Tangy tofu

7 Jul

After a weekend of eating my weight in hamburgers, brats and taco dip and drinking my fair share of beer indulging in holiday-appropriate food and drink, I thought it best to “cleanse” a bit Tuesday.

I had loads of fruits and vegetables. I had no meat. I had no dairy. I drank a ton of water, and I made it to the gym. I feel infinitely better.

Breakfast was a smoothie of almond milk, strawberries, cocoa powder, peanut butter and ice. Late-morning snack was celery and hummus. And lunch was salad greens with grilled, marinated tofu, which was extremely flavorful and very satisfying, even after a weekend of overeating.

Here’s the recipe:

1 block firm tofu, drained, lightly pressed and cut into eight slabs

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon Penzey’s Chicago steak seasoning

1/2 teaspoon Penzey’s Mural of Flavor

In small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and spices and whisk until combined.

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In shallow glass dish, lay tofu in single layer and pour marinade over top. Swirl dish to coat tofu with marinade. Let stand about 5 minutes. Flip tofu, swirl dish to coat it with marinade and let stand another 5 minutes.

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Heat grill and place tofu slabs over flame. Grill 5-8 minutes per side, basting occasionally with any remaining marinade, until tofu begins to brown and show grill marks.

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The tofu was tangy from the lemon juice and very aromatic and flavorful from the Chicago steak seasoning and Mural of Flavor. It was perfect with salad greens and a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing for a bit of light, yet filling protein.

I should have pressed the tofu a bit more, and I should not have flipped it so early; I think both contributed to the falling-apart nature of my tofu. I know better for next time.

How do you recover from a weekend of indulgence?

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2 Responses to “Tangy tofu”

  1. Lisa July 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I’m a little freaked out by tofu, but that does look good! I always find that a day or two of healthy eating helps to erase the icky overindulging-holiday feeling!

    • kaylabee18 July 14, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      You are the last person I would suspect of being weirded out by tofu!

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