Friday, October 1, 2010

Brooke Cooks - Tofu & Potato Bake

Hello again!  Today Brooke Cooks is coming to you vegan-style and I'm updating from my HP mini (aka, the smallest, slowest computer on earth).  So today was my first day trying out a vegan diet.  For breakfast, like I said, I had my oatmeal packet, and for lunch I had an apple and a slab of raw seasoned tofu (which actually isn't as bad as it sounds, although it wouldn't have been my first pick for lunch - I was in a hurry and it was all I could find).  For snack, I had another apple.  I think I need to get to a grocery store!

But dinner was more exciting.  For dinner, I made my delicious tofu & potato bake - YUM!  I've been eating this a lot lately; it is one of the best ways I've found to prepare tofu.  I have never really been a huge fan of tofu, although I LOVE the tofu at Noodles & Co.  I read that they baked and then sauteed their tofu, so I decided to try baking mine.  What a difference!  It tastes SO much better (especially with some salt and EVOO).  Baked this way, tofu could be used in a ton of dishes - not just with potatoes.

To start, I like to press the tofu between towels for a few hours (if I think of it ahead of time, I will leave it in the fridge wrapped in clean dish towels for a day or two).  This helps to dry it out .  If you don't have time to press it, just wrap it with a clean dish towel or some paper towels, set it in a colander, put something slightly heavy on it, and leave it for about 15 minutes. 

Dice tofu into chunks (mine are around 1x1 inch).  Arrange on cookie sheet, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.  Flip, and bake for an additional 15-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, diced up 8-10 tiny potatoes.  If using standard-size potatoes, diced 2-3.  After puncturing, microwave 3 sweet potatoes for about 6 minutes, together.  Peel then dice.

In a large bowl, stir both sweet and regular potatoes with olive oil and salt.  Arrange on a cookie sheet.  Add to lower rack of oven (below tofu) and bake for about 25 minutes.  Stir, then bake for an additional 20-25 minutes.

When tofu and potatoes are finished, combine and serve.  Enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great Friday!!!


Selina said...

Thanks for posting this - I'm definitely going to give it a try. I'm on a mostly vegan diet in an effort to keep my MS under control and I'm always looking for new recipes - especially any that make tofu taste good because I've not had much luck cooking it!

Meeka said...

I'm not sure if I'll ever be a full on vegetarian or vegan. I don't eat a lot of meat but I do like to have some. However, I definitely enjoy good vegetarian cooking just as much so it's great to get some recipes to try out. This one sounds tasty so I'll have to give it a try!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much, ladies!!! :)

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