Roasted Tofu with Veggies

RoastedTofuWithVeggies

Tofu was never my favorite.

Bean curd just didn’t sound appetizing, and most of the ways I had it prepared were really awful. There was one Tandoori Tofu that PCC makes that is ok, but is too spicy for me.

Then I read a recipe on Gluten-Free Girl’s site (I just love her recipes). I tried it and now not only do I like tofu, but my family does as well. However, we use it as more than just a appetizer, and we’ve changed it just a little bit.

This tofu reminds me of paneer (Indian style cheese) which we used to eat all the time. When it was cooked just right it was squeaky when chewed. So we called it Sqeaky Cheese. The tofu isn’t quite squeaky like that, but it is a similar texture and can be used in place of paneer, if cooked just right. So if you are dairy-free and you want something like paneer, this recipe might be your answer.

The story of tofu and my daughter is much like Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. “Would you like some tofu, Sweet Pea?”

“I do not like them
in a house.
I do not like them
with a mouse.
I do not like them
here or there.
I do not like them
anywhere.”

We told her about how if she tries them then she might like them, just like the book. She wouldn’t budge. Then her sweet friend came over to play and we served some roasted tofu. Her friend ate them happily as my daughter watched. The next time I made that tofu, she tried them, loved them, and now will eat them here, there or anywhere!

The tofu is good by itself, but add it to a veggie dish and it’s fantastic! Both are better. There is a tofu-veggie-synergy that takes effect and it is a glorious meal.

The veggie dish is based on our last-minute-have-to-feed-everyone-quick dinner where I pull together whatever veggies I have and stir fry them. We try to make it with rice or quinoa, but we don’t always get that far.

As for the veggies, you can really add whatever veggies you have, just add them in order of how long they need to cook to be tender. Add potatoes or carrots before spinach, for example. We usually add okra as it is one of our favorites.

Play with it some, and enjoy :)

 

Roasted Tofu with Veggies

Ingredients:

Tofu:

  • 1 package organic extra firm tofu (PLEASE get organic and avoid GMO soy!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon (or more) of paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons organic high-heat oil like sunflower/safflower

Veggies:

  • 1 handful organic green beans, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen organic okra, sliced
  • 1 organic carrot, sliced
  • 2 stalks organic celery, sliced
  • 1 organic zucchini, sliced
  • 1 organic tomato, diced
  • 1/2 organic onion, diced
  • 1/2 package organic frozen peas, or fresh if you have them
  • 1/2 organic turnip
  • 2 handfuls organic baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon organic paprika
  • 1 teaspoon organic cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cooked rice (cook the rice with salt/pepper and paprika for extra flavor)

Dishes Used:

  • Pot and spoon (for the rice)
  • Pan and spatula
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Fork

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450F and place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Drain and cut tofu into bite sized pieces.
  3. Place tofu into a mixing bowl and pour 2 Tablespoons of a high-heat oil over them. Then sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika over them. You can add more paprika, it makes it even better.
  4. Gently toss together until tofu is well coated.
  5. Arrange tofu on the baking sheet, and put it in for 15 minutes.
  6. While that is cooking, fire up a burner to medium heat and add some oil and the onions.
  7. Cook the onions for 2-3 minutes, then begin adding the veggies in order of longest-time-to-cook to shortest like so:
    turnip, beans, carrot, celery, zucchini, okra, peas, tomato, spinach
  8. Add salt, pepper, cumin and paprika. Then add some more paprika.
  9. Mix well and cook for another 5-10 minutes, until the turnips look nicely cooked.
  10. By now, the tofu will be ready, so take it out, flip the pieces over one by one using a fork, then place them back in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until they are golden brown.
  11. Serve the veggies over rice and place the tofu on top. Add a healthy squirt of organic Flax Seed Oil  if you have it.

That’s it!

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