Monday, October 20, 2008

Baked tofu, mashed potatoes, and kale

Holy jeepers Batman, I think this was one of the best meals I've ever made! I am never buying pre-baked tofu again! I had no idea it's so easy to make! Wowza! Alright, I think I can calm down...

At the Farmers Market on Saturday, one of the larger veggie vendors was cooking up some yummy veggies, and one of the delicious things I sampled was kale and shallots, sauteed in olive oil with a little balsamic thrown in at the end. I'm a chard girl, but I couldn't resist!

The mashed potatoes are my basic recipe of boiled potatoes mashed with Earth Balance, Tofutti Sour Supreme, and garlic. I also had a little pesto left over from the market, so I threw that in, too.

On to the best part of the meal - that beautiful tofu! I looked at a bunch of recipes on vegweb, and settled on the tried and true Simple Baked Tofu. I had all the ingredients on hand, except I ran out of balsamic so I substituted some sesame oil for the 1 T. that I was short and I omitted the salt. This was such an easy recipe, and just turned out so delicious! I used foil on a cookie sheet, and flipped the tofu halfway into baking. If you don't already have a favorite marinade for baking tofu, try this one out! You won't regret it! :)

My plating was inspired by The Farm Cafe and their tofu marsala. Aren't I a fancy pants with my square plates? haha Jesse got them for me last Christmas and I was all pissed because I wanted him to get me a cool antique ring (we didn't do wedding rings, so he kinda owes me), but I got fucking dishes! I really love them, though. Don't tell! haha

Another delicious angle...

Yum yum yummy!


Bianca said...

Shit, that is some damn fine lookin' tofu! I love how it's all crispy-like. My baked tofu never gets as crisp. I'll have to try that recipe next time.

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River said...

OMG what a beautiful dish!! The tofu looks so good I can't stand it! And I love the square plates, square stuff makes my OCD happy! :)

VeganFabulous said...

Nice job! Those are some huge slabs of tofu!!! Have you checked out the book Eat Drink and Be Vegan? I made some cornmeal crusted plantains last night that we EXCELLENT!

Did you ever move into the place on Peacock Lane?

Jeni Treehugger said...

Crap on a cracker Robin!!
That looks AWESOME!!

jessy said...

this looks so scrumptious and awesome, Chelsea! i just love your presentation (and the dishes)! isn't baked tofu the best?! we bake ours on a cookie sheet in some marinade - sooo easy & sooo good! and the sauces you can use (and marinades) can vary to your liking! mmmmmmmmmm!

shallots - i ALWAYS forget about shallots. i need not to forget. next time i see some i'm gonna grab a handful. i should start keeping them around like we do onions and garlic. i love that you used them with the kale.

everything looks fabulous, indeed!

jelymo said...

that looks awesome! i've been craving tofu/seitan, taters, n' gravy lately--perhaps my menu for next week?

VeganView said...

OMG that tofu looks completely AMAZINGGGGGGGG and that meal Ahhh. I am literally salivating at these photos.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

That looks terrific! Anything ala The Farm's tofu make me a bit faint.

alaina said...

oh my GOD that tofu looks tasty.
i've never tried kale, is that weird? kale is actually my mom's middle name, i make fun of her for it :P

Anonymous said...

Stop right now! I can't take anymore of this deliciousness!!