Spiced Tofu… try it you might be surprised!

Spiced Tofu

Love it or hate it? ๐Ÿ˜› I haven’t posted a tofu recipe for a while! It’s one of those foods you either love, and try all different ways,ย or hate and avoid at all costs! I used to fall into the latter. I could never see the point of eating a bland lump of disintegrating mush. Boy was I wrong! Do you know how tasty good tofu is!?

Tasty Tofu (3)

Crisp, spicy tofu with caramelised crispy onions, corn and kale

 

There is a trick to cooking tofu and it makes complete sense once you think about it! Tofu is sold in water. Tofu is like a sponge. Take the water out and you have a sponge ready to soak up any flavour you like. I haveย a tofu press! Maybe an extravagance. Maybe a piece of kitchen junk, but not in the Life Diet Health kitchen! This 400g block of tofu was pressed and no less than 135ml liquid came out! That made one firm almost solid block of tofu. It even tasted okay raw just like that! Okay don’t try that – that will put you off! ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway, if you take all of that liquid out, you can put a lot of something back in! I usually use a mix of soy sauce, maple syrup, tahini and liquid smoke, but I thought I’d try something easier!

I usually always bake tofu on its own, or just with a crunchy crumb, and had never thought to add something to it while cooking in the oven. Onions! Wow! This was so good I was picking it before it even got on my plate! As always, you can omit anything you don’t like (except the tofu!)ย  or switch it about, so lose the kale, use a milder paste, add more salt, try a handful of peas, your choice! I hope you love this as much as I did!

Spiced Tofu (Vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Gather

  • 1 x 400g block of firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons chili paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup of frozen sweetcorn
  • handful of kale
  • 1 cup couscous (I used cassava couscous)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeastย  (or sub stock cube)
  • 2 cups boiling water

Prepare

  1. Press the tofu and ensure as much liquid is removed as possible. Cut in half lengthways, then cut into chunks. Put on a greased or lined baking tray.
  2. Smear the chili paste over the tofu, then sprinkle over the chili flakes.
  3. Scatter the onion over the tofu then bake for 15 minutes on a medium heat.
  4. While the tofu is baking, mix the couscous with the nutritional yeast, pour the boiling water over, stir, then cover.
  5. Check the tofu and turn over if necessary. Throw the sweetcorn over the tofu and return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  6. Loosen the tofu and gently mix everything together before adding the kale. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  7. Put the couscous on a plate and add the tofu and veg.
  8. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • If you have leftovers, store refrigerated for up to 3 days. Delicious cold but you can reheat it.
  • If you don’t have chili paste, mix 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic, pinch of cumin and salt to taste with 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil and 2 tablespoons water.
  • Swap the chili paste for curry paste.
  • Add some fresh garlic cloves, change the vegetables, add a handful of fresh herbs.
  • Lose the couscous and serve with jacket potatoes, salad or rice.
  • Try with corn couscous and add a cup of red kidney beans for an easyย Mexican meal.
  • Delicious with a quick creamy sauce such as plain (I use coconut) yogurt mixed with mint and a dash of salt.

Tasty Tofu (2)

Quick and easy very tasty tofu!

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  • Eva 15th November 2017 at 13:49

    I love spiced tofu! Cassava couscous is a new to me ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 15th November 2017 at 13:53

      Thanks Eva. It’s new to me too! It’s a bit sweet but goes well with the spicy tofu… ooo, new idea just popped into my head! You could use regular couscous or corn couscous (have you seen that one?)

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  • Sophie 16th November 2017 at 07:47

    A wonderful well flavoured tofu dish! Yummmmm! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 16th November 2017 at 13:03

      Ah Sophie thank you… I wish you could try the chili paste we use – it’s hot hot hot and so tasty! Made by my friend and full of nothing but wholesome ingredients yummy!

      Reply
  • Eva 16th November 2017 at 13:07

    I imagine casava to taste similar to taro (if you’ve heard of that), will look out for the casava (and corn!) couscous but don’t think it will be easy to source where I live. Going back to ‘regular’ couscous, have you ever steamed it the original way? I’ve seen videos on Youtube and the grains look so much better, more separated, etc…looks very time consuming though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 16th November 2017 at 15:25

      Taro… I’ll have to look out for that one! ๐Ÿ™‚ When I was staying in Morocco they used to make fresh couscous from scratch – that was the best! ๐Ÿ™‚ Steamed with the vegetables it’s so good. However, if you get the quantity of water just right and add a drop of oil to the boiling water, the grains will also separate yum yum! Now I want couscous! ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Eva 19th November 2017 at 09:28

        Thanks for the tip, sorry, just seen your reply ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • suefone 20th November 2017 at 15:44

    That sounds nice does the kale go crispy ? I will use another grain as I am a coeliac But I will try this thanks

    Reply
    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 20th November 2017 at 18:23

      Hello. Thank you. The kale is just starting to crisp – I don’t like mine too crispy but you can test it and see which you prefer best. This dish is coeliac friendly – the couscous used is cassava, but there is also corn couscous available. Let me know how you get on. with it.

      Reply
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