5. Add frozen peas to pan, turn heat up to high, and cook for 30 seconds or so. Add tofu. Generously drizzle General Tso’s sauce on top. Stir to combine. Cover pan and cook until peas and tofu have warmed and meal is bubbling.

Serve turkey tofu in bowl over rice. Serves two.

  • Andrea

    Sounds delicious! I am Chinese and this is the type of stir fry dishes many Chinese families made on a regular basis. Quick, simple, and healthy. You can also use other ground meat or add veggies you have on hand like asparagus, green beans, broccoli… you get the idea. Also if you don’t have need special sauces – just plain soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and chili sauce will make a yummy basic seasoning sauce!

  • Anonymous

    I made this the other night, and its really good. I think, when I make it again, I’ll replace the peas with fresh green beans… Love the chili & General Tso’s sauce combination. I’m going to start using that more often.

    • Mark Evitt

      Another thing to try is sugar snap peas – cut them in half so they aren’t quite so big.

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