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Back to Basics with Dragonfly Tofu

Jessica Bloise Blog, Recipes Comments

There are certain home cooked recipes that everyone loves; macaroni and cheese, baked and seasoned chicken and especially cheesecake.  All of these baked dishes can be recreated using tofu. Baked tofu recipes are the best way to recreate healthy dishes in a way that respects the lifestyles of vegans and vegetarians, or for those who simply want to eat healthier. Trying out baked tofu recipes allows the diner to experience a familiar dish with an unexpected twist.

A twist on Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a family favourite, but the dairy products often prevent vegans from being able to eat the dish. Here’s one baked tofu recipe that provides an adequate substitute for macaroni and cheese. To make the dish, you will need;

  • 10 to 12 ounces of elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 12.3 ounce package of silken tofu
  • 1.5 cups firmly packed grated cheddar cheese
  • salt

Begin by cooking the macaroni in hot water, and then draining. In the meantime, puree the tofu in a blender or food processor until it is perfectly smooth. Place in a medium saucepan with cheese and margarine, and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir the mixture frequently, and then cook over low heat until the sauce has melted thoroughly. Mix the sauce and the macaroni together in a casserole dish, season, and place in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes at 200°C degrees or Gas Mark 6.

A  meat-less dish

An easy meat substitute is marinated tofu. The ingredients required for this baked tofu recipe are minimal;

  • 1.5 tablespoons oil
  • A teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 pound of Dragonfly’s Organic Natural tofu.

Begin by preheating the oven to 180°C degrees/Gas Mark 4. Slice the tofu into thirds, then cut crosswise so that twelve triangles are formed. In a baking dish, line the triangles in a single layer. Whisk the remaining ingredients together in a separate bowl to form a marinade. Pour the marinade on top of the tofu and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Just like the real thing

Baked tofu recipes offer the best of both worlds. Unlike fried tofu recipes, which often focus exclusively on the tofu, baked tofu recipes are a great substitute for home cooked meals. Baked tofu can be used in pasta recipes, pizza recipes, and even in tofu soup recipes! It is its ability to be used in everyday recipes makes it a staple of vegan and vegetarian diets.

Check out our recipes page for more great meal ideas and recipes using Dragonfly Foods!