• Hannah Estabrook

Recipe of the Month: Simple Baked Tofu

I know, tofu can be a pretty scary word. To those unfamiliar with it, tofu appears as an ominous, off-white, rubbery block of some unidentified “way-too-good-for-you” vegan food. But this isn’t the case! At least, it doesn’t have to be, along as you learn a couple of easy tips for preparing tofu in a way that is flavorful, vibrant and versatile.

In reality, tofu is actually just a compressed block of blended fresh soy, and is available in a variety of textures and flavors. It’s cheap and widely accessible, making it an excellent candidate for replacing animal protein in some of your favorite dishes.

Baking it in this tasty and simple marinade, which uses everyday ingredients that you likely already have in your refrigerator, is my personal favorite method of preparation! The tofu simmers, absorbing the flavor, until it’s tender inside, and lightly crisp and golden on the outside. Yum! It comes together in minutes, and can be adapted to work as a delicious, protein-rich component of almost any meal. Cut the tofu into slices, and serve it alongside roasted seasonal veggies for a complete weeknight meal, or chop it into cubes to be added to pizza, pasta or curry. If you’ve never tried tofu before, or are just experimenting with substitutes for animal products, this is the perfect place to start! Feel free to get creative as well, throwing in some more spices like ginger, smoked paprika or hot sauce to make this recipe your own.

Ingredients:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu*

  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 clove fresh garlic, minced

*(I love Acadiana Soy brand, it’s organic and locally produced- definitely the best tofu going! http://www.acadianasoy.ca/our-products2/)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Drain the water from your tofu, pat it dry with a clean cloth, then put it into your desired shape- slices, cubes, strips…

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all of the marinade ingredients until well combined.

  • Arrange your tofu in a shallow, rectangular glass baking dish, then pour the marinade overtop, making sure that all of the pieces get well-coated.

  • Let your tofu sit in the marinade, flipping once to coat both sides, until your oven is ready.

  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until most of the marinade is absorbed and the tofu is lightly crispy on the outside.

  • Remove it from the oven, and serve it alongside any meal (also makes great leftovers, hot or cold). Enjoy!