As I mentioned earlier, tofu and I haven’t gotten along in the past, but I want to change that this month. I’m trying to seek out the best recipes to see if I can change my mind about soy. My first attempt was taken from a fun vegetarian blog I found, Peas and Thank You.
Tonight I tried a long marinate and broiling. I set up the tofu marinate last night, then brought it out this evening to cook. You would think broiling would harden tofu, but I found it still very soft. Not really a proper substitution for meat in a taco.
While the tofu didn’t taste great on its own, mixed in a pita with guacamole, tomatoes, and rice, I could see how it brought the ingredients together, giving me a filling dinner. I also tried a new twist on guacamole, which is below the tofu recipe–take a look and never make bad guacamole again!
For the Marinade:
- 2 T. soy sauce, tamari or Bragg’s Aminos
- juice of one lime
- 1 T. agave or maple syrup
- 1 T. water
- 1 t. garlic, minced
- 1 t. chili powder
- 1/2 t. cumin
For the Tacos:
- One 14 oz. package organic, extra firm tofu (drained and pressed and cut into slabs)
- 6-8 corn tortillas, or pita
- Toppings such as guacamole (see recipe below), salsa, rice, beans, or cabbage.
- Prepare your marinade in a large container with a sealable lid by whisking together all ingredients. Carefully add your tofu. And even more carefully, place the lid on the container and give it a gentle toss.
- After at least a couple hours, your tofu should be evenly coated and will have absorbed most of the liquid.
- Preheat the broiler and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or a light mist of oil. Arrange tofu slices on the baking sheet and drizzle any remaining marinade over the top.
- Broil the tofu on one side for 5-6 minutes, flip the tofu over and return it to the oven to broil for an additional 5-6 minutes on the opposite side.
- Construct your tacos and serve.
A New Twist on Guacamole
- 3-4 Ripe avocados
- About half of a yellow onion, diced
- 2 T. cilantro, diced
- Juice from 1 lime (more or less to taste)
- 1 packet of Goya Salad and Vegetable seasoning. (The SECRET INGREDIENT!)
- Salt, cumin and garlic powder to taste (be aware the seasoning above is already plenty salty)
- Mash avocados in a medium-size bowl. Add onion, lime juice, seasonings and stir well. Taste.