Guys, I’m at a loss right now. I don’t usually have this problem but today, my brain has lost all concept of food inspiration. Maybe it is because the pickings are rather slim this week (I didn’t want to buy too much at the store since we were eating out twice and I am leaving for Boston on Friday). Either way, I had a hard time figuring out what to make for breakfast, lunch and now I’m worried about dinner. Hopefully something will just come to me or else it might be a “raid the freezer” kind of night in our house. That doesn’t happen often but I’m one to admit, I too have trouble always coming up with unique and delicious healthy meals every single day.
I went to a familiar favorite this morning. Yogurt, granola, berries and nut butter is a staple. I always have some form of each ingredient so when I’m at a loss, I always revert to my classic bowl.
Then I got to thinking, what are the main things I have in my kitchen AT ALL TIMES.
- Greek Yogurt
- Nutbutter (almond, sunbutter currently)
- Almond Milk
- Fruit/Veggies in some shape or form
One ingredient I haven’t purchased in months is tofu. I used to eat tofu more frequently; however, cut back last year when I was trying to reduce my intake of processed soy. I still really enjoy tofu but only buy it on occasion.
I must have deprived myself far too long because I had quite the hankering for it today.
Most people fear tofu or have no idea how to prepare it so I thought I would so you my all time favorite method for cooking tofu.
Press and cut your tofu
I use a Tofu Xpress which makes this process so easy, but if you don’t have one of these convenient machines, you can also press your tofu by wrapping it around a few paper towels or a dish cloth and stacking something heavy on top. Let it press for at least 30 minutes but as long as possible to drain all of the excess water the tofu has absorbed. After it has pressed and most of the liquid is drained, cut your block into one inch cubes.
Here is where you want to add your flavor. Tofu is a blank page and basically tasteless until you add your seasonings so get creative. My favorite is a generous amount of salt, pepper, chili powder, and dried herbs.
Spray a foil lined baking pan with cooking spray and add the tofu to the pan. Coat the tofu with cooking spray and bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
This step is completely optional but for some added flavor, I like to coat the cooked tofu in a simple dressing. Today I used a creamy balsamic which was a store bought but you can also use any Italian or Greek dressing for even more flavor.
I know others can’t get past the texture of tofu but I’m a fan of the soft pillowy bites. Slightly chewy and a tad crunchy from the crust that has formed from the baking process.
I ate 1/2 of the block of tofu for lunch, along with some massaged kale (lemon juice, tahini, nooch, agave) and roasted broccoli all topped with hummus and hemp seeds.