Caramelized Tofu with Brussels Sprouts

September 17, 2013
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I've made it 40+ years now without ever having eaten tofu

Caramelized Tofu with Brussels Sprouts - In all of my 40+ years .. I had yet to eat tofu. That is until today. Good heavens .. What was I waiting for?

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That is, until today

Maybe it was because I was a farm kid who grew up eating meat and potatoes

Maybe I thought it bland, or boring, or high on the mush factor scale. om Se sort of afterthought added to a dish if somebody said: “add more protein.”

Caramelized Tofu with Brussels Sprouts - In all of my 40+ years .. I had yet to eat tofu. That is until today. Good heavens .. What was I waiting for?

But really, how can one have a week of vegetarian cooking without tofu at least making an appearance?  It seemed slightly sac-religious

I went to a trusted source, 101cookbooks, and picked a recipe that looked promising.  We love brussels sprouts, caramelized anything is always great, and it seems balanced in protein, carbs, and fat

Caramelized Tofu with Brussels Sprouts - In all of my 40+ years .. I had yet to eat tofu. That is until today. Good heavens .. What was I waiting for?

Good heavens, what was I waiting for?

The entire meal came together in less than twenty minutes, including prep.  Only one pan to clean up after

But most important was the taste.  I pulled a slice of out of the pan and popped it in my mouth, and no mush.  Almost a crunch on the outside, and it really HAD picked up the flavors from everything around it (like everyone says)

We chatted while he ate it for lunch, pausing mid-thought to say, “This is fantastic.  Seriously, you're going to write about it, yes?”

You bet I am!

Caramelized Tofu with Brussels Sprouts - In all of my 40+ years .. I had yet to eat tofu. That is until today. Good heavens .. What was I waiting for?

If you've been on the tofu fence, take the plunge.  It really can be good

Believe me; we'll be having it again very soon

Enjoy!

xoxo

~ Adapted from 101Cookbooks

Caramelized Tofu with Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 10 oz extra-firm tofu, cut into thin 1" strips
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 heads roasted garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp natural sugar (Sugar in the Raw or Turbinado)
  • ½ tsp molasses
  • ¼ cup cilantro, loosely chopped
  • ½ lb brussels sprouts, washed and cut into ⅛" wide ribbons

Instructions

  • Cook the tofu strips in a large hot skillet with a bit of salt and a Tbsp of olive oil. Saute until slightly golden (4 or 5 minutes).
  • Add the garlic and walnuts, and cook for another minute. Stir in sugar and molasses.
  • Cook for another couple of minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.
  • Scrape the tofu out onto a plate and set aside while you cook the brussels sprouts.
  • In the same pan add a ½ Tbsp of olive oil, another pinch of salt
  • When the pan is hot stir in the shredded brussels sprouts. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring a couple of times (but not too often) until some are starting to brown and the rest still bright and green.
  • Serve the tofu strips on to of the brussels sprouts and enjoy!
Serves: 4
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 237
Total Fat 14.8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Carbohydrates 18.3g
Sodium 24.8mg
Fiber 3.2g
Sugars 12.6g
Protein 12.8g
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1 Comment

  • Reply Carrie November 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    5 stars
    Going to make this tonight, but really wanted to comment that you’re a great writer. That was the first time I read through the blog before getting to the recipe lol keep up the good work 🙂

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