|Can you believe that I have never cooked tofu before? The illustrator was shocked! I am not normally nervous in the kitchen. I mean, I went to culinary school for goodness sake! I have to say that I am way more comfortable baking than I am cooking new things. Cooking and baking are two totally different beasts! I just hate wasting money because I ruined something in the kitchen. Well, I am happy to say that I did not waste money or time! My belly and my wallet were just as happy as I had hoped they would be. I have been looking around different sites/blogs and cookbooks to find out some methods for cooking tofu. Who knew it could be prepared so many ways? I am actually excited about trying all of these new recipes now. I love it when that happens! So, the illustrator wanted fried chicken last night. On nights like that, I feel fortunate that I am lactose challenged! I don't like the fried chicken. The illustrator thinks that makes me a bad southern girl...I don't think it has anything to do with my southern heritage! In fact, I think it makes me more of a southern lady since I don't like to gnaw into a big greasy piece of fleshy meat (but that's just me). Anyway, my point has nothing to do with fried chicken or my being a dainty southern lady...it is how great my tofu turned out! It was so easy and I assure you that I will be experimenting a lot more with it!
1 block reduced fat firm tofu (I used Nasoya)
1/2 cup BBQ sauce ( I like the big bold taste of Bullseye)
salt and pepper
Slice the tofu into 9 (1/2 inch) slices. Place a paper towel on a sheet pan. Lay the tofu slices on top of the paper towels and then cover with another paper tower. Weigh tofu down with a heavy object for about 30 to 45 minutes. Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray. Salt and pepper the tofu on both sides. Cook tofu on both sides until crispy. Coat both sides of the tofu in the end of cooking and then serve! This takes about 25 minutes.
1 slice = 49 calories
"Quick Fried Potatoes"
1 medium potato diced
Place diced potatoes in a nonstick pan coated with cooking spray. Put a little water in the pan to coat the bottom. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Cover and cook for 15 to 25 minutes on medium heat. Keep an eye on it and keep it moving. You may need to add a little water and then brown in the end.
Labels: side dishes, tofu