I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve never had tofu before. For someone who tries to eat healthy things and experiment with different foods, this might be an issue.
I saw delicious recipes for it all the time like here and here but couldn’t bring myself to try it. Probably because it was a weird food my dad thought was good when I was in middle/high school, you know the age when you want nothing to do with what your dad’s doing (or in this case, eating). Or maybe that was just me.
Anyway, I finally tried tofu. Last night was the trial night. I marinated it throughout the day in a balsamic dressing with garlic, oregano, and dried basil, and then broiled it in my tiny oven for about 12 minutes total.
Tossed with some roasted vegetables, it was a keeper. I’ll definitely go for the extra firm next time though, some of my tofu crumbled a little after being pressed and marinated.
Oh and this cauliflower? It’s simply roasted and for a girl who likes her veggies crispy, it’s perfect. The carrots were a little late to the party (because I forgot to add them in till later) but still turned out well.
But take my word for it, and try some tofu. It’s mainly a texture because it can taste like whatever you like the best.
Balsamic Tofu and Roasted Vegetables
1 package tofu, drained and pressed
1/2 cup balsamic dressing (or vinegar)
1 tsp oregano, garlic powder, and dried basil
1 head cauliflower
olive oil and salt
After your tofu is pressed, cut it into about 1 1/2″ cubes. Mix the dressing and spices well. Toss in the tofu and let marinate for 3-4 hours (or as long as you’d like but let it absorb the flavor).
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Chop up you cauliflower into large bite size pieces. Peel and cut carrots into large chunks. Add to a pan and toss in olive oil and salt liberally. Roast for about 45 minutes or until cauliflower starts to darken and both vegetables are softer. Remove veggies.
In a toaster oven, or oven, broil marinated tofu for about 6 minutes on each side. (I like mine to get a little crispy but adjust time to suit your preference).
When both dishes are done, serve your self up a large portion and enjoy!