Tuesday, January 16, 2007

tofu with coconut and peach salsa

You said tofu? This simple word can make many people shiver... But, it shouldn't be this way! Soy, which tofu is made from, has so much to offer. Besides containing omega-3 fatty acids and isoflavones, tofu provides all the proteins you need to enjoy a meatless meal. Moreover, by having tofu instead of meat, you get far less arteries-clogging saturated fat.




Even if tofu is quite flavorless on its own, it can taste really good depending on the food you cook it with! Try this fruity recipe to sneak tofu into your menu.

Tofu with coconut and peach salsa
4 servings.
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound firm tofu
1/3 cup unsweetened grated coconut
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 fresh or canned peaches, diced
1 teaspoon dried lemongrass
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix the coconut and flour.
  3. Cut the tofu block into 8 "steaks".
  4. Press the tofu "steaks" into the coconut mixture on each side.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add half of the tofu "steaks" and cook until brown on each side. Put the grilled tofu "steaks" in the oven and repeat with the remaining tofu.
  6. To prepare the salsa, mix the peaches, lemongrass, basil, rice vinegar, and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  7. Serve the over the tofu.
* Make it a meal by serving it with basmati rice and sautéed vegetables!

Nutrition facts
[for 1 serving]
251 calories, 16 g fat, 4 g saturated,
19 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein

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