Boston Veggie


Tofu Scramble
October 22, 2009, 6:07 pm
Filed under: Recipes

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Many would think that the hardest thing to give up in a vegan lifestyle is cheese. And for some, that may be true. But for me, EGGS were the hardest thing to give up. I miss waking up on a Sunday morning and sitting down to a delicious omelet, or eggs benedict, or just plain old sunny-side-up. And while there isn’t any magical egg substitute out there for vegans, a tofu scramble does the job just fine. It looks and tastes just like an egg white scramble! And of course, I pack it with veggies to make it the perfect start to any day.

The one I’m making today is just what I had in my fridge. It’s got sort of a “Florentine” feel (the Italian in me loves garlic and basil), but really whatever vegetable combination you like will work!

(Disclaimer: I know most people don’t “like” tofu. Even to this day I don’t consider myself a big “tofu fan.” But tofu really just takes on the flavors of whatever you put around it, so in this case it ends up tasting like the spices and veggies I put into it.)

What you will need:

2 cups of spinach, chopped
½ of a small zucchini, sliced and quartered
½ cup of mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup of basil
¼ tub of firm or extra firm tofu
a handful of grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced
and if you so dare, Vegan Gourmet Cheddar cheese, grated
½ tablespoon of oil, canola, vegetable or olive oil are fine.
Salt and pepper
A touch of oregano

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Instructions:

1. Using a fork, mash up the tofu, like this:
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So that in the end, it looks like this:
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2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
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3. Once oil is heated, add garlic, zucchini, basil and mushrooms. Sauté until soft.
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4. Add spinach and tomatoes. Cook until the spinach has cooked down.
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5.  Add mashed tofu. Cook until heated and ingredients have bound together.
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6. Add soy cheese. Cook until melted.
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7. Salt, pepper and oregano to taste.
8. Enjoy!
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Nutritional value of this meal: Vitamin K, A, C, B2, B 6, E, B1, B3, Manganese, Folate, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Tryptophan, Dietary Fiber, Copper, Protein, Phosphorous, Zinc, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Selenium, lycopene, riboflavin, niacin, iodine, folic acid, mono and polyunsaturated fat.

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