Meatless Monday: Tofu Scramble

It is a long weekend so clearly that requires a really delicious brunch option. I love a savory breakfast so much that I often eat lunch or dinner for breakfast. On this weeks edition of Meatless Monday I think we need to explore the really yummy breakfast world of tofu scrambles.

Like an egg scramble you can kind of go in whatever direction you want aka use what you have in the fridge. But I do like to make a bit of a TexMex version – because it is delicious.

The trick you need to know is that tofu doesn’t taste like much so you need to infuse the flavor flavs into it – This is what you will need:

  • 1 block of medium/firm tofu (crumbled)
  • 1/4 of a red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/4 of a green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 a yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • splash of water
  • cilantro & green onion for topping

 

Let’s do this:

First things first – you need to drain the tofu, pat it dry then wrap it in a paper towel, set it on a plate with something heavy on top. The goal is to get as much water out as you can. If you have a tofu press this is your time to shine! This should take about 10-15 mins. While the tofu is pressing, chop, dice and prep the veggies.

Next up in a fry pan add in whatever you use to saute (oil, veggie broth or whatever). Add in the onion and cook those for about 3 minutes. Toss into the pan the garlic, peppers, and mushrooms. Let that cook for another couple of minutes. You will then need to unleash the tofu from whatever you are pressing it in and crumble the brick of tofu into the pan with the veggies. Break it up so it looks like scrambled eggs (if you cut it up with a knife it will look strange so absolutely break it up with your hands). While the tofu is browning – in a small bowl add in all the spices with a splash of water to make a slightly runny paste. Add the paste into the pan and mix everything together.  Add in the spinach. Once the spice slurry is absorbed into the tofu and the spinach is wilted –  it is ready to rumble.

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TexMex Tofu Scramble @thatvegannamedcarol

I like this topped with green onion and cilantro, a side of salsa and maybe some avocado. A little grainy toast or some taters also pair well.

Impress the crap outta the person that you share your bed with. #yumcity

 

that vegan life.

Tonight while chomping down on some vegan mashed potato pizza – I was thinking about vegan things.  While I am not always vegan I try my best most of the time. My slips up are always cheese or other dairy related things. In every other category I succeed. This used to really bother me – but it doesn’t have the same clout as it used to. I work a lot and some days there just isn’t enough time to prepare – and getting vegan food isn’t always as easy as you want it to be.  It is a journey at the best of times. A learning process. I have had moments in my life where I had thought about not being a vegetarian anymore. I honestly don’t think I could do it. But sometimes I need to give myself reasons to keep doing what I a doing. So here we have it:

My Reasons for Vegan:

  • I love beans
  • I love making new recipes
  • I love that being vegan has taught me to cook
  • I love introducing people to vegan eats
  • I don’t ever have to eat anything with eyes
  • I can be picky as fuck and blame it on vegan
  • I love fruits and veggies. I could eat only fruit all summer. Cherries, baby!
  • I don’t ever get meat sweats
  • I can grow my own food
  • I rarely have more than one or two options on a menu. It takes away my choice.
  • I feel better
  • I have minimized my kitchen
  • And my fridge
  • Most of my groceries come from one part of the grocery store
  • Mother nature’s fast food is fruit
  • I love what I eat
  • Whole foods are bomb
  • vegan is rad as fuck, who are we kidding?!
  • One day I will figure out being a skinny vegan and my life will be complete
  • My body doesn’t feel heavy after I eat
  • Man .. I just love my food lifestyle

 

I could go on about the cruelty of the meat industry  – but I don’t want to. I am vegetarian for so many other reasons that that. The real truth is – I just want to feel good and eating vegan does that for me.

Stay happy, eat plants.

Till next time,

xoxo,

C