The first cooking class Chef Johnna ever did was "Taming the Terrific Tofu." The idea was to counteract the idea in our society that tofu=terrible. Pretty much every vegan and vegetarian has had a least one bad tofu experience, whether eating or cooking it, and many omnivores have also tasted poorly prepared tofu. The key there is "poorly prepared" because, if you know what you're doing, tofu can be a tasty and versatile ingredient in some delicious dishes.
Last summer I wrote about smoking tofu. I've learned a few thing since. I actually read on the package of mesquite chips what I am supposed to do.
Fire up the grill following the instructions in Smoked Tofu. Then follow these directions...
The other night I came home from work and was really tired. Still, I had to get dinner on the table. I had one can of coconut milk left on the shelf. In the refrigerator there were some left-over diced veggies, smoked tofu, and rice. I have a well stocked pantry, so I gathered up some spices, and went to work. And I came up with Smokey Tofu and Veggies, with Magic Coconut Sauce.
Tofu bacon has had me excited for awhile. I was scared to try it. I really did not understand what made it smokey, or so crunchy.? I turned to my friend, the internet. and found only a few references and recipes. It doesn’t seem to be as popular as you might think.
So I combined two or three good ideas and here’s what I came up with.
These Tofu Bites are a great make-a-head snack for the family. They last up to a week, and puts a smile on everyone’s face. They are delicious in salads, stir fry, and even Pasta sauce if you are willing to be that bold. Send the kids to school with them, they’ll ask for more because they shared with their friends.
Make the garam masala ahead of time. It has a long shelf life and it is a spice that can be used for many other dishes.
Remember, the spice mix is a suggestion. Experiment and come up with your own. You can also use different citrus juices. I haven’t tried it yet, but I bet pineapple juice would be excellent.
What I love about Tofu Scramble is it's versatility. This is by no means the be all and end all recipe for this dish. Experiment with the base, and come up with different vegetables and spices to put in it. I like jalapenos and chili powder, so it goes into the one I make here at home, but you can add any thing, really, that you want to, it all depends on your palate.
I’ve been making these Cutlets for several years now. You can use just about any marinade that you want, but in the process I discovered that the Orange Cumin Marinade is the best for these juicy and delightful cutlets. My family loves them even just to snack on.
It’s great to get everyone out gathered by the grill, swimming, and anticipating this dinner.
Sometimes I need something quick and easy for dinner. Tofu tacos come under that category. I only have to cook one thing, tofu in chili sauce, and then chop up the rest of the ingredients, put them in bowls, set it on the table, and let the FOO at it. Serve with Spanish Rice and Beans, and you’ve got a great low fat, healthy version of Taco Dinner Night!