Say tofu to pretty much anyone and they will most likely have one of two reactions-‘I had it once and it was great’ OR ‘Gross’. When tofu is good, its really good. Tofu has a tendency to absorb whatever flavor you add to it, so finding the perfect balance is absolutely key. I make a tofu scramble almost every week, and it’s never the same- mostly because it helps use up whatever veggies are in the house, and the spices change weekly based on what we are feeling at the time. Feel free to adopt the recipe to your family’s tastes. Tofu is also amazing because it’s so cheap. A block can run you just a few bucks and will easily feed a family of four when stuffed into a tortilla or over brown rice. Generally, there’s not really a better meal from all standpoints. Don’t be afraid of the ‘fu!
1 block of extra firm tofu (drained, rinsed, and pressed ** see note below!**)
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
diced onion, carrot, peppers, etc.
chili powder, adobo seasoning, salt
1/2 – 3/4 cup salsa
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (***see note below!)
Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet or frying pan. Lightly fry veggies. Add spices and fry for 30 seconds. Break up the tofu in your hands, but don’t smash it, just flake it off of the larger slices. Mix everything together and pan fry until the tofu is dry and some of the pieces are slightly crispy. Make sure to scrape up all of the good bits that are stuck to the pan- this is the really flavorful part! Toss in salsa and mix. Sprinkle on nutritional yeast, toss again and you’re good to go.
Serve in whole grain tortillas, on a sandwich roll, over, rice or quinoa. Serves 4.
**Pressing tofu- after tofu is rinsed and drained, slice into 1 inch strips. Lay the strips on a paper towel or kitchen towel on a plate. Top with another towel, put a plate on top, and then put something else heavy to squish out all of the excess moisture. Leave in your fridge for a minimum of 2 hours and up to 24 hours to remove all of the excess moisture.
***Nutritional yeast- this product has a cheesy flavor and typically comes in flake or powder form. You can purchase it in a health food store or at most grocery stores. Want to learn more? Check out this article