Everyone's Favorite - Baked Tofu & Fave Classic Rock Tunes!
I know I know, its Tofu again you say LOL! But this is a fan favorite I have made it for so many people and they just love it and the requests were pouring in, "when are you blogging your Baked Tofu"? So here it is!
These are great chopped up in salads, or in a wrap with hummus and avocado, throw it in a stir-fry, or just munch on it plain. Cooking time will vary, depending on how chewy you like it. If you cook it a bit less its a a solid but softer texture. But sometimes I like to go long and make it almost like a jerky its just a matter of taste so experiment and see what works! The pic above is more on the chewy side.
The recipe is very simple but you do need to allow at least two hours for the tofu to marinate, its fine to leave it overnight as well. Also cooking time is about 30-40 minutes.
This week's playlist is just some timeless classic rock tunes that never get old,and no Freebird is not included LOL!
Carry on My Wayward Son - Kansas
More Than a Feeling - Boston
Dream On - Aerosmith
Black Betty - Ram Jam
Knockin' on Heavens Door - Bob Dylan
Free Ride - The Edgar Winter Group
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
1 Brick of Organic Non GMO Tofu
3 Tbsp of Tamari or Soy Sauce - I prefer low sodium & gluten free
1 tsp of Rice Vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime
2 tsp of garlic powder (more is OK I just shake a bunch in there)
Approx. 2 Tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
Coconut or Olive Oil Cooking spray or parchment paper
Drain your tofu well and cut it into 1/4 inch slices. Set aside.
Get a large plastic ziploc bag and add all the ingredients except the tofu. Mix the liquid around in the bag to blend.
Add tofu slices gently to the bag. Seal the bag well and shake and wiggle gently till the slices are well coated.
Marinate for a minimum of two hours, overnight is OK.
When ready to cook set your oven to 350, then take a baking sheet and spray with cooking oil or line with parchment paper. Line the tray with the individual tofu slices.
Now for the the key secret ingredient to make it extra delicious! Sprinkle each piece generously with Nutritional Yeast! What is Nutritional Yeast and where the hell do I get it you say? if you don't already know scroll down to the end of the blog and I will lay it all out for you.
Bake at 350 on one side for 25-30 min. Then flip the tofu pieces and cook for about another 10 minutes. Again cooking time will depend on the consistency you prefer, just keep an eye so you don't burn it. This pick below is a bit less cooked so the more softer texture.
The lowdown on Nutritional Yeast!
What is it?
Nutritional yeast is made from a single-celled organism, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which is grown on molasses and then harvested, washed, and dried with heat to kill or “deactivate” it. Because it’s inactive, it doesn’t froth or grow like baking yeast does so it has no leavening ability. Nutritional yeast is not the same as brewer’s yeast, which is a product of the beer-making process and is very bitter. It’s also not Torula yeast, which is grown on paper-mill waste and is also not very tasty. Also please do not try to substitute active dry yeast or baking yeast, which taste bad and will probably make a huge, frothy mess because those yeasts are alive.
Nutritional Yeast has been used by years by vegans for its delicious savory cheese like flavor so you will find it called for in a lot of vegan recipes, its also great just sprinkled on salads and other dishes and is a great substitute for parmesan cheese. Nutritional yeast flakes are packed with a number of vitamins and minerals, including B12 and other B Vitamins. It’s also got significant amounts of protein and fiber. And, yes it’s gluten-free, although as always you should check individual labels to make sure that they’re certified as such.
Where do I get it?
My favorite brands are Braggs and Red Star, you won't usually find it in a regular grocery store but any health food store or Whole Foods will carry it. Usually I find it in the baking aisle or near the spices on a low shelf in the corner. If you can't find it ask, but make sure they don't send you to the supplement department, they carry it there as well but unless you want a huge amount and to spend a lot I'd opt to find it in the grocery area. Its between $5 and $6 for the bottle pictured above and will last a good amount of time, unless you get crazy about it like me!
Well that's about it for today. Always feel free to reach out with questions or comments!
Sat nam/Rock On and Eat Well!