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Baked Tofu

Posted in Breakfast, dinner, Food & Recipes, gluten-free, Health/Nutrition, lunch by nicolejanaye on September 23, 2012

20120923-115644.jpgI used to work at a coffee shop & café when I lived further down south. We made breakfast and lunch with food items ranging from egg sandwiches on croissants, a variety of salads, apple chicken sandwiches, chili, and quesadillas. We had a great selection of meals, but one of the greatest things that interested me when I first applied there was the incorporation of vegetarian and vegan meals. Their vegan chili was excellent, hearty, and could please even the regular meat-eater. The veggie sandwiches were loaded with sprouts, spreads, cucumbers, avocado, and the rest of the garden vegetables you could think up. However, there were two dishes in particular that caught my eye. The baked tofu sandwich, and baked tofu salad were staring me straight at me. I think the idea of this foreign, white, spongy ingredient scares most people (rightfully so), but if you know how to play with the ingredients in the right combination and the correct cooking methods then you found yourself a winner.

It’s been about a year since I’ve worked there, but I’ll go in to order the salad or sandwich every once in a while so I can enjoy those meaty tofu slabs.

Servings: 24 tofu slices

Ingredients
-2 packages of medium firm tofu
-3 Tbs balsamic glaze
-3 Tbs liquid aminos (soy sauce works if you don’t have liquid aminos)
-2 tsp teriyaki ginger rub (combination of garlic, onion, ginger, soy sauce powder, chiles, spices, and sea salt)
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1 tsp coconut oil

Directions
1. TOFU WILL NEED TO MARINADE FOR 8+ HOURS, so keep this in mind when you decide to make the recipe. I like to marinade at night so that it’s ready to bake in the morning.
2. Completely drain all liquid from tofu, press in between towel or paper towels to push more of the excess liquid out.
3. Slice each tofu block into 12 slices (slice with your knife parallel to the shorter side of the tofu).
4. Mix all ingredients, except tofu, in a bowl and then pour into a flat dish (You will be marinading your tofu in this overnight so make sure the dish is a suitable size to allow all pieces of tofu to be coated).
5. Place tofu slices into marinade and let sit in the fridge, covered, for overnight or up to 8 hours. (The longer it sits, the more flavor it absorbs. Also, the more liquid pressed out in the beginning of the directions, the more flavor the tofu will be able to absorb as well.)
6. Once completely marinaded, lay the slices on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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Pizza! Cauliflower crust.

Posted in dinner, Food & Recipes, gluten-free, Health/Nutrition, pizza by nicolejanaye on September 22, 2012

Alright so the buzz is going around and the latest thing is cauliflower crust. It’s extremely healthy, simple to make, and tasted great. I’ve been mixing up the toppings for my pizzas and they’re easily interchangeable which allows you to create all kinds of flavorful pizzas.
Langostino with veggies.

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Mexican cracked egg pizza.

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Gorgonzola veggie pizza.

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Serving size: 2 personal pizza crusts
Ingredients
-2 whole eggs + 1 white
-1 flax egg (1 Tbs flax + 2 Tbs water, mix and let sit for 15 minutes)
-1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
-3/4 cup cauliflower (chopped finely in food processor to always rice like consistency)
-herbs, spices, salt & pepper to taste

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Directions
1. Pre-heat oven to 425
2. Mix ‘riced’ cauliflower with the remaining ingredients.
3. Pour half the batter on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and cook for 20 minutes.
4. Remove both pieces of parchment paper and flip over crust. Add sauce, toppings, cheese…and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Wallah!

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I’ve noticed that the crust becomes crispier when cooked on a baking sheet or pizza stone. After you remove the parchment, check the crust and see if it needs to go back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes just to crisp up a bit more. This recipe makes two perfect-sized pizza crusts. Load them up with tomato sauce, pesto, veggies, and an assortment of meats and cheeses. Be creative with your ingredients!