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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Baked Teriyaki Tofu with Sesame Green Beans

Any tofu lovers out there? I am guessing most of you believe that tofu tastes as bland as white bread, and it does... until you show it some love :) By showing it some love, I mean doctoring it up with bold flavor. Tofu acts like a sponge when interacting with a liquid. Tofu adapts to the flavors you add, making tofu a perfect platform for manipulation. Another great attribute of tofu is the low cost and health benefits. Tofu is high in protein, making it a good alternative to meat. The FDA granted this claim for soy: "25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol  may reduce the risk of heart disease. (Wikipedia). 

Last night for dinner, I made teriyaki baked tofu, which I loved. Baked tofu changes the texture from silky to crispy on the outside, yet fluffy on the inside. I paired my tofu with sesame green beans, using a simple mixture of mirin, soy, garlic and sesame to coat my green beans. 

Please try this fantastic tofu recipe below. I assure you, you'll change your mind about tofu for good!!

Baked Teriyaki Tofu
(serves 4)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup 
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
1 (14 oz) package extra-firm tofu, drained and dried on paper towels. Cut into 8 slices. 

In large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Add tofu and let soak in sauce for 1 hour. Drain tofu (reserve excess sauce) and place on foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Next, flip tofu over, and increase heat to 425 degrees. Pour remaining sauce over tofu and bake again for 10-20 minutes, or until your tofu is golden brown and firm to the touch. Plate with green beans, add to a sandwich or cut up in a salad.

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