Tofu Recipes: Easy and Versatile
Lots of people come to VegKitchen searching for vegan chicken so we thought we’d accommodate with this easy and tasty recipe for nuggets. If there’s a growing desire to avoid eating the bird (the chicken industry is beyond cruel, and terrible for the planet), we’re all in. And tasty nuggets are as simple as can be to prepare. Kids will love these with ketchup (wouldn’t you rather give your kids breaded tofu than “pink slime”?); adults will relish them with salsa, BBQ sauce, or other hot stuff. Truth be told, they’re great plain, too.
It seems trivial to open an entire can of beans to use 2 tablespoons of the liquid, but that’s the secret to getting the breading to stick to the surface of the nuggets. My favorite for this is none other than chickpea liquid, aka aquafaba, but you can use the liquid from any other beans instead.
Tofu and potato hash browns is a simple, comforting skillet dish that’s just as good for dinner as it is for brunch. Have potatoes cooked ahead of time, and this easy and tasty dish will have your family or guests eating in short order. Leftovers are wonderful for breakfast. Or, if you make this expressly to serve in the morning, you can either microwave or cook the potatoes the night before for a head start. Great accompaniments include orange wedges and fresh whole grain bread. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→
Mapo Tofu is one of the easiest Chinese dishes to throw together, even when you’re too tired to cook. Since it’s a stew instead of a stir-fry, you don’t have to concentrate the entire time. It’s full of flavor, with ginger, mushrooms and tofu in a spicy red sauce. Recipe and photo reprinted with permission from The Easy Vegan Cookbook by Kathy Hester ©2015, published by Page Street Publishing.
Kung Pao Tofu is a tasty recipe whose many iterations often require lots of steps and ingredients and sometimes even two different sauces. This version streamlines the process so that it can be on the table in less than half an hour. Serve on its own or over hot cooked rice or noodles. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
This simple recipe is all about the sauce, which absorbs into the tofu to make it remarkably flavorful. Double the recipe if you’re feeding a hungrier group, as this makes 2 to 4 moderate servings. If you’d like, serve this over steamed broccoli. Store-bought vegetable sushi rolls add a “wow” factor to the meal. Recipe adapted from Plant Power. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
Combining brown rice, tofu, and peanuts in a simple main dish stir-fry, this is sure to become a mainstay in your repertoire if you enjoy these ingredients. Having the rice cooked ahead of time makes this a breeze. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Crisp teriyaki-flavored tofu bites are perched atop nori-flecked sushi rice for an invigorating meal in a bowl. It’s a lively combination of cooked and raw ingredients. Recipe originally published in January 2015 Vegetarian Times. Photo courtesy of Vegetarian Times. more→
A veganized version of huevos (eggs) rancheros, this dish of tofu prepared with Southwestern flavors and nestled on corn tortillas, makes a nice brunch or light dinner dish. Serve with a simple potato or bean dish (shown here with Beer-Stewed Pinto Beans) and a platter of sliced avocado and oranges for a complete meal. more→
This stir-fry is inspired by General Tso’s Tofu, but dispenses with the cornstarch-battered, deep-fried tofu. I’ve tried it that way and find this version, with pan-sautéed tofu, plenty of broccoli, and a savory, sweet, and spicy sauce even more appealing. It’s easy and fast, too. more→
This meal is perfect for those times you open up the fridge and the selection looks sparse. All you’ve got is a package of tofu and an abundance of condiments. The recipe may seem simple, but that’s exactly why it’s here. Every now and then you have to hit the easy button, and for a simple staple like this, you shouldn’t try and over-think it. If you have a package of tofu and you don’t want it to go bad, this will solve that problem and give you leftovers. (From The Lusty Vegan* © 2014 by Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg. Used by permission, Vegan Heritage Press.) more→
Here’s a colorful, tasty tofu scramble with plenty of healthy spinach or arugula and red bell peppers that’s festive enough for a company brunch (double the recipe in that case), but simple enough to make for a weekend meal for you and yours. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin. more→
Here’s an enticing way to showcase tofu with colorful peppers in a stovetop sauté. It’s a good summer main dish when you want dinner on the table quickly. Serve with a simple cooked grain or potato dish and a big fresh salad. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→