Hello everyone! For today’s post, I wanted to share something that preserves the feelings of holiday breakfasts and summer flavors, but could be made on any day of the week. It doesn’t need a lot of special ingredients or time, but you won’t be disappointed with the results. (I could have eaten the whole pan on my own if I’d wanted). It’s a little spicy, full of savory flavors, and can easily be changed depending on your preference. Now, don’t let the main ingredient be off-putting. This ingredient is versatile and adaptable, but can also be unappetizing, depending on how it is prepared (and some people don’t care for the texture). It’s tofu. (Don’t worry! It’s so good in this, you’ll be glad you tried it!) It’s melty and spicy and completely satisfying.
The issue with tofu is that it’s relatively bland on its own, but it’s redeeming quality lies in that it takes on the flavors of whatever you cook it with, so you have to really be looking for ways to fill your dish with flavor to give the tofu a hand. Also, you need to make sure that you have the correct “firmness” in a tofu for the dish you are making. (Firmness refers to the water content of a certain type of tofu. The more firm it is, the less water is in it). Tofu also varies in quality. Some brands are organic, and some aren’t, and it’s really up to your own discretion about which one you will use. Some people are even so bold as to make homemade tofu (maybe one day we’ll try that together).
This dish is also great if you’re wanting a hot breakfast for a smaller crowd. And there’s no loose ends as far as the ingredients, so you won’t have that difficult-to-use quarter of a package of tofu in the fridge or the dreaded half-onion to contend with. (I don’t enjoy when that happens).
Anyway, I hope that as you head into September, whether it’s going to school or just coming back to work after some summer time off that you’ll be refreshed and not fall into the September pitfall of anxiousness. It’s easy to get caught up in a new term or back into a new project and lose that balance of rest and work. Remember, September isn’t a bad month. It’s just a month. How you think about it is changeable.
Also, don’t forget to book your fall BIE sessions. You can even book now. There are still spots available, and I’d love to see you.
Bright and Spicy Brunch Scramble for Two
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
- 1 package (approx 2 cups) silken tofu (or soft tofu)
- 1 Spanish onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 4 small garlic cloves
- 1 tsp grape seed oil
- Daiya™ mozzarella-flavor shreds (for sprinkling)
- 2 tsp Thai red curry paste
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Grape tomatoes (sliced in halves, for garnishing)
- Fresh parsley (for garnishing)
- Peel and dice the onion. In a non-stick pan over medium heat, add the oil and heat until the oil shimmers and then sauté the onion until it is just turning translucent. (Approx. 3 minutes).
- Dice the pepper and add it to the pan, along with the tofu, garlic (minced), and red curry paste. Mix thoroughly, and break the tofu up into smaller pieces (it will likely be fairly crumbly on its own, but you don’t want giant pieces of it lurking in the pan).
- Leaving the pan uncovered, sauté the tofu mixture until the majority of the water is evaporated (10-15 minutes).
- When the tofu has reduced to a firmness that you like, add in a few sprinkles of the Daiya™ mozzarella-flavor shreds and let them melt in.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve with the grape tomatoes and parsley. You can also serve it with a bit of toast too, if you like.
This is a great way to have a little bit of a special breakfast without too much mess or time. Definitely it’s a winner. Let me know if you give it a try, I’d like to hear how you liked it! You can leave a picture/post on the Facebook page, or connect with me on Twitter.
Thanks again to my excellent clients who participated in the recent call for testimonial submissions! It was great to see how everyone has been doing! That page will be up soon for everyone to see, it just needs a few finishing touches! I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.
Take care, and have a great day!
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