Ambassador Featured Recipe

Julia Watkins

Julia Watkins is a Food, Nutrition, and Health student at the University of British Columbia. She started her Instagram page at the start of the pandemic as a creative outlet and a place to share her passion for cooking and unique plant-based recipes. As a Vista Ambassador, Julia is thrilled to have the opportunity to sample healthy new products from a wide variety of companies and creatively produce content for brands that align with her values. She enjoys using her account to spread inspiration, and her page is full of tips on leading a balanced, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle, starting with delicious food that will nourish your body! Follow Julia @cookingwithjuliaw

Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

Sauce: -1/3 cup peanut butter -3 tbsp soy sauce -3 tbsp maple syrup -2 tbsp fresh lime juice -1/2 tsp sriracha -1 clove garlic, minced

Vegetables: -2 tbsp olive oil (one for the tofu and one for the vegetables) -1 yellow onion, diced -1 red pepper, thinly sliced -1/2 cup carrot, finely shredded -1 clove garlic, minced

Tofu: -1 package firm tofu -1 tbsp soy sauce -1 tbsp cornstarch -2 cloves garlic, minced -salt and pepper

Garnish: -Lettuce of choice -Sesame seeds -Roughly chopped peanuts or nuts of choice

Instructions:

  1. Add all sauce ingredients to a small bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside and begin to prepare your filling.
  2. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large pan or wok. Add garlic and cook for about a minute, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add your onion and red pepper to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Once the onions are transparent and the peppers are slightly tender, add the shredded carrot and continue to cook for about a minute longer.
  4. While your vegetables are cooking, heat another tablespoon of olive oil in a small pan on medium-high heat. Once warm, add the garlic for the tofu and sauté until fragrant.
  5. In a small bowl, toss your cubed tofu in soy sauce, then sprinkle the cornstarch on top and mix until well coated.
  6. Add your tofu to the small pan and cook until crispy and golden, making sure to stir often so it is cooked evenly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add the cooked tofu and peanut sauce to the pan with the vegetables and mix well.
  8. Assemble your lettuce wraps by spreading your filling on the lettuce, top with sesame seeds and chopped nuts, and enjoy!