Tofu Recipes: Easy and Versatile

Tofu Veggie Stuffed Peppers

Tofu Veggie Stuffed Peppers from Joelle Amiot's JarOHoney

I believe that an all veggie stuffed pepper recipes are a great opportunity to get creative. Since this recipe uses fresh, vibrant, and robust flavors, the ingredient list is simple and grain-, gluten-, and dairy-free! Standard stuffed peppers recipes often contain rice, cheese, and bread crumbs, but this recipe does not. I challenge you to make this recipe once and you will see that the “stuffed pepper standard” need not apply! Recipes and photos contributed by Joelle Amiot, from JarOHoney.

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Baked Tofu, Arugula, and Olive Wraps

Tofu, arugula, and olive wraps

Baby arugula livens up the flavor of these simple wraps featuring baked tofu, crisp cucumber, and olives. The combination of flavors makes this one of my favorite wraps — they’re so tasty, and make a great portable or at-home lunch. You can also make it for dinner and serve with soup, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes and/or corn on the cob, depending on appetite. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Curried Peanut Sauce Bowl with Tofu & Kale

Curried Peanut Sauce Bowl

This is the peanut sauce of the gods: a gingery peanut sauce with curry powder that will have you licking the spoon, then licking your plate … I love it with some flash-steamed kale and simply prepared seared cubes of tofu. Serve over rice, quinoa, or rice noodles. Recipe and photos from Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week* by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. © 2013 All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or printed without permission in writing from the publisher. Reprinted by arrangement with Little, Brown and Company.
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Orange-Glazed Tofu and Broccoli

Orange-Glazed Tofu and Broccoli

This simple stir-fry of baked tofu and broccoli is enlivened with an easy, orange-flavored sauce. For a tempting Asian-style meal, pair this with Vegetable Lo Mein, and serve with a platter of raw vegetables on the side. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Bahn Mi

Tofu scramble banh mi

This hearty bahn mi filling of golden scrambled tofu packed in a toasted baguette is too good to eat only for breakfast—it also makes a casual but incredible weeknight meal. Recipe from Vegan Eats World* by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books. Photos by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. This makes four 8-inch, overstuffed sandwiches.

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BBQ Tofu Tacos and Mexicali Slaw

BBQ Tofu Tacos by Ashlee Piper from The Little Foxes

Easy and tasty are the names of the game here, and these tacos are both (even if using bottled BBQ sauce and dressing and pre-made corn tortillas) and incredibly versatile. You can dress them up fancy or just take them as is and dig in. Oh, and did I mention they’re mad economical? If you have some of these ingredients on hand, this whole meal will cost you around $12 bucks, which is about the going rate for a top-shelf margarita in Chicago. Recipe and photos contributed by Ashlee Piper from her blog The Little Foxes.

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Seed-Crusted Tofu (or Tempeh) Cutlets

Chia-Crusted Tofu Cutlets

Slices of tofu are first bathed in a tangy marinade and then coated in a three-seed blend. Instead of being fried, these tofu cutlets are baked to perfection. Recipe by Beverly Bennett, from Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood* by Beverly Lynn Bennett, @2014 Books Alive, Summertown, TN, reprinted by permission. Photo by Andrew Schmidt.

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Asian-Flavored Edamame and Tofu Chopped Salad

Tofu and Edamame Chopped Salad

This unusual salad combines edamame (fresh green soybeans) with baked tofu and crisp, finely bell pepper and zucchini. It goes well with Asian-style rice or noodle dishes (hot or cold), and can also be served on a bed of greens, in lettuce cups, or stuffed into raw bell peppers for a nice touch. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Thai-Style Green Veggies with Coconut-Peanut Sauce

Thai-Style Steamed Green Vegetables with Coconut-Peanut Sauce recipe

This Thai-style presentation of steamed fresh green vegetables offers a nice change of pace from the usual stir-fries. What makes this dish great is a rich and delectable peanut sauce. Served over hot cooked rice, just add a platter of cherry tomatoes and carrot sticks to complete the meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Spicy Thai Braised Kale and Tofu

Spicy Thai Braised Kale And Tofu recipe from Eat to live cookbook by Joel Fuhrman

Kale, tofu, and peanut butter join forces to create a tasty, nutrition-packed dish. Serve with brown rice or quinoa and a colorful salad for a great weeknight meal. Recipe and photos from Eat to Live Cookbook* by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. © 2013 HarperOne; reprinted by permission. more→

Sweet and Smoky Tofu or Tempeh Strips

Smoky tofu and tempeh

Savory, slightly sweet, and as spicy as you choose to make them, these delightfully flavored strips of tofu or tempeh are delicious in wraps and sandwiches. Or, just enjoy them on their own to bolster the protein content of meals. If you’d like to use both tofu and tempeh, as shown in the photo, double the amount of marinade. Cook each kind of protein separately, then arrange on a plate to serve.

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Sautéed Tofu with Green Veggies

Tofu with green veggies

Here’s a simple tofu dish I’ve been making for years. Tofu is sautéed in a skillet until it becomes golden and crispy, then combined with very lightly cooked veggies. The dish is then served with a choice of sauces, depending on your inclination — either a rich peanut sauce or teriyaki marinade. This is good served with brown rice or quinoa and a colorful salad or slaw — try it with Fruity Red Coleslaw. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
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