Tofu, anyone?

by Kelli H. on April 23, 2011

I’ve never been one to make tofu at home. That is not to say I’ve never had good tofu, because believe me, I have. I love tofu in pad thai, especially from Sea Thai Bistro.  I’ve only made tofu successfully a handful of times but then again, I’ve only tried a handful of times.  In fall of 2004 my mom and I took a vegetarian cooking class at the Santa Rosa Junior College.  I believe it met once a week for 8 weeks.  In those 8 weeks I learned;
1) I like heirloom tomatoes (huge milestone for me considering at the time I HATED tomatoes)
2) I like tofu and
3) strange people take cooking classes.
I think the main reason I don’t make tofu at home more is because I never really see any eye-catching recipes out there for tofu.  Last Sunday morning when I was making my grocery list, I decided I wanted to make tofu stir-fry.  I found a recipe online by Martha Stewart.  I’ve actually never made a recipe by her besides baking recipes.  In all honesty, this recipe didn’t turn out how I would have liked.  I felt like the tofu was very bland and  I won’t even tell you how David described it.  It’s too embarrassing. The picture above is deceiving!  Now, my question is, do you have any great tofu recipes I should try?

This is the recipe that made me interested in tofu back in 2004.  I’ve made it a few times and I think it’s a keeper.  I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Spice Baked Tofu

12-16 oz tofu, drained and pressed
1 T chili powder
2 t cumin
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 t fresh oregano
1 T lime juice
1 T olive oil
1 T tamari

Combine all ingredients, except tofu, in a glass baking dish.
Cut tofu into cubes.  Marinade the tofu for at least 20 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.  Turn cubes over and bake another 10 minutes more or until the tofu is firm and has absorbed all the marinade.  Use at once or reserve for later use.

P.S.  Can anyone who grew up in the 90’s not  think of Doug and “Killer Tofu” by The Beets, when thinking about tofu? Here are some of the amazing lyrics. 
“Fast food feels fuzzy
‘Cuz it’s made from stuff that’s scuzzy
I always thought I was such a nerd
I refuse to touch that strange bean curd
I wouldn’t eat it-
WOOH!
But it tastes good
Ah Ee Ooh
KILLER TOFU!”

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) April 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Doug and Killer Tofu- hahah!! Totally made my morning!! 🙂

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