I was at a loss of recipes when I found this Living Harvest hemp tofu at Whole Foods; this wasn’t the same trip as the one in my last video, but the one before on my Snapchat (which you HAVE to be following me on BTW!). I first saw this tofu on Instagram and fell in luuuuuuuurve, and immediately bought it when I laid eyes upon it.
Personally, I do not have a problem with soy as long as it’s organic, but I never tried real hemp before, except for chocolate hemp milk (which was so delicious!). Many blogs and sites have shoveled the glory of hemp and its health benefits into my face anyways, so why not try something new?
When I first looked at the package, I was quite impressed. It delivers 15 grams of protein per serving, 10 grams of fat (1.5 being saturated while the rest is unsaturated), NO cholesterol, only 5 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber for 170 calories! However, opening it was another story. Please learn from me and make a note to yourself: DO. NOT. OPEN. AROUND. PEOPLE. The smell is vile and will make you feel as if you’re holding dog feces while standing in an old gas station bathroom. My family was screaming at me for causing this terrible stench and told me to leave the kitchen immediately.
I was at a loss of recipes as to what to do with this hemp tofu until one day browsing on the Chocolate Covered Katie website when I found a high protein fries recipe made with extra firm tofu! I look at my tofu and go: “Hmm…..this is firm, my tofu is firm, this calls for salt and pepper, I have salt and pepper. Challenge accepted.” I omitted the soy sauce because I wasn’t up for the sodium high and wanted to keep my twist on it gluten free. Instead of pairing it with the CCK Blueberry Ketchup, I dipped these addictive little boogers in Sriracha! You know I need my hawt sawceeeee!
This recipe was perfect for the 4th of July, since the Sriracha is red and the fries were white. All I needed was something blue. But what savory foods are blue?
RECIPE (ideally serves 2, but serving sizes vary)
- 1 full block extra firm tofu (I used Living Harvest’s Original Extra Firm Hemp Tofu)
- Dash of pepper
- 2-3 pinches of salt
- Opt: curry powder, cajun seasoning, cayenne, turmeric, garlic, soy sauce, olive oil, etc. (FYI, don’t do sweet with these. Tofu and sweet = absolute no-no!)
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Drain your tofu and dry it completely by placing paper towels on both sides and carefully squeezing out as much liquid as you can.
- Cut the tofu into fry strips.
- If using a liquid flavor enhancer, toss with the fries.
- Place the tofu on a sprayed baking sheet and sprinkle on your seasonings.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until they are browned and crispy to your liking.
- Let cool completely and serve. You can also microwave them for 30 seconds when eating leftovers.
Recap of the recipe? I hate it so much because I literally couldn’t get myself to stop shoving them in my face! The hemp tofu is not too overpowering, has the same consistency as extra firm tofu and bakes very, very well. Despite the hemp inevitably getting stuck in my teeth and smelling like rotten produce skins in trash cans, I give this tofu two big thumbs up! All credits for the recipe go to Katie of Chocolate Covered Katie. Please check out her awesome website for crazy yummy vegan–yes VEGAN–recipes and more!
Happy Independence Day!
Katie’s site: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/
Living Harvest’s site: http://livingharvest.com/