Sweet and Spicy Tofu with Roasted Veggies

20 Aug

Tofu can be a scary thing, but it can also be a great protein substitute! And, if you coat it in flour and bake it, then pour spicy sauce over it….well now we’re talking! I only say it’s scary because, well, it has the weirdest texture, color and smell. But that’s what is so great about it – it’ll take the flavor of anything you put it in. While it’s not something I opt for all the time, it IS a nice break from the norm, and is cheap to boot!

This dish is so freaking healthy. Instead of your typical soy sauce, I used my recently-bought liquid aminosΒ to reduce the sodium amount, and increase the health properties. Can’t even taste the difference!

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What’s more: this dish is baked, rather than fried. It cuts out all the added fats, without reducing the flavor. Plus, the whole wheat flour that coats the tofu ups the fiber and protein content even more. This is also rather spicy – something you can adjust to your liking, of course. But the spice is so great!

Impress your loved ones with this dish and prove to them that they CAN enjoy tofu. Trust me πŸ™‚

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Sweet and Spicy Tofu with Roasted Veggies, inspired by Energy We Bring

Serves 4

  • 1 C long grain brown rice
  • 1 block firm tofu, drained, rinsed, dried and pressed
  • 1 tbsp liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour (can make this gluten free by using a GF flour blend)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 6 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeΓ±o, seeds removed and diced
  • 1/2 C barbecue sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp brown sugar

Begin by cooking your rice – I used my rice cooker (I love that thing!) and followed the package directions – took about 40 minutes total.

Preheat oven to 375. Line one baking sheet with foil and spray with olive oil PAM. Spray an 8×8″ glass baking dish as well. Set these aside.

While that cooks, marinate your tofu. Make sure it’s been pressed and dried. Cut into 1″ cubes, place in a shallow dish, pour the liquid aminos over, and marinate for at least 10 minutes.

Dice up all your veggies and mix together in a large bowl. These are what I had on hand, but you can use anything! Carrots, mushrooms, snap peas, corn – anything you like.

In a small bowl, mix together barbecue sauce, hot sauce, vinegar and brown sugar. Taste and make sure it’s to your liking – adjust as necessary. Pour HALF of this sauce over the veggies, stir to coat, and transfer to prepared glass dish. Set aside. Keep the rest of the sauce for later.

In another shallow bowl, mix the flour, salt and pepper. Working with a few cubes at a time, transfer the marinated tofu to the flour bowl and coat lightly. Transfer cubes to prepared baking sheet.

Put both the veggies in the glass dish, and the tofu on the baking sheet into the oven on different racks. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Flip tofu cubes and bake another 15 minutes.

Remove everything from the oven. Your rice will be done by now and should be on the “warm” setting.

Scoop rice into bowls, top with a big spoonful of veggies and the sauce they were baking in, and then top with baked tofu. Drizzle on some of the remaining sauce, and enjoy!

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5 Responses to “Sweet and Spicy Tofu with Roasted Veggies”

  1. Francesca August 20, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    Looks delish! Thanks for the love πŸ™‚

    • xtinaluvspink August 20, 2014 at 6:35 am #

      Thanks! Your tofu was inspiring – just didn’t want to deep fry mine!

  2. Almost Getting It Together August 20, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    I have tofu I need to bake… I really need to try it this way!

    • xtinaluvspink August 20, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Yes you do! Let me know what you think of it.

  3. Farrah August 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    I need to refill my currently-empty tofu stores! Pinning this for when I get around to doing that! :]

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