Tofu is an excellent addition to your plate, whether you are a regular meat eater or not. Tofu contains 10 grams of protein in a 3/4-cup serving, which makes it an awesome plant protein source. Tofu provides you with a boatload of nutrition including calcium, manganese, iron, and all the essential amino acids your body needs. Whether you are already a tofu lover or never got off the fence, give this tasty and simply nutty recipe a try!
1 pound block of extra firm tofu
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon sesame seeds
¼ cup peanuts, crushed
4 green onions, chopped
8 ounces whole wheat thin spaghetti (or udon or soba (gluten-free) noodles)
PEANUT GINGER SAUCE
¼ natural peanut butter
¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon chili paste
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Garnish: extra sesame seeds and red pepper flakes, if desired
Press tofu either in a tofu press; or place on a clean kitchen towel on top and bottom of tofu block. Place a heavy pan on top (an iron cast skillet or pot is great - anything heavy). Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
Whisk all the peanut sauce ingredients together in a deep bowl until combined. Set aside until ready to use.
Slice tofu into cubes. Sprinkle tofu with red pepper flakes and sesame seeds, stirring well to get on all sides.
Preheat the air fryer for about 2 minutes at 400 degrees. Lightly spray all sides of tofu and fry for about 8 minutes, stirring twice during cooking time.
Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and place in a serving bowl with prepared sauce, keeping warm.
Add tofu, crushed peanuts, and green onions. Stir well to combine. Garnish with peanuts, green onions, red pepper, and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve with a side salad or your favorite veggie. Makes 2 servings.
THE REBELLIOUS RD
As a longtime promoter of healthy cooking and eating, Amy's focus is on plant-based eating, with a rebellious twist - that she and no one, needs to be perfect.