Friday, January 15, 2010

Seared Tofu with Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Spinach

This a recipe I just created on the go...I was starving to death and didn't want to spend a long time in the kitchen. I grabbed a few ingredients from my fridge and that's what came out of it! It was very good. Well, I thought so anyways.....I you try it let me know how you liked it. It's o.k. to play with the recipe too. Change the ingredients around; add some, increase/decrease quantities, add some fresh herbs, change the nut, add some lemon zest...get in the zone and do what ever pleases your little heart.
My resolution for 2010 is to eat very little meat. Maybe once a week, on Sundays ;)...The challenge is: My sweet Hubie. So far, I didn't hear him complain, he....wait a minute... I did hear him on the phone the other day saying to one of his buddy something like: She's getting all vegetarian on me....It made me laugh!!
Serves 2 or one "starving to death" lady
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 package of firm/semi-firm tofu (about 2 cups), cut into 1" cubes
2 tsp of cumin powder
2 tsp of smoked paprika
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup of baby Bella mushrooms, chopped roughly
2-3 hand full of baby spinach
3 small whole San Marzano tomatoes, (they are the best can tomatoes you can buy)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 cup of toasted walnuts
Celtic salt and freshly grounded black pepper
Flax oil, just to sprinkle over, to get some omegas into your diet
Heat up your coconut oil, in a medium size skillet, on medium heat. When the oil is hot (don't let it burn) add your tofu as well as the cumin and the smoke paprika. Season with a bit of Celtic salt. Sear for 5 minutes on each side. Transfer tofu to plate and set aside. In the same skillet (don't wash it), add the onions and baby Bellas. Saute until onions are transparent and mushrooms are nice and brown, approximately 5 minutes. Return tofu to skillet with onions and mushrooms. Add spinach, cook just until wilted (30 seconds). Crush tomatoes with your hands into the skillet. Add Parmesan, toasted walnut, salt and pepper and sprinkle with a bit of flax oil. That's it your done!!
It would be delicious served on a bed of millet, brown rice or quinoa.