Crispy Tofu Bowl

An easy way to make a yummy dish is to make your own sauce with whatever ingredients you might have on hand. Most people have soy sauce, some type of garlic seasoning, vinegar, something spicy, and a citrus fruit. Throw it all together and you have something really delicious. Learning how to cook tofu has been an interesting challenge, but I continue to find better and better ways to incorporate this protein into my diet. As always, tofu must be pressed to remove as much liquid as possible before cooking, which takes time. I recommend doing this a day in advance if you need to throw dinner together quickly after work (like me). 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 package of extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 cups of jasmine rice, dry
  • 2 cups of broccoli 
  • 1 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 1 tsp of garlic seasoning or minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp of orange zest 
  • 1 tsp of freshly ground pepper

 

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Instructions: 

  1. Press your tofu. I put mine between two folded layers of paper towels, but you could do it with a hand towel as well. I set it on a plate with something heavy on top, like a skillet or plate with a jar of peanut butter or pickles. 
  2. Cut your tofu into 1/2 inch thick shapes. I like the triangles, but squares are cool, too. 
  3. Put all of the tofu on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 450 degrees. Then, broil until the top of the tofu is golden brown, about 5 minutes. 
  4. While the tofu is in the oven, cook your rice. 
  5. When the tofu is ten minutes from completion, put your broccoli in the oven on another cookie sheet. 
  6. Make your sauce. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, and spices in a small bowl or measuring cup. 
  7. When everything is done, put it all together and add your delicious sauce and enjoy with a fork or be adventurous and use chopsticks!