Golden Tofu (healthy, vegan, gluten free + high protein)

If you thought my high on turmeric was over, you would be corrected right now, my friend. Just like cinnamon, turmeric has become one of my new pantry staples! I am obsessed with its aroma, health properties, and its appearance, so much that I’ve started using it with everything. Now, turmeric is back with tofu!

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Whenever I visit a salad bar, I generally come face-to-face with a box of plain and sadly cold tofu. Not that I don’t enjoy consuming tofu this way, but cooked tofu just adds this lovely flair that plain tofu doesn’t possess. I’ve found that this golden tofu tastes absolutely perfect with any vegetable medley or bed of salad greens!

In addition, crispy and blackened edges on anything are my favorite. Thing is, the only way to accomplish these charred edges is through broiling in an oven, which means HEAT HEAT HEAT. I’ve started broiling like no other that my apartment-suite mates now wake up to a smoky, burning smell and always knock on my door to explain that “[I’ve] burned something……again“.

Nope, darlings. I’ve done it right.

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The tofu soaks up the spices so perfectly that oil isn’t even necessary. Depending on your preferences, you can toss the tofu in olive oil or any sort of plant fat to prevent the tofu from drying in the process. If you do want to keep the recipe oil free, the trick to prevent drying out is to broil more briefly and roast for a longer time. Personally for me, I say the crispier, the better.

Because nobody wants to eat baby food now, right?

RECIPE (serves 1-2)

  • 1 block of extra firm tofu, preferably organic and non-GMO
  • 2 TBSP curry powder
  • 1-2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional but recommended)
  • Optional: olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, etc.

PROCEDURE

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Drain a block of tofu, wrap in a cloth or paper towel, and place on a cutting board.
  3. Carefully press on the block with a weighted object or your hands to squeeze out any moisture.
  4. Cut the tofu into even slices, cubes, or strips.
  5. In a deep dish or wide bowl, mix the spices and coat each tofu piece evenly in the spices.
  6. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or sprayed aluminum foil.
  7. Spread the tofu blocks on the tray and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. With the tofu in the oven, set the oven on broil, and continue to broil for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Turn off the oven immediately and let the tofu cool before serving warm.

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Were you ever responsible for a strange smell in the kitchen? Are you a fan of crispy tofu?


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