Okay, back to the recipe. My plan was to make the scrambled tofu in Vegan with a Vengeance, but it turned out that I didn’t have everything that Isa’s called for. I did however use her spice blend. I also decided to half the recipe, since I am the only one who eats tofu in my house. I didn’t know how scrambled tofu would taste left over, so I tried to make just enough for one big serving.
So, here’s how I made mine.
½ block firm tofu (pressed for 30 min.)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
3 collard green leaves (chopped)
1 celery stalk
1 tablespoon umeboshi vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed with your fingers
½ teaspoon ground paprika
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon salt
Heat a non stick skillet with olive oil. Add the onions, celery, and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add chopped collard greens and umeboshi vinegar and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the spice blend and 1/4 cup water and stir until mixed well. Crumble tofu into the mixture and cook for 15 more minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. You may need to add a little more water to the mixture to prevent it from sticking as it cooks due to the water evaporating. At the end of the 15 minutes, squeeze the lime into the scrambled tofu and mix well.
I would've loved to have been able to add more veggies, but my refrigerator is a little on the bare side. BTW…the corn and potatoes were a great addition….made for a very tasty dinner. Oh, I even went back for seconds on the tofu, which I never do!
I have to talk about my lunch today too. This morning I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to take for lunch. I know, it didn’t sound good to me either, but that’s all I had. Anyway, the longer I sat at work this morning, the worse the PB&J sounded. I pulled out a menu that I had for a Chinese restaurant, down the road from where I work, and looked it over. I came across a “mixed vegetable and bean curd with white rice” dish. I thought…what in the world is bean curd? I had to look that one up on the internet to find out what it was, and to my amazement, I found out that it was tofu. I thought, what the heck, so I ordered it. Let’s just say, I now have a new favorite dish! Yep, it was that good!
I know this is going to sound weird, but I felt like a kid at Christmas time opening presents. I was so excited when I saw what it looked like. Then the big excitement came after I actually took a bite. I even sent my husband a text to tell him how good it was. :o)
All this food for $5.75….not bad eh? In case you were wondering if I ate it all…no way. I don’t think I even ate a third of it….Way too much food for one person! It seems that I have lunch for tomorrow also.
:o) You never hesitate to tackle the most difficult problems :o) That my friends, is my fortune that I got out of the fortune cookie today, and it is sooo not me…lol No, I didn’t eat the cookie, but I sure wanted to. It didn’t appear to be vegan. :-(
When you’re craving something, is that your body telling you that you need that food? Like today, I was really craving some veggies and rice. I actually felt a lot better after I ate my lunch. It’s like my body said thank you! Am I crazy?